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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Creeks, rivers top banks after latest California storm

Creeks and rivers topped their banks, hundreds of homes were evacuated and several thousand people found themselves trapped in a rural hamlet as Northern California emerged Tuesday from yet another winter storm.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Reservoirs feeding Lake Oroville are filled to brim as more rain rolls in

Lake Almanor is full. So is Antelope Lake. In fact, all of the nine reservoirs in the Feather River watershed that feed directly into Lake Oroville are brimming with water from recent storms.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Don Pedro spillway opens, could nearly triple Tuolumne River flow in next few days

The spillway gates opened at Don Pedro Reservoir at 3 p.m. Monday, and over the next four or more days could nearly triple the flow of the Tuolumne River as it comes through Stanislaus County and Modesto.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Anderson Reservoir spills over for first time in 11 years as storms slam Bay Area

A roaring waterfall is pouring over Santa Clara County’s Anderson Reservoir for the first time in 11 years. … Flooding along Coyote Creek is expected on Tuesday as the reservoir continues to spill over. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

2 dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs

Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of torrential storms.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Winter storms pour pollution into San Francisco Bay, Delta

The heavy storms that washed away California’s drought this season have come with a side effect: large slugs of pollution and sewage washing into San Francisco Bay and the Delta.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Senate OKs Pruitt at EPA: How deeply will he scale back agency he sued?

The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, giving Trump a lieutenant poised to make deep cuts to the EPA and transfer some if its enforcement responsibilities to states and localities.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

San Joaquin River levee break forces 500 out; Don Pedro spillway opens

A 20-foot breach in a San Joaquin River levee that forced an evacuation order for a large swath of rural farmland was plugged by emergency crews late Monday, a levee engineer confirmed.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Lake Oroville levels expected to fluctuate with rains

After the state Department of Water Resources reached its goal early Monday morning of lowering the water level at Lake Oroville by 50 feet, officials said heavy rains would likely cause lake levels to rise several feet.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Despite Oroville crisis, California has the ‘Cadillac’ of state dam safety programs (with audio)

The state of California missed one of its two annual Oroville Dam inspections last year. It has one field engineer for every 57 dams it must inspect.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Continued erosion of Oroville Dam’s main spillway part of ‘normal process,’ state officials say

Oroville Dam’s badly damaged main spillway is still deteriorating from an onslaught of fast-paced water, but state officials insist that it is “stable” as they make repairs.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Damage to Oroville’s main spillway ‘was an accident waiting to happen’

The badly damaged main concrete spillway at Oroville Dam was pounded by massive volumes of stormwater this month, but its failures occurred well short of the maximum flow that engineers designed the system to handle.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Government severely misjudged strength of Oroville emergency spillway, sparking a crisis

Bill Croyle stood in front of an aerial photo of Lake Oroville and swept his hand across the top of the emergency spillway that was helping drain water out of the brimming reservoir.

Aquafornia news USA Today

Rivers in the sky causing widespread chaos in California

Yes, there are rivers up in the sky, and they’re responsible for up to 65% of the western USA’s extreme rain and snow events — such as the storm that blasted Northern California on Monday — a new study finds.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

More rain, savage winds lash Santa Cruz County

The latest atmospheric river of tropical moisture dumped half a foot of rain in parts of the Santa Cruz Mountains and savaged the county with high winds that toppled scores of trees and wires.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin sustains widespread slides as rain soaks saturated hills

A major storm that thrashed through Marin on Monday set off mudslides and road closures and added several more inches of rain to the already-saturated ground.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Bolsa Knolls, areas along Carmel River evacuated

The Big Sur River reached its moderate flood stage Monday with the Carmel and Salinas rivers forecasted to flood, while evacuations were ordered for Bolsa Knolls north of Salinas and areas along the Carmel River.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

‘Flood fighting is in our DNA’: To live by the Feather River is to know its power and danger

The early settlers snatched up the rich, loamy land along the Feather River to grow grapes and orchards. Edward Mathews, an Irishman who fled the potato famine, was peddling vegetables and didn’t have the cash for that kind of soil.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Wet winter taking mammoth toll on trees

Fierce, wet weather this winter is bringing welcome relief to drought-parched Southern California. But the storms, coming one after another, are also carving out sinkholes, unleashing floodwaters, and tossing around our prized trees like matchsticks.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Water concerns arise from Napa area vineyard’s plan to fell 14,000 oaks

In the small community of Circle Oaks, California, a few miles east of the wine-soaked Napa Valley, residents are fuming over a wealthy Texas couple’s plans to cut down 14,000 adult oak trees and replant the cleared woodland with 209 acres (85 hectares) of irrigated grapevines. The project, opponents warn, will destroy fish and wildlife habitat, reduce the environment’s resilience to climate change, and drain groundwater reserves.