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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Rain, snowstorms pummel the West; more wet weather on way

More winter snow and rain pummeled the West on Thursday as the first in a series of expected storms soaked morning commuters in much of California, dumped 18 more inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada and closed schools in Oregon.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Mountain snows that feed Colorado River look good so far

Snowpack in the mountains that feeds the Colorado River is slightly above the long-term average this winter — welcome news in the drought-stricken Southwest.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

State increases estimate of amount of water it will deliver from Lake Oroville

State Water Project contractors will get 60 percent of the water they want this year due to the storms that have filled Lake Oroville and buffered the snowpack in the hills above.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Trump expects ‘big results’ from his choice to lead US Department of Agriculture

Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, his choice to lead the Agriculture Department, will “deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land.”

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Study questions Stanislaus releases for salmon

A new study concludes that salmon have not benefited much from autumn water releases into the lower Stanislaus River. The research by the Fishbio consulting firm backs up claims by the Oakdale and South San Joaquin irrigation districts that the October releases are wasting water from New Melones Reservoir.

Aquafornia news Desert Sun

California grapples with pivot from drought rules to long-term water strategy

With storms drenching much of California and snow blanketing the Sierra Nevada, the state’s top water regulators are grappling with how to shift from conservation rules devised during more than five years of drought to a long-term strategy for using water more sustainably. 

Aquafornia news Cronkite News

Western mayors talk water conservation, stay mum on drought allotment

Nearly a dozen Western mayors gathered Wednesday to discuss anything and everything “water” except the region’s drought contingency plan – what Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton called “the 800-pound gorilla in the room.”

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Localized flash flooding ‘almost certain’ with second storm, forecasters say

Light rainfall Friday morning will turn to stormy conditions that bring a good potential for flooding in Southern California.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Lake Tahoe weather: 2 to 4 more feet of snow expected by Monday

Tired of shoveling yet? Conserve your strength because another 2 to 4 feet of snow is expected to fall at lake level over the weekend in the Sierras.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

From Santa Clarita to Los Angeles River, valley areas getting ready for ‘rainiest week we’ve had’

With a series of storms looming, authorities Wednesday were making preparations for possible floods across the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys. 

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Gusty wind, heavy rain hit North State; power outages reported across area

North State highways are also affected, with chains required heading into most areas of higher elevation.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz County weathers the first of three storm fronts

Santa Cruz took the first punch from a three-stage storm front Wednesday night with fairly minor damage to show for it.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

All night in the dark: Marathon power outages hit region

Wednesday night’s storm ended up being stronger than expected, with wind gusts topping out at 52 mph at the Stockton Metropolitan Airport. It was the windiest day in at least a year.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Announcement: ‘New Water’ panel set to discuss ways to augment supply — Register today for March 23 Executive Briefing

Experts from around the state will discuss groundbreaking ways to create additional water sources at the Water Education Foundation’s 34th annual Executive Briefing, “Wave of Change: Breaking the Status Quo,” on March 23 in Sacramento. Topics addressed by speakers on the panel “Tapping New Sources: Water for the 21st Century” will include stormwater capture, water recycling and potable reuse, and water neutrality ordinances. 

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Sneaky tactics claimed in Oakdale Irrigation District fallowing trial

A judge will rule soon whether Oakdale water leaders skirted state law in last year’s fallowing proposal, the judge said Wednesday at the end of a short civil trial that could affect future fallow-for-money programs.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Raccoons don’t need rescue from flooded Yolo Bypass, California wildlife officials say

After spotting clusters of raccoons huddled in trees above the flooded Yolo Bypass after the recent heavy rains, Heather Jorgensen took to Facebook and tried to organize a rescue mission.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California Capitol trees honoring Civil War veterans toppled

A windstorm has destroyed three historic trees planted at the California Capitol about 120 years ago to honor Civil War veterans.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Monterey’s Conference Center pushes forward despite rain

While the abundance of rain this winter has been a welcome sight to residents in a drought-ridden state, it’s also turning out to be what’s behind a slight delay in the completion of the refurbished Monterey Conference Center. 

Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association

Blog: Flood control weir’d

If you have traveled I-5 between Woodland and the Sacramento River or I-80 between West Sacramento and Davis in the last week, you have witnessed something not seen in over a decade: an “inland sea” of water where seasonal wetlands and riparian vegetation usually dominate the winter landscape. As this California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) blog points out this was a common site before flood control projects were built.

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ kicks off climate-focused Sundance Film Festival

Ten years after the watershed environmental documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” debuted, climate change is as dire as ever and yet the solutions are right in front of us, say directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, whose film “An Inconvenient Sequel” kicks off the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday.