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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Sacramento Valley water transfer idea leaves locals fuming

There’s a plan for water transfers could move up to 511,000 acre-feet of water each year for the next 10 years from the Sacramento Valley to the San Joaquin Valley and the Bay Area. … The Bureau [of Reclamation] is in the middle of writing the “Long-Term Water Transfers Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Poll: Water bond

The [Public Policy Institute of California] survey, produced with support from The James Irvine Foundation, determined likely voter sentiment on other issues, including: … On Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond, 56 percent say they would support it after being read the ballot title and label for the measure.

Aquafornia news NPR

Coping in a drier world: California’s drought survival strategy

The past few years have been California’s driest on record. … The state uses water rationing and a 90-year-old water distribution system to cope until the rains come.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Dozens of dams found to put fish in danger

A screening of California’s more than 1,400 dams has found that 181 dams are potentially imperiling native fish downstream.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California still at risk of floods during drought

Local state and federal agencies are operating as if it’s flooding, even during California’s drought.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Monterey County begins Salinas Valley groundwater sustainability effort

Faced with a state mandate to balance groundwater basins within the next two decades, Monterey County officials on Tuesday took the first step toward meeting that goal in the long overdrafted Salinas Valley groundwater basin.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

San Gabriel Valley water agency declares water supply emergency

The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District declared a water supply emergency Wednesday amid record-low levels.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Vandalism reported at 5 national parks

National Park Service says vandalism has been found within five western national parks and officials are investigating vandalism reports at five other parks.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Law needs to weed out fraud at farmers’ markets

AB1871, legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last month, is arguably the most important piece of legislation affecting California farmers’ markets since they were authorized in 1977.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: Flagging problem dams for fish survival

This drought year, as in those past, California water regulators have given away to cities and farms some river flows critical to fish and wildlife. … There are, however, legal backstops to prevent harmful reductions in fish flows, even during a drought as severe as this one.

Aquafornia news The Weather Channel

Blog: Which foods are the worst for the environment?

[Arjen Y.] Hoekstra studies the human water footprint a great deal. He recently wrote the book The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society.

Aquafornia news National Geographic ScienceBlogs

Blog: An open memo on Ebola and water

As input to the ongoing discussions about how to meet and overcome the spreading risks of Ebola, here are some summary thoughts about the water-related components of U.S. efforts.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

News Release: EPA supporting next generation of environmental scientists through 105 fellowship grants

Today [Oct. 22], the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 105 graduate students across the nation will receive $8.6 million in Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship grants to conduct research on topics ranging from climate change and public health to water quality and sustainability that will have cross-cutting impacts in the environmental science field.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

News Release: New Western Water available

The newest issue of Western Water magazine examines salinity in the San Francisco-San Joaquin Delta, a vital estuary and critical juncture of the state’s water delivery system. Written by the Foundation’s Gary Pitzer, the September/October issue discusses the how salinity during drought is affecting fish, wildlife and farms. In wet years, dry years and every type of water year in between, the daily intrusion and retreat of salinity in the Delta is a constant pattern.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Finding durable foul-release coatings to control invasive mussel attachment highlighted in study

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a report summarizing six years of testing coatings to control the attachment of quagga and zebra mussels to water and power facilities. … The testing was conducted at Parker Dam on the Colorado River. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California water agencies lose millions of gallons underground

Turns out the UCLA flood was just a drop in the sea of potable water that leaks or blows out of underground pipes. California’s water distribution systems lose up to 228 billion gallons annually, the state estimates — more than enough to supply the entire city of Los Angeles for a year.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Tribe, agencies lay out arguments in water lawsuit

Two water districts, the federal government, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians are laying out their arguments in a lawsuit over water, focusing on the question of whether the tribe has rights to groundwater.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Drought, drawdowns and death of the Salton Sea

The Salton Sea, California’s largest lake at 370 square miles, once supported resorts that drew celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Jerry Lewis.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern CA

The story of California water, according to Jerry Brown

[Gov. Jerry] Brown, running for his fourth term as governor, used his appearance at The Hamilton Project conference to give a sort of oral history of California water — which is, in a sense, a Brown family story — and to make a pitch for Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion bond measure on the November ballot.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Tomato growers expect record year despite drought

About 95 percent of the nation’s processed tomatoes come from California.

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