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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California drought continues to shrink, federal government says

With major reservoirs nearly full, the Sierra Nevada snowpack well above average and flood warnings in place for some rivers, federal scientists reported Thursday a continued weakening of California’s drought. … Even as state officials urged caution, they announced Wednesday that cites [sic] and farms will receive at least 60 percent of the maximum amount of water they are contracted to buy in the coming year from the State Water Project, up from just 20 percent two months ago. 

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

California announces voluntary lead testing in schools

California schools can receive free lead testing for their drinking water under a new short-term initiative meant to address safety concerns. … The  initiative announced by the State Water Resources Control Board keeps lead testing at schools voluntary.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Why water regulations are spurring action on tackling homelessness

California has nearly one quarter of the nation’s homeless people – the most of any state by far – and thousands of them live in the Bay Area. … Under a new resolution by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, trash from homeless encampments now falls under the stormwater permit that requires Bay Area cities and counties to get storm drains virtually trash-free by 2022.

Aquafornia news Western Water on Tap

Teaching about water on the other side of the world

About this time last month I [Water Education Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Bowles] was on the other side of the world, leading an international journalism workshop on how to cover water issues. I didn’t think I’d ever go to Tehran, but when UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) called, I didn’t hesitate. Helping journalists and others better understand water issues is a hallmark of the Water Education Foundation and its mission.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California has the snow. It just needs to keep it frozen

With another round of winter storms hitting California this week, the question isn’t just how much rain and snow they will dump, but how cold they will be. The coldness of storms can make the difference between one that adds to the fast-rising snowpack — an essential source of water for the state — and one that also leaves a wet mess. 

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Crews raced against time to stabilize 70-foot-deep sinkhole in Grass Valley

After a four-day race against time, officials believe a 70-foot-deep sinkhole in Grass Valley is stable enough to weather the storm that moved into the region Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Should California drought rules be lifted? State ponders question as storms roll in

A chorus of urban water districts Wednesday urged the State Water Resources Control Board, California’s chief drought regulator, to allow the state’s emergency conservation rules to expire.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California proposing to continue water conservation (with audio)

Water conservation would continue in California until at least May under a proposal regulators are considering.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

More Northern California water to flow to Southern California

Southern California can expect to see its reservoirs continue to rise this year after state water officials announced increased water deliveries from Northern California on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California schools can now ask water supplier to test for lead on campus (with audio)

California schools can now ask their water supplier to test for lead on campus. … Flint, Michigan served as a warning to everyone on the dangers of lead in the water system.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

First of 3 more storms hits California as drought retreats

The worst area of drought in California has significantly narrowed to a small region northwest of Los Angeles that has stubbornly failed to benefit from Pacific storms that have drenched much of the state since the fall and were lining up again Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Cold fronts usher rain, wind, waves

Three cold fronts will bring brisk wind and up to 7 inches of rain in the Santa Cruz Mountains through Sunday after about 10 inches saturated Santa Cruz County last week, according to National Weather Service.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Muir Woods closes, tree falls in Fairfax as rains and wind arrive

Muir Woods National Monument was closed Wednesday because of a risk of falling redwoods, while a tree did fall in Fairfax taking down power lines as rain returned to the county. … Marin Municipal Water District reservoirs are now 99.95 percent full and rainfall has been logged at 47 inches since July 1.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

30-foot waves could hit Mavericks this weekend

Waves higher then 30 feet are expected to roll into Bay Area beaches this weekend, as yet another storm hits Northern California, forecasters said.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Strong winds lead to power outages

Power outages were reported throughout San Joaquin County on Wednesday as strong winds and heavy rain blew through the area.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Repeal of Obamacare would cost San Joaquin Valley more jobs than those lost to drought, study says

A University of California blog post Tuesday says a repeal of Obamacare would cost the San Joaquin Valley an estimated 24,000 jobs – which is more than were lost statewide in 2015 because of the drought.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

On an Apache reservation in Arizona, a toxic legacy and a mysterious history of chemical spraying

The sound always came first, a low buzz that grew and grew until it roared through the valley. Then the olive-colored plane appeared overhead, flying low. In its wake was a thick shower of oily droplets making a long, slow fall to the forested gullies below.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Earth sets heat record in 2016 — for the third year in a row

It’s official: 2016 was the hottest year on record since scientists began tracking Earth’s temperature more than 100 years ago, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Ice storm paralyzes parts of Oregon, Washington state

An ice storm shut down major highways Wednesday in Oregon and Washington state and paralyzed towns in the Columbia River Gorge with up to 2 inches of ice at the same time rising temperatures in Portland raised the prospect of flooding after the largest snowstorm in years.

Aquafornia news U.S. Department of the Interior

News Release: Secretary Jewell directs continued work on crucial Colorado River Basin water agreements

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order directing the Department of the Interior and its bureaus to continue collaborative efforts to finalize important drought contingency actions designed to reduce the risk of water shortages in the Upper and Lower Colorado River Basins and build on recent progress to complete “Minute 32X” – a long-term Colorado River bi-national cooperative agreement with Mexico.