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Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: EPA sued over fracking waste-disposal rules amid worry over earthquakes

Environmental groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to force new regulations on the disposal of waste generated by hydraulic fracturing.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Borrego Springs water crisis begins and ends with farming

The water crisis in Borrego Springs is as simple to understand as it will be difficult to solve. At the crux is farming.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

San Andreas fault ‘locked, loaded and ready to roll’ with big earthquake, expert says

Southern California’s section of the San Andreas fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach. … Other areas of focus have included strengthening Los Angeles’ vulnerable aqueduct systems and its telecommunications networks.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

At Salton Sea, dreaming big on geothermal

On a windy Friday morning last month, three men stood on Red Hill by the southern shore of the Salton Sea, admiring the geothermal power plants belching steam in the distance.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Petition to put anti-fracking measure on ballot delivered to Elections Department

The group Protect Monterey County delivered 16,108 signatures Wednesday to the Monterey County Elections Department in support of putting an initiative on the November ballot to ban fracking and dangerous oil production practices in the county.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Oakdale Irrigation District wins first round in lawsuit over water sales, fallowed land

A judge declined Wednesday to halt the Oakdale Irrigation District’s evolving plan to idle some farmland and sell water not needed for that land. The district has not revealed – to the public or its own board of directors – how its fallowing program has changed, other than to say that previous prospective buyers no longer are involved.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Malaga district hit with $1 million fine by Central Valley water board

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has slapped a fine of more than $1 million on Malaga County Water District for failing to fully implement a federally mandated wastewater pretreatment program and submit reports on wastewater treatment capacity.

Aquafornia news AgAlert Newspaper, California Farm Bureau Federation

Water officials outline outlook for 2016, beyond

What if 2017 is a dry year? “There are no predictions yet, but we have to be prepared,” said Jeanine Jones, resources manager for the state Department of Water Resources. Jones and other state and federal water officials outlined the challenges faced in meeting water demands and the limiting factors to delivery, during a Water Education Foundation seminar held in Fresno.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

North Coast water conservation slackens as drought dissipates

As drought conditions dissipate on the North Coast, Humboldt County water suppliers are pleading their case to California’s top water authority to relieve them of the emergency drought regulations that have been in effect for nearly two years.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento residents cut March water use by nearly 40 percent

Water districts across the Sacramento region and California posted big conservation savings in March, aided in large part by cool, wet weather, the State Water Resources Control Board reported Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Conservation continues in face of rate hike

News of a drought-related water rate increase proposed for Stockton Municipal Utilities Department customers doesn’t seem to have diminished their desire to conserve.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Marysville council rescinds resolution in conflict over GSAs

Marysville City Council members unanimously voted Tuesday to rescind a resolution in support of the Yuba County Water Agency’s proposal to modify the boundary of the North Yuba Subbasin along the Yuba-Butte county line. The council is angling to gain leverage in a conflict about overlapping Groundwater Sustainability Agency maps.

Aquafornia news Calaveras Enterprise

Calaveras County Water District to draft changes to drought plan

The Calaveras County Water District will release a draft of its new water shortage contingency plan in early May.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

‘I’ve got your back,’ Obama tells Flint residents

President Obama vowed federal support for the beleaguered residents of this city on Wednesday and said government officials at all levels should have prevented Flint’s water supply from being contaminated with lead.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Judge: Plan for restoring Northwest salmon runs not enough

A massive habitat restoration effort by the U.S. government doesn’t do nearly enough to improve Northwest salmon runs, a federal judge ruled Thursday, handing a major victory to conservationists, anglers and others who hope to someday see four dams on the Snake River breached to make way for the fish.

Aquafornia news The Brookings Institution

The world’s children are already suffering from climate change

People urging more aggressive action on climate change often use children in their rhetoric: “we need to leave a better planet for our children,” “we owe it to the next generation to act,” etc. … The latest issue of the journal The Future of Children, a joint publication of Brookings and Princeton University, goes beyond the usual rhetoric and provides a detailed analysis of the impact of climate change on children’s wellbeing.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Cooler temperatures and possible thunderstorms sweeping across Southern California this week

A slow-moving wet system will bring cooler temperatures and possibly thunderstorms to Southern California through the weekend.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Los Vaqueros Reservoir expansion can be part of a real California water fix

The $17 billion Delta twin tunnels project is a dud, and even if it wasn’t, it will be tied up in courts for years to come as environmentalists fight Southern California and Central Valley interests for control of one of the state’s most important water sources.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger LLP

Legal Commentary: California State Water Board set to impose new drinking water fees on public water systems

The State Water Resources Control Board released a series of proposed regulations aimed at increasing total funding for California’s Drinking Water Program and addressing drinking water issues by charging public water systems an annual fee. … A Senate Bill enacted last year (SB 83) modified the Board’s authority to impose annual operating fees on public water systems and served as the impetus for the Board’s most recent round of rulemaking.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: The crucial work of restoring Delta habitat is accelerating

As promised a year ago, the state is at work restoring wildlife habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh, with six projects targeted for groundbreaking in 2016.