“When the namesake of your festival is a river god, the weather on parade day can be a tricky sort of issue. Will it rain or not, and does that mean Bok Kai cares about us? …
“But why bother with the dilemma? We can trust Bok Kai to do the right thing — stop the rain long enough for us all to remain dry during Saturday’s festival; or keep on delivering the moisture we so sorely need during this drought.
“The strain on water supplies in this serious drought year was evident this week, as major landowners in the Sacramento Valley protested the federal government’s forecast that it will deliver only 40 percent of usual water supplies.
“Spring water bottler Crystal Geyser’s plans to tap an aquifer at the base of Mount Shasta in far Northern California is running into opposition from some residents, environmentalists and Native American tribes.”
“Our view: The drought hasn’t vanished because of one storm, and everybody needs to do their part to quit wasting water.
“It’s easy to point fingers at water wasters during a drought. A San Jose Mercury News article printed over the weekend and posted on our website was an eye opener. A map showing water use per capita demonstrated that inland areas used more water than coastal areas.
“In response to the worst drought on record, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night declared a local emergency and encouraged a voluntary 20 percent reduction in water use by county residents.”
“Phillips [Lynn Phillips, general manager of the Sutter Extension Water District], like most water managers and farmers, is unsure about his water supply for 2014. Phillips is anticipating a 50 percent cut — the maximum possible — in the district’s water delivery from Lake Oroville, which irrigates about 20,000 acres.”
“Last month, the small Mendocino County city of Willits faced a real possibility of running out of water. …
“Enter this weekend’s storm. The powerful mass of moist, tropical air from the Pacific Ocean known as a Pineapple Express delivered more rain than Northern California had seen in a year and gave some communities a needed boost to drought-stricken supplies.”
“A Pacific storm system spreading across Northern California this weekend is delivering a welcome drenching to parts of the drought-stricken state, dumping copious amounts of rain on the coastal range north of San Francisco and several feet of snow on the Sierra Nevada.”
“On Friday, the State Water Resources Control Board announced a curtailment of all post-1914 water rights holders, which will affect about 500 water contracts in Yuba, Sutter and Colusa counties.
“Now, as water managers wait for those curtailment notices to arrive, the Bureau of Reclamation and other federal partners will announce additional responses to the drought at a press conference today in Sacramento.”