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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Amid drought, San Diego faces the opposite problem: too much water

The $1-billion desalination plant coming online next month in Carlsbad will fit right in with years of careful planning and investment in water supply in San Diego County. It will also worsen a peculiar San Diego problem amid a multiyear drought: an oversupply of water.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Sierra storm bringing snow, 60 mph winds, power outages

A snowstorm packing 50 mph winds blew into Lake Tahoe and northern Nevada on Tuesday, slowing mountain travelers getting an early start on the holiday, kicking up dust storms along U.S. Interstate 80 east of Reno and briefly knocking out power to thousands along the Sierra’s eastern front.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

4 arrested in vandalism of Bay Area dam that caused loss of 50 million gallons of water

Under the cover of darkness, a group of vandals this spring slashed an inflatable dam in the Bay Area, sending millions of gallons of water into San Francisco Bay.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

How the Gold King Mine spill continues to affect Navajo life

Three million gallons of contaminated water from the Gold King Mine poured into Colorado’s Animas River in August, laden with cadmium, lead and arsenic. … Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates, a farmer, spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the effect of the spill on his life and the Navajo Nation.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Huffman urges Gov. Brown to consider aiding fishermen caught in crab crisis

Rep. Jared Huffman and other Congress members from California sent a letter to the governor Tuesday urging him to keep a close watch on the levels of domoic acid in the crabs linked to an algae bloom, and to be ready to ask the Secretary of Commerce to declare a disaster if the fishery remains closed for the season.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Highest of the King Tides could bring minor flooding to Long Beach, Malibu, Venice

Today is expected to see the highest of four days of above-average tide levels that began hitting the Southern California coast on Tuesday, raising the possibility of coastal flooding.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

El Niño bringing California a big snow season

Thanks in part to El Niño, a series of strong storms have blanketed the Sierras with snow. Another storm this week is expected to deliver another layer of the white stuff — and draw skiers back to resorts.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Worker pay only small part of water rate hikes

Some critics of sharp water rate hikes San Diego approved last week complained that much of the new revenue would be devoted to employee pay, but city officials say that’s not true.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Yurok Tribe executive director dies at 53

From the mouth of the Klamath River to the government offices in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., the impact of Yurok Tribe Executive Director Troy Fletcher’s unexpected death last week was felt among friends, family and colleagues from across the nation.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

New Oakdale irrigation board members take seats

Saying they’ll put campaign acrimony behind them, Linda Santos and Gail Altieri took the oath of office Monday and became members of the Oakdale Irrigation District board.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

UN Weather Agency: It’s record hot out there this year

The report is not surprising: Scientists at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and elsewhere already were saying that 2015 likely would be the hottest.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Nevada judge won’t rule on sage grouse before Christmas

A judge in Nevada is postponing a decision on whether to block U.S. regulations protecting the greater sage grouse.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: L.A.’s turf rebates aren’t just a gimmick

City Controller Ron Galperin took aim last week at Los Angeles’ popular “Cash in Your Lawn” rebate program, calling the program a “gimmick” that helped get people to pay attention to the drought but didn’t generate much immediate water savings.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Commentary: This year’s almond crop has arrived at markets

Whether you pronounce them “am-mands” or “all-monds,” here are some facts about California almonds.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply, Covering the Crisis

Blog: Drought means no tree for some Christmas shoppers

As many as 27 percent of Californians say they will not buy a live Christmas tree this year because of the ongoing drought. That’s according to a new survey by the American Christmas Tree Association. … In Oregon, which produces more Christmas trees than any other state, the market is holding up just fine, even though that state is experiencing a milder drought of its own.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply, Covering the Crisis

Blog: Q&A with Michael Oshman — Green restaurant guru

Restaurants are the largest energy user in the retail sector, says Michael Oshman, founder and CEO of the Green Restaurant Association. They also consume lots of water in the course of serving customers, preparing food and cleaning up afterward.

Aquafornia news U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

News Release: Groundwater study assists in crucial sustainable water-management in Borrego Valley, California

A new study completed by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Borrego Water District, will help water planners in the Borrego Valley, California better understand and manage the groundwater resources that the area relies on for drinking water, agriculture and recreation. … Results of the study were released last week in a new report and website. … The model will also help Borrego Valley water managers meet requirements put in place by the new California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. 

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

‘A Walk through Time: The Story of Anderson Marsh’ wins Governor’s History Preservation Award

“A Walk through Time: The Story of Anderson Marsh,” is a collaboration among California State Parks, the Koi Nation of Northern California, the Advanced Laboratory of Visual Anthropology at California State University, Chico, archaeologists and other stakeholders.

Aquafornia news NPR

Rapid learners: How Pixar animators created a very scary river (with audio and video)

The river is an ever-changing character [in The Good Dinosaur] that turns ferocious during storms and flash floods and dazzles in the movie’s quiet and playful moments.