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27
OCT
2015

El Niño 2015

No one living on the West coast has been able to escape the boisterous predictions about El Niño and its potential impact this winter.  At WETLAB, we have been keeping a close eye on what the experts are saying about the storm, and keeping our fingers crossed that it means lots...
22
SEP
2015

Living with Drought: Golf Courses

Nevada is home to many beautiful, expansive, and green golf courses.  But, Nevada is also a dry, arid desert which is currently going through a severe drought, and there’s no end in sight.  How are these two seemingly irreconcilable realities coexisting?  Well, that’s a...
19
AUG
2015

Would You Drink Effluent Water?

Effluent water could soon become part of your normal drinking water in Northern Nevada.  According to KTVN, reclaimed water is around 30% cheaper than potable water, but the problem is that waste water is not drinkable yet. Yet is the key word here, because regulations that...
29
JUL
2015

Lake Tahoe Clarity Improves

According to a recent article in the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Tahoe in Depth Newsletter, the clarity levels of Lake Tahoe are improving.  Lake clarity increased due to several factors, high among them being the continuing drought.  Lower amounts of precipitation means...
09
JUN
2015

Recent Rainfall Does Little to Raise Water Levels

According the Reno Gazette-Journal, the recent rains experienced by northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe will ultimately have little impact on lake water levels.  The recent precipitation has pushed Lake Tahoe up to its natural rim, but will drop as the weather continues to warm. There...
02
APR
2014

Northern Nevada Drought Update

With the Sierra snowpack 1/3rd of normal for this time of year, it doesn’t look like a recovery from drought conditions are likely, according to an article on KSBW.com. A survey earlier this month found the Truckee River Basin was only at 32 percent of normal, the Tahoe Basin was...
27
FEB
2014

Nevadans Hang Hopes on Drought-Busting Potential of Emerging El Niño

As Nevada ranchers, farmers and residents brace for a desperately dry summer, one big glimmer of hope is emerging in this third year of drought. Climate scientists are becoming increasingly confident that El Niño conditions will emerge by the end of this upcoming summer, boosting...
21
JAN
2014

Sierra Snow Survey Serves Up No Surprises

The Sierra’s first snow survey, conducted early this month, indicated what we already knew – it’s the beginning of another dry year.  According to a recently published article in the Sacramento Bee, California experienced one of the driest starts to winter ever recorded. In fact,...
02
JAN
2014

Southern Nevada Pipeline Rejected Again

In the latest chapter on a controversial subject we’ve discussed before on the WETLAB blog, a judge has once again rejected a Southern Nevada Water Authority pipeline aimed at eastern Nevada water.
17
OCT
2013

Government Shutdown Threatened Water for Wild Horses

As the consequences of the government shutdown continue to unfold, one interesting water-related headline popped up in northeastern Nevada – wild horses near Elko that were unable to get water. The Elko Daily Free Press reported that Jackie Wiscombe, a contractor with the Bureau...
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