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Happy Memorial Day from Aquafornia

Dear Aquafornia readers,

Aquafornia is taking off Memorial Day on Monday, May 29.

We will be back on Tuesday, May 30, with a full slate of water news.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter where we post breaking water news and on Facebook where we post a weekend water read on most Sundays.

- From the staff at the Water Education Foundation

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Trump wants to cut funding for earthquake early warning system

President Trump’s budget would eliminate federal funding for an earthquake early warning system being developed for California and the rest of the West Coast which, if enacted, probably would kill the long-planned effort. The budget proposal for the year ending in September 2018 also seeks to eliminate U.S. funding for critical tsunami-monitoring stations in oceans and reduce funds for a next-generation weather forecasting system.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

California, Oregon governors request salmon disaster declaration

California Gov. Jerry Brown and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called on the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Thursday to declare a federal fisheries disaster due to this year’s unprecedented low number of ocean salmon, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Aquafornia news PolitiFact/Capital Public Radio

Lawmaker misleads with claim governor has axed funds for California’s dying trees

Republican Assemblyman Jim Patterson of Fresno recently claimed Gov. Jerry Brown has slashed nearly all the money in the state’s budget to help local governments remove dead and dying trees in California’s forests. More than 100 million trees have died in the forests due to drought and bark beetle infestations since 2010.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

A devastating cycle of fire, record rain and huge landslides batters Central Coast

It has been a painful 10 months for California’s Central Coast. It started with a scorching summer that dried out hillsides and invited a devastating wildfire. That was followed by deadly winter rains that knocked out critical roads and bridges, and it worsened this weekend when a massive landslide collapsed the side of a mountain on top of Highway 1, burying it likely for months.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Trump promised a ‘big beautiful door’ in his border wall. California farmers are ready and waiting

More than 11,000 foreign guest workers like [Alfredo] Betancourt were approved last year to harvest the lettuce, fruit and vegetables for California’s $47-billion agricultural industry — a fivefold increase from 2011, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of U.S. Labor Department data. … If growers have their way, they will get even more under the visa program known as H-2A and face fewer barriers, delays and regulations.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

More than 1,000,000 tons of rock and dirt has to be moved off Highway 1. But how?

Geologists and engineers crowded a conference room in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday to address the latest assault upon California’s most revered roadway. Yet another stretch of Highway 1, that improbable serpentine hemming the continent’s western edge, had abruptly disappeared.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Massive Big Sur slide may keep Highway 1 closed for a year

It will take approximately a year and millions of dollars for Caltrans to repair and reopen Highway 1 at Mud Creek in southern Big Sur following the massive landslide Saturday that covers one-third of a mile of the scenic road.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

California Highway 1: How far south can you get on Memorial Day weekend?

You may have rushed through Big Sur Village in the past on your way down Highway 1 to Los Angeles. Now it’s as far as you’ll get if you’re driving south down Highway 1 from the Bay Area this Memorial Day weekend.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Prizes awarded for Shasta Dam fish passage proposals

“Four or five Friday nights” of work has paid off for Briana Conners, who recently won $10,000 for her winning entry in a contest seeking proposals to get fish past tall dams like Shasta Dam. … While the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation sponsored the contest to solicit ideas for getting fish around tall dams, the agency is specifically interested in finding ways to get young endangered salmon around Shasta Dam.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Lake Oroville expects busiest weekend of the year

State Parks expects a busy Memorial Day weekend at Lake Oroville even with the spillway dominating the news. … A portion of Lake Oroville remains closed as construction continues at the Oroville Dam spillway.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

West side San Franciscans are none too happy about new water mix

San Franciscans take pride in drinking pristine water from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which they treasure as among the purest in the nation. So a recent move by the Public Utilities Commission to introduce groundwater gradually into the city’s drinking supply prompted anxiety and suspicion.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Watch a controlled blast at Oroville Dam spillway (video)

The Department of Water Resources are using controlled blasting methods to break up intact rock on the slopes along the damaged gated flood control spillway at Oroville Dam.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Summer? Not in the mountains

Memorial Day weekend might be the traditional kickoff for summer, but it won’t look that way across much of the Sierra Nevada this year.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

DSC holds hearing on draft Delta Plan amendment on conveyance, storage

The Delta Stewardship Council held an informational hearing today where scientists, landowners and others weighed in on the council’s draft Delta Plan amendment on conveyance, storage and their joint operations in the Delta.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino Sun

Lake Gregory opens for Memorial Day Weekend

Visitors to the lake will be able to enjoy an improved swim beach, which has been dredged of sediment and given fresh, new sand. Removing sediment that flows into the lake from the local watershed makes the lake deeper and cooler, according to a County of San Bernardino news release.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Alpine students release Lahontan cutthroat trout at Lake Tahoe

A project where Alpine County school children raised Lahontan cutthroat trout wrapped up last week when they released their fish at Lake Tahoe. … Trout-in-the-Classroom is sponsored every year by the California Fish and Wildlife and Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Border Patrol agents said Tijuana sewage problem worse now than in previous decades

U.S. Border Patrol agents chasing people who crossed illegally into the United States through the Tijuana River Valley often get covered in toxic mud and must wade through hazardous wastewater. That’s according to union officials representing the agents, who said respiratory problems, rashes and nausea have become an increasingly routine part of patrolling the border with Mexico.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Where Nestlé guzzles water, Michigan neighbors take exception

The creek behind Maryann Borden’s house was once “a lovely little stream that just babbled along and never changed for decades,” she says. Now it is perhaps 12 feet across — half what it was, she reckons — with grassy islands impeding what used to be an uninterrupted flow.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: California Legislature can prove drought lessons were learned

During the drought Californians answered the call to reduce water demand, showing that we have a remarkable capacity to use water more efficiently. Now we need to keep this momentum going. That’s why eight Connect the Drops business partners from a variety of sectors support a group of bills and associated budget allocation being considered by the California legislature that are aligned with the state’s April 2017 report, Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life.