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Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: As the Salton Sea’s decline looms, a rush to cover up dry lakebed

The project, which involves the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Imperial Irrigation District, is one of several initial efforts underway to restore habitat and reduce windblown dust as the Salton Sea shrinks. The lake is about to begin receding rapidly.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Northern California is seeing two or three times more rain than normal. So why is Southern California so dry?

As the state enters its sixth year of drought, Northern California is seeing some significant relief thanks to a series of powerful storms, while Southern California remains mired in record dry conditions.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

More Pacific Coast hatchery salmon could receive protections

Federal authorities want to add more hatchery-raised fish to the 28 Pacific Coast salmon and steelhead stocks listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Agriculture Department proposes to admit Hass avocados from Colombia

California’s Hass avocado growers would face new competition, but U.S. consumers could see some slightly lower prices, under a new Agriculture Department proposal to admit imports from Colombia.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Members of our Water Leaders Class see water issues up close; Apply for Water Leaders Class by Dec. 7

Members of our yearlong Water Leaders class get out of the office to see water issues up close. Not only do they attend our annual Executive Briefing but they also partake in two of our popular water tours during the program aimed at providing a deeper understanding of California water issues and the skills to collaborate with other stakeholder groups. The deadline to apply is Dec. 7.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Storm brings mudslide danger to Blue Cut fire burn area

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service believe a storm expected to pass throughout the Southland by the week’s end may cause debris flows and mud slides in areas recently affected by wildfires – including the Blue Cut fire that burned through the Cajon Pass this summer.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Water conservation slips again in Sacramento

Sacramentans are still saving water, but their conservation efforts have slipped compared with a year ago, suggesting that the relaxation of statewide drought mandates is prompting more consumption.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Water use in Sacramento region up in September (with audio)

People in the Sacramento region are conserving less water, according to new figures out today [Oct. 26].

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

In Yorba Linda, the race for water district board is getting ugly (with audio)

It’s not often that a local utilities board election sets off angry confrontations between neighbors, candidates’ faces plastered on Old West-style “wanted” posters and even a current board member hung in effigy. 

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Leaders vent frustration for long-delayed Pajaro River levee project

Outgoing Rep. Sam Farr addressed a 23-member panel bringing together local representatives from four counties, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, municipal flood control staff members and the two candidates running to replace him on Nov. 8, Casey Lucius and Jimmy Panetta. 

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

West Marin group backs feds look at gill net issue

The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing a limit on the number of whales, turtles and dolphins that the state’s drift gill net fishery accidentally injure or kill, a change promoted by a Marin conservation group.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

More garbage, homeless camps reported along Los Gatos Creek

Volunteers who regularly clean up San Jose’s waterways have reported a significant uptick in homeless people camping along Los Gatos Creek. South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition members say the amount of trash in the creek also has increased as a result, ever since California Department of Fish and Wildlife game wardens recently stopped patrolling the area.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

New storm headed to Bay Area to cap rainy October

Here comes the rain again.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte County walnut buying period starts next week

Starting Tuesday, people who are not commercial walnut processors will be able to buy and sell the nuts, although any seller will have to be able to provide proof of ownership.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Sea stars have difficulty recovering from devastating virus

It’s been three years since a deadly virus devastated sea star populations along the Pacific Coast, ranging from Alaska to Mexico. The extent of the disease was surprising to researchers from Humboldt State University and UC Santa Cruz who have observed a record number of species depletion since the discovery of the pathogen in 2013.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Tunisia’s thirst uprising: a nation on the edge

Tunisia is one of the driest countries along the Mediterranean. This year’s long dry, hot summer has all but exhausted the nation’s water reserves. … Summer-long protests throughout the country were called a “thirst uprising” by the international press, as local residents fought for access to ever dwindling water supplies.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Report: Wildlife populations halved on average since 70s

Global wildlife populations have fallen an average of 58 percent from 1970 levels, with human activity reducing the numbers of elephants in Tanzania, maned wolves in Brazil, salamanders in the United States and orcas in the waters of Europe, researchers say.

Aquafornia news KQED Arts

360 video: Artist Jane Kim illustrates Golden Gate Park’s entwined ecologies

San Francisco artist Jane Kim has painted hundreds of species of plants and animals, from the Sierra’s disappearing bighorn sheep to a giant prehistoric owl that once roamed Cuba. But this year, the science illustrator, who co-founded Ink Dwell studio, turned her sights closer to home.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Six takes on six years of drought

It might have been sprinkling outside the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium on Tuesday, but inside the building some of the state’s brightest water experts were taking stock of California’s enduring drought. As we enter into what could be a sixth year of shortage, here are six lessons gleaned from Tuesday’s forum sponsored by the nonprofit Water Education Foundation:

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

San Luis Reservoir toxin advisory goes from ‘caution’ to ‘warning’

A cautionary notice on the water toxicity in San Luis Reservoir has become more severe, the California Department of Water Resources reported Tuesday.