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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water rule

The Trump administration moved Tuesday to roll back an Obama administration policy that protected more than half the nation’s streams from pollution but drew attacks from farmers, fossil fuel companies and property-rights groups as federal overreach. 

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

‘Under the radar’ hearings grind on for California water tunnel project

The controversial water diversion tunnels proposed in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta may be the biggest waterworks up for review anywhere in the world. And this $17 billion project requires a variety of permits and approvals before construction can begin. … The State Water Resources Control Board is the agency charged with issuing the new diversion permit – essentially a new water right.

Aquafornia news KJZZ

Arizonan tapped to lead Bureau of Reclamation

President Donald Trump’s administration tapped an Arizonan to lead the agency whose water projects shaped the western United States. If confirmed, Brenda Burman will serve as commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, a division of the Department of the Interior.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Vanishing salmon could doom tribes’ culture

Under a purple pre-dawn sky, a small group of Northern Californian Indians ventured out onto the wet sand where the mighty Klamath River meets the Pacific Ocean. They had come to honor and fight for the salmon that have sustained their ancient culture for generations.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA chief met with DOW CEO before deciding on pesticide ban

The Trump administration’s top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency’s push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies showed it can harm children’s brains, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Drinking-water crisis ends in Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta residents no longer have to boil water after E. coli bacteria was detected in the city’s water supply late last week. “Repeat samples show no E.coli or fecal coliform bacteria in the Mount Shasta spring source,” Andrew DiLuccia, a spokesman for the State Water Resources Control Board, said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Toxic algae closes popular Bay Area lake to swimming

The popular Lake Temescal is closed to swimming again because of a bloom of toxic blue-green algae just as the swim season heats up.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Why some say the generous new contract for Los Angeles DWP workers might be just a ‘face-saving gesture’

For nearly two decades, ratepayers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have pumped nearly $4 million a year into a pair of nonprofits created to improve employee training and safety at the city-owned utility. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

‘Can we go back to watering our driveways now?’ and other lessons to consider before California’s next drought hits

With summer here to remind Californians what it’s like to be hot and thirsty we fired three big questions at Bettina Boxall, the Los Angeles Times’ most experienced water reporter. She answers in these short videos.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

What they didn’t tell you about last year’s water rate hike in Modesto

Don’t worry about your water bill going up to cover a newly created storm drain charge. You’re already paying it. 

Aquafornia news KCRA Channel 3

Swarm of earthquakes rattle Sierra near Lake Tahoe

A swarm of earthquakes rattled the Sierra, north of Lake Tahoe early Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Mining sand from beaches in mainland U.S. could end with this proposed settlement

The California Coastal Commission and an international cement company on Tuesday announced a proposed settlement that would end the mining of coastal sand in Monterey County — the last operation of its type on the mainland United States.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Zinke wants more ‘front line’ help in parks, but can’t give details

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he’ll ease the impact of potentially huge National Park Service budget cuts by shifting more resources to the “front line.” But it’s not clear yet what that actually means.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Rep. Chu bill would protect 31,000 acres of Angeles Forest as wilderness

About 31,069 acres of rugged, pristine mountain land, plus 25 miles of year-round waterways located within the Angeles National Forest would be granted federal protection as wilderness areas and scenic rivers, according to a bill introduced Friday in Congress.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Monterey County crop values down in 2016

The value of Monterey County’s crops showed a significant decline last year, the Monterey County Agriculture Commission’s 2016 Crop Report revealed Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Nestle to buy back $21 billion in its own stock by 2020

The Swiss food and beverage giant also said Tuesday that that after a review of its wide-ranging business, it will mostly focus on high-growth areas, such as coffee, pet care, baby food and bottled water.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Tioga Pass set to open this week — latest opening in decades

Tioga Road in the Sierra should see its latest summer opening in decades due to a combination of a huge winter snowpack, flooding from snowmelt and various repairs, Yosemite National Park officials said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Big load: 35,000 gallon water tank driven through Fresno roadways

A 35,000 gallon water tank was carefully moved through the streets of Fresno Tuesday to the site where the Fresno Aquarium project is to be built.

Aquafornia news Oceans Deeply

Q&A: Generation O — The millennial movement to save the ocean

Daniela Fernandez turned 23 years old in January and this spring she graduated from Georgetown University, but she has already been a chief executive of Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) for four years. Fernandez, who took a degree in government and economics, says that she is passionate about protecting the world’s oceans, and making sure that her own generation, millennials, are informed and involved in marine issues.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Delhi waits for water (videos)

Delhi is thirsty… even parched. As the 3rd largest population center in the world, its 25 million people need water, — and lots of it — to survive.