California springs to record elevation, hemoglobin levels after drought
Posted September 24, 2018 07:01:13It’s been a tough year for California’s aquifer.
A drought has devastated the state’s aquifers, leading to the worst drought in California’s recorded history.
And the snowpack, the lifeline of the state, has also been declining.
But the state has had some good news: A new study published this week shows that the state is experiencing a return to normal.
The study was done by the California Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey.
The team, led by geologist Dr. Jeff Ziemba of the California Department of Water Resources, surveyed California’s three largest reservoirs, all of which are in the Sierra Nevada.
The reservoirs include the Trinity River, the Sacramento River and the Yolo-San Joaquin River.
The aquiferal system that feeds them all has been at low levels for a decade.
The researchers found that water in the reservoirs had increased slightly in recent years, but the increase was still small compared to the overall increase in the rest of the aquifer system.
Ziemba told The Associated Press he thinks the water supply changes are more likely due to improved irrigation systems than the drought.
It’s possible that as the drought wears off and the reservoirs recover, water will return to the system, he said.
“But it’s probably not going to be a huge difference from what it was before.”
Ziembo said the increase in water levels in the Trinity and Sacramento reservoirs is probably the most surprising result of the study.
The two reservoirs have been the source of much of the heavy water that supplies the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego.
Water in the Sacramento system also supplies some of the water used in Los Angeles.
In the Trinity, the researchers found an increase in total surface water.
But the increase didn’t come nearly as large as in the other two reservoirs.
In the Trinity reservoir, there were about a dozen days in the year where the water level rose above the water table level.
In other words, the water was falling, which is not good for a system that relies on groundwater for drinking water.
The water level in the three other reservoirs did not increase as much as in any other.
In a report to the National Climate Assessment released last year, the U:The Sierra Nevada Water Authority (USNA) said the Trinity’s water level fell by about 10 feet in the winter of 2017 and by 11 feet in February 2018.
The other two aquiferences, Sacramento and Yolo, have also been at lower water levels this winter.
The drought also affected the aquiferees of the Sacramento and Trinity, according to the USNA.
“These are two of the most important reservoirs in California, and they are under stress, so that’s why we’ve seen the dramatic increase in surface water,” Ziembo told The AP.
“The change in water in these two reservoirs is pretty much a reflection of the overall drought.”
The report does not provide a cause for the rise in water level.
It could be that the drought has slowed runoff in the system or that the water that flows from the Trinity has more time to recirculate into the reservoir.
Zielinski said it’s important to note that the report does say that the overall water level is stable and that water levels will rise.
But he said it should not be interpreted as evidence that the reservoir has returned to normal levels.
“We can’t say for sure that it is, but I do think that’s not a big surprise,” he said, adding that the increased water level would likely have been there for the entire year anyway.
“It’s still a lot of water in those reservoirs,” Zielinski added.
The researchers said the drought could affect groundwater in other places, too.
The San Francisco Bay area, for example, has been under drought for several years.
Zielowski said the study does not indicate that the amount of water being pumped out of the reservoirs by local officials is a cause of the higher water levels.
But in the meantime, the San Francisco area is experiencing its second consecutive record snowfall in the past two weeks, and the drought is continuing to make things difficult for farmers.
The snowpack in San Francisco is at its lowest level in years, according the US National Weather Service.
Ziomba said the situation is “pretty severe,” but he said he expects the water levels to return to a more normal level in coming months.
“I would be surprised if it wasn’t a good thing,” he told the AP.