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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Supreme Court: Water rule suits should begin in trial courts

Opponents of an Obama administration rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution now know which courts should be hearing their lawsuits.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Oroville Dam spillway built on crumbling rock, warned contractor that built it

An investigation into last winter’s near catastrophe at Oroville Dam uncovered a litany of problems with how the dam was built and maintained, but one of them stands out: Even as workers built the dam, they were raising alarms about the eroded, crumbling rock on which they were directed to lay concrete for the 3,000-foot-long main flood control spillway.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

As California groundwater regulation unfolds, some feel left out

California’s sweeping effort to regulate groundwater extraction is still in its infancy. But many community groups are already concerned that too little is being done to involve low-income and disadvantaged residents in managing aquifers dominated by agriculture. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, adopted in 2014, was a Herculean achievement for California.

Aquafornia news NPR

Government shutdown: What is closed and what is open?

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will either be sent home or have been told to not show up to work at all on Monday, as furloughs due to the government shutdown that began Friday night start to affect workers around the country.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

New state water chief is married to Southern California water strategist

Critics who say state water policy tilts too far toward Southern California got additional ammunition last week, when Gov. Jerry Brown named a new director to run his Department of Water Resources. New DWR Director Karla Nemeth is married to Tom Philp, an executive strategist with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Aquafornia news E&E News

Clean Water Rule: Supreme Court says litigation belongs in district court

In a blow for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court today sent a key case over the scope of the Clean Water Act to federal district courts. Justices rebuffed arguments by the administration that a federal appeals court should instead hear the litigation.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Visitors find doors closed to Shasta Dam and Whiskeytown visitor centers

Friday night’s federal government shutdown had a minimal effect in the North State over the weekend but those who drove to Shasta Dam and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area found themselves locked out of the visitors centers there.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California park visitors begin to see impact of government shutdown

While the usual crowds swarmed Muir Woods and Alcatraz Saturday, visitors to many of California’s most popular national park sites began to experience the inconvenience that comes with fewer rangers, locked restrooms and shuttered information centers.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

This amphibian – loved for its legs – threatens its California cousins

American bullfrogs, native to the eastern United States, are hopping around Northern California ponds, gobbling up lizards, snakes, bats and birds – anything that fits in their mouths. Among their prey are the adults and tadpoles of endangered native amphibians: Sierra Nevada and foothill yellow-legged frogs, said Colin Dillingham, a wildlife biologist with the Plumas National Forest.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Wildfire debris removal, FEMA relief programs to continue during government shutdown

The shutdown will have no impact on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees or government contractors engaged in hauling away tons of ash and debris from the October wildfires, said Nancy Allen, a Corps of Engineers spokeswoman.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Orange County’s ready to clear out Santa Ana River homeless camp

The goal is to get people out so the county can begin cleaning the area of waste and hazardous debris, which county executives have said is needed to allow the flood control channel to serve its intended purpose.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

A small Antarctic fish is helping scientists understand impacts of climate change

The emerald rock cod looks like a fish you might find off the California coast, but it’s actually an Antarctic species that emperor penguins and seals rely on for food.

Aquafornia news The Conversation

Global toll from landslides is heaviest in developing countries

This month’s tragic mudslides in Montecito, California are a reminder that natural hazards lurk on the doorsteps of many U.S. homes, even in affluent communities. Similar events occur every year around the world, often inflicting much higher casualties yet rarely making front-page headlines.

Aquafornia news High Country News

Traversing the mighty Colorado River

The funny thing about the newest book on the Colorado River is that it is not actually new at all. Yes, it is true that Where the Water Goes has a 2017 copyright, plus a forward-looking author in New Yorker contributor David Owen and a dust jacket decked in praise from contemporary writers including Bill Bryson.

Aquafornia news The Denver Post

From cabin above Crested Butte, historical records make him an accidental apostle among climate researchers

[Billy] Barr began taking notes in 1974 out of boredom. Every day he would record the low and high temperatures, and measure new snow, snow-water equivalent and snowpack depth. Now he has stacks of yellowed notebooks brimming with a trove of data that has made him an accidental apostle among climate researchers.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Weather conference coming to Stateline

Forecasters are predicting another winter storm for Sunday to start the annual conference, which will be discussing extreme weather events and climate science Jan. 21-24.

Aquafornia news Yuba-Sutter Appeal-Democrat

Editorial: We worry that DWR dismisses our worries as a lot of melodramatics

We understand how some area residents are feeling it’s a bit of a frivolous lawsuit … and maybe we’re concentrating too much on banging the bureaucrats on the head. We have felt a little like that ourselves. But actually, we don’t think it’s such a bad idea: the city of Oroville bringing a lawsuit against the state Department of Water Resources.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Governor is in danger of becoming remembered for his ‘boondoggle bullet train to nowhere’

Time is running out for Gov. Jerry Brown to fix two big legacy projects. If he doesn’t, his successor might just dump them in the trash. Brown has only until the end of the year to clean up and repair his bullet train and water tunnel ventures.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Commentary: Preparing for California’s unpredictable water future

Our new climate reality is one of volatile swings, alternating from drought conditions in one year to flooded basins the following. For our state’s water managers, it’s a bit like riding Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. We zig and then we zag through the extreme weather cycles.

Aquafornia news The Union, Serving Western Nevada County

Commentary: Study shows warming temperatures shifting snow to rain across Sierra Nevada

Both the history and the future of local water appear on this mountain 28 miles northeast of Nevada City. The day Jessica Erickson measured snowpack for Nevada Irrigation District, a below-freezing wind smacked her cheeks, pine trees threw long shadows and the afternoon sun cast an orange glow onto the peak above her.