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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California mulls more water for fish, less for agriculture

Signaling a cutback in water supplies for farming and cities, California regulators on Wednesday issued a new scientific analysis that proposes overhauling the management of the Sacramento River and devoting more water to Northern California’s dwindling fish populations. … The proposal comes a month after the water board called for people to take far less water out of the San Joaquin River system.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Federal court weighs whether Agua Caliente tribe holds rights to groundwater

Lawyers for the Coachella Valley’s largest water districts and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians presented their arguments to a federal appeals court in a water rights case that could set a precedent for tribes across the country.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

The big shortage: how drought is impacting water investment

For those with a financial stake in water, drought can mean boom or bust, depending on the investment. And even without a specific market to trade water, there are numerous ways to invest in it – from buying land with water rights to stocks in water-dependent companies to municipal bonds. Take Michael Burry, for instance, the hedge fund manager featured in the book and movie “The Big Short” who outsmarted the subprime housing market crash.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Endangered species lawsuit filed to protect the Sierra Nevada’s Pacific fisher

Several environmental groups returned to their natural habitat in the courthouse on Wednesday in hopes of securing Endangered Species Act protections for the Pacific fisher, a mink-like creature found partly in California’s southern Sierra Nevada mountains.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Researchers: Limits on drilling not enough to protect bird

Oil and gas development in the Western U.S. could continue to cause sage grouse numbers to decline despite limits on drilling meant to protect the struggling bird species, according to scientists.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California calls for more water for fish in key river hub

California should leave more water in the state’s most vital river delta to save crashing populations of native fish, state regulators said Wednesday in findings that could cut the amounts that cities and farms can take from the Sacramento and San Joaquin waterways.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California considers more water for fish in Sacramento River

California regulators are considering a plan that could allow more water in the Sacramento River to flow out to the ocean in order to protect fish and wildlife. 

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Stanislaus farmers blast river flow plan

Farmers and their supporters packed a Modesto boardroom and laid into a state plan to increase river flows.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Poking holes in water plan

A plan to leave more water in streams feeding the San Joaquin River will benefit Delta water exporters while letting the government off the hook for failing to meet water quality standards, San Joaquin County water wonks said Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

2 San Francisco-area earthquake faults found to be connected

The most dangerous earthquake fault in the San Francisco Bay Area is connected to another, which means both could rupture simultaneously and unleash major devastation, a new study finds.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Lake Tahoe weather: 6 inches of snow reported at high elevations

Mother Nature wreaked all kinds of havoc on the Sierra Nevada and Tahoe-Truckee region the past few days.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Santa Ana winds bring Southern California heat, fire danger

Southern California residents were bracing for another day of gusty Santa Ana winds, along with a chance of record high temperatures from a fall heat wave.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Overtime settlement cost Sacramento County $795,000

Sacramento County will pay $795,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit by county water-treatment plant operators over owed wages and overtime pay after a Sacramento Superior Court judge approved the settlement Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Fishing the North Coast: Coastal rivers full of kings, more rain coming soon

Last week’s deluge was just what our rivers — and our salmon — desperately needed. From the Chetco to the Eel, all of the rivers saw huge flow increases, allowing the late run of fall kings to make their way from the estuaries upriver and closer to their final destinations.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

More than 10 million Californians will drop, cover and hold during Great ShakeOut

More than 10 million Californians will drop, cover and hold on Thursday morning during the state’s annual Great ShakeOut.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Flint water panel calls for new emergency management rules

Michigan should consider abandoning its one-person emergency management structure and instead install a team of three experts when deficit-ridden municipalities and school districts fall under state control, according to a report released Wednesday by a legislative committee that investigated Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger

Legal Commentary: New California legislation targets multifamily residential buildings for water conservation

In a move that could have significant implications for water purveyors, residential developers, and landlords and tenants throughout California, Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed Senate Bill 7 into law. Intended to encourage water conservation in apartments and other multiunit developments, SB 7 requires the owner of any multiunit residential and/or mixed-use development constructed after January 1, 2018 to install individual or submeters that measure the quantity of water supplied to each individual unit.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Proposition 53 could block badly needed infrastructure projects

Our communities already suffer from a massive backlog of infrastructure needs: water systems, bridges, overpasses, freeways and public universities. Proposition 53 will cause additional delays and increase costs.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

Blog: Don’t lose sight of the real goal — drought preparedness and efficiency

You don’t have to look hard for proof that Californians are making permanent changes to the way they use water. In communities up and down the state, turf removal is a common sight as homeowners say goodbye to lawns and hello to water-wise landscapes.

Aquafornia news U.S. Geological Survey

News Release: Get ready to ShakeOut on October 20

Be prepared and join millions of people participating in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills worldwide on Oct. 20. During the drill, participants practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” This is the recommended safety action to take during an earthquake. … Most people will hold their ShakeOut drills at 10:20 a.m. local time on Oct. 20 (though drills can be held anytime and on other days if necessary).