San Luis Reservoir in Merced County held 93% of average storage when the new year began, and most of the state’s other surface water reservoirs stood at average or more. In the Sierra, storms during December left the snowpack at 90% of average.
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Sean de Guzman of the California Department of Water Resources, center, conducts the year’s first snow survey at Phillips Station in El Dorado County.
Photo/ California Department of Water Resources
Year starts with near-average snow, storage
A wet December has left its mark in the mountains, and many of the state's reservoirs remain at or above average storage levels as 2020 begins. Read more...

Water portfolio lays out state’s long-term plans
Farm organizations welcomed a new water planning document from state agencies while they analyzed the document's proposed strategies. Read more...

Commentary: Study of ‘local’ confirms words affect perceptions
Words have power and one specific word—"local"—appears to have particular power in the marketing of fresh vegetables. That's the conclusion of a study published by researchers from Cornell University in New York. Read more...

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