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Concern Over Sediment Runoff Hurting Reservoirs in Loma Fire Area

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    Several storms hitting the Bay Area this week are raising more concerns about how it will affect erosion, water storage and water contamination in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Robert Handa reports. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016)

    Several storms hitting the Bay Area this week are raising more concerns about how it will affect erosion, water storage and water contamination in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

    The area was recently damaged in the large Loma Fire. Cal Fire is expected to present its findings after examining the Loma Fire area.

    A big concern is the burned watershed areas above Uvas and Chesbro reservoirs.

    "We have the issue of the sediment coming in and staying in the reservoir," said Aaron Baker, Santa Clara Valley Water District raw water operations manager. "Thereby reducing the actual life span of those reservoirs."

    Baker said the district is also "worried about the possible large amounts of debris that could clog the outlets."

    Meanwhile, the district has sand and sand bags ready for residents who may need them during the storm.

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