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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Judge — Yorba Linda residents can’t use a referendum to void water rate hikes

Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Monday in a closely watched case that customers of a water district cannot void rate increases using a referendum.

Aquafornia news KQED

About that $17 billion water project: Delta Tunnels 101

This week, Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial water project is back in the public eye. State officials are launching a marathon series of hearings for the “twin tunnels,” as they’re known, that will ultimately decide the fate of the project.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Governor’s office considering various strategies to combat wildfire amid drought and tree mortality

Gov. Jerry Brown’s office recently held the first in what’s expected to be a series of private meetings with scientists, conservationists and fire professionals to discuss how to prevent massive blazes in the face of climate change and prolonged drought.

Aquafornia news Washington Post

What we’re doing to the environment may be costing us our drinking water

The human footprint on the environment may have affected one of the Earth’s most precious resources – our drinking water– in a major way throughout the last century, according to new research.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Wildfires sweep through nearly 50,000 acres in California

Thousands of firefighters were battling wildfires on Monday in central and Southern California that have burned through nearly 50,000 acres and prompted thousands of people to evacuate their homes, the authorities said.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

1st US system to keep drones away from wildfires kicks off

The U.S. Interior Department announced the kickoff of the pilot project Monday that uses a smartphone app and real-time wildfire information to create virtual boundaries, or geofences, that drones can’t cross.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Judge says Yorba Linda water board’s fee increase was legal

The Yorba Linda Water District won its legal fight Monday against a community group opposed to a $25 monthly water-rate increase imposed on ratepayers.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Lee Brand wants loans, rebates to aid Fresno residents with tainted water

Fresno City Councilman Lee Brand, who is campaigning to be the city’s next mayor, is proposing two major policy initiatives after a large number of residents, almost exclusively in his northeast district, have complained about discolored and tainted water.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz Water Department recognizes centennial anniversary

The city of Santa Cruz Water Department celebrates its centennial in 2016, coming 50 years after the city itself was incorporated. In the past century, water treatment techniques have evolved from treatment with only chlorine and a hollowed-out redwood “pipes” delivery system.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

State Water Board launches hearings on CA WaterFix

The State Water Resources Control Board will launch a series of public hearings July 26 on the California Department of Water Resources’ request to add three new points of diversion in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for the California WaterFix project.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Protests roil over Nevada County’s proposed pot farm rules

In a Sierra Nevada foothills region long known for marijuana growing, Nevada County supervisors in January enacted a sweeping ban on outdoor and commercial medical marijuana cultivation. But that only triggered a voter revolt.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

California wildfire season at ‘extreme point’ with months to go

Wildfires are nothing new in Southern California, but as the record-breaking drought stretches into its fifth year, conditions in the southern part of the state are ripe for severe wildfires.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Sand Fire burns 37,473 acres, is 25 percent contained

The U.S. Forest Service has just announced that the Sand Fire has now burned 37,473 acres and is 25 percent contained.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Soberanes Fire: Over 16,000 acres burned, 20 homes destroyed, 10 percent containment

With a full cadre of fire personnel, law enforcement and elected officials giving an update on the Soberanes Fire, more than 300 people packed the auditorium at Carmel River School on Monday night in search of answers.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Hot, hot, hot: A high of 106 today in Sacramento, 108 on Wednesday, 106 Thursday

It you thought Monday was hot, just wait until about 5 p.m. Tuesday when the National Weather Service is predicting a high temperature of 106 degrees in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin planners earn plaudits for game to promote flood risk awareness

Staffers with the county’s public works department and Community Development Agency were recently recognized for their creative approach to engaging residents in a discussion on sea-level rise, earning a public outreach award from the state chapter of the American Planning Association for their creation — the board game the “Game of Floods.”

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Look to the soil for water supply answers

In her new book, author Judith Schwartz argues that fixing land management problems and restoring native wildlife species are, in reality, water supply projects.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Tainted water near Colorado bases hints at wider safety concerns

The aquifer that courses beneath this community in the shadow of five military installations showed traces of perfluorinated chemicals at up to 20 times the levels viewed as safe, environmental authorities said. 

Aquafornia news NPR

Canadian oil spill threatens drinking water

The water supply for communities in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan is threatened by an oil spill that dumped an estimated 66,000 gallons of heavy oil, along with natural gas used to dilute it, into a major river.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Mexico finds water tunnel under Pakal Tomb in Palenque

Archaeologists at the Mayan ruin site of Palenque said Monday they have discovered an underground water tunnel built under the Temple of Inscriptions, which houses the tomb of an ancient ruler named Pakal.