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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Despite drought’s end, conservation rules were still in place in California – until now

First the drought ended. Now the last vestiges of mandatory conservation rules are over, too. California’s main water regulatory agency ended mandatory conservation regulations for urban residents Wednesday, following Gov. Jerry Brown’s official declaration that the drought ended April 7.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

A ‘quick yes’ on Delta tunnels? Advocates concerned over new language

Proposed changes to a plan that is supposed to guide the Delta through the 21st century have advocates on red alert, as they worry that the new language locks in Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15 billion twin tunnels. The revised plan does not explicitly endorse the California Water Fix, as the tunnels proposal is formally known.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Yuba County pushes legislation on illegal diversion of river water for pot grows

In 2015, a Nevada County man believed to be running a marijuana cultivation site hauled a 500-gallon tank into Yuba County and filled it by diverting water from the Yuba River, which is not illegal under current law. Yuba County supervisors and the district attorney recently signed a letter of support for a bill that would amend the Water Code to address that type of situation.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

After the storms: A fresh look at the work of setback levees

Rivers were swift and wide this winter with heavy storms adding up to the wettest winter in 122 years. People who have lived in the Sacramento Valley for decades remember flooding from their youth, when towns were evacuated, homes were lost and topsoil washed away.

Aquafornia news Valley Public Radio

New bill would change CDFA’S relationship with farmers of color

A new bill unanimously approved by the Assembly Agricultural Committee Wednesday could significantly alter the way the California Department of Food and Agriculture works with farmers of color. 

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Experts review DWR secret memos

Two experts weighed in on the memos that the Board of Consultants assessing the current operations and future spillway options sent to the Department of Water Resources. … A former engineer who reviews disasters and a Chico State University engineering professor reviewed the memos and talked to this newspaper about their questions, comments and concerns.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

State closes fishing on section of Sacramento River

For anyone who wants to get out on the Sacramento River and fish the section of water from Keswick Dam to Highway 44, time is running out. The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday approved permanently closing that section of the river to all fishing from the beginning of April to the end of July every year.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Trump order sets up legal clash over vast lands

President Donald Trump’s order for the government to review national monuments created by several of his predecessors sets up a legal showdown over whether one chief executive has the power to undo another’s decisions. At stake are federal lands revered for their natural beauty and historical significance.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News/Associated Press

Which national monuments in California threatened by Trump order?

Declaring an end to “another egregious abuse of federal power,” President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered a review of two dozen national monuments, a move that environmentalists say will roll back protections on historic sites and scenic places where logging, mining, oil drilling and commercial fishing are often limited.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Here are some of the national monuments being reviewed under Trump’s order (with photos)

President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday calling for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review national monuments created by Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Water rates will jump again in Whittier after city council vote

City water rates are going up again, from 4.5 to 6 percent over the next two years. The City Council Tuesday voted 5-0 in favor of the increase. … Public Works Director David Schickling said the rate increase is needed because the city’s cost to acquire water is going up.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Santos edges toward beating OID recall, but dozens of votes yet to count

Votes tallied after Tuesday’s recall election favor Linda Santos keeping her Oakdale Irrigation District seat, but the final outcome remains too close to call because several dozen ballots have yet to be counted.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Office manager pleads not guilty to stealing from Lamont Public Utility District

The office manager of the Lamont Public Utility District pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges she embezzled more than $200,000 in public funds during a hearing in which her bail was reduced by more than half. 

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Highway 1 in Muir Beach set to open in early May

The beleaguered residents of Muir Beach will finally get some relief with the reopening of Highway 1 early next month. This winter’s storms made Highway 1 inaccessible in and out of Muir Beach, where the road literally slipped off and down the side of a hill. 

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Highway 101 engulfed in landslide (with video)

Within seconds, a week’s worth of work to reopen U.S. Highway 101 was wiped away Tuesday night when another landslide engulfed the road just north of Leggett.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

UC Davis study: North Coast water changes affecting marine life

Scientists at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory say a new study shows that the response by certain aquatic animals to warming ocean temperatures may make them more vulnerable to growing acidification, a secondary effect of climate change already measurable off the Sonoma Coast.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County gets a ‘C’ on UCLA’s latest environmental report card

A new UCLA environmental report card gives Los Angeles County a “C” in energy use and persistent air pollution, while rating parts of the region slightly higher for addressing other challenges.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Invisible ‘bird killer’ lurks in revitalized New Jersey meadowlands

From some vantages along the rolling meadow, the gleaming Manhattan skyline can be seen clearly in the distance, rising above the tall grass, beyond the water, roadways and fixtures of industry that dot the New Jersey horizon. But on a bright and tranquil Sunday morning, all of that feels almost a world away.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Help us make a big splash on the 2017 Big Day of Giving; Schedule your donation by May 4!

The Big Day of Giving, or BDOG, is the annual online giving challenge, first launched in 2014 in the Sacramento region.The Water Education Foundation, based in midtown Sacramento, will be participating in BDOG for the first time on Thursday, May 4!  Last year’s Big Day of Giving celebration raised $7 million for nonprofit organizations in the greater Sacramento area and highlighted the good work happening here in our community! Help us meet our fundraising goal of $20,000 during the BDOG online campaign!

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: 100 million dead trees — A danger that persists long after the drought

One of the biggest lasting problems from the state’s five-year drought is a vast quantity of dead trees. … The dead trees represent a massive fire risk that could harm nearby communities, habitat, water quality and air quality. Scott Stephens, a U.C. Berkeley professor and an expert on fire ecology, says the only realistic solution is to begin a massive program of controlled burning.