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Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Despite pleas and amid 20,000 comments, frogs get designated habitat

The Fish and Wildlife Service has stuck to its guns and is designating 1.8 million acres of mostly public California land as habitat critical for the preservation of the Yosemite toad and two frog species peculiar to the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Feds, tribes react to Trinity water releases

The Bureau of Reclamation released water from the Trinity Reservoir early Thursday morning to the lower Klamath River to help prevent the spread a parasitic fish disease, within Chinook salmon. Supplemental flows from the Lewiston Dam will also extend into late September to protect the fall salmon run.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Two bills seeking to reform Central Basin on their way to Gov. Brown’s desk

Eight months after an audit was released slamming the Central Basin Municipal Water District for political corruption, the state Legislature has approved two bills to reform the district.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Confident in containment lines, fire officials say two Monterey County fires won’t merge

Even though the two major wildfires plaguing Monterey County are now only about 50 miles apart, fire officials are not worried they will merge, mostly because of the containment lines being built around the Soberanes conflagration.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Feather River Canyon flows increased

Increased water flows are scheduled this weekend in a portion of the Feather River Canyon for whitewater enthusiasts, and a project to accommodate them is moving along.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Higher Trinity flows attract kayakers, boaters

While higher flows in the Trinity River, which began Thursday, are designed to prevent a deadly fish disease, there could be a benefit for boaters and kayakers on the river.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Protections imposed for endangered frogs, toads

Two types of yellow-legged frogs, and a kind of toad found in Yosemite National Park, won extra protection Thursday when federal authorities declared nearly 3,000 square miles in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains as critical habitat for the endangered animals.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Agency gives Oakdale Irrigation District the OK to annex, provide water to border parcels

The Oakdale Irrigation District can annex and provide water to 1,070 acres in 14 scattered parcels on its borders north and east of Oakdale, a growth-guiding agency decided Wednesday, setting aside irksome memories of fallout from OID’s 2013 annexation of mega-grower Trinitas Farming.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Citing late filing, judge may toss class-action lawsuit against Modesto Irrigation District

A judge is inclined to throw out one of two class-action lawsuits against the Modesto Irrigation District because it was filed 13 days after a statute of limitations expired, the judge said in a tentative ruling Thursday.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Corte Madera wetlands could offer savings for bridge district

A 72-acre parcel in Corte Madera is being looked at by the Golden Gate Bridge district as a possible environmental mitigation bank site.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Bay Area August temperatures at historic lows

If the mercury hovers above 90 for too long in the Bay Area it’s a heat wave, and if it falls toward freezing it’s a cold snap, but what’s the term for a string of mild days in August?

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Yosemite, and President Obama, head into virtual reality

In a new project with National Geographic, Barack Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality – in this case, a 360-degree representation of Yosemite National Park.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Happy 100th, National Park Service!

Visitors and staff alike delighted Thursday in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

Little Hoover Commission hearing explores special districts

The Little Hoover Commission held a public hearing today [August 25] that explored the roles of special districts, examining the services they provide, their funding mechanisms, and challenges they must meet in a state as diverse as California.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Mendocino Redwood claims exemption from new voter-approved ordinance

The controversial practice of poisoning unwanted hardwood trees and leaving them in place to die is continuing in Mendocino County forests despite a voter-approved initiative that sought to sharply limit the practice.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Tiny invader, deadly to fish, shuts down a river in Montana

The Yellowstone River, flowing in ribbons beneath the towering Absaroka mountains and through this small town, is usually flecked with drifting boats and rafts, sport fishermen and children jumping off bridges.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Obama plans to create world’s largest marine protected area

President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating a safe zone for tuna, sea turtles and thousands of other species in what will be the world’s largest marine protected area.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Gina Lopez, a ‘crusader,’ sets Philippines water, mining safety on unexpected new course

Before Regina Lopez agreed in June to serve as the secretary of the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources, her standing as one of the Pacific island nation’s determined environmental activists was unchallenged. 

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Australia’s solution to California’s water woes: markets

Conflicts over water are not new to the American West, especially to California. An upcoming trial in Santa Barbara showcases many of the issues involved in our parched state’s quest for water, and points to a possible solution.

Aquafornia news Central Arizona Project

Blog: Shortage avoided in 2017 due to collaborative conservation efforts

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently released the news that there will not be a shortage on the Colorado River in 2017. This positive declaration can be attributed to water left behind in Lake Mead by CAP and its partners. However, Reclamation’s projection shows, that without additional conservation actions, 2018 could be the first year of shortage on the Colorado River.