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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Deal reached to keep US government running, help Flint

The Flint measure, set for a vote Wednesday as an amendment to a separate water projects bill, would authorize $170 million to help Flint and other cities with water emergencies.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

California projects fill water resources bill

Flood control efforts in California’s Central Valley get a boost in sprawling water legislation that reaches the House floor Tuesday. 

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Agencies try new tack to help salmon in Sacramento River

Fisheries officials are opening a new front in the effort to aid endangered chinook salmon in the Sacramento River.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger

Legal Commentary: New California law amends water supply planning laws

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1262 into law, representing an initial attempt to incorporate groundwater management requirements under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act into two of California’s water supply planning laws. … SGMA was adopted in 2014 and, for the first time in California, establishes statewide requirements for establishing sustainable groundwater management in all basins designated by the California Department of Water Resources as medium- or high-priority.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Earthquake expert Lucy Jones: Salton Sea swarms occur

It’s been about eight years since the Salton Sea was the epicenter of a swarm of earthquakes, but the abundance of temblors doesn’t necessarily indicate a larger one to come, a renowned seismologist says.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press Enterprise

Nearly 200 earthquakes rock Salton Sea in 2 days

As dusk neared, still another noticeable earthquake rocked the Salton Sea where nearly 200 quakes have been recorded during the past two days.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Federal agencies criticized for not enforcing laws that protect salmon

Salmon are struggling to survive all along the West Coast, where runs that historically numbered in the millions of fish have dwindled into the thousands or even dozens. Environmental laws that have been put in place to see that these fish remain healthy and plentiful are not working in many places.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Tahoe Keys to apply for herbicide trial in effort to fight aquatic invasive species

The Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association (TKPOA) recently announced it is seeking a permit to test herbicides in 2018 as a way to combat aquatic invasive plants — an ongoing (and longtime) issue in the 172-acre lagoon system.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

California lawmakers and environmentalists battle plastic bag industry over ban

Although legislation to create a statewide ban passed during the 2014 legislative session, the plastic bag manufacturing industry gathered enough valid voter signatures to qualify a November referendum on the measure.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Water Works — Jim Fiedler on the drought’s impact on water management

The Santa Clara Valley Water District provides water and flood control to nearly 2 million people in 15 cities and owns and operates the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center (SVAWPC), the largest advanced water purification plant in Northern California. 

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

California raisin crop expected to be smaller this year

California raisin growers are expected to harvest about 270,000 tons of raisins this year, according to a preliminary estimate from the Raisin Administrative Committee in Fresno.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Loma Fire: Santa Cruz Mountains area burning has endured three major fires in recent years

The Summit Road area between Highway 17 and Mount Madonna County Park near Gilroy has long held a reputation as a beautiful, rustic place where residents live with an ominous risk: their homes are built literally on top of the San Andreas Fault.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Soberanes Fire crews unlikely to fully contain blaze this week

Despite incremental progress in Soberanes Fire containment in recent days, a spokesman said Tuesday that crews likely will not establish full containment by the estimated date of Sept. 30.

Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento

Wildfire in Tuolumne County grows to 1,000 acres (with video)

Firefighters are working hard to prevent the wildfire burning in Tuolumne County from jumping across the highway and threatening homes.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Feather River Canyon fire up to 375 acres

A fire in the Feather River Canyon is up to 375 acres and is just 5 percent contained, according to the most recent report by the Plumas National Forest.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Loma Fire looks like volcano erupting above Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s Giant Dipper

Photos of the the fiery scene in the mountains above the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk are popping up all over social media.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Cranberries at 200: Market change, drought create a crisis

All is not well in cranberry country this harvesting season, the 200th anniversary of the world’s first known commercial cultivation.

Aquafornia news Sea Change Radio

Carolyn Lochhead on the politics of water (with audio)

An issue that didn’t come up in Monday’s presidential debate, and unfortunately may not show up in subsequent debates either, is, “What are the candidates’ water policies?” It is one of the most vital issues for all Americans, and for the globe, and yet it is almost never mentioned on the national political debate stage.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Commentary: A parent’s case against fracking

As a father, there is nothing that I [Rodrigo Romo] wouldn’t do to protect my children. That’s why last year, I filed a suit against the state of California and Governor Brown for discriminating against Latino youth by permitting fracking wells disproportionately close to their schools.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Democrats press talks as showdown vote looms on funding bill

Democrats opened a last-minute push Tuesday for new talks on must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend, fight the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild.