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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Farmers say, ‘No apologies,’ as well drilling hits record levels in San Joaquin Valley

Drive through rural Tulare County and you’ll hear it soon enough, a roar from one of the hundreds of agricultural pumps pulling water from beneath the soil to keep the nut and fruit orchards and vast fields of corn and alfalfa lush and green under the scorching San Joaquin Valley sun.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Klamath River dam removals in California presented to federal agency

Three Northern California dams and one in Oregon would eventually fall, under a proposal floated Friday to a federal agency.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Cal Am pipeline project work underway, kicking off a year of construction, disruption

More than two decades after California American Water was ordered to cut its overpumping from the Carmel River, Monterey Peninsula residents will finally be able to witness construction of the first major infrastructure component of a new water supply — a $50 million California American Water-owned transmission pipeline and pump station project.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Oakdale Irrigation District to consider $4 million water sale

At a special meeting Monday, irrigation leaders will consider selling more river water to buyers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a tradition that has brought in millions of dollars but also controversy to the Oakdale Irrigation District.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Why did it take 12 years for Fresno’s leaders to wake up to its tainted-water problem?

On a hot summer evening in 2004, Mike Conner’s 4-year-old daughter turned on the bath water in their northeast Fresno home and let out a scream. … That was the beginning of complaints about discolored water in northeast Fresno, and over the next dozen years the number of complaints was small.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz County water agencies grappling with carcinogen

Of the five large drinking water suppliers in Santa Cruz County, each system’s average chromium 6 rates are already below the state mandated maximum, but several wells within Watsonville and Soquel Creek are individually over the state limit.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Why San Bernardino residents will pay more for water

Residents will see their water bill increase by an average of $3.50 starting in October.

Aquafornia news The Burbank Leader

Burbank Water and Power to team up with Los Angeles DWP

For 36 years, the Southern California Public Power Authority has brought together various cities to work on energy projects. Now Burbank Water and Power and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power want to form a new joint powers authority to do the same for water projects.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

La Niña may arrive, or just as likely stay away

The best guess about the weather forecast for the next several months is that its anybody’s guess.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Firefighters battle 1,500-acre blaze in The Geysers

Firefighters are battling a growing wildfire moving through The Geysers in northeastern Sonoma County last reported to have reached 1,500 acres, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department said.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

The Flint water crisis, a year on

A year after the tap water in Flint was exposed as a source of dangerous levels of lead, residents of the impoverished city are still grappling with the man-made public health crisis, which has led to criminal charges and drawn attention in the presidential election.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Tapping storm flows to boost California’s urban water supplies

State officials are promoting stormwater capture as a new way to boost the reliability of local water supplies. Steven Kuo of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power explains how the city has made this a focus of its water management for decades.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: The price of water conservation – using less and paying more

It’s an understatement to say that water pricing is complicated – because it’s a social good and it’s undervalued and tied to outmoded fee structures. It was public policy in the U.S. during the 20th century for federal grants and public works programs to build much of today’s water infrastructure.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Commentary: A memory becomes a river

Today water is advancing south down the 63-mile stretch of San Joaquin River bed that sat bone dry for more than 60 years: the San Joaquin River restoration is actually taking place.

Aquafornia news Herald and News, Klamath Falls

Commentary: The Klamath Irrigation District: here’s the history that was missing

Earlier this month, an anonymous group of people published an ad in the Herald and News containing a timeline of events that occurred in the Klamath Irrigation District (KID) since 2011. Unfortunately, the timeline omitted 99 percent of the important information.

Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association

Blog: Water and fisheries leaders host Sacramento Valley Salmon Recovery Program event in Redding

Earlier this week, water and fisheries officials joined the Northern California Water Association and a number of Northern California water management entities at the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District Diversion Dam in Redding to take an in-depth look at the collaborative projects and programs underway to benefit salmon as part of the Sacramento Valley Salmon Recovery Program. Experts from the region and water managers provided overviews of the projects that have been carried out to date, as well as what is being planned, to aid the survival of salmon.

Aquafornia news NRDC

Blog: California plans to give millions to water wasters

California is in the midst of a fifth year of drought. More than 80 percent of the state is experiencing drought conditions, and nearly 34 million people are living in drought-afflicted areas. The drought affects all of us, including California’s many farms and ranches

Aquafornia news IOPscience

Report: Extreme hydrological changes in the southwestern US drive reductions in water supply to Southern California by mid century

Here we take an integrative high-resolution ensemble modeling approach to examine near term climate change impacts on all imported and local sources of water supply to Southern California.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Apprentices successfully complete first year of Hoover Dam training program

“The month of August 2016 is a memorable period in our [Hoover Dam] Apprenticeship Program,” Randolph M. Argote declared recently. Argote, the Supervisory Apprentice Coordinator at Hoover Dam, added, “Our power system electrician apprentices (PSEAs) successfully completed their first year in the program on Aug. 21.”

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Big crowd fills San Vicente reservoir on re-opening day

The [San Vicente] reservoir, owned by the city of San Diego, shut down to visitors Sept. 2, 2008. It closed so the county Water Authority could raise the height of the reservoir’s concrete dam by more than 100 feet to increase its water storage.