Is California’s Drought Returning? Snowpack Nears 2015’s Historic Lows

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The snowpack that’s essential for California’s water supply is at critically low levels again this year—approaching the historic lows of the state’s prolonged drought, which officially ended in 2016. On Thursday, researchers from the state’s Department of Water Resources headed into the Sierra Nevada to measure water content and snow levels at the Phillips Station…

A silver lining from California’s drought: Water conservation led to reduced energy use and less pollution

“In a new report published Thursday in Environmental Research Letters, a team from UC Davis found that in addition to saving 524,000 million gallons of water over the mandate period, state residents also saved 1830 gigawatt hours of electricity — enough to power 274,000 average homes for a year. That electricity savings meant a reduction…
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