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Shasta Lake doing better than it was in 1977
<p>Though down significantly, Shasta Lake remains higher today than it was a year ago, due in large part to the state&#39;s refusal to release water for later use by migrating salmon.</p>

Top 10 drought stories for Aug. 19

Has history taught California anything water storage needs?

A common theme seems to be rising through the muck and mire of political debates over California’s four-year drought, and that is the state’s failure to plan for how to meet a growing demand for water with a supply that has not been increased to meet demand. This, by its very definition, is not sustainable.

Time for next turnaround on San Joaquin River – Linking the San Joaquin River with the Pacific Ocean sounds laudable, but it could be like connecting common sense with politics. We all agree it’s a good thing but can it really happen?

The next drought: Water officials endorse a ‘less is more’ strategy for the strategy for the future – Slogans like “less-is-more” and “more-crop-for-the-drop” still ignore the fact that humans and courts are making increasing demands on a water supply that hasn’t been appreciably increased in decades. It’s similar to trying to spread the same spoonful of peanut butter over four sandwiches instead of one. At the end of the day you have a dry piece of bread.

Crews begin work on drought fix at Folsom Lake Workers scramble with straws to suck the last bit of water from Folsom Lake for urban residents this fall. That’s because sometime soon the lake will dip to that fateful and unplanned-for level called “dead pool.”

Experts: El Niño could be strong event Pondering the strength of the current El Niño by the color charts we’ve all seen is an obvious “duh!” moment. How it plays out is now the guess-du-jour.

El Niño keeps growing, but no guarantee it will help California Never mind that science points to the coming El Niño being bigger than ever. Some are already speculating that the cyclical climatic event will not be enough. Someone is bound to be right.

Drought sets up ‘emergency situation’ for California’s trees While California’s urban forests have become a victim of the unintended consequences of mandatory water cutbacks, not all of California’s trees are dying. They continue to adapt to their environment without the help of mankind.

Drought forces trout to be trucked from California hatchery How did fish species manage to survive previous droughts before we developed ways to truck them from puddle to puddle?

State needs an efficient water allocation system Yes; and we also need people to stop blaming farmers with lies, innuendo, false premises and half-truths.

Lake Shasta’s water up over last year You wouldn’t know it from all the talk, but Shasta Lake is higher today than it was last year. This in part is due to some late-season storms that added a little to the pool, plus the California Water Resources Control Board seized control of the reservoir and severely cut outflows into the Sacramento River. So jump in - the water’s just fine.

Will water become a defining issue of our time? Perhaps an easy question to answer in California as senior water rights holders are curtailed, the Delta-Mendota Canal runs backwards and the LA Aqueduct doesn’t run at all. 

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