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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Will California see a wet winter? Forecasters call it a ‘crapshoot’

Last year at this time, weather forecasters had a pretty good idea of what was in store as California headed into the rainy season. … The so-called “water year” ends Friday.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Meeting on river flows gets tense at times

Two state officials said Wednesday they are open to alternatives to a proposed boost in river flows, but their Modesto audience remained skeptical.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Energy storage is saving water utilities money and easing grid demand

A new frontier in the energy-water nexus is being forged in Southern California. Teaming up with Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Irvine Ranch Water District will be using an energy storage system to reduce its costs and help ease demand on the grid during peak hours.

Aquafornia news KLCC NPR for Oregonians

Northwest researchers link carbon pollution to hydro-dams

Hydroelectric power may not be a carbon-free energy source after all. A new study from Washington State University finds that reservoirs behind dams produce more greenhouse gas emissions than previously thought.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Riders and paddlers raise awareness for salmon

The Winnemem Wintu Tribe of Shasta County has been tracing the journey that follows the spawning route of the winter-run chinook salmon to raise public awareness of the fish’s plight, said Caleen Sisk, the Winemmem’s chief and spiritual leader.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

State Water Board to hold public meetings on affordable water for low-income residents

The State Water Resources Control Board has announced it will hold a series of public meetings seeking recommendations on how to make drinking water affordable for low-income Californians.

Aquafornia news Bakersfield Californian

Major canal lining project underway

The Kern County Water Agency hopes to see significant water savings by lining a portion of the Cross Valley Canal with concrete.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Spirit of Sacramento to get lifted from waters near Bethel Island

The Spirit of Sacramento, an 85-foot paddle boat, initially had capsized in False River near Bethel Island on Sept. 4 after taking on water due to equipment failure. The boat was estimated to have been carrying approximately 600 gallons of diesel fuel.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Placer County to pay $3 million to remove beetle-infested trees

Placer County has approved the removal of 1,800 trees that are dead or dying from a bark beetle infestation.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Governor signs Oak Woodland protection bill

A press release from the Northcoast Regional Land Trust: On Saturday, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed AB 1958 by Assemblymember Jim Wood updating the Forest Practice Act to allow for restoration of Northern California’s oak woodlands.

Aquafornia news KPBS San Diego

San Diego’s forests face possible extinction (with audio)

Overly intense fires in quick succession, along with drought, borer insects and climate extremes are laying waste to trees and creating a hostile environment for regrowth.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Interior Department steps up investigation of Yosemite management

Federal investigators are heading back to Yosemite National Park in coming days, as their probe of park management picks up speed.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Weekend rain could help fight Soberanes Fire

Crews increased containment of the Soberanes Fire to 89 percent Wednesday and more help could be on the way this weekend from Mother Nature.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Loma Fire: Firefighters push to gain control

Lurching for a third day through the bone-dry chaparral of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Loma Fire by Wednesday had grown in size by 10 percent, a sizzling 2,250-acre blaze with 300 homes in its path and more than 1,000 firefighters trying to rein it in.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Feather River Canyon fire acreage downgraded, blaze to burn until Oct. 10

A fire burning in the Feather River Canyon has scorched 246 acres and is expected to burn until Oct. 10.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Neighbors anxious after Florida sinkhole contaminates water

Neighbors of a huge sinkhole sending cascades of contaminated water and fertilizer plant waste into Florida’s main drinking-water aquifer are fearful and fuming that it took weeks for them to be notified about the disaster.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

As drought grips Iran, farmers lament loss of a way of life

Like their counterparts in California’s Central Valley and elsewhere around the world, Iran’s farmers have struggled with several successive years of drought. 

Aquafornia news KQED News

Whales, sea turtles, seals: The unintended catch of abandoned fishing gear

There are fewer than 500 North Atlantic right whales left in the world. And now, one less: This weekend, one of the 45-ton creatures was found dead off the coast of Maine, completely entangled in fishing line — head, flippers and all.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Time is running out to save the Salton Sea

In the mid-1940s, the Salton Sea was a hotbed of activity, attracting Hollywood’s most glamorous actors and musicians to its yacht clubs and campgrounds. Now, what was once the largest lake in California is disappearing before our eyes and endangering all its life.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Announcement: Get an insider’s view of one of the nation’s largest river restorations

Our annual two-day tour of the San Joaquin River Restoration Project provides an insider’s view of one of the largest river restorations in the nation. To encourage you to view this historic project, we have extended the period to buy a discounted ticket to Oct. 11. Join us on the Nov. 2-3 San Joaquin River Restoration Tour as we speak to key stakeholder groups along the length of the San Joaquin River to explore this issue from numerous viewpoints.