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Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: White House voices opposition to California water measures added to big bill

The White House on Tuesday voiced doubts about controversial California water legislation that has already caused an unusually public split between the state’s two Democratic senators.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Californians did a slightly better job saving water during an unusually wet October

California enjoyed one of its wettest Octobers in recent history and its residents responded by reducing their water use, state officials announced Tuesday.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Bay Commission fines island owner $772,00 for altering levees

A small-island owner already threatened with a $4.6 million fine by one state agency has been fined $772,000 by a state commission for changing levees and waterways to create a private kite surfing club for business executives.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

After Flint failure, EPA refocuses federal drinking water role

The lead contamination scandal that unraveled in Flint the last two years and the failure of local, state, and federal officials to address it brought drinking water safety to the forefront of U.S. public policy. For good reason.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

California water savings 19.5 percent in October; drought easing in parts of the state

A wet start to the rainy season boosted the water conservation effort of urban Californians to 19.5 percent in October, climbing above last month’s totals but less than the 22.3 percent savings realized last year, the state water board reported Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California water conservation slips slightly

Urban Californians used about 1.8 percent more water in October compared with a year earlier, state officials said Tuesday. It marked the fourth straight month in which conservation has slipped following the state’s decision to relax drought mandates.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Officials: California water conservation steadies, but San Joaquin Valley savings shrink

In the central San Joaquin Valley, most suppliers met their state conservation standard in October, but every supplier conserved less water than in October 2015, according to state data.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

October water usage down in north state

The Sacramento River watershed was at the top of the list for conservation, at 30.4 percent, while South Coast savings were just slightly better than half that, at 15.7 percent.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

$10 million state grant for recycled water project

A $10 million state storm water grant has been awarded for the $25.6 million Salinas-area portion of the Pure Water Monterey groundwater replenishment project aimed at diverting Salinas city industrial wastewater for treatment and use as part of a new recycled water supply for the Monterey Peninsula.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz, Soquel Creek water sharing takes chemistry

More than a year has passed since Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District opted to join forces to give each others’ customers a bit of extra water security through a short-term water sharing agreement.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Oakdale Irrigation District hopes for $5 million profit from shopping river water in 2017

Irrigation leaders on Tuesday took a break from arguing, pausing long enough to unanimously approve a new annual budget reflecting a promise not to raise water prices in 2017.

Aquafornia news The Union

Nevada City to receive $200,000 in Cal Fire grants for bark beetle relief

More than $15 million spread across 34 California counties will be used to remove dead and dying trees and thin fuels that could otherwise exacerbate wildfires.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Cold, wet weather arrives Wednesday afternoon

A cold, wet pattern that will bring low snow levels descends on the North State starting Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Spread by trade and climate, bugs butcher America’s forests

Aided by global trade, a warming climate and drought-weakened trees, the invaders have become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the United States.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Southern Madagascar to suffer drought impact into 2017

Some rain fell in southern Madagascar last week, a rare piece of good news for a drought-hit region where nearly 1 million people face severe hunger because of failed harvests.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Arctic sea ice hits record monthly low for 7th time in 2016

Though this is when the Arctic is supposed to be refreezing, scientists say sea ice there hit record low levels for November.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Why your Christmas tree may cost more this year

Industry experts say an oversupply of Christmas trees nearly a decade ago brought low returns, prompting many growers to stop planting trees in favor of other crops, such as hazelnuts.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Google Timelapse shows how Bay Area, other cities change over 30 years

Google recently released “Timelapse,” a Google Earth feature that allows users to see how the globe has changed over the past 32 years. 

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: One more try for federal fixes to California’s water woes

Local water folks are hopeful, but not holding their breath, that the latest congressional effort to move a little more water down the pike from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will actually succeed.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: More logging isn’t answer for Sierra

The U.S. Forest Service recently estimated that 102 million trees have died in California’s forests since 2010. In response, Amy Horne and Jim Branham suggest logging “millions of acres” in national forests to save them (“A new, better way to deal with dead trees in Sierra,” Viewpoints, Nov. 30.)