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Happy Thanksgiving from Aquafornia!

Dear Aquafornia readers,

Aquafornia is off for the Thanksgiving weekend.

We will return with a full slate of water news on Monday, Nov. 27.

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We are grateful for our readers! Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

Aquafornia news KCRA Channel 3

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California wants permanent crackdown on water waste

The state of California is looking to crack down on water wasters and make saving water a way of life — no matter how much it rains. California’s restrictions on water use in September were effective, As a result, the state saw a 15 percent drop in water use.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Los Angeles River—Conflict ahead as water capture, restoration plans converge

Everyone knows the Los Angeles river. Even if it’s not part of your neighborhood, the concrete-lined channel is familiar worldwide, because nothing else in the movies or television better depicts “urban wasteland” than this drain. … California’s historic five-year drought has prompted the Los Angeles region to look at using the river as a water supply – a role it has not served in over a century.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

American Indians strive to restore nearly lost tribal food traditions

Despite a growing awareness, Northern California tribal members struggle for the right to gather foods like acorns, mussels and surf fish that have sustained their tribes for thousands of years. … Samuel Gensaw III, 23, a Yurok from Requa (Del Norte County) on the Klamath River, has been part of the fight to remove four of the seven dams from the Klamath since he was 14. 

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

County water agency officials call for rapid response to worsening Salinas Valley seawater intrusion

Told by staff that northern Salinas Valley seawater intrusion is almost certainly worse now than it was two years ago, Monterey County Water Resources Agency board members called for an expedited response to the worsening problem.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Dozens of burned private bridges hamper Sonoma County fire recovery

Cleaning up and rebuilding after a wildfire levels a home is challenging enough, as thousands of Sonoma County residents can now attest. But when a homeowner can’t even reach their property because the bridge to it also has burned down, the rebuilding process gets a whole lot more complicated. … [Roger] Maples’ bridge crossed what is known locally as Linda Lane Creek, which feeds into Mark West Creek, a key habitat for protected steelhead trout and coho salmon.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Salmon and steelhead trout migrating in record numbers

Salmon and steelhead trout are migrating to the Mokelumne River just east of Lodi in what could be record numbers. … Abundant rainfall last year helped to release more water from Camanche Reservoir to help move the salmon up the river.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Sausalito, Richardson Bay agency clears debris from anchor-outs

The goal of the effort was to remove debris from anchored vessels before winter storms knock trash into the bay, to make sure vessels comply with Sausalito and Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency laws and to have health and human services workers talk to anchor-outs about services and onshore housing.

Aquafornia news Woodland Daily Democrat

New study catches on to fish in fields

Amid a long-standing tug-o-war between environmental agencies and traditional agriculture, a perfect pairing might exist in spite of human involvement — as per Jurassic Park, “nature finds a way.” Such is the case in the Sacramento Valley, where the rice crops dominate much of the agricultural terrain, and a new study could reveal something fishy about the industry.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Here’s how Antonio Villaraigosa made millions since leaving mayor’s office

Since leaving the Los Angeles mayor’s office in 2013, Antonio Villaraigosa has made more than $4 million by advising companies such as Herbalife, Banc of California and natural resources company Cadiz, teaching at the University of Southern California and earning speaking fees, according to tax returns his gubernatorial campaign released on Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Imperial Irrigation District workers feel misled on pension plans

While he’s working outdoors in the summertime, in temperatures that can reach beyond 120 degrees, Jesse Valadez envisions life on the mountain. The carpenter foreman and North Shore resident has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Imperial Irrigation District since the 1970s, laying concrete, manning a backhoe loader and a dump truck.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Ironhouse Sanitary District warns residents not to clog pipes with cooking grease, oils

Ironhouse Sanitary District is asking residents to bring the grease and oils from their holiday meals to its facility for proper disposal instead of risking sewer backups.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Don’t be scared if you see this beast rolling through orchard

It looks like something out of a “Mad Max” movie. But this shiny, rolling beast isn’t from the future – it’s the latest in agriculture automation. It’s called the Global Unmanned Spray System, or GUSS for short and it’s being made by Crinklaw Farm Services, a Kingsburg agriculture spray company.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Head to free parks on Friday in East Bay

Joining a national Opt Outside movement to encourage people to visit the outdoors rather than shop on the day after Thanksgiving, the [East Bay Regional] park district will waive all admission charges as well as fees for parking, launching boats, fishing, and dog use.

Aquafornia news Ag Alert, California Farm Bureau Federation

Groundwater recharge brings opportunities, complications

Nearly everyone agrees groundwater recharge is a great idea, but how should it be done? Where should it be done? Who should do it? Those were the questions swirling around the Sacramento Convention Center as agricultural, environmental and regulatory professionals explored the subject at a public forum sponsored by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the State Board of Food and Agriculture.

Aquafornia news Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Heat records tumble Tuesday; highs expected to top 90 through Thanksgiving weekend

Ah, autumn. Season of falling leaves, candied yams — and record temperatures? Heat records toppled Tuesday in the San Fernando Valley, and more may fall in the days ahead across Southern California as highs in the 90s rage on through the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the National Weather Service.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Do you know what to do in a disaster?

When fires, earthquakes or other disasters hit us, they come with no warning, and they leave behind chaos and ruin. How ready you are and how well you react could mean the difference between life and death.

Aquafornia news E&E News

Court weighs dispute over longtime fracking ban in watershed

A group of Pennsylvania landowners and an interstate commission blocking hydraulic fracturing in part of the Marcellus Shale squared off in federal court this week.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

$300 million for Great Lakes cleanup moves forward in Congress

A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program would receive $300 million next year under a spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Even sweet potatoes are diverse in California—and worth millions

Sweet potatoes don’t have the value of almonds, nor the swank of, say, pinot noir grapes or heirloom tomatoes. They might not even have the cachet of Brussels sprouts. But this time of year, no family feast would be complete without them. And so today we write an ode to the humble sweet potato, a distant cousin of non-sweet potatoes, and to the farmers who produce them.