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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: California high court upholds ban on dredges to extract gold

California’s ban on the use of suction dredges to extract gold from rivers is legal and not overridden by a 19th century federal law that allows mining on federal land, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Klamath River dam removal plan delayed

A plan to remove four Klamath River dams to improve water quality and habitat for fish and river communities will likely be submitted to the federal government in September, according to plan proponents.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta fishermen gear up for another fight

The latest controversial proposal to weaken protections for the striped bass, a popular Delta sport fish, is scheduled to be heard on Thursday by the California Fish and Game Commission.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Environmentalists to sue San Bernardino and Colton over killing of threatened fish

A coalition of environmental groups Monday announced plans to sue a regional water treatment authority and the cities of San Bernardino and Colton over the repeated stranding and killing of Santa Ana suckers, a fish on the federal threatened species list.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California firefighters stretched thin as blazes sweep state

California’s state fire department is stretched thin just as the bone-dry state enters the peak of its wildfire season, with vacancy rates exceeding 15 percent for some firefighters and supervisors.

Aquafornia news Western Water on Tap

Salton Sea advocate calls for regulating rate of water transfer to avert public health crisis

Fearing an imminent public health threat, the director of the University of California, Irvine’s Salton Sea Initiative said the State Water Resources Control Board should step in and regulate the rate of water transferred from the Imperial Valley to coastal California as part of the Quantification Settlement Agreement. Tim Bradley, speaking recently before the State Water Board, said while there is “no question” about the right of the water transfer, “the question is does the withdrawal of water seriously affect the health of California?”

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Wildfire updates

More than 10,000 firefighters battled wildfires Monday from California’s Central Coast to Sierra Nevada forests or mopped up remnants of destructive blazes beaten into submission up and down the state.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Crews scramble to protect Hearst Castle from fire, smoke

Historic Hearst Castle was bathed in smoke Monday as firefighters made a stand against a blaze that raced across dry timber and grasslands in San Luis Obispo County and came within a couple of miles of the tourist destination. … The Chimney Fire was one of several major blazes burning in the state as 10,000 firefighters worked around the clock.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Several structures in Spear Creek area damaged by Cedar Fire

The Cedar Fire damaged several structures Monday in the Spear Creek area of Tulare County as it continued to consume acreage almost a week after it erupted east of Glennville.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Drought, wildfire, disease continue to increase number of dead trees in California (with audio)

A problem that scientists are calling a “botanical calamity” is plaguing California: dead trees.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles aims to ‘capture’ 5 billion gallons of water each year with new project

Construction began Monday on a project at the Tujunga Spreading Grounds that is expected to double the amount of stormwater that can be captured at the facility to about 5 billion gallons per year.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno water division under scrutiny gets new leader

Fresno is hiring a new assistant director of public utilities to shore up compliance with legal and regulatory requirements for the city’s water operations division.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Central Basin approves rate increase, but how much will it cost you?

For the first time in five years, Central Basin Municipal Water District rates are set to go up.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Water agencies coming around on Stanislaus groundwater vision

The tricky task of getting public agencies on the same page for a topic as controversial as groundwater may have turned an important corner in Stanislaus County.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Warm winters hurt apple crop, but Santa Cruz County ag grows by $9 million

Despite two unseasonably warm winters that sliced apple, miscellaneous berries and wine grape production 50 percent, Santa Cruz County managed to squeak out a 1.46 percent increase in total gross production value of agricultural commodities in 2015.

Aquafornia news Reno Gazette-Journal

Snowpack ‘double whammy’ may hit western mountain streams

Changing snowmelt cycles could be more damaging to mountain streams and reservoirs in the Western U.S. than previously thought, according to recently published research. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Flash floods push cars from road as storm slams San Bernardino County, parts of Nevada and Arizona

A band of thunderstorms and heavy rains in eastern San Bernardino County led to powerful flash flooding Monday evening that washed vehicles off the roadway.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: California drought’s impact on health to be revealed

The drought has consequences for human health, both physical and emotional. One study in Tulare County recently attempted to quantify these effects via door-to-door polling. This was one survey in two small communities. Now Kurt Schwabe at the University of California Riverside plans a statewide study to assess the drought’s effect on human health.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: Why California WaterFix is a path to extinction for native fisheries

The California WaterFix project, which proposes to construct and operate twin tunnels that would divert millions of acre-feet of water before it reaches the Bay Delta estuary, would likely lead to extinction of several native fisheries, based on our [NRDC] review of the recent biological assessment prepared by the Bureau of Reclamation.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Dutch Flat, from commercial center to a semi-ghost town

A destination for those seeking riches in the mid-1800s, Dutch Flat grew from a stagecoach stop into a commercial and cultural center. … Millions of dollars in gold was dug out of surrounding hills and blasted out by hydraulic mining.