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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Water district vote deals major blow to California’s Delta tunnel project

By a 7-1 vote, the state’s largest irrigation district decided not to join California WaterFix — a $17-billion plan to build two tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that would re-engineer the way Northern California supplies are moved to the rest of the state.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

New Oroville Dam report calls for changes

A new report from a collection of environmental, fishing, and river rafting groups recommends changes to dam management following the failure of the main spillway at Lake Oroville in February.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California could be hit by an 8.2 mega-earthquake, and it would be catastrophic

Scientists say it’s possible for Southern California to be hit by a magnitude 8.2 earthquake. Such a quake would be far more destructive to the Los Angeles area because the San Andreas fault runs very close to and underneath densely populated areas. … The aqueducts that bring in 88% of Los Angeles’ water supply and cross the San Andreas fault all could be damaged or destroyed, [Lucy] Jones said.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Get your ticket to Water Education Foundation’s 40th anniversary celebration on Oct. 26 in Sacramento

Forty years ago, the Water Education Foundation opened its doors in Sacramento as a nonprofit, nonpolitical, tax-exempt educational organization. Today, the Sacramento-based Foundation remains a vital source of impartial and in-depth information about water resource issues in California and the West. Taking a steady pulse of the water world, the Foundation provides a vast repertoire of educational materials, products and services such as our water tours, workshops, our flagship quarterly magazine, Western Water, and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers).

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Floods are a serious threat to Southern California, say CSUF geologists

Seeing the devastation that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma inflicted, it’s tempting to take solace that Southern California escapes anything but the rare remnant of a tropical storm. But that doesn’t mean we’re spared flooding, reminded two Cal State Fullerton geologists in the wake of Harvey and Irma.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups

Cleanups at some U.S. hazardous waste sites have stopped or slowed down because the Environmental Protection Agency does not manage its Superfund staff effectively to match its workload, an internal government watchdog said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Seven months after the flood, many San Jose residents still homeless

About 40,000 people were evacuated after Coyote Creek flooded on Feb. 21. … According to Catholic Charities, the lead agency in providing long-term services to flood victims, about 153 people are homeless, many living in hotels, temporary apartments or shelters.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

$17 billion Delta tunnels plan in trouble after key water agency backs out

In a major and potentially fatal setback to Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two huge tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, America’s largest irrigation district voted Tuesday to pull out of the project.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sonoma County program makes water management careers accessible

[Mario] Luna, who for the past year has been with Conservation Corps North Bay, was among eight people selected for a new yearlong paid internship program aimed at exposing 18- to 24-year-olds to careers in the water management industry.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Kern hits top crop value in nation for first time

The San Joaquin Valley’s southernmost county has officially taken the top spot for the value of its agricultural products in 2016, making Kern the top agricultural producer — not only in the state, but in the nation.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Pristine Sierra camp spot you’ve probably never heard of

If you travel to Tahoe or Yosemite for your camping or backpacking, the Sierra can sometimes seem as crowded as the Bay Area during commute hours.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Capay Valley farmers (audio)

Author Elvira Di’Brigit shares her new book “Why We Farm: Farmers’ Stories Of Growing Food And Sustaining Their Business, Featuring Farmers Of the Capay Valley.”

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Redding sets record for 100-degree days this year

The season — which officially ends Friday — has had the typical number of days. It’s just that the number of days when the temperature cracked 100 degrees in the Redding area is something no one has ever seen before.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California condor takes flight in wild after near extinction

In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Leonardo DiCaprio foundation awards $20 million in eco-grants

California Waterkeepers, a group that helps protect the state’s coastal waters, and Ocean 5, which establishes marine reserves and combats illegal fishing in all five oceans around the globe, are among other recipients.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

PPIC recommends action to protect headwater forests

A newly released report by the Water Policy Center of the Public Policy Institute of California urges new commitment and specific management techniques to improve the health of California’s headwater forests.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Why do we forget nature until natural disaster strikes?

Every September I [David Mas Masumoto] engage in the ritual of drying grapes into raisins. Green grapes are picked and laid onto paper trays on the ground between the vine rows. Then you wait for weeks as they dry. Simple, efficient, using the sun’s power – and highly risky because if a rainstorm rolls in, it can result in disaster.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Commentary: Airbnb for monarch butterflies can prevent demise

The recent news of the western monarch butterfly population decline is disheartening. … Farmers and ranchers from California to Texas to Missouri now have the opportunity to participate in an emerging program called the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange, which rewards them for restoring and enhancing monarch habitat in field edges, buffer zones, marginal lands and rangelands – areas that would not decrease productivity.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Environmental documents completed on study of CVP water for wildlife refuge

The Bureau of Reclamation will enter into a two-year water conveyance pilot study with Reclamation District 1004, to annually convey up to 14,354 acre-feet of Central Valley Project yield to the Sutter National Wildlife Refuge in Sutter County.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation awards $20,000 for ideas to limit rodents from burrowing into canals, levees and earthen dam embankments

Rodents can burrow through both sides of an embankment providing a pathway for water to move through and erode the embankment, potentially causing serious issues for the surrounding communities. Burrows may also intersect or expose other anomalies in the embankment that may result in a failure of the embankment.