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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Nearly $17-billion water project is being planned for California

Decision time is approaching for the agencies that will have to pick up the nearly $17-billion tab for building two massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the heart of the state’s water works.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Sites Reservoir supporters want $1.6 billion from water bond (with audio)

This week is the application deadline for projects requesting funding from the $7.5 billion Proposition 1 water bond that California voters approved in 2014.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

East Bay reservoir expansion plan wins support of environmental groups

A $914 million plan to expand the Los Vaqueros Reservoir as drought insurance for millions of Bay Area residents picked up endorsements Monday from six conservation groups in a rare display of environmental support for new water development.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Feather River gets new gravel for spawning salmon

The state Department of Water Resources is beginning to lay the gravel foundation for spawning salmon. This comes as much of the gravel was washed away with high flows from the Oroville Dam spillway this winter.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA moves to rewrite limits for coal power plant wastewater

The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants.

Aquafornia news Oroville Mercury Register

Sites Reservoir backers ask for water bond money

Backers of the proposed Sites Reservoir west of Maxwell filed an application Monday for Proposition 1 funding and released environmental documents about the project for public review and comment.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Water thieves get break from EBMUD

Saying poor people are being penalized too harshly for stealing water after their service is cut off for not paying their bills, the East Bay’s largest water district has decided to reduce water theft fines.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Imperial Irrigation District general manager responds to investigation

Imperial Irrigation District general manager Kevin Kelley is defending the public utility’s relationship with ZGlobal, after a Desert Sun investigation raised questions about the consulting firm’s extensive work for private-sector solar developers in Imperial County.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

A trip down the Feather River shows impacts of Oroville Dam spillway failure (with audio)

The heavy rains and significant releases of water from Lake Oroville after the spillway failure caused startling changes to the Feather River this spring.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Orange County Transportation Authority awards $3.1 million for water-quality improvement projects

The Orange County Transportation Authority board on Monday, Aug. 14, unanimously allocated more than $3.1 million to 16 cities for projects to improve water quality, addressing a promise to voters of environmental investment.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Fire in Los Angeles River burns itself out

A fire broke out Monday afternoon in the concrete channel of the Los Angeles River near Chinatown.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Warning to avocado lovers: a California shortfall may send prices soaring even higher

Avocados could soon be fetching a lot more green. A shortfall in production in California, the leading U.S. avocado grower, has kicked up wholesale prices in recent weeks — which means you may soon be paying more for fresh guacamole and avocado toast.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento ends record-breaking heat streak

Monday brought an end to Sacramento’s record-breaking streak of 47 consecutive days with peak temperatures at or above 90 degrees.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Yosemite wildfire grows to 1,613 acres

A wildfire in the southern part of Yosemite National Park near Wawona grew from 900 to 1,613 within hours on Monday. The South Fork Fire started around 2:30 p.m. Sunday in steep, rocky terrain with dead trees, according to the National Park Service.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Beautify your yard with free WaterSmart program

If you’re thinking of landscaping as a DIY project or with the help of professionals, check out the San Diego County Water Authority’s WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program before getting started.

Aquafornia news Boom: A Journal of California

The Smell of Gold — Passing time on the Yuba River

This personal piece of non-fiction explores the history of the Sierra Foothills and the current changes brought on by the marijuana industry.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on ice, animals

The Associated Press was joining international researchers on a month-long, 10,000 kilometer (6,200-mile) journey to document the impact of climate change on the forbidding ice and frigid waters of the Far North.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Agreements in place to fund largest California reservoir proposal

California voters in 2014 approved a ballot measure that allocates $2.7 billion for water storage projects. It’s likely there will be hot competition for the money when the California Water Commission gets around to awarding it next year.

Aquafornia news California Magazine, Cal Alumni Association

Q&A: Bob Bea takes us on a deep dive through his dire Oroville Dam report

Like everyone else, Robert Bea was appalled when almost 200,000 Californians living below Oroville Dam were ordered to flee for their lives on February 12th.  The evacuation was necessitated by severe erosion of the dam’s primary and emergency spillways caused by massive releases of water following torrential winter rains. But unlike most citizens, Bea knew the incident wasn’t engendered strictly by the vagaries of nature or an act of God.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Summer reading

“Cadillac Desert,” Marc Reisner’s prescient classic on the American West and its water, is having a moment in the Senate.