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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: GOP targets landmark Endangered Species Act for big changes

Republicans in Congress are readying plans to roll back the reach of the Endangered Species Act after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities on public lands.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Interior nominee Zinke to be quizzed on public lands, coal

Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke says he would never sell, give away or transfer public lands, a crucial stance in his home state of Montana and the West where access to hunting and fishing is considered sacrosanct.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Wild ride awaits for water issues under Trump

Donald Trump made some big campaign promises about water during his election campaign. Now that he has been elected president, those promises could dramatically shake up how water is managed in the arid West. … One water arena where Trump’s team may have a lot of influence is dams.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Levee breaches being repaired on swollen Mokelumne River near Lodi

A levee break reported Monday afternoon on the north bank of the Mokelumne River levee near Lodi is being filled while crews are sandbagging a second break on the river’s south bank, the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services reports.

Aquafornia news KQED

Kevin Starr, revered chronicler of California, dies at age 76

Kevin Starr, a fourth-generation San Franciscan who stood alone as an interpreter of the vivid sweep of California history and its importance to the American nation, has died at the age of 76.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

String of storms expected to soak Los Angeles County this week

A string of increasingly intense storms are expected to hit Los Angeles County this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Aquafornia news San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego faces up to 6 straight days of rain

A powerful series of storms is expected to hit San Diego County from Thursday until Tuesday, dropping 2’’ to 4’’ of precipitation along the coast in the rainiest period the region has experienced since late 2010. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

3 storms bearing down on already saturated Southern California

Rain and snow will fall on the Southland between Thursday and Monday amid strong winds and choppy seas as a result of three Pacific storms that are lined up to strike the region and threaten to unleash flash flooding and slides of mud, rock and debris, forecasters said today.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Bay Area forecast: Series of storms on the way bringing more heavy rain

The Bay Area’s respite from the rain is expected to end Wednesday when the first in a series of storms delivers more wet stuff to the region.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

More rain, snow in the forecast for Modesto, foothills this week

Rain is expected to return to the Modesto area Wednesday afternoon and could stick around beyond the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz geologists and surfers celebrate giant sandbars

The San Lorenzo River watershed encompasses 135 square miles and when it rains, all that runoff drains to one place — the river mouth.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA says it can’t pay economic damages from mine spill

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it will not repay claims totaling more than $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally triggered in Colorado, saying the law prohibits it.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Kevin Starr, California’s premier historian, dies at 76

Former California State Librarian Kevin Starr, who is deemed the pre-eminent historian of the Golden State, has died. He was 76. … Starr, a professor at the University of Southern California, researched and wrote “Americans and the California Dream,” a series of books considered the definitive account of the California story.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Kevin Starr was ‘rarest kind of San Franciscan’ — he loved Los Angeles

Kevin Starr, who many consider to have been California’s greatest historian, was a writer, a teacher, a librarian and an adviser to governors on both sides of the aisle; the kind of charming companion who could make any meal memorable. … Starr died of a heart attack Saturday, and his passing has been mourned by a veritable who’s who of politicians, writers and intellectuals.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Landmark old growth redwood in Aptos felled by storms

The Advocate Tree, a 1,000-year-old landmark redwood tree in the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, was toppled by last week’s storms.

Aquafornia news Record-Courier

Kingsbury Grade could be closed on Carson Valley side for weeks

Work on Kingsbury Grade is estimated to take a few weeks, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

I-80 lane closures continue in Reno for storm repairs

The flooding and snowstorms that battered northern Nevada last week have taken a toll on U.S. Interstate 80 in the Reno area.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

NASA ‘pineapple express’ animation gives satellite view of Calif. deluge

What’s it like to be hit by the water vapor equivalent of seven to 15 times the flow of the Mississippi River?

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Drought and storms prove again California needs more storage

After a half-decade of drought, California has been buffeted this winter by a series of powerful rain and snowstorms that dumped countless billions of gallons of water on the state’s watersheds.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: Why the environment needs water markets

Environmental objectives have become a major factor in operating water systems in the U.S. Since the 1970s, environmental regulations have prevented many environmental impacts, provided minimal environmental flows and prevented construction of large environmentally damaging projects. But environmental regulations have not succeeded in developing reliable programs and operations for restoring the sustainability of native species.