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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California regulators examine safety of food irrigated with oil wastewater (with audio)

For more than 30 years, wastewater from oil and gas operations has been used to irrigate food crops in California. Regulators will re-examine the safety of that practice during a public hearing Friday. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Governor’s ads pan measure requiring vote on big projects

A nonpartisan state analysis has said [Gov. Jerry] Brown’s proposals to spend $15.7 billion to build two giant tunnels to help haul water across the state and $64 billion on a high-speed rail system are the two projects that would most likely be affected.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Then and now: Progress on water weed

After several years of unrelenting hyacinth invasions each fall, it’s as if someone has finally peeled back that green shag carpet and returned Stockton’s rivers to its people. … And there is a general sense that a coordinated effort by state and federal officials — along with a bit of help from Mother Nature — is starting to make a difference.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego accelerates new water supply

San Diego’s landmark water recycling system took several key steps forward this week when the City Council approved an accelerated timeline and a comprehensive environmental analysis.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

In Yosemite, endangered yellow-legged frogs are making a comeback

In the 1950s, California wildlife authorities used to fly over remote lakes and creeks in Yosemite National Park and deliver precious cargo: hatchery-raised trout. The policy was great for fishing enthusiasts.

Aquafornia news NPR

As drought wipes out Western forests, how do Sequoias survive? (with audio)

It’s been a brutal forest fire season in California. But there’s actually a greater threat to California’s trees — the state’s record-setting drought.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Rain soaks San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland

The second big storm of the season is making its way through the Bay Area on Friday morning, and the wet road conditions may have been a factor in a big-rig crash that backed up traffic in the eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

October is 12th rainiest in Sacramento history, but California drought forecast remains unclear

A surprisingly wet October continues to bring gentle rains to the Sacramento region, providing some relief to watersheds parched by five years of drought.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Rain soaks Sacramento region on Friday, with colder storm expected for weekend and another system on Halloween

The steady, moderate rain overnight and into Friday morning has produced rainfall totals of more than an inch throughout the Sacramento region.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Rain and wind on tap for Santa Cruz County through Tuesday

Expect light wind, more than 3 inches of rain in the Santa Cruz Mountains and half that amount in Santa Cruz through Tuesday as a cold front rolls over the Central Coast, according to the National Weather Service.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Collaborative works in the trenches on behalf of marine life

The work done in marine protective areas to preserve fish and marine life, while often underestimated, will ultimately leave a legacy of healthier ocean habitat. That was the message state Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird shared Thursday for some 85 ocean conservationists and stakeholders on hand for the Marine Protected Area Collaborative Network’s forum at the Asilomar Conference Center.

Aquafornia news Voice of San Diego

Some North County customers pay less for water than it’s worth

It’s a good deal if you can get it: Some North County water customers are paying less for their water than it’s worth. The Vallecitos Water District – which provides water to 97,000 people in and around San Marcos – has kept rates so low it’s now selling water at a loss.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Water Talks: How California’s drought is fueling data innovation

There’s a lot of talk right now in California about water data. Do we have enough of it? Are we doing the right things with the information that we do have? And how are we sharing and using that data? Our first edition of “Water Talks,” a new, monthly conversation around hot topics in California water, centered on those crucial questions.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

Little Hoover Commission explores local response to climate change

The Little Hoover Commission held a public hearing today [Oct. 27] that explored the challenges posed to special districts by climate change and examined potential changes that could help local districts adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

Aquafornia news Reno Gazette-Journal

Prescribed burn blamed for Little Valley Fire

Investigators confirmed Wednesday that the 2,291-acre Little Valley Fire, which destroyed 23 homes earlier this month, was caused by a prescribed burn conducted by the Nevada Division of Forestry.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Deep South drought kills crops, threatens herds, dries lakes

Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Study predicts deserts in Spain if global warming continues

Southern Spain will become desert and deciduous forests will vanish from much of the Mediterranean basin unless global warming is reined in sharply, according to a study released Thursday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: How a beer maker and a bottled water company want to save Sierra forests

California’s forests are in crisis. A lethal combination of drought, wildfires, warmer temperatures and pests has destroyed 66 million trees in the past six years.

Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association

Blog: Thinking about reconciliation ecology

The concept of reconciliation ecology has played a significant role in the Sacramento Valley and is a positive approach that will help make the Sacramento Valley a better place.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: As the Salton Sea’s decline looms, a rush to cover up dry lakebed

The project, which involves the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Imperial Irrigation District, is one of several initial efforts underway to restore habitat and reduce windblown dust as the Salton Sea shrinks. The lake is about to begin receding rapidly.