“Because of its great depth (1,645 feet), Lake Tahoe holds enough water to cover the entire state of California to a depth of about 14 inches, according to the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. But if that somehow were to happen, the lake would remain depleted for a very long time.”
“The East Bay Municipal Utility District is lining up a second emergency water supply in the drought. The water board agreed Tuesday to exercise an option to buy up to 20,000 acre feet of water from the Placer County Water Agency.”
From The Modesto Bee, in a column by Jeff Jardine:
“Two of the Sierra’s most prominent rivers, the Stanislaus and Tuolumne, run right through Tuolumne County. …
“And the county’s water agency, the Tuolumne Utilities District, owns rights to none of it. The city and county of San Francisco own senior rights on the Tuolumne River, with the Turlock and Modesto irrigation districts controlling Don Pedro Reservoir.”
“Considering the uncertainty of long-term weather patterns, the Northstar district, Truckee Donner Public Utility District and Placer County Water Agency — which all depend on Martis Valley and deep groundwater wells for water — are encouraging customers to meet the 20 percent request.
“The drought is very visible to Calaveras County residents. They see the enormous bathtub ring at New Melones Reservoir every time they cross the lake on Highway 49. They see the still-brown hillsides where green grass is normally thick by mid-winter.”
“With California’s drought reaching crisis level and the long-term weather forecast calling for sunny skies, the Calaveras County Water District held a Water-Forestry Forum at the San Andreas Town Hall Thursday, Jan. 23.
“Most of California’s water comes from forests … Now, with a drought on and in the months after the Rim Fire devastated 400 square miles of forest in Tuolumne County, lots of folks who manage forests and water districts are eager to address the problem and work to take better care of forests.”
“With foothill reservoirs reduced to puddles, the Sierra snowpack scaled down to slush and the long-term forecast calling for dry, balmy weather, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for California Friday, Jan. 17.