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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought intensifies as wildfires grow in Western U.S. (with audio)

The U.S. Drought Monitor reports July 28 that drought intensified in the Western U.S. as the region bakes under record-setting heat and firefighters battle large wildfires.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Lake Tahoe: Warmest water temperatures ever recorded threaten famed clarity, new study shows

Lake Tahoe’s average surface temperature last year was the warmest ever recorded, the latest evidence that climate change is altering California’s iconic Sierra Nevada landmark.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Stockton goes green, but not in a good way

Either there’s been a spill at the local pea soup plant, or Stockton is suffering another nasty algae outbreak at the downtown waterfront. … The algae problem also has come up this week in Sacramento as state water officials begin extensive hearings that may determine the fate of the proposed Delta tunnels.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Oilfield water handling to change under settlement agreement

An oil and gas wastewater disposal company agreed to change how it handles oilfield produced water at two facilities east of Bakersfield under a settlement reached with three environmental groups, those groups announced Thursday.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Fresh water for Woodland and Davis (with audio)

The city of Woodland, city of Davis and UC Davis are making the transition from groundwater to Sacramento River water. The Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency’s new treatment facility is pumping 15 million gallons of water a day.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno advances ban on galvanized water pipes, tougher reporting rules

The city of Fresno is banning the use of galvanized pipe for plumbing in new construction and remodeling projects as signs point to the venerable material as a prime culprit in concerns over discoloration and lead contamination of water in homes across northeast Fresno.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte County groundwater: Groups take to the table for how to manage into the future

Regional groundwater leaders took some necessary next steps this week on the road to groundwater management and sustainability. In less than a year, local water leaders need to decide who will oversee state-mandated groundwater plans. 

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Hoopa Valley Tribe sues feds over Klamath salmon

From a Hoopa Valley Tribe press release: Today, the Hoopa Valley Tribe (HVT) filed its lawsuit against the federal government for violations of Endangered Species Act (ESA) regarding its management actions on the Klamath River, California’s second largest river system.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sierra Nevada giant sequoias respond to water stress with clever adaptations

The leaves atop giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevada are better at storing water than those closer to the ground, an adaptation that may explain how their treetops are able to survive 300 feet in the air, researchers at American River College and Humboldt State University have found.

Aquafornia news Calmatters

Sierra forests turned to brown

California’s high country is a delight in summer, a cool respite from the heat of the state’s lower elevations. That’s especially true in the Sierra Nevada, where a corridor of shade transports vacationers from Fresno to Yosemite National Park under a dense canopy of cedar trees, firs and pines.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Modesto Irrigation District, Modesto settle $9 million dispute over botched water plant

The Modesto Irrigation District has prevailed in its legal dispute with Modesto over responsibility for $9 million in additional costs for the botched expansion of the MID’s Modesto Regional Water Treatment Plant, which supplies the city with drinking water.

Aquafornia news Herald and News, Klamath Falls

Kogan seeks Bureau of Reclamation-Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement documents

New York-based attorney Lawrence Kogan announced Wednesday that his nonprofit organization has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Bureau of Reclamation’s Denver and Sacramento offices.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California coastline wildfire is big and getting bigger

Firefighters struggled Thursday to get the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning along California’s picturesque Big Sur coastline, where anxious residents driven from their homes awaited word on their properties and popular parks and trails closed at the height of tourist season.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

A warmer, less clear Lake Tahoe in 2015, UC Davis scientists say

Lake Tahoe got warmer and cloudier last year, according to UC Davis researchers.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

A fish outlived the dinosaurs. Can it outlast a dam?

What has no teeth, no rib cage, is covered in bony scales and managed to outlive the dinosaurs? The answer is the pallid sturgeon.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Testing confirms new, rarely seen whale in Pacific Ocean

Genetic tests confirm that a mysterious, unnamed species of beaked whale only rarely seen alive by Japanese fishermen roams the northern Pacific Ocean, according to research published this week.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Huge, once-hated fish now seen as weapon against Asian carp

It’s a toothy giant that can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator, a fearsome-looking prehistoric fish that plied U.S. waters from the Gulf of Mexico to Illinois until it disappeared from many states a half-century ago.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: We need justice in fighting climate change

Climate change is already reshaping lives in California. Communities are hurting, and we’ve unfairly asked our disadvantaged communities to sacrifice the most. In the Central Valley, we expect farmworkers to balance food production with overdrafted and contaminated groundwater.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: High achievers trek the PCT, but where is everyone else?

The Pacific Crest Trail, that gateway to the West Coast’s rugged natural beauty, is enjoyed almost exclusively by the gentry, the upper-middle class, the doctors and lawyers, the professors – and their sons and daughters.

Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association

Blog: A regional vision achieved

On July 28, in a tent just south of Woodland, nearly 300 gathered to dedicate the Woodland Davis Clean Water Agency’s (WDCWA) water treatment facility.  The project will bring high-quality, treated Sacramento River water to the cities of Woodland and Davis and UC Davis, a project partner. The $144 million design build facility was first envisioned in the early 1990s when the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District applied for surface water rights from the Sacramento River.