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With East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) annoucing stage 4 drought restrictions last week, the Alameda Sun will be looking into the impact of drought on the Island City. While completely surrounded by water, the city of Alameda and its residents and businesses rely on EBMUD for its drinking water supply.

Dismal precipitation this past winter and a melted snowpack has pushed the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) board of directors to implement a series of actions to protect and stretch the East Bay’s water supply.

The district’s annual water supply and deficiency report confirms that projected water storage will be at near-record lows without additional actions. Storage in all reservoirs combined is expected to stand at one-third of capacity by Oct. 1, the start of the water year.

City officials are recommending the City Council approve a permanent civilian staffer to create and execute plans to help Alameda bounce back quickly from a range of disasters. This is the third position the city is creating to better prepare for disasters.

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Nighttime Closures on Park Street Bridge begin May 11

Alameda native James Hahn’s run at the 2015 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga. ended before the third round, but not before leaving an unforgettable impression on those in attendance. Hahn shot a three-over-par 147 after two rounds at the major tournament.