This week’s round of wet/snowy weather is expected to last through next Monday and boost the Sierra snowpack, which is good news toward ending the 5-6 years of drought. However, the better barometer will be how the snowpack looks in March. Here is the current status of the snowpack:
Picture of Donner Summit. Another interesting read:
Several days of torrential rains in Northern California and high flows along the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers are testing the health of the Central Valley’s flood control system, which features an extensive network of levees. The state’s levee network is in generally good health, and both forecasters and flood experts remain optimistic.
Flows on the San Joaquin River at Vernalis are forecast to continue rising for the next few days, cresting approximately 0.6 feet below Monitor Stage. Astronomical high tides peaked on January 12th, but are expected to remain relatively high over the next few days. (Read more…)
The Draft Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) Update is a strategic and long-range plan for improving flood risk management in the Central Valley. It also emphasizes the need for long-term, multi-benefit projects rather than single-purpose flood management projects. CVFPP requirements include an update every five years, with 2017 being the first update. The Supplemental Program Environmental Impact Report, prepared for the 2017 CVFPP Update, evaluates potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures. Both drafts are available online for review (http://cvfpb.ca.gov/cvfpp/), as well as information regarding how to provide comments. Read more