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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal agencies greenlight proposed Delta tunnel project

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service concluded that the construction of new diversion points on the Sacramento River and two massive water tunnels would not jeopardize the existence of endangered species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which is the hub of California’s waterworks.

Aquafornia news E&E Daily

Trump taps Western water veteran to head Reclamation (free trial subscription available)

President Trump announced yesterday that he will nominate a widely respected veteran of Western water issues to lead the Bureau of Reclamation. Trump said he will tap Brenda Burman to be commissioner of the bureau.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Homes along Kings River remain under evacuation from flooding, but there’s new hope

Homeowners along the Kings River forced to evacuated by rising water cannot return yet, but the river is receding and it’s possible they can go back soon. … Army Corps of Engineers data show 12,700 cubic feet per second of water was being released down the spillway of Pine Flat Dam at 2 p.m. Monday, down from a peak of 14,950 cubic feet per second Friday afternoon.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam viewing platform not coming anytime soon

A viewing platform to oversee construction at the Oroville Dam spillway will not be ready anytime soon, despite previous vocal commitments from officials with the state Department of Water Resources.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: How California got its first groundwater market

[Matthew] Fienup, the director for economic research and forecasting at California Lutheran University, helped lead the charge to create the first groundwater market in California. For seven months, Fienup and Edgar Terry, a local farmer and senior adjunct professor at Cal Lutheran, worked with the Water Market Group – a coalition of regulators from the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency, farmers, urban officials and environmentalists – to create a pilot of the first groundwater market in California.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Feds: Tunnels won’t jeopardize fish

Federal wildlife agencies gave the controversial Delta tunnels a partial approval on Monday, announcing that the $17 billion project to replumb the dying estuary will not jeopardize threatened and endangered fish.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

US gives initial OK to California water tunnels

The Latest on California Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans to build $16 billion water tunnels (all times local):

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Trump order could shrink California marine sanctuaries

Eleven national marine sanctuaries and monuments — from Monterey Bay to New England to the South Pacific — could lose protections under new details of a Trump Administration plan released Monday that seeks to expand offshore oil and gas drilling.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam: Water chief at helm of crisis retires

Bill Croyle, acting director for the state Department of Water Resources, has announced his retirement, effective July 1. … Croyle said he had his resignation letter in hand when he was called to meet with then-DWR Director Mark Cowin, who was retiring after 36 years with the agency. 

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

State reaches deal to shut down sand mine in Monterey Bay

California regulators reached an agreement with a Mexican company to shut down the last coastal sand mine in the United States and avoid a legal battle over a dredging operation that experts say has caused devastating erosion in Monterey Bay, officials said Monday.

Aquafornia news Long Beach Press-Telegram

Beaches and waterways closed after sewage spill in Long Beach

Several local beaches and waterways were closed to the public Monday after a sewage leak was discovered on the eastern end of Alamitos Bay, health officials said.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

A boil water advisory as Mount Shasta readies for busy summer

A water-boiling advisory has forced several Mount Shasta restaurants to close their doors or go with limited menus right around the time they are preparing for a busy Fourth of July weekend.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Despite tough talk by City Hall in years past, Los Angeles DWP workers poised to get generous new contract

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s most powerful union went into contract negotiations late last year convinced its workers deserved more money. For three years, the union’s 9,000 members had gone without raises, even as other city workers won pay increases.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Central Basin board removes a roadblock to ‘slush fund’ whistle-blower lawsuit

A crucial board vote on Monday could pave the way to a favorable ruling in a whistle-blower lawsuit seeking the return of $2.7 million to the Central Basin Municipal Water District from two law firms.

Aquafornia news Glendale News-Press

Crescenta Valley Water District plans to raise bills an average of $6

Crescenta Valley Water District customers can expect a $6 average increase to their monthly bills.

Aquafornia news San Luis Obispo Tribune

Evacuations ordered for Parkhill Road fire in Santa Margarita

The fire has grown to 1,200 acres and is 10 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. Crews are preparing to work through the night, and all evacuation orders and road closures remain in effect.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Hoping to head to Yosemite on Highway 120 this summer? Not so fast

Snowmelt flowing over the roadway, along with a variety of infrastructure repairs being made, combine to keep Highway 120/Tioga Road closed through Yosemite National Park, according to the park and Caltrans.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Explore the Upper Watershed on September Headwaters Tour

Our Headwaters Tour, Sept. 13 - 14, travels through two national forests and around Lake Tahoe to visit rivers, forests, meadows and California’s most iconic lake. Topics will include forest management, California’s tree mortality epidemic, meadow restoration, wildfires, water quality, energy production, and more. We will spend the night in South Lake Tahoe at Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village, the popular skiing destination.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wet winter ups the ante for Pacific Crest Trail hikers

Anya Sellsted had scaled scary snow-covered passes and forded frightening rivers during her solo hike from Mexico to Canada when the hazards of California’s gargantuan winter finally caught up to her. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Utah wildfire grows as 2 powerful California blazes spread

The nation’s largest wildfire has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins in a southern Utah mountain area home to a ski town and popular fishing lake. … Meanwhile, a wildfire surging out of control on California’s Central Coast has forced about 250 people to evacuate from their homes.