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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: This wealthy farmer is taking on Sacramento: ‘God help you if you disagree with him’

Dean “Dino” Cortopassi, the Stockton-area farmer and food processor who could undermine Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta water project and high-speed rail in California, leaned over a pile of paperwork in his conference room this spring, tossing bread to his black Labrador and pounding on the table.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Drones meet drought in skies of storied California farmland

A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird’s-eye view of a vast tomato field in California’s Central Valley, the nation’s most productive farming region.

Aquafornia news Western Water on Tap

John Fleck: ‘Remember, I’m the optimist in the room’ — New Colorado River book, new job, more Inkstain

John Fleck has spent a lifetime covering Western water issues. For 25 years, he reported on science and the environment for The Albuquerque Journal.  Since 2000 he has penned the acclaimed water blog Inkstain while working as the writer-in residence at the University of New Mexico’s Water Resources Program. This year he was appointed as director of the university’s program, and just released a new book: Water is for Fighting Over: and Other Myths about Water in the West.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

East Porterville residents, tired of drought, say end is in sight

Five years of drought have left East Porterville residents exhausted. As of Monday, 628 homes countywide have dry wells and no county-supplied water tanks. … Residents say they see the end in sight.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Drought is reducing beach bacteria in Southern California, data shows

California’s record-setting drought might be making area waters less prone to bacteria, according to government data.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Northern spotted owl added to endangered species list

Wildlife officials say the northern spotted owl has been listed under the California Endangered Species Act.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

The decline and hopeful resurgence of Southern California’s abalone population

Heavy commercial and recreational fishing, urban runoff, pollution and periods of warmer waters colluded to decimate nearly all abalone species off Southern California by the 1970s.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

San Joaquin Valley almond farmers reap bumper crop amid low prices, market woes

Almond harvest has begun in the San Joaquin Valley and with it comes the hope of better prices, expanding markets and stronger consumer demand.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Wildfire update: New fires burning despite milder weather

Milder weather conditions have allowed firefighters to make progress on wildfires burning throughout California over the weekend.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Big Sur fire: Forecast leads to new evacuation warning

The fire, which started July 22 from an illegal, unattended campfire in Garrapata State Park, has burned 91,802 acres and is 60 percent contained.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wildfire erupts in Calaveras County

A wildfire erupted Sunday afternoon in Calaveras County, burning grassland and trees near San Andreas and forcing mandatory evacuations in a subdivision.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Tree mortality an increasing concern in Lake Tahoe Basin

An increase in tree mortality in the Lake Tahoe Basin due to drought conditions and growing bark beetle populations has local experts teaming up to figure out a course of action.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Russian River kayak trip launches planning effort around river’s future

Wednesday’s trip from the foot of Lake Mendocino to a ranch south of Ukiah marked the start of the “Headwaters to Ocean Descent,” organized by LandPaths and Russian Riverkeeper and led by Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore, with the first three-day float this week and two more segments planned in September and October.

Aquafornia news The Oregonian

Draining Oregon: Water giveaway threatens livelihoods, wildlife

Oregon is helping farmers drain the state’s underground reservoirs to grow cash crops in the desert, throwing sensitive ecosystems out of balance and fueling an agricultural boom that cannot be sustained, The Oregonian/OregonLive has found.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Bear River: The biggest dam project you’ve never heard of

The Bear River Development Project is one of the largest water developments currently proposed in the United States, and is emblematic of the constant battle to serve a persistent thirst in the West. While many other growing urban areas plan to meet their water needs through strict conservation and water-recycling projects, Utah is taking an old-school approach.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Groundwater shared by countries is knowledge void

The Mekong Delta is but one example of a worldwide water management challenge. Despite more than a decade of technical and political attention at the highest international level, countries have made little progress in developing agreements to coordinate the oversight of groundwater resources that cross political borders.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: New Baton Rouge flood map show limits of current risk and planning methods

The flooding in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas of Louisiana is a major disaster, claiming an estimated 13 lives and displacing more than 100,000 people from their homes. … Our team of researchers in the Natural Hazards Research and Mitigation Group at the University of California, Davis undertook a preliminary analysis to determine extent of flood inundation during this recent event and its relationship with Louisiana’s history of major floods and development behind levees.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Despite pleas and amid 20,000 comments, frogs get designated habitat

The Fish and Wildlife Service has stuck to its guns and is designating 1.8 million acres of mostly public California land as habitat critical for the preservation of the Yosemite toad and two frog species peculiar to the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Feds, tribes react to Trinity water releases

The Bureau of Reclamation released water from the Trinity Reservoir early Thursday morning to the lower Klamath River to help prevent the spread a parasitic fish disease, within Chinook salmon. Supplemental flows from the Lewiston Dam will also extend into late September to protect the fall salmon run.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Two bills seeking to reform Central Basin on their way to Gov. Brown’s desk

Eight months after an audit was released slamming the Central Basin Municipal Water District for political corruption, the state Legislature has approved two bills to reform the district.