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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento County sues to block Delta tunnels – and it’s not alone

Sacramento County led a cascade of area governments suing the state in an effort to block the Delta tunnels, saying the $17 billion project would harm local farmers, endangered fish and low-income communities at the south end of the county.


Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta tunnels project needs water agencies to pay for it (with graphic)

As California water agencies prepare to vote next month on paying for the tunnels, which are supposed to improve water deliveries to the southern half of the state, the stark difference between urban and rural water users’ expected costs illustrates one of the project’s main stumbling blocks.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Undermanned EPA delays action on lead in drinking water

Even after the Flint scandal reawakened the nation to the dangers posed by lead drinking water pipes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appears to be in no rush to strengthen federal health standards.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Assembly Speaker: Housing spending this year is more important than water and parks

With Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers debating billions in new spending for a variety of projects on the 2018 ballot, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) said low-income housing will be the highest priority.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

California prepares for an eclipse of its solar power (with audio)

“Luckily, we had a really good water year this year,” [Deane] Lyon [a manager at the California Independent System Operator] says. “So we’ll have some pretty good flexibility on the hydro.” That wasn’t the case during the past few summers, when reservoirs were low due to the drought.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Toxic Taps: Meet California’s newest water contaminant (video)

There are over a hundred water systems in California that have tested above the new maximum contaminant level for 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP), a man-made chemical and known carcinogen found in the state’s groundwater.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Russian River cleanup plan to seek fixes for failing septic systems

North Coast water regulators are taking another run at a comprehensive program to prevent bacterial contamination of the Russian River, one that includes provisions likely to have significant impacts for thousands of homeowners dependent on aging septic systems.

Aquafornia news The Union, serving Western Nevada County

18 cases in E. coli outbreak at Lake Wildwood

Nevada County’s Public Health Department reports 18 cases of a recent E. Coli outbreak are linked to a Lake Wildwood beach.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Yuba County Water Agency gives its member units a break

With power generation revenues exceeding the Yuba County Water Agency’s expectations this past year – by more than $20 million since taking over responsibility of the powerhouses from PG&E on May 1, 2016 – the board of directors granted its member units’ request to forgo an annual rate increase this year.

Aquafornia news Daily Pilot

16 candidates seek Mesa Water District board seat

Sixteen people have applied for a Mesa Water District board seat left vacant by the recent resignation of Ethan Temianka.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

Riverside residents asked to help save state’s citrus industry from deadly disease

Agriculture and citrus experts told Riverside residents at a meeting Thursday night, Aug. 17, it will take a coordinated community effort to protect not only local citrus trees but the state’s $3.3 billion citrus industry from the growing threat of citrus greening disease.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California woman goes looking for gold, finds gold and diamond

[Jillian] Kelly and her mining partner have been working their federally approved mine for about seven years. Several miles outside of Forest Hill, the site once had been mined with hydraulic dredging, before the practice was made illegal in 1884 because of environment damage.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wildfire leads to more evacuations in Montana

A report released Thursday shows drought across the entire state of Montana, with two-thirds of the state in “severe” drought conditions – or worse.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

The return of a native New Yorker: whales

New York was once home to abundant marine life. When Henry Hudson sailed into the harbor in 1609, it contained an estimated 350 square miles of oyster reefs, which served as a natural water filter, storm barrier and commercial resource.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Hundreds of thousands of Californians lack access to safe drinking water. Let’s fix that once and for all

California’s wet winter eased the immediate water shortages that affected most of the state, giving lawmakers and water agencies a bit of a breather as they craft new policies and design new infrastructure to weather the next big drought (which, for all we know, may already be underway).

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Commentary: Climate lessons from California

California faces serious risks from climate change. Some are already being felt, like the severe heat this summer and recent episodes of extremely low snowpack in the mountains, which the state depends on for much of its water.

Aquafornia news Glendale News-Press

Commentary: Long-term commitment to California’s water resources is essential

To protect both water and National Parks and in response to increasing threats to the California desert’s national parks, national monuments and groundwater supplies, I [Assemblymember Laura Friedman] recently introduced Assembly Bill 1000 — the California Desert Protection Act.

Aquafornia news Oceans Deeply

Tweet streams: How social media can help keep tabs on ocean health

Social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram could be a rich source of free information for scientists tasked with monitoring the health of coral reefs and other environmental assets, our new research suggests.

Aquafornia news Mono Lake Committee

Blog: 2017 Great Sierra River Cleanup a success

Each year millions of people visit the Mono Basin, and most leave only footprints, but some leave a bit more…. Litter is common throughout the basin, but Lee Vining Creek often gets the brunt of it since it’s one of Mono Lake’s most popular tributary streams for fishing and camping.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Lower Colorado River serves as a dynamic outdoor learning experience

Though not as dramatic as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, this year’s cadre of Pathways interns were treated to a fun-filled day-long educational trek along the lower Colorado River, south of Hoover Dam. The tour provided the young professionals an up-close look at the work-related tasks and types of positions Reclamation maintains within its employment ranks.