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Aquafornia news The Washington Post

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: EPA remains top target with Trump administration proposing 31 percent budget cut

Under the White House’s latest budget proposal, released Tuesday, the EPA would fare worse than any other federal agency. … The White House also proposes nearly halving categorical grants, which support state and local efforts to address everything from pesticide exposure to air and water quality, to $597 million.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Agency-by-agency look at Trump’s budget

How President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion federal spending plan would affect individual government agencies.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Decimated by drought, salmon fishing teeters on the brink in California

A wet winter may have finally pulled the state out of its historic drought, but the tail is long for California salmon fishermen. … The Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture will try to bring further attention to the salmon fishing crisis with a [May 24] hearing on its causes, impacts and possible policy actions, 1 p.m. in Room 2040 of the Capitol.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Levee managers talk issues with DWR

The Department of Water Resources invited downstream levee maintaining agencies and county emergency operators to a meeting in Oroville on Monday to discuss ways of improving operations and planning for future emergency situations.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Landslide on California highway part of $1 billion in damage

A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state’s wettest winters in decades.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

What Californians are saying about Trump’s budget plan

Here are some responses to President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget: Gov. Jerry Brown: “This budget proposal is based on utterly bogus economic assumptions. …”

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

How Trump’s proposed budget could affect San Diego County

President Donald Trump’s full proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, released Tuesday, could have a major impact on some cornerstone segments of San Diego County.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Advocates: Federal role crucial for iconic waterway cleanups

The proposed Environmental Protection Agency budget for fiscal 2018 released Tuesday calls for eliminating a series of initiatives targeting regional waters plagued with pollution that threatens human health, kills fish and harms tourism.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

EBMUD’s $120,000 mistake

The East Bay Municipal Utility District is spending $120,000 to resend all of its 385,000 account holders a notice of a proposed 19 percent rate increase after discovering the first mailing omitted 15,000 to 20,000 customers. … Under the state’s voter-approved Proposition 218, public agencies must mail out a notice of rate increases 45 days before adopting them.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

A small invasive shellfish is playing havoc with Central Basin’s budget

Resolving contamination issues with the quagga mussel, a small invasive shellfish, could make the difference between a slightly balanced budget and one that is seriously in the red for Central Basin Municipal Water District.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

To relax demand on groundwater, MID sells river water to neighbors

Selling Tuolumne River water to growers just outside borders of the Modesto Irrigation District for $60 an acre-foot should cover the district’s costs while remaining low enough to attract buyers, the MID board agreed Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Lake Tahoe water board orders further study, cleanup of contaminated groundwater

The cleanup of contaminated groundwater in South Lake Tahoe dating back to the 1970s from a leaky laundromat at the South Y Center remains uncompleted — but a recent order from a local water board is calling for additional study and remedial work by the responsible parties.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Officials predict dire wildfire season

A dire wildfire season may already be upon us in San Diego County, state and local fire officials said Tuesday. It’s not just the dead trees and brush covering much of the region’s back country, it’s thigh-high grass that sprouted just about everywhere during an exceptionally wet winter, including urban canyons in highly populated areas.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California scientists want you to be so afraid of a huge earthquake that you take action

Seismologist Lucy Jones has spent her career trying to understand public attitudes about earthquakes, with a focus on moving people past paralysis and denial. Jones said the way experts like her used to talk about earthquakes wasn’t very effective

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Modesto approves outdoor watering three times a week

The [Modesto] City Council on Tuesday night approved increasing outdoor watering from two days to three days a week from June through October. … The city is easing up after winter storms drenched the valley and covered the Sierra Nevada in snow.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Latest landslide adds to ‘unprecedented’ damage along scenic Highway 1 in Big Sur area

Some longtime residents of Big Sur figured nature hadn’t finished with them this year. Over the weekend, they were proved right.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Lingering snow delays installation of Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park

Planning a Memorial Day trip up Yosemite’s Half Dome? You can put your hiking shoes away, for now.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Vandals hindering driftwood removal from Lake Oroville

There’s a lot of driftwood on Lake Oroville due to this winter’s heavy rains, and someone is interfering with efforts to control it.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Rare white spotted dolphin ‘Patches’ seen in pod of 40 off Dana Point

A piebald dolphin called “Patches” is back off the coast of Orange County again. The black and white speckled leucistic offshore bottlenose dolphin, first seen off Southern California in 2006, was seen four miles off the Dana Point headlands swimming southwest in a pod of 40 other bottlenose dolphins on Monday, May 22.

Aquafornia news Long Beach Press-Telegram

Long Beach one of the best U.S. cities for access to local parks

Irvine is among the United States’ best cities for park lovers, and Long Beach isn’t too shabby either, according to a new survey on park access.