While most wish the rain would go away after a soggy, flood-filled weather season, there are pluses — namely huge gains in water to help with the pesky drought that has been hanging around for half the decade. One of the most impressive gains of the season happened late last year, when NOAA found that Lake Tahoe added 8,690,131,707 gallons of fresh water between Dec. 9 and 11. If you’re trying to picture just how much water that is, here’s a handy fact: it’s the same amount as filling 13,158 Olympic-sized swimming pools, Forbes reported.
Archive for date: February 10th, 2017
Officials in California prepared to implement a never-used emergency plan to release millions of cubic feet of water building up behind the Oroville Dam after a gaping hole formed in its spillway. Bill Croyle, deputy director of the California Department of Water Resources, said the dam itself remains in no danger of breaching, however due to unprecedented amounts of storm water flowing into the reservoir after torrential rain in the region, the water level is now 14 feet away from rising over the dam.
“One rainy month will not make up for a six-year drought,” pointed out Larry Dick, Metropolitan Water District (MWD) chairman of the Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee, at the first ever Agricultural Water Summit Feb. 3, sponsored by the Rancho California Water District (RCWD). Dick was the guest speaker at the water summit held at South Coast Winery in Temecula Wine Country that brought more than 100 farmers and agricultural business owners to hear about how area water resources will be affected now and in the future.