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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Annual Lake Tahoe Summit puts spotlight on water quality (with audio)

President Barack Obama will shine a national spotlight on environmental issues facing Lake Tahoe at the 20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

California water guzzlers to face new penalties, possible public disclosure of names

A law signed late Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown requires retail urban water suppliers with more than 3,000 customers to put in place rules that define “excessive water use” and impose them during drought emergencies.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California farm revenue plunges in 2015

Farm revenue in California dropped by more than $9 billion last year as the drought forced farmers to scramble for water and crucial commodities declined in price, according to data released by the state and federal governments Tuesday.

Aquafornia news ProPublica

California and EPA poised to expand pollution of potential drinking water reserves

As the western United States struggles with chronic water shortages and a changing climate, scientists are warning that if vast underground stores of fresh water that California and other states rely on are not carefully conserved, they too may soon run dry.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

California is running out of time to save Salton Sea

An agreement by California to draw less water from the Colorado River to help boost water levels at Lake Mead could accelerate the shrinkage of the already precarious Salton Sea, endangering air quality and wildlife habitat.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Settlement forces US to decide whether 9 species endangered

The U.S. government agreed Tuesday to decide over the next several years if federal protections are needed to help a small, fanged predator of the Northern Rockies, massive alligator snapping turtles in the South and seven other troubled species that in some cases have awaited action for years.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Feds say gnatcatcher needs to stay on endangered list

Federal wildlife authorities on Tuesday said that a review of genetic tests has led them to conclude that the coastal California gnatcatcher is a valid subspecies and therefore worthy of protections that have barred development on tens of thousands of acres of prime Southern California real estate for two decades.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Mountain lions in Santa Monica Mountains face extinction, study says

A population of mountain lions living in the Santa Monica Mountains faces possible extinction in the near future due to inbreeding, according to a study released Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Banning Ranch project in Newport Beach in limbo after report riles developer

Developers working to build Banning Ranch, a cluster of homes, hotels and retail on a strip of land that touches coastal Newport Beach, said Monday that the project might be killed if the California Coastal Commission follows the advice of its environmental scientists.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Humboldt County spared from kelp decline

Bull kelp forests on Northern California’s coastline are disappearing at an alarming rate, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, with many marine animals now showing signs of starvation as a result.

Aquafornia news Voice of San Diego

Desalination plant is finished but debate over it isn’t

The country’s largest desalination plant is in the ground at Carlsbad and its water is in our pipes, but the debate over whether it was a wise or economical investment continues.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Experts weigh in: California’s biggest water policy priorities

Five years into a drought, California is facing essential decisions about its water future. It’s implementing new groundwater law, weighing the pros and cons of a large infrastructure project for water supply and beefing up its data collection. But there’s more to do.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Donald Trump visits Tulare looking for cash and talking water

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump swept through the central San Joaquin Valley in a few hours Tuesday, scooping up a record amount of money at a Tulare fundraiser and briefly talking water with a largely agricultural crowd who paid between $2,700 and $25,000 per person to attend.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Oakdale Irrigation District Board’s Santos denounces recall drive

Those seeking a recall of Linda Santos from the Oakdale Irrigation District board are resorting to “outright lies, malicious rumors and unfounded accusations,” Santos said in a strongly worded response.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Gap Fire in Siskiyou County continues to swell

Firefighters are starting to gain containment on a fire about 20 miles west of Yreka that’s grown to more than triple the size of the city of Anderson. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

1,000-acre Bogart fire in Riverside County was caused by ‘juvenile activity’ near public park, officials say

A fast-moving vegetation fire north of Beaumont spread to 1,000 acres Tuesday afternoon, briefly displacing hundreds of residents from rural communities in Riverside County, although evacuation orders were lifted later in the day, authorities said.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Fire officials: Cherry Valley wildfire ‘human-caused,’ public asked for help

A fast-growing wildfire in Cherry Valley, west of the Coachella Valley, was ‘human-caused,” CalFire/Riverside County fire officials said Tuesday evening.

Aquafornia news NPR

With water in short supply, California ranchers grow feed indoors (with audio)

The extended drought in California has farmers looking for ways to use less water. Among them: growing feed indoors using hydroponics. 

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

West Marin gets rare washup of beaked whale

A rarely seen Baird’s beaked whale turned up on a beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore this week, a possible victim of a strike by a ship.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger

Legal Commentary: Governor extends CEQA litigation streamlining provisions

On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill extending special California Environmental Quality Act litigation streamlining provisions for large, jobs-producing development projects that meet certain cost, employment, and greenhouse gas emissions requirements. The program is expected to shorten litigation timelines for qualified projects by two to four years.