Why don’t we build the Auburn dam?
Sierra Link: The Auburn dam would flood the north and middle forks of the American River and store 2.3 million acres of water. The plan for this dam has been thrown around since the 1960's and has been brought up recently as a solution to some of Californias water issues. The cost and earthquake risk will probably prevent the dam from being built. The drought pattern in California is bringing a lot of potential storage projects to Sierra rivers, which may not be the best solution.
Update on the Water Situation
Sierra Link: The pictures of Folsom lake in January were pretty scary. The good news is that the reservoir has doubled it's water since December. For the first time this winter water is entering Folsom at a higher rate than it is leaving. With all that said Folsom and the state would need a significant amount of rain and snow to reach the annual average and even with it the Sierra and the state would remain in a drought.
California drought: Solar desalination plant shows promise
Sierra Link: The solar desalination plant located in the central valley has potential to pump out up to 2 million gallons of purified water a day at a competitive price. As desalination science improves it may slowly become a more sustainable and less destructive option than water storage dams which will no doubt benefit the Sierra and it's rivers.
Californians, In a Departure, Appear Ready to Support Big Water Spending to Respond to Drought
Sierra Link: The various water bonds have the potential to do a lot for the future of California and the state's ability to adapt to drought. Not all of the proposed billion dollar water bonds would do much for the Sierra and the headwaters. Spreading the word for the Sierra and attempting to get more benefits for the headwaters in the water bond is important, especially if the polls are correct and the water bond passes this November.
Scientists Sound the Alarm on Global Warming, But Americans Sleep In
Sierra Link: Only 36% of Americans see climate change as a serious threat. This is despite overwhelming evidence that the effects of climate change could be detrimental to millions of people. With the majority of Americans not taking climate change seriously there is little chance of steps being taken to slow, stop, or adapt to climate change. The Sierra could be affected in countless ways by the country ignoring the data on climate change.
Greenland Ice Melt ‘Accelerating,’ Climate Change Awakens ‘Sleeping Giant’
Sierra Link: More data has been crunched and it has shown that Greenland ice sheet is melting even faster than previously thought. Greenland's ice sheet melting could have effects seen all over the world including California.