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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Species may be listed as threatened based on climate change projections, court says

Federal authorities may list a species as “threatened” based on climate models that show habitat loss in the coming decades, an appeals court decided Monday.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California rainy season begins; Wildfires increase risk of flash flooding (with audio)

As the rainy season begins in California, so too does the potential for dangerous flash flooding. … California agencies are using a new computer monitoring tool to understand ground conditions in real-time, including areas burned by wildfire.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

More birds, new trees after Colorado River ‘pulse flow’

Fresh stands of cottonwood and willow trees rising in the Colorado River Delta are evidence of the lasting environmental benefits an eight-week “pulse flow” of water deliveries to the area more than two years ago, according to a newly released report by U.S. and Mexican scientists.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Storms dump 11 billion gallons of water in Lake Tahoe

Six inches of rain fell in South Lake Tahoe, reported US National Weather Service in Reno, translating to a deposit of roughly 33,660 acre-feet of water, or 11 billion gallons, to Lake Tahoe. … Despite the much-needed rainfall, the lake level still remains around 2.5 inches below the natural rim of 6,223 feet.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

A study says that more research is needed into how marijuana farming affects environment

As nine states prepare to vote on marijuana legalization on Nov. 8, a study concludes that more research is needed into how pot farming could hurt the environment.

Aquafornia news KQED News

Removal of Klamath dams would be largest river restoration in U.S. history (with audio)

Four hydroelectric dams may soon be demolished along the Klamath, near the California-Oregon border. … What’s made this possible is compromise, forged over years of negotiation, among upriver and downriver interests, in California and Oregon, farmers and tribes and fishery advocates.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Fears of flooding rise as rain returns

Back-to-back bouts of rain that began Monday will make for an unusually wet week leading up to Halloween, said forecasters who are beginning to grow concerned about potential flooding this winter in fire-scorched areas.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monterey Bay: Marine algal bloom could threaten seabirds

Experts are concerned that a marine algal bloom, similar to the one that killed hundreds of seabirds in Monterey Bay in 2007, may jeopardize our winged wildlife once again. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Court: US agency acted reasonably to protect seals

An appeals court panel on Monday ruled that a federal agency acted reasonably in proposing to list a certain population of bearded seals threatened by sea ice loss.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Appellate court ruling means Oakdale Irrigation District is now 0-2 in recent attorney-fee lawsuits

Owners of 31 homes in an east Oakdale neighborhood don’t have to pay the Oakdale Irrigation District’s $369,300 legal bill after the district prevailed in a lawsuit, appellate justices ruled Friday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Showers are moving the rain gauges in Sacramento region

A weakening cold front stalled out across the northern third of California early this morning, according to the National Weather Service. When the front hesitated, the Feather River Basin accumulated about 2.5 inches of rainfall overnight.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

9 trees ignited after being struck by lightning in Orange County

Thunder and lightning rumbled through Southern California, with trees set ablaze in south Orange County and first responders scrambling to car wrecks countywide, authorities said.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Looking out for No. 2: Dogs sniff out fecal pollution

A company that has trained dogs to recognize the smell of human fecal bacteria has been sniffing out sources of water pollution nationwide, discovering broken sewer pipes, leaking septic tanks and illegal sewage discharges, to the delight of environmental groups and government agencies.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Year-round flows restored to section of San Joaquin River; Join our Nov. 2-3 tour of the river to see restoration progress first-hand

For the first time in more than 60 years, year-round flows are expected to return to a section of the San Joaquin River by the end of October, The Associated Press reported over the weekend. … Tickets are still available for our Nov. 2-3 San Joaquin River Restoration Tour, a once-a-year educational opportunity to see the program’s progress first-hand.The tour begins and ends in Fresno with an overnight stay in Los Banos. 

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Study — Reservoirs a ‘significant’ contributor to climate change

A synthesis of 100 recent studies finds that water storage reservoirs emit as much greenhouse gases as Canada. Two of the authors explain how this happens.

Aquafornia news Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting

Q&A: Remembering Oakland Hills firestorm: How weather fueled flames

Jan Null was the lead forecaster at the National Weather Service’s offices in Redwood City, California, at the time of the fire. … Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting asked him about the role weather played in the 1991 firestorm.

Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association

Blog: Leaders gather in Maxwell to support progressive water management

Importantly, Sites Reservoir is not a traditional water storage project. It is a 21st century water management project that looks to California’s future by regulating and storing water to serve various beneficial purposes at critical times–water needed for cities and rural communities, farms, fish, birds and recreation. 

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Officials warn of flash flood potential as rainy season begins in California

Flood and fire officials from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), CAL FIRE and the National Weather Service (NWS) warn that weather and land conditions across California increase the potential for flash flooding during the rainy season now under way. Five years of drought conditions have exacerbated wildfires across the state. Rain is beginning to fall on fire burn scars, making these areas prone to sudden erosion along roads and through neighborhoods. 

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.