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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California drought worries rise as La Niña reemerges in forecast

As the days darken, all eyes are on the Sierra Nevada, then the sky, with a glance back at the mountains, to the Internet for forecast information, over to the thermometer — all in a fidgety search for a sign, any sign, that this winter will be wet.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Watchdog: EPA delayed for 7 months in Flint water crisis

The Environmental Protection Agency had sufficient authority and information to issue an emergency order to protect residents of Flint, Michigan, from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015 — seven months before it declared an emergency, the EPA’s inspector general said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Salmon still under threat due to mechanical issues at Shasta Dam

For well over a decade, federal officials have failed to fix a mechanical flaw in the water outflow system of Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River that fishery and river advocates say has caused millions of fertilized salmon eggs and juvenile fish to die in lethally warm river water.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Bottled water or tap: how much does your choice matter?

What’s your daily plastic habit doing to the planet? Take this quiz and find out.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Oakdale Irrigation latest district to fight state’s water proposal

Members of an often-divided irrigation board joined together Wednesday in a united vote condemning a state proposal to reduce amounts of water normally used for farming.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Drought’s grip on Southern California to tighten with La Niña, forecasters say

After five years of withering drought, government forecasters say California is once again headed for a warm and dry winter, especially in Southern California.  

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Winter outlook: warm south; cooler north; murky in middle

Federal forecasters predict this winter may paint the U.S. in stripes of different weather: Warmer and drier than normal in the south, and colder and wetter than usual in the far north.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Recent earthquake swarm, Great ShakeOut drill stir some into readiness

A swarm of recent earthquake news, combined with the annual Great California ShakeOut drill, seems to have raised awareness of the shaky relationship Southern Californians have with the ground beneath their feet.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

25 years later: Oakland hills ripe for another firestorm

Twenty-five years after a horrific firestorm killed 25 people and wiped out nearly 3,500 homes in the Oakland hills, the conditions are ripe once again for a similar — if not worse — disaster.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Devils Hole divers fight to save rare desert fish in Death Valley National Park

With its crystalline water, uncharted floor and fiendish name, Devils Hole has always carried a sense of mystique. … But more than the inspiration for lore, Devils Hole is home to some of the most endangered fish in the world and the possibility of scientific discovery.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Virginia officials recognize groundwater pumping allows sea to rush in

The Tidewater region of eastern Virginia, swayed daily by the ebb and flow of the Chesapeake Bay, is a wet region with a serious water problem. … Recognizing the problem is the first step to recovery, and Virginia officials have done that. Like farmers in northwest Kansas, seaside water agencies in California, states in the lower Colorado River Basin, and others across the United States, they are responding to a manmade threat by changing the business-as-usual attitude that created it.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Black bears move into Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

A mother black bear and two young cubs captured on camera at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park have sparked excitement among park staffers in recent weeks, as well as inspiring steps intended to keep the animals safe and to minimize their interaction with human visitors.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Endangered tadpoles make the leap from Oakland Zoo to Puerto Rico

Thousands of critically endangered baby toads are en route to Puerto Rico from the Oakland Zoo.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

World wine production slips amid rough weather

Floods, drought, frost and hail cut into world wine production this year across Europe and South America, but the quality of the 2016 vintage shouldn’t unduly suffer.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Q&A: NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar, following the sun from utility planner to entrepreneur

Dan Shugar was the kind of kid who hustled to earn a few bucks doing yard work and odd jobs for neighbors. Going to work for a large, public utility like PG&E after college didn’t dampen his entrepreneurial spirit.

Aquafornia news KQED Science

Documentary plumbs future of Western water, blends optimism with caution

If there’s one key takeaway from the new documentary Beyond the Mirage, it’s that the western states are bound together by water, and they’ll all have to play nice together to secure future supplies for any of them.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Ensuring access to safe drinking water ought to come before a push for soda taxes

According to the U.N., about 11% of the world’s population doesn’t have access to safe drinking water. And that’s not just people in faraway countries (or in Flint, Mich.).

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: Water conservation rebates shouldn’t be taxed

Calls are mounting for the IRS to clarify that rebates, such as those doled out for water conservation measures, should not be taxed as income, writes San Clemente mayor Bob Baker and Long Beach Water Department’s Water Commission board president Art Levine.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Examiner

Commentary: ‘Eco-literacy’ woven into San Francisco school curriculum

In fact, this [San Francisco] school has embraced eco-literacy so completely that officials from the California Department of Education and leaders from the DiCaprio Foundation toured the school last week and congratulated Glen Park for being a trailblazer in California’s Blueprint for Environmental Literacy.

Aquafornia news University of Arizona

News Release: Colorado River Delta flows help birds, plants, groundwater

Two growing seasons after the engineered spring flood of the Colorado River Delta in 2014, the delta’s birds, plants and groundwater continue to benefit, according to the latest monitoring report prepared for the International Boundary and Water Commission by a binational, University of Arizona-led team.