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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Major California river adding key ingredient: water

A decade ago, environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150-mile stretch of California’s second-longest river, an ambitious effort aimed at allowing salmon again to swim up to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Regulators propose leaving more water in California’s rivers

Water users in San Francisco and its suburbs face a day of reckoning as state regulators move to leave more water in California’s two biggest rivers in an effort to halt a collapse in the native ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay and its estuary, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Sites Reservoir has a new website, logo and more than enough investors

Last week, folks who are in the inner circle of the plans for Sites Reservoir held a get-together in Maxwell to show off the group’s new office and new logo. Also new is a website, that talks about all things Sites Reservoir — a construction schedule, facts sheets and a list of interested participants (see sidebar).

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Delta tunnel alternative: embracing flooding for water supply

When California officials got serious about building two giant tunnels to divert freshwater out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, it didn’t take critics long to propose alternatives. One of the first was a grassroots scheme that, at first, seemed radical and counterintuitive: Let winter floods retake vast parts of the San Joaquin Valley – the very farmland that needs those Delta water diversions. 

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

John Laird finds his calling

For John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources, a commitment to conservation is a natural outgrowth of fishing at Bodega Bay and hiking along the Russian River as a child as well as exploring the backcountry above the family cabin nestled between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

In this California congressional district, water is more important than Donald Trump

The signs vie for space with political campaign placards at intersections along State Route 43 as a constant reminder to Central Valley residents. “No water, no jobs.”

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Farmers put big money behind one Coachella Valley water candidate

Big names in the Coachella Valley’s agriculture business have been pouring money into the campaign account of one of their own, turning this year’s election into the most expensive in at least a decade.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Seismologist turns her attention to a potential quake’s aftermath

The Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society will officially form in January, but Jones is already working with the Southern California Association of Governments and the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California to help governments and businesses prepare for a major earthquake so they can get back on their feet quickly once the damage is done.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Surfers take part in waterborne illness study

Nearly 700 local surfers played a role in a groundbreaking epidemiological study looking into the risks of surfing in compromised water.

Aquafornia news KLCC NPR for Oregonians

Scientists closer to understanding what makes ocean’s toxic algae bloom

Last winter was the first time the Dungeness crab fishery in Oregon closed temporarily because of toxic algae in the ocean. And even just a week ago, another toxic bloom was happening off the coast.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

National Park Service risks subpoena by withholding critical Yosemite report

The National Park Service is declining to provide lawmakers with a critical report on Yosemite National Park management problems, raising the possibility of a subpoena showdown.

Aquafornia news KQED News

Why is an 11-year-old registering his neighbors to vote? It’s the water (with audio)

Poplar doesn’t have a mayor or a city council. The only local elected officials are the five members of the board of the Poplar Community Services District, which manages water, sewage and the community’s one park.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

El Cerrito: Restored waterway coming to light again

The 60-foot-wide stretch of the creek will support a native riparian corridor, provide wildlife habitat, and stabilize the creek banks, according to the city [of El Cerrito].

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Rain moves into Southern California with a bigger storm forecast for later in week

Southern California was hit by scattered showers — with some areas experiencing thunder, lightning and spells of heavier rain — as a storm moved through the region late Sunday and early Monday .

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Environmentalist Bill McKibben urges climate change fight at San Rafael Bioneers conference

Renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben called for a rallying effort to fight climate change at a highly attended discussion at the 27th Annual Bioneers Conference on Saturday.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Commentary: For these Americans, clean water is a luxury

Most Americans take safe water for granted: Turn the tap, and there it is. But recent protests against the Dakota Access pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota are a reminder that some Americans still worry every day about having enough clean water to survive.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Commentary: Hundreds rise in defense of San Joaquin Valley’s rights to river water

The real question facing the people of this Valley is no longer whether they will fight the state’s devastating water grab, but how. “Have you ever heard of Admiral Yamamoto?” Stanislaus County Supervisor Terry Withrow asked Les Grober.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Alone on the John Muir Trail contemplating life, the man and Yosemite

This year marked the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. I [Daniel Weintraub] spent a small chunk of it honoring the legacy of John Muir, whose relentless advocacy helped create the national parks and preserve much of the wilderness for future generations.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Evaluating California’s adjudicated groundwater basins in the SGMA era

Groundwater is a critical resource in California. While the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) established new requirements and increased state oversight for many overdrafted basins,[ii] groundwater basins adjudicated before the passage of SGMA are exempt from the statute’s requirements[iii]. … The State Water Resources Control Board contracted with our research team to evaluate how adjudicated basin performance aligned with SGMA’s goals for sustainable groundwater management[vii].

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California drought worries rise as La Niña reemerges in forecast

As the days darken, all eyes are on the Sierra Nevada, then the sky, with a glance back at the mountains, to the Internet for forecast information, over to the thermometer — all in a fidgety search for a sign, any sign, that this winter will be wet.