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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal, state leaders pitch for California water tunnels

Representatives of California Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration began making their pitch for approval Tuesday to build a pair of massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

After the dams come down: Klamath Basin stakeholders seek to resurrect water sharing agreements

For thousands of Oregon and California ranchers and farmers who rely on Klamath River Basin water, their primary concern is not whether dams will be removed, but what happens afterward.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Awareness of toxic algae urged when swimming in North Coast streams, lakes

State Water Resources Control Board officials issued a warning last week for the North Coast, noting that high temperatures and continuing drought conditions increase the likelihood of potentially lethal algal blooms in area streams, rivers and lakes.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Homes on edge of the wilderness complicate wildfire efforts

When Pat Telleria saw the wind-driven flames sweeping across the grass foothills toward his dream home, he picked up the phone.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Remedy, or boondoggle? Hearings launch on Delta tunnels proposal

Marking the first full-scale public examination of the [California WaterFix] proposal, the hearings before the State Water Resources Control Board are focused on a comparatively narrow issue: whether California’s giant water-delivery projects should be allowed to carve three new intake points in the north Delta to pull water from the Sacramento River and feed into the proposed tunnels.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Dissent brews over governor’s $16 billion water project

By the time the Sacramento River winds its more-than-400-mile course from the slopes of Mount Shasta past the state capital, it’s well into its leisurely stride, running slowly by fields of sweet corn, tomatoes and alfalfa. But this lazy stretch of river, just south of Sacramento, is a metaphorical whitewater.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Twin tunnels hearing: Diverse voices in latest fight over Delta ‘fix’

The first day of a months-long hearing that could determine the fate of the controversial twin tunnels provided no answers on Tuesday — nor was it expected to.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Enter at your own risk: Pyramid Lake algae toxins decline, officials say

Visitors to Pyramid Lake are allowed to go back into the water, though state water officials caution they should still enter at their own risk after a large algae bloom pumped toxins into the lake last month.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Deep Water Desalination proposed in Monterey Bay

Backers of a new Monterey Bay desalination project think they have found a fix for the environmental problems posed by most seawater intakes: Instead of drawing seawater from the beach, they plan to draw from the one of the world’s deepest marine canyons.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego region still saving water as rules loosen

As California relaxes its emergency drought regulations across the state, business owners and residents in San Diego County have continued to conserve notable amounts of water during summer months — when reductions in outdoor irrigation provide a chance for significant savings.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Despite protests, supervisors approve restrictive pot plan for Nevada County

Faced with furious protests by marijuana advocates, Nevada County supervisors on Tuesday approved a restrictive plan to allow limited outdoor marijuana growing in a Sierra Nevada county long known for its cannabis culture.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte County pot initiative on ballot

The Butte County Board of Supervisors sent an initiative by pot proponents to the November ballot with a 4-1 vote shortly after noon Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Soberanes Fire: Protecting Carmel Highlands a priority; evacuation orders expanded

Fire officials said Tuesday morning the priority in fighting the Soberanes Fire was protecting the Carmel Highlands, but by that afternoon more evacuation orders for that area were issued. … Also on Tuesday, California American Water and Monterey County issued a boil water advisory for those on the Garrapata water system due to a power outage and resulting emergency water outage.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Dark smoke hangs over scenic stretch of California coast

A wildfire was fouling the summer season on a beloved and scenic stretch of the California coast, where smoke and the threat of flames forced the closure of state parks near Big Sur.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Sand fire updates: More than 37,000 acres burned in Santa Clarita Valley mountains

A state of emergency was issued Tuesday for Los Angeles County, where the Sand fire has scorched 37,473 acres, destroyed homes and led to at least one fatality.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Youth programs to green up urban spaces

More than two dozen organizations around the county will jointly receive about $400,300 to expand open space and environmental education in low-income neighborhoods, The San Diego Foundation announced on Monday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

How many trees are in Los Angeles? Ask Google.

The last time anyone counted, there were 700,000 street trees in the city of Los Angeles. … Now, after four years of punishing drought, the city badly needs a fix on the condition of its urban forest.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Washington scientist launches effort to digitize all fish

University of Washington biology professor Adam Summers no longer has to coax hospital staff to use their CT scanners so he can visualize the inner structures of sting ray and other fish.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Commentary: Rodoni, Grossi both oppose lawsuit challenging Point Reyes cattle ranches

While [Dennis] Rodoni and [Dominic] Grossi, both political moderates, share many points of view, they were on different sides in the Oyster War, the battle over the future of oyster farming in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Drakes Bay has half shells, but the oysters are gone

Times photographer Allen Schaben and I [Steve Lopez] have begun Week 2 of our coastal trek from Oregon to Mexico, and it began with a kayak tour of Drakes Estero with Amy Trainer of the California Coastal Protection Network and Cicely Muldoon, superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore.