Atmospheric Rivers Increase Water Supply in California - But Only to a Point

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Atmospheric Rivers Increase Water Supply in California - But Only to a Point
A series of "atmospheric river" storms have brought thirst-quenching rain to much of California, but much of that water is contributing to high - and in some cases dangerous, as seen with the Oroville Dam - levels of runoff. In the April comment for EARTH Magazine, Jeffrey Mount, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California Water Policy Center, provides timely insight into what he calls "a blessing and a challenge for California water managers."
Although this winter's overabundance of precipitation has effectively ended the five-year-long drought for most of the state, it has not replenished the groundwater, meaning that drought could easily return. What can water managers do to change the system to better capture the waters from atmospheric rivers and protect communities from flooding? Read more in EARTH Magazine's April comment, live today at EARTH online:
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