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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California Supreme Court denies push for payment during tunnel tests

California officials don’t have to pay property owners to access their land to conduct preliminary testing before deciding whether to move forward with a $15.7 billion plan to build two giant water tunnels to supply drinking water for cities and irrigation for farmers, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday. … Officials promoting the tunnels will present plans to state water regulators in hearings starting Tuesday. 

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Feds may face third lawsuit over fish parasites

Two federal agencies could face a third legal challenge over alleged Endangered Species Act violations on the Klamath River after a group of environmental and fishing organizations filed a notice of intent to sue this week. 

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Forecasters backing away from La Niña predictions for winter

The “Godzilla” El Niño is gone. But its sibling climate pattern, La Niña, which typically emerges in the aftermath with a cooling effect on the globe and potentially drier weather in California, has yet to show.

Aquafornia news Long Beach Press-Telegram

Beaches in Seal Beach reopen, but those in Long Beach remain closed following sewage spill

A stretch of coastline in Seal Beach reopened to swimmers and surfers Thursday following a roughly three-day closure due to a sewage spill near downtown Los Angeles, but all coastal beaches in Long Beach remain under closure orders.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California’s top court rules in favor of Gov. Brown’s water project

The California Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for state water authorities to do environmental and geological testing on private land for a proposed project to divert Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water to the south.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

State Supreme Court rules in state’s favor on Delta property rights

In a win for the state, the California Supreme Court declared Thursday that the state has the right to go on private property for soil and environmental testing as part of a plan to divert fresh water under or around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on its way to Central and Southern California.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Oakdale Irrigation District won’t shut off water for late payment

Farmers caught off guard by the Oakdale Irrigation District’s new by-volume water billing schedule won’t face delivery shutoffs this year for late payments, OID leaders said Wednesday in a tentative decision.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Report card time: How did Orange County’s infrastructure do?

Orange County’s infrastructure is in better shape than much of the nation’s, but will still require an investment of more than $22 billion over the next decade to make systems sustainable long term, civil engineering experts announced Thursday, releasing a C-plus report card for the county.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Drought persists and so does water conservation in Sacramento (with audio)

Summer isn’t the easiest time to save water, but users in the Sacramento-area reduced their water use by 22 percent in June compared to the same month in 2013. The savings is the first following the end of mandatory statewide conservation rules.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramentans keep saving water despite end of conservation mandate

The Sacramento Regional Water Authority, an umbrella group representing water agencies in a five-county area, said Thursday that the region’s residents cut water usage by 22 percent last month compared with June 2013, the baseline month.

Aquafornia news KCRA

How trout release equals more energy for Sacramento Valley (with video)

Tens of thousands of rainbow trout were released into El Dorado County reservoirs Thursday on behalf of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. In return, SMUD is able to produce hydroelectricity.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

‘Heat Dome’ stretches to Southern California, causing temperatures to soar over 100

If you’re planning to stay in Southern California for the next week, there’s no escaping the “heat dome.”

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

New $5 million Santa Cruz dredge christened ‘Twin Lakes’ in ceremony

The 280-ton dredge was formally christened the “Twin Lakes” during a ceremony including [Congressman Leon] Panetta’s successor, outgoing Rep. Sam Farr on Wednesday. It’s arrival and reassembly on the harbor’s public boat launch in June and July came after one of the worst recent winters for the harbor, as crews raced to dig out accumulating silt continuously since December in the face of storms and large ocean swells.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Novato creeks eyed for dredging

A $1.4 million effort to dredge three Novato creeks aims to ease flooding and help the environment. Sediment will be pulled beginning Monday from portions of Arroyo Avichi, Novato and Warner creeks to extend the waterways’ capacity and prevent flooding during winter storms.

Aquafornia news KQED

Two years on, Napa Quake still serving up surprises

Scientists say data from earth movements that occurred after the major shaking stopped show helter-skelter patterns unlike anything they’ve seen before.

Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Veterans use recycled water to keep memorial site looking good

As a veteran, Oakley’s Larry Jones often enjoys stopping by Oakley’s Veteran Memorial. The memorial, which is in downtown Oakley at City Park, has a small garden featuring roses and other flowers circling the monuments, plaques and flag.

Aquafornia news NPR

An archaeological mystery in Ghana: Why didn’t past droughts spell famine?

In a paper published Wednesday in American Anthropologist, [Northwestern University archaeologist Amanda] Logan reports that food security in Banda peaked about 500 years ago, smack in the middle of an epic drought. 

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Report: Accounting for California’s Water

Understanding California’s balance sheet for water—how much there is, who has claims to it, and what is actually being “spent”—is key to effectively managing the state’s limited water supply in support of a healthy economy and environment. This report compares California’s water accounting systems to those of 11 other western states, Australia, and Spain. It identifies gaps in California’s water information systems, and proposes a dozen ways to bridge them.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: Complications of ‘new’ deep groundwater

Californians living through a fifth year of historic drought received what seemed like a bit of good news last month: Researchers at Stanford found significantly larger-than-expected groundwater supplies 1,000 to 3,500ft (300 to 1,000m) below the state’s surface, in a first ever assessment of water supplies in California’s deep underground aquifers.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Sacramento region should lead the world in ag-tech innovation

While shaping itself into the farm-to-fork capital, Sacramento also has the potential to be the nation’s hub of innovation for food and agriculture technology.

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