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Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: The West has a tricky, expensive water problem – and even solving it is controversial

On a mostly party-line 23-16 vote, the House Natural Resources Committee approved the bill to settle the irrigation dispute between the mammoth Westlands Water District and the federal government. The measure relieves Westlands of a big construction debt, and in turn shifts the burden for solving the toxic drainage problem from the government to the water district.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Trump stumbled on healthcare and immigration, but on the environment he’s been ‘a wrecking ball’

In a Trump administration beset by lost opportunities, muddled strategies and frequent missteps in its first 100 days, one area stands out for its disciplined approach and early successes: the multi-front assault on environmental regulations. … Planned action on climate change has been shelved, national monuments are imperiled, clean air and water rules have been eroded. 

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

DWR answers public’s questions, listens to concerns

“I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the impact on your lives,” Bill Croyle told a crowd of more than 250 people at the Butte County Fairgrounds. Croyle, the acting director of the Department of Water Resources, answered questions and listened Thursday evening as people stepped up to a microphone and were heard during the first of the water agency’s community meetings about the Oroville Dam spillway disaster and evacuations.

Aquafornia news Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon

House Natural Resources Committee backs bill protecting transmission lines

A bill intended to prevent dying trees damaged by drought from falling onto utility lines on publicly owned federal land, sparking wildfires and electricity blackouts, passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Another Oroville Dam document is sealed – for now

California officials are keeping another document on the Oroville Dam recovery sealed from public view but promise to release a redacted version within a week. The Department of Water Resources filed an update Thursday from the outside consultants advising DWR on Oroville repairs.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam: Mystery foam appears below damaged spillway

Foam floated downstream and made circles on the water last week in the pool below Oroville Dam. Water quality experts are trying to determine why.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Power industry consultant proposes dual design Oroville Dam spillway

A power industry consulting firm has proposed a design for the Oroville Dam spillways which involves not repairing the current one, but building a new, wider spillway. … Kenneth Viney, manager of CoastalGen Inc., based in Napa, filed suggestions Monday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Sacramento Kings visit local kids after Oroville Dam evacuation

The Sacramento Kings emcee Scott Freshour, Kings mascot Slamson and the team’s dancers hosted rallies at Golden Hills Elementary School, Nelson Avenue Middle School and the county fairgrounds in Gridley to celebrate Butte County students’ “strength and resilience” during the Oroville Dam emergency evacuation in February.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Trump seeks to expand drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans

Working to dismantle his predecessor’s environmental legacy, President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

Aquafornia news CALmatters

California submerging: Rising seas are claiming its famed coast faster than scientists imagined

A slow-moving emergency is lapping at California’s shores— climate-driven sea-level rise that experts now predict could elevate the water in coastal areas up to 10 feet in just 70 years, gobbling up beachfront and overwhelming low-lying cities.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz harbor awaiting $164,000 dredging payment from the feds

Congress’ ongoing federal budget delays have trickled down to local waters, with the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor waiting on $164,000 in remaining dredging reimbursements.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Robots, tasers join battle against invasive species

A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam’s trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

This bright orange ant is actually a jumping spider recently found in Orange County

In the world of spiders, sometimes the unexpected discoveries can be the most rewarding. Cody Raiza went to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park last month in search of a particular type of spider.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

The world’s deadliest animal lives in your backyard

The blood-lusting killers attack in the darkest hours, after you’ve gone to bed or early in the morning. If they were zombies or vampires, you would fear them. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Abating bait: Decline in prized worms threatens way of life

Dan Harrington makes his living unearthing marine worms by hacking away at mudflats with a tool that resembles the business end of an old steel rake.

Aquafornia news NPR

California is on its way to having an avocado crop year-round

Not my avocados! President Trump’s tough talk on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada has raised many questions — including how such a move might negatively affect the flow of beloved produce to the U.S.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Rookie farmers get a boost from West Sacramento farm incubator

New farmers looking to launch their own business face hurdles like access to land and markets. West Sacramento Urban Farms is helping rookie growers jump-start their own farms.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Fifth graders take part in winter adventure program

Wildlife survival, avalanche safety, snowmaking, and environmental restoration are all part of the curriculum at a unique outdoor classroom at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Editorial: Did the spillway work? Just remember the people downstream

There was a point during a legislative hearing Tuesday when it seemed clear there is a disconnect, on the part of state Department of Water Resources personnel, between infrastructure and people.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Agenda posted for May 25 Santa Ana River Watershed ‘OWOW’ Conference

Mapping water use, engaging under-represented communities and showcasing integrated water projects will be on tap for the upcoming Santa Ana River Watershed Conference, which will be held on May 25 in Ontario, Calif. Working together to make a finite resource infinite will be the focus of the one-day event, convened by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) and coordinated by the Water Education Foundation. Up to 300 attendees from across the watershed and California are expected to attend the event at the Ontario Convention Center.