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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Lawmakers propose adopting federal environmental protections they fear President Trump will drop

Fearing a federal rollback of longstanding protections for air quality, clean water, endangered species and workers’ rights, California Democrats are pursuing legislation that would cement those environmental and labor regulations in state law.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Rural California levees besieged by pounding wet winter

Billions of dollars in flood projects have eased fears of levee breaks near California’s capital and some other cities, but state and federal workers are joining farmers with tractors in round-the-clock battles this week to stave off any chain-reaction failure of rural levees protecting farms and farm towns.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Shasta Dam makes history as water flows from top gates for first time in 20 years

While California’s other major dam has been the focus of national attention, the Shasta Dam was making history itself this week.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

US Sen. Kamala Harris tours damaged spillways at Oroville Dam

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris on Thursday toured the damaged spillways at Oroville Dam and was briefed by local, state and federal officials on the ongoing crisis at the lake.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Levee managers: Need five miles of repairs to Feather River

A state management and local reclamation district in Yuba City say repairs are required to Feather River levees as they connect to the Highway 99 bridge.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California lawmakers vow to protect federal environmental laws (with audio)

California senate Democratic leaders announced proposed legislation aimed at strengthening environmental regulations that they say President Donald Trump could weaken.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

State Sen. McGuire pushes environmental protections for state

On Thursday, North Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire was part of a group leading the way in state environmental protection measures it hopes will counter potential changes to federal law.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Modesto works to stem river water from overwhelming sewer system

Modesto appears to have bought itself some time before it may have to release partially treated wastewater that poses a public health risk into the San Joaquin River. The city’s sewer system has been overwhelmed by the recent storms and rising river water, and it is reaching its capacity to store the wastewater.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

‘Normal’ never better at New Melones, the last major reservoir to recover from drought

Stubborn New Melones Lake finally decided to join the party. New Melones this week topped 100 percent of normal, the last of California’s major reservoirs to climb out of the deep drought hole.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Jose flood: Residents want answers from water district and city

As hundreds of frustrated residents returned home Thursday to begin cleaning up the damage from the worst South Bay flooding in decades, water district officials said they tried to warn city officials in the hours before Coyote Creek spilled into neighborhoods that potentially destructive flows would arrive within three to four hours.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Did the drought contribute to severe flooding in San Jose? Officials search for answers.

For five long, drought-plagued winters, Mother Nature refused to refill Coyote Creek. Foliage filled its dry bed, and without regular rains, the vegetation remained in the creek rather than being flushed out to sea.

Aquafornia news North State Public Radio

Oroville residents frustrated over chaos during dam evacuations

Frustration and tales of harrowing escape dominated a public forum held in the aftermath of the Oroville Dam evacuations on Thursday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Flooded California town fights to keep its only restaurant

When Kim Troughton found her diner under 2 feet of water this week, she figured that was the end of Kim’s Country Cafe — the only restaurant in the tiny farming community of Maxwell, Calif.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Skiing on July 4. More rain than Seattle. Yes, California’s drought is receding.

How much precipitation has fallen on Northern California this winter? So much that Squaw Valley expects to be open for skiing July 4.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Why is it raining so much in California?

Why is it raining so much this year in California? Two words: Pineapple Express.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

How long will ski season run around Lake Tahoe?

In what is a sure indication of how good this winter has been for snowfall, several South Shore ski resorts announced earlier this week that they will continue operating into mid and late April.

Aquafornia news New York Times

Lake Berryessa’s spiraling floodwater mesmerizes the locals

There is a mysterious hole in Lake Berryessa in California. It is not a supernatural whirlpool, a demon’s mouth, or a portal into hell or a fourth dimension.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California drought levels lowest since 2011

After a few wet winter months, scientists said Thursday that California is 83 percent drought-free compared with just 6 percent a year ago — the lowest drought levels have been since 2011.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

No timeframe for permanent fix to US 50 near Bridal Veil Falls

Continually wet conditions are making it difficult to get to work on a permanent fix for the collapsed lane of U.S. 50 east of Bridal Veil Falls.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California storms leave local farmers reeling

Over the past three months, a shockingly abundant rainy season has provided Northern California with much needed relief after an epic drought, but for small farms, the accompanying flooding and other headaches have proven there can be too much of a good thing.