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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Will the Delta tunnels get built? Plan enters critical make-or-break phase

Still swirling in controversy, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $15.5 billion re-engineering of the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is heading into a critical phase over the next year that could well decide if the project comes to fruition. Crunch time starts Tuesday.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Algae in drinking water causes Santa Clara Valley water officials to scramble

On most sunny summer weekends, Coyote Lake, a 4-mile-long reservoir in the hills east of Morgan Hill, would be busy with people boating, water skiing and fishing for bass and blue gill.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Low flows, low run expected for Klamath River salmon this fall

While conditions on the Klamath River are looking more favorable for fish compared to recent years of drought and disease, North Coast researchers and tribes are not expecting fall-run salmon to have an easy journey.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego accelerates water recycling

San Diego is accelerating construction of its landmark water recycling system and making other changes that will save money, benefit the environment and make pipeline construction less disruptive. 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Twin tunnels: A matter of trust

When testimony begins Tuesday in a months-long hearing that could decide the fate of the $15 billion Delta water tunnels, amid all the acronyms and complexities and water-wonk jargon there will be a simple, consistent theme: Trust. Or lack thereof.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Announcement: California Groundwater Tour added to 2016 schedule

This 2-day, 1-night tour travels from the Sacramento region to rural Capay Valley to view sites that explore groundwater, a key resource in California. Examine groundwater monitoring stations where you will learn how this precious resource is measured, tracked and evaluated. Visit local farms and wineries that are mitigating groundwater needs through innovative irrigation techniques. Learn about groundwater contamination and ways to prevent it at a local dairy. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

10,000 homes evacuated as Sand fire rages in Santa Clarita Valley

Wind-whipped flames raged overnight in the steep, rugged mountains of the Santa Clarita Valley, charring more than 33,000 acres and threatening hundreds of homes.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Soberanes Fire almost 15,000 acres, 6 homes destroyed

Cal Fire reports Monday morning Soberanes Fire has grown to 14,897 acres, remains 5 percent contained.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

State Water Board holds workshops on developing MCL for 1,2,3-TCP

The State Water Resources Control Board is conducting workshops on development of a drinking water standard for 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (or 1,2,3-TCP), a chemical used as an industrial solvent that also was an ingredient in soil fumigants widely used for decades. The first in a series of workshops was held July 20 in Sacramento to discuss development of a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for 1,2,3-TCP and gather input on the State Water Board’s preliminary staff MCL recommendation of 5 parts per trillion (ppt).

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno places water chief on administrative leave; probes reporting discrepancies

The chief of Fresno’s water operations has been placed on administrative leave over discrepancies in the reporting of water quality issues. … The action is related to an ongoing controversy over problems with discolored water in several hundred homes in northeast Fresno and issues of lead contamination in water coming from residents’ faucets in several dozen homes.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sizzling in the Sacramento summer: 103-106 Tuesday through Friday

Monday is expected to be the coolest day of the work week – at a forecast 98 degrees.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Heat wave, drought showing no signs of slowing down

The heat wave gripping parts of the country including Philadelphia, where tens of thousands are descending upon the city for the Democratic National Convention this week, is not going away anytime soon and will hit a peak Monday with temperatures in the city feeling like 108 degrees.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

North State residents seek shelter from hot weather

High temperatures will dog the North State this week, and recommendations to avoid outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. will be the norm. Several spots in Shasta County are go-to places for people to cool off.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

California state parks navigating uncertain future

Now, to sustain California’s parks into the 21st century, state officials say the system needs an overhaul. The transformation, as outlined by a panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, is meant to move past a management scandal that engulfed the parks system in 2012 and to extend the promise of places that serve as playground, refuge, classroom and museum for up to 75 million visitors a year. 

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Announcement: Learn the answers to FAQs about California drought conditions

California is no stranger to drought. When conditions become dry, water storage declines and water conservation mandates make news headlines, questions from the public often surface. Answers can be found in the Foundation’s new Drought FAQs online publication. Comprehensive answers to what seems like an easy question are just a click away for members of the public, journalists, students and others from whether we can modify the weather to how much rain it takes to end a drought.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Israel’s Mediterranean sesalination plants shift regional water balance

The water that flows into Sorek desalination plant is drawn from near the Mediterranean Sea floor. Pumped inland, the water is cleansed, step by step, of salts and impurities. The transmutation does not take long. Forty minutes after entering the facility, the stuff of sailboats and sunbathers is now drinkable.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

The water footprint of our everyday lives

How much water we use every day includes more than just what shows up on our water utility bill – it also includes how much we drive, the energy that powers our homes and the food we eat.

Aquafornia news Downey Brand

Legal Commentary: SB 272 — A new disclosure requirement under the Public Records Act

As part of a larger effort to improve California’s governmental transparency, the State legislature enacted Senate Bill 272 (Government Code section 6270.5) to update the Public Records Act with a new mandate. SB 272 requires local government agencies to create and make publicly available a “catalog,” or list, of all “enterprise systems” used in the course of agency operations. 

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Commentary: Infill projects a big boon to agriculture

I [John Holland] read this week about the city’s seeking proposals to build ground-floor retail topped by two stories of apartments at N and West 18th streets. This matters to agriculture.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Here’s how Metropolitan Water District can be good Delta neighbor

Now that Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has completed its $175 million purchase of four islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, totaling almost 20,000 acres in size, it is time to engage in a discussion of how Met can be a good Delta neighbor.