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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.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Court rules species can be protected if agencies can use global-warming models to show habitat loss

In a ruling that has ramifications for land-use and water policy across the United States and California, a federal appeals court ruled Monday that scientists can draw on long-range climate projections to determine whether a species should be listed as threatened.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Wells Fargo loses some EBMUD business over accounts scandal

Wells Fargo Bank is losing more business over its unauthorized account scandal – this time with the East Bay’s largest water district.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Registration now open for Water 101 Workshop

As drought and groundwater issues continue to dominate headlines about California water, gain a deeper understanding of the key issues associated with the life-sustaining resource at our popular Water 101 Workshop. Leading policymakers and experts will serve as the teachers of this daylong workshop with an optional half-day Feb. 2-3 at the West Sacramento City Hall.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Storm dumps as much as 4 inches of rain on parts of Sonoma County

A sturdy storm that moved through the North Bay Monday and Tuesday brought more than 2 inches of rain to much of Sonoma County with similar amounts due later this week, according to forecasts.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Peak rainfall Friday morning could make a tough commute miserable

Storms moving into Los Angeles County should peak during the Friday morning rush hour.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Storm more than doubles totals for rainfall year

Butte County got a best soaking of the rainfall year from the storm that rolled through Monday and Tuesday, with another shot due to arrive Thursday.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Storm forecasts rain for Fresno Thursday in new weather report

After one more day of above-normal temperatures and bright sunshine, the weather across the central San Joaquin Valley will turn cloudy and offer rain – potentially heavy at times.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte County plans for further flooding protection

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved changes to its flood protection plan, including regulations on building in flood risk areas around Chico, at its meeting on Tuesday.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Wildfires cost Monterey County at least $10 million

It has cost Monterey County an estimated $10 million in emergency response and support, and damage to roads and other infrastructure as a result of the Soberanes and Chimney fires this year.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Water Talks: Patrick Atwater, Greg Gearheart on California water

On Thursday, October 27, Water Deeply will kick off Water Talks – a new, monthly lunchtime conversation on hot topics in California water. Patrick Atwater of the California Data Collaborative and Greg Gearheart of the State Water Resources Control Board will join Water Deeply’s managing editor Tara Lohan to talk about the opportunities and challenges in the water data world.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Meet the Minds: Erin Mackey on engineering a waterwise mindset

What will it take for California to not just get by during drought, but to really flourish? Erin Mackey, a drinking water and reuse process engineer at Brown and Caldwell, the largest engineering consulting firm focused on the U.S. environmental sector, believes it will take both a shift in how we think of water-use efficiency, as well as the development of a more diverse water supply.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

Algal bloom warning level upgraded for San Luis Reservoir

Increases in toxin levels of the blue-green algal bloom at San Luis Reservoir have resulted in an advisory level upgrade to “warning,” an increase from the previous advisory of “caution,” according to officials with the California Department of Water Resources.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

For Gordon Hamilton, a life of discovery and danger

Gordon Stuart Hamilton, 50, a glaciologist at the University of Maine, was killed over the weekend on a scientific expedition to Antarctica. … Many climate scientists spend most of their days behind a desk.

Aquafornia news KQED News

Antarctica’s ice sheets are melting faster — and from beneath

Antarctica’s ice has been melting, most likely because of a warming climate. Now, newly published research shows the rate of melting appears to be accelerating.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Rare sighting of sperm whale hunting squid in Monterey Bay

For the first time in five years, a sperm whale has been sighted in the Monterey Bay.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Why are we sending precious water downstream for fish in the middle of a drought? Here’s why.

California is not merely a political jurisdiction drawn on a map. … It is also the beginning and ending point for species that make one of the planet’s most amazing migratory journeys: the salmon.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Commentary: Not just another stinky fish

In a bay near this coastal town [Branford, Conn.], the sea was boiling with hundreds of herring-size shiners leaping to flee a marauding squad of bluefish. … What thrilled me [Richard Schiffman] about this scene was that I was witnessing what happens when fishery managers set strict catch limits to stop overfishing.

Aquafornia news U.S. Geological Survey

News Release: The science of harmful algal blooms

Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cyanoHABs) are increasingly a global concern. CyanoHABs can threaten human and aquatic ecosystem health; they can cause major economic damage.