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Make sure to check back on Jan. 5, when we will have a full slate of all the water news you need to know.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal appeals court backs restrictions on Delta water deliveries

Ruling that water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is important not just for people but also for the fish that swim in it, a federal appeals court on Monday backed environmental restrictions on deliveries to urban Southern California and San Joaquin Valley agriculture.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gov. Brown declares state of emergency in four California counties

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in four counties Monday after two weeks of heavy rain and winds caused flooding, mudslides and evacuations across California.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Authorities recover thousands of archaeological artifacts taken from Lake Oroville

Authorities have recovered thousands of stolen archaeological artifacts reportedly taken from Lake Oroville over the last 20 years. …State regulations, as well as other federal laws, protect items of cultural significance from being removed from public land.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Blog: Those trillion-gallon stories on storms, drought last week were confusing

I shared your confusion briefly last week. Readers called and emailed, wondering if the drought had ended after two separate news stories featuring the numbers 10 and 11 – each followed by 12 zeroes. We’re talking trillions of gallons of water.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Federal judge upholds restrictions on Delta water shipments

A federal appeals court Monday overruled objections by Central Valley farmers, water districts and a federal judge and upheld the government’s reduction of water shipments from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in order to protect salmon, steelhead trout and other species.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Court upholds Delta protections

Rules protecting threatened salmon and steelhead were upheld Monday by an appeals court, a decision that may help the fragile Delta but also may crimp a portion of the state’s water supply.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Gov. Brown declares state of emergency in Marin, three other counties

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday declared a state of emergency for Marin, Mendocino, San Mateo and Ventura counties after a series of severe winter storms damaged roads and highways throughout the state.

Aquafornia news The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Cambria outdoor watering policy to be revisited

When directors of Cambria’s services district meet Thursday, they’re scheduled to hold a public hearing about whether to allow customers to use some of their allocated amounts of water outdoors.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Feds reject Nevada plan to refill lake above Tahoe

The U.S. Forest Service has rejected a proposal by Nevada state wildlife officials to refill a drained lake in the mountains above Lake Tahoe and restore the scenic spot as a recreational fishery.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

4 things Southern California is doing to capture stormwater, and 1 we’re not (with audio)

Billions of gallons of water have fallen on Los Angeles County since last week. And much of that  kept right on going — out into storm drains, lost to the sea. Couldn’t we actually use that water? Yes, and we do.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Plastic bag ban takes effect in Chico on Jan. 1

In nine days, plastic bags will not be as plentiful in some Chico stores. The city’s bag ban takes effect Jan. 1. It’s a similar law to California’s upcoming ban on July 1.

Aquafornia news Herald and News, Klamath Falls, OR

Editorial: Make the best of the only realistic water plan offered

There is no perfect answer to the Klamath Basin water issue — no plan, no federal/state/local approach that combined with private enterprise and treaty obligations will satisfy everyone.

Aquafornia news Woodland Daily Democrat

Editorial: Our 1,200-year drought and bad water policies

People with professional expertise in California’s four-year drought — plus those just looking for something new to worry about — get it right about expecting too much from the recent series of storms.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Editorial: Oyster farm closes door on historic business

While controversial, the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.’s closure was not a big surprise. After all, Congress started the count-down 40 years ago when it bought the then-Johnson Oyster Farm site along the shore of Drakes Estero in order to add the acreage to Point Reyes National Seashore’s wildland area.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern Calif.

Blog: A thirsty town debates need for new source of water (with audio)

The coastal tourist town of Cambria, located just below Big Sur and adjacent to Hearst Castle on California’s central coast, will begin pumping about 300 gallons a minute of treated water into the local aquifer this week. The new water source is part of a controversial emergency solution—built just this fall—to keep the community from running dry.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: A first for delta water pumping — Voluntary cutback to protect fish

On New Year’s Eve 2012, the Sierra had 140% of the normal December snowpack and rivers swelled with storm runoff. But strangely, a crippling reduction of water pumping had already begun in Northern California. The muddy Sacramento River and mammoth water pumps had created a death trap for the protected delta smelt.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sierra snowpack encouraging, but more storms needed to keep it deep

Buoyed by big December storms, the snowpack is about 150 percent of where it usually is at this time in the year, according to the California Department of Water Resources. And more may be on the way, weather forecasters said.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Salton Sea struggles to survive

It’s hard to imagine that this quiet place once drew more visitors than Yosemite National Park. Back then, the Salton Sea was a boom town, rising out of the desert like a Las Vegas or a Palm Springs. The American Riviera, as it was known, was full of glamour and promise.

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Review-Journal

Colorado River Delta plants making comeback

A spring release of water has reversed a 13-year trend of decline in plant and wildlife in the Colorado River Delta, according to findings released by scientists this month.

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