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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Goleta sues to stop ‘Law & Order’ creator from selling water to neighboring cities

If whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over, five years of drought have transformed California’s civil courts into well-worn legal boxing rings. As climate change threatens the state’s long-term water future, local water officials and legal experts say water rights have morphed into priceless bounty worth protecting by any means necessary.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

‘Extensive’ toxic algae bloom found in south Delta

Tests have confirmed the presence of toxic cyanobacteria — also known as “blue-green algae” — in south Delta waterways, state officials said Thursday. The “extensive” bloom is present in Old River and Grantline Canal, along Fabian Tract not far from Tracy and Mountain House, the State Water Resources Control Board announced.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Risk of big earthquake on San Andreas fault rises after quake swarm at Salton Sea

The rumbling started Monday morning deep under the Salton Sea. … The temblors were not felt over a very large area, but they have garnered intense interest — and concern — among seismologists.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

California ’snow drought’ marks Water Year 2016

California’s Water Year 2015-’16 will go down in the record books as “dry” despite parts of Northern California experiencing average to slightly above average precipitation. The water year also will be remembered for its “snow drought” in which much-needed precipitation fell more often as rain than snow, according to a press release from the California Department of Water Resources.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Earthquake alerts could begin within 2 years

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill creating a program for a statewide earthquake early warning system in California. State Senator Jerry Hill authored the legislation.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Public comment period for cross-border water pipeline

As plans move forward for a massive desalination plan in Rosarito Beach, a proposed pipeline to carry some of that water to San Diego County is undergoing scrutiny by the U.S. State Department.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Warm Pacific Ocean ‘blob’ facilitated vast toxic algae bloom

A new study finds that unusually warm Pacific Ocean temperatures helped cause a massive bloom of toxic algae last year that closed lucrative fisheries from California to British Columbia and disrupted marine life from seabirds to sea lions.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

EPA announces national wastewater nutrient pollution census

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calls nutrient pollution the “single greatest challenge to our nation’s water quality.” Rising concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways, the agency reports, are a significant threat to human health, ecosystems, and local economies.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Developer wants to abandon golf course, pitches olive groves instead

It’s not often a golf course gives way to cropland, but this could be the future for an enormous planned community on the north edge of Palm Springs. … The project would also include about 6.5 miles of hiking trails, a dog park, community gardens and two 25-yard lap pools.

Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento

Squaw Valley seeks to build water park, 10-story buildings (with video)

One of California’s true natural gems and iconic ski resorts could soon see massive expansion including an indoor water park, trampoline jump center, arcade and bowling alley.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Q&A: Fights looming over water? Author examines water in the West and finds reasons to be optimistic

With Lake Mead receding year after year and the threat of a shortage looming, the overallocated Colorado River seems to be approaching a breaking point. But John Fleck argues this crisis doesn’t necessarily mean we’re headed for a future in which conflicts flare and communities run dry.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Capsized Spirit of Sacramento drained, en route to Sausalito

The 87-foot paddlewheel boat Spirit of Sacramento that capsized Sept. 4 is en route Thursday afternoon from the Bethel Island area to Sausalito.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California wildfire destroys 8 homes, injures firefighter

A wildfire in a mostly remote area of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains has now destroyed eight homes and sent a firefighter to the hospital, officials said Thursday.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Loma Fire: Emergency generators keep Bay Area communication networks alive

More than 3,700 feet above San Jose, the rescue of this majestic peak — the home of critical Bay Area communications equipment — is a survival story in a tale filled with heartbreak.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Firefighters fight two blazes in Feather River Canyon

Firefighters contained one fire Thursday and made progress on another in the Feather River Canyon.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Yosemite chief Neubacher, formerly of Point Reyes, steps down amid mismanagement probe

The superintendent of Yosemite National Park on Thursday announced that he is stepping down amid an ongoing federal investigation into allegations of a hostile work environment in which employees, particularly women, are bullied, belittled and marginalized.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Fall Fish Fest fun: U.S. Forest Service’s annual event returns to South Shore

Fall is the prime time to see Kokanee salmon spawn right here on the South Shore. On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit hosts its annual Fall Fish Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Stop the groundwater grab

This summer, as temperatures soared and depleted groundwater turned the San Joaquin Valley into a collection of sinkholes, state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, put forth legislation to fast-track conservation of underground water supplies.

Aquafornia news The Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Lake Powell pipeline backers need a payment plan

For the third time, economists from the University of Utah have offered their independent analysis of financing a $1.3 billion-$1.7 billion pipeline to carry water from Lake Powell to St. George. And for the third time, the analysis shows it isn’t practical to think the people who would use that water can actually cover that cost by themselves.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: Why California is challenged by its mind-set of plenty

One of my [Water Energy Innovations President Laurie Park] fondest memories growing up in Hawaii was Hurricane Nina, which wasn’t very significant in the history books, but it left an impression on me. Torrential rains and heavy winds knocked down banana trees and power lines, and took out water mains.