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In California water news this weekend, A first for Delta pumping: Voluntary cutback to protect fish, Bay Delta Conservation Plan refined to lessen impacts on local landowners, California celebrates 100 years of administering water rights system, December rainfall breaks records, but California needs more, Tahoe celebrates snow but braces for dry times,  Five key facts about the California drought – and five ways we’re responding to it, Drought, then deluge pits neighbor against neighbor over water rates in Santa Cruz Mountains, Wild fish make a comeback in Putah Creek, plus an argument for better dam management, Peter Gleick, Jeff Kightlinger
and more …  Mavens Notebook
Australia’s different approach to drought*
A look at how Australia coped with prolonged drought — and succeeded.
Sacramento Bee editorial, December 14
California needs more big storms to overcome drought*
While this December has been much wetter than last, it will take more large storms to overcome the drought.
Sacramento Bee, December 14
Wondering what the Mokelumne is like below Camanche?
Check out this kayak trip video.
Dan, Headwaters Kayak on YouTube
Farmers’ courtroom poke at Hetch Hetchy Project moved to California
A California farm group filed a lawsuit claiming the Hetch Hetchy Project is endangering species by diverting water from the Tuolumne River.
Fresno Bee, December 11
We could see more and more ‘hot droughts’ like California’s
Climate change and natural temperature variability are working together in contributing to California’s 2014 drought.
Five Thirty Eight Science, December 15
Catching rainwater from the sky eases drought’s grip for Bay Area innovators
Thinking about building a rainwater catchment system? It works well for many people.
Inside Bay Area News, December 16
In California, fire plus drought plus rain add up to mud
Heavy rainstorms are causing mudslides in areas that burned this summer.
NPR, December 16






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