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Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern CA

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Poisonous algae blooms threaten people, ecosystems across U.S.

Serious algae outbreaks have hit more than 20 states this summer. … And water managers are rattled.

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Review-Journal

Annual summit will highlight work to protect, preserve Lake Tahoe

The work to preserve and protect Lake Tahoe will be center stage here on Wednesday as U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., hosts the 20th annual Lake Tahoe Summit, with invitees including President Barack Obama and Nevada’s own The Killers performing at the event at Harveys Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino at Stateline.

Aquafornia news USA Today

Audit: U.S. Forest Service’s wildfire reduction poorly planned

As wildfires continue to burn large swaths of California, an audit faults the U.S. Forest Service’s hazardous fuels reduction program for failing to prioritize or accurately account for efforts aimed at minimizing fire intensity.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Does California’s environmental protection law impede development? Five things to know about CEQA

In a competing study, a pro-environmental group pushed back at the notion that CEQA is impeding growth and driving up home prices. … Californians have been skirmishing over CEQA reform for over a decade.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Like tens of millions of matchsticks, California’s dead trees stand ready to burn

At the height of California’s fierce wildfire season, the Sierra Nevada and North Coast forests are choked with tens of millions of dead and dying trees, from gnarly oaks to elegant pines that are turning leafy chapels into tinderboxes of highly combustible debris.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Here’s why Southern California brush has turned region into a tinderbox

As the Blue Cut fire raged out of control in the San Bernardino Mountains one fire commander described the chaparral brush fueling the blaze as a kind of living dead.

Aquafornia news Jefferson Public Radio

Gap Fire grows quickly in Klamath National Forest

The Gap Fire was reported on the Klamath National Forest Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. The fire, located 5 miles east of Seiad, has grown to over 5,000 acres.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Soberanes Fire crews prepare for high winds in Big Sur, Chimney Fire evacuation orders lifted

An evacuation warning issued Sunday evening, in response to an expected wind event that officials fear will breathe new life into the 38-day-old Soberanes Fire, had firefighters Monday preparing for greater activity in the Big Sur area of the Ventana Wilderness and testing fire personnel’s lines of defense.

Aquafornia news Sierra Sun

Private Lake Tahoe water companies looking to sell — not to TCPUD

In 1962, Earl and Marjorie Marr had $50 set aside and a plan to go to dinner. Instead, Mr. Marr used the money to buy the Tahoe Cedars Water Company.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

$34 million Salt River restoration stalls

Three decades in the making, the $34 million Salt River Restoration Project has now stalled, and if the project is not back up and running by October, it could risk losing its funding.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Cyclists incensed after bike pedal blamed in Sierra wildfire

A lot of things can start a wildfire: lawn mowers, gunfire, smoldering cigarettes. It makes sense in a state dried out by drought.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Newman students harvest almonds — by hand

The new almond orchard at Orestimba High School has yielded its first nuts, picked by hand rather than machine so as not to damage the young trees.

Aquafornia news Reno Gazette-Journal

A presidential history of Lake Tahoe

President Barack Obama will make his first trip to Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, but he’s definitely not the first president to do so.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Yellowstone River’s closure worries outdoors industry

Tens of thousands of dead fish have closed Montana’s Yellowstone River and stirred new worries Monday about lasting impacts to the region’s lucrative outdoors industry. Gov. Steve Bullock declared an “invasive species emergency” over an aquatic parasite blamed for the dying fish.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: Keep taking little steps for sake of fish

We imagine the reaction to last week’s news about a project to help fish get around a waterfall in Deer Creek Canyon fell into one of two categories.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger

Legal Commentary: Legislature passes pair of significant new climate change bills

In the final days of its session, the California Legislature passed two climate change bills that expand existing laws aimed at reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger

Legal Commentary: California Supreme Court requires state to fund local stormwater programs

In a much anticipated decision with potentially far-reaching implications for cities and counties across California, the California Supreme Court determined that certain requirements in municipal stormwater permits are state mandates subject to reimbursement under the California Constitution. Under Article XIII B §6, if the Legislature or a state agency requires a local government to provide a new program or higher level of service, the local government is entitled to reimbursement from the State for the associated costs. 

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

Water right holders must file delinquent reports

The State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Water Rights has notified more than 3,700 holders of water right permits and licenses that they have failed to file their 2015 reports of diversion and use.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

California Water Commission releases revised draft regulations for WSIP

The California Water Commission today [August 29] announced that the revised draft regulations for the Water Storage Investment Program are now available on the commission’s website. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: This wealthy farmer is taking on Sacramento: ‘God help you if you disagree with him’

Dean “Dino” Cortopassi, the Stockton-area farmer and food processor who could undermine Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta water project and high-speed rail in California, leaned over a pile of paperwork in his conference room this spring, tossing bread to his black Labrador and pounding on the table.