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Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Salton Sea fixes still lagging far behind

A year ago, California’s Natural Resources Agency issued a plan for the Salton Sea. That $383-million blueprint called for building thousands of acres of wetlands to control dust and revitalize the deteriorating habitats around the shrinking lake over the next 10 years.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles to oppose $17 billion water tunnels if residents must pay more than fair share

The Los Angeles City Council moved Wednesday to officially oppose staged construction of a proposed multibillion-dollar water-delivery tunnel project if it would result in greater costs or a greater portion of the financial burden for Los Angeles ratepayers.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam: Construction of secant pile wall wraps up

Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. said on Wednesday that construction of the underground wall below the Oroville Dam emergency spillway completed in early March. The 1,450 feet long wall, drilled 35-65 feet into bedrock, is one preventative measure against the type of erosion that occurred there last year, should the emergency spillway ever be used again.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Meager snowfall in the Rockies extends drought conditions along Colorado River

A drought has lingered in the Colorado River Basin since 2000, causing reservoir storage to decline from nearly full to about half of capacity. … On our Lower Colorado River Tour, April 11-13, you will meet with water managers from the three Lower Basin states: Nevada, Arizona and California. The three states are working to finalize a Drought Contingency Plan to take voluntary cuts to keep Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, from hitting critical levels and causing a shortage declaration.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Federal budget proposal include Sites Reservoir study funding

Inclusion of money for raising Shasta Dam got the most attention in a recently released federal budget proposal, but the same package also includes money for Sites Reservoir. The Department of Interior is recommending spending $33.3 million under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which was signed into law in December 2016.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Water district rejects company’s proposed desert water project

A company’s controversial plan to sell groundwater from the Mojave Desert ran into new opposition as a Southern California water district voted against the proposal. The board of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District decided not to approve a nonbinding letter of intent to purchase water from the Cadiz Inc.’s proposed project. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end borrowing

[Idaho Rep. Mike] Simpson, who chairs an Appropriations subcommittee on energy and water development, called the wildfire fund one of the most significant pieces of legislation he has worked on in Congress. The concept is simple, he said: Treat catastrophic wildfires like other natural disasters.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Big Oil lawyer emphasizes climate change ‘uncertainties’ in wonky court tutorial

In an unprecedented “tutorial” before a federal judge Wednesday, a lawyer for a major U.S. oil company accepted the scientific consensus that humans are the primary cause of global climate change. But he also emphasized uncertainties about future impacts, while deflecting industry responsibility. … Wednesday’s hearing was videotaped, and may be viewable by Thursday at the court’s website,

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Water deal enables firm to serve 1.5 million people

The $750 million deal combines San Jose-based SJW Group and Clinton, Connecticut-based Connecticut Water Service, a transaction that would create a water company serving 1.5 million people located in four states: California, Texas, Connecticut and Maine. That would make the combined entity the nation’s third-largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Best-case: Santa Cruz sharing water with Soquel Creek by December

More than three years after talks began, water quality concerns remain paramount over quantity in cooperative talks between Soquel Creek Water District and Santa Cruz Water Department.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Nonprofits raise funds to fight aquatic invasive species at Lake Tahoe

The fight against invasive species at Lake Tahoe is getting a financial shot in the arm thanks to a successful fundraising campaign orchestrated by a local nonprofit.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Yep, it’s nice rain — but it’s no ‘Miracle March,’ experts say

It has all the earmarks of a “Miracle March” — heavy dousings of rain, intense flurries of snow in the Sierra and roadway havoc — but the showy display of stormy weather across California this week isn’t fooling the experts.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Santa Barbara awakens to emergency alert as storm soaks Southern California

A second and final day of heavy rains began pummeling Southern California early Thursday morning as Santa Barbara County residents awakened to emergency phone alerts and calls to evacuate wildfire burn areas. “Flash flood watch in effect for SB County,” read the 5:19 a.m. alert. “Leave now if you are still in evac/burn areas.”

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Warm, wet storm soaks Tahoe in rain with snow levels above 8,000 feet

A massive, fierce and wet storm is moving across California, and in the Tahoe area where snow is always welcome, it’s mostly delivering rain.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Expand your water knowledge and save money March 22 on World Water Day

World Water Day is March 22, and to mark the occasion the Foundation is offering a special 20 percent discount on our beautiful poster-size maps, layperson’s guides and other water publications. … Explore the full array of maps, layperson’s guides and other publications on our website, Use promo code WORLDWATERDAY to get your discount. This offer is for one day only – Thursday, March 22.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

Assembly committee calls for more transparency, clarity during Water Storage Investment Program oversight hearing

On March 20, the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee conducted an oversight hearing for the California Water Commission’s (CWC’s) Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). During the over two-hour discussion, committee members expressed strong concerns about the WSIP process including review criteria and the timeline for allocating the funds. The committee also focused on the need to include appropriate process steps for the allocation process.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Report: How the biggest companies score on water sustainability

The risks from water insecurity span the globe and have deep economic impacts, as many in the business sector have come to understand. Without water to grow alfalfa for cow forage, you can’t produce milk and beef. Without water to cool data centers, the servers that power our smartphones and computers won’t run.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Heavy rain to continue through Friday, flash flood warnings in effect for foothills

The water isn’t letting up during the next few days leading up to Friday, as Fresno could possibly see another 2 inches of rain. Meanwhile, flash flood warnings remain for the foothills and mountainous areas below 8,000 feet.

Aquafornia news Associated Press/Houston Chronicle

Hurricane Harvey’s toxic impact deeper than public told

A toxic onslaught from the nation’s petrochemical hub was largely overshadowed by the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey as residents and first responders struggled to save lives and property. … In all, reporters catalogued more than 100 Harvey-related toxic releases — on land, in water and in the air. 

Aquafornia news The New York Times

‘These eagles are more than just a symbol’

The bone-cold rain didn’t keep the regulars from rising early on a Saturday, braving winding mountain roads and thick fog, to wade through muddy lake beds, binoculars in-hand, searching. About 150 Southern Californians showed up to count bald eagles at six inland lakes, part of a little-known federal program that’s been running for 39 years.