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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta tunnels don’t pencil out, UOP economist says

A prominent Sacramento-area economist says Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15.5 billion plan to overhaul the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta doesn’t make financial sense, with costs far outweighing the benefits.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Backers drop plan to allow Delta anglers to keep more striped bass

The state Fish and Game Commission on Thursday will no longer consider a controversial proposal to allow anglers to catch and keep more nonnative Delta bass.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Lawmakers pass drought bill to help homeowners drill deeper wells

A drought relief bill providing $15 million in loans and grants to homeowners to deepen dry wells passed the Assembly unanimously, Assemblyman Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Kings River groundwater agency nears formation

A bill that would create a groundwater management agency for the Kings River basin in Fresno and Tulare counties has been approved by the Legislature and awaits signing by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Aquafornia news Valley Public Radio NPR for Central California

Water woes in northeast Fresno could be ‘canary in a coal mine’ (with audio)

Virginia Tech University researcher Marc Edwards came to national fame as one of the lead investigators who uncovered the extreme lead contamination in Flint, Michigan. Now, he is on the case in Fresno.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz council encourages conservation with new water rate structure

As many cities across California are lowering their water conservation goals as quickly as the state mandates roll back, Santa Cruz is shifting its water billing strategy. 

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Trout decline on Stanislaus raises concern

Ill-timed releases from New Melones Reservoir led to a 75 percent drop in rainbow trout on the lower Stanislaus River last year, according to two water purveyors that could have used some of the supply.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Opposition group forms against ballot measure to overhaul LADWP

Environmentalists and unions are part of a newly formed coalition fighting a November ballot measure to overhaul the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the group announced Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

How to get free recycled water in California

When the drought hit hard in 2014, Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD), a water and wastewater utility, learned that it would receive only 5 percent of its typical water allocation for the 2014 water year. This meant that outdoor irrigation had to be severely curtailed in DSRSD’s service area and customers would likely need to let their lawns die.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Two Monterey County fires about 60 miles apart

Two major wildfires in Monterey County are about 60 miles apart according to Cal Fire website maps and have prompted the Monterey County Board of Supervisors to take further action.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

In dry, windy West, crews target flames in several states

Growing wildfires stoked by windy, dry conditions have destroyed buildings and forced evacuations in California, Washington, Montana and elsewhere.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Fire danger to Hearst Castle eases as blaze shifts north

A relentless wildfire burning near Hearst Castle in San Luis Obispo County seeped north Tuesday into Monterey County away from the opulent mansion as it continued consuming the drought-withered brush and trees in the wilderness near Lake Nacimiento, firefighters said.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

YubaNet reporter gives updates on major (and minor) California wildfires (with audio)

California wildfires are getting larger as the summer progresses with no near end in sight for some.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Spring-run salmon getting new route around waterfall

As you grunt up the path in the depths of Deer Creek Canyon, the incongruous sound of a large piece of gasoline-driven machinery becomes audible over the rhythmic rumbling of the creek. … But it’s one of those things where a temporary intrusion into the wild may end up enhancing the wild for the long term.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

King salmon season reopens on North Coast

After nearly a month in port, local fishermen are once again heading out to sea in search of the highly prized king salmon. Also known as Chinook, it’s a sleek, silver fish that boasts a high oil content, sweet flavor and a deep orange color due to its fat-laden diet of krill, anchovies and squid.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California’s ocean waters due for a cooling trend after period of damaging heat, scientists say

As a series of marine heat waves linked to climate change has thrown ocean ecosystems out of whack from Australia to the coast of California, a cooling trend called La Niña has given scientists hope that water temperatures could come back into balance.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Report: Delta tunnels fail financially

The costs of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed Delta tunnels vastly outweigh the benefits of building them, according to an analysis released Wednesday by University of the Pacific economist Jeff Michael.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Experts: Mexico storms led to deaths of millions of Monarchs

Storms earlier this year blew down more than a hundred acres of forests where migrating monarch butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico, killing more than 7 percent of the monarchs, experts reported Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Why California’s current drought is different

In 1987, California was at the beginning of what would be a six-year drought – the second driest in the state’s history. Fittingly, that same year Peter Gleick helped to co-found the Pacific Institute, a global think tank that would become a leader in global environmental and California water issues. … Water Deeply recently sat down with Gleick to talk about the evolution of California water issues over the last three decades and the biggest problems facing the state.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: In an apocalyptic summer, a historic step to fight climate change

Amid biblical flooding in Baton Rouge and an apocalyptic fire in Monterey County, the Assembly voted narrowly on Tuesday to redouble California’s fight against climate change.