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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Another reservoir overflows as Northern California receives more rain

The milestones marking California’s wettest year in decades continued to pile up Thursday, as state water officials said a reservoir high up in the Sierra Nevada has exceeded capacity for the first time in 21 years.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Klamath River salmon season faces closure due to ‘unprecedented’ forecast

Both sport and commercial salmon fishing near the Klamath River could be completely closed this year as a result of what the Pacific Fishery Management Council is projecting to be the lowest return of spawning Chinook salmon on record. 

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Jose flood: A month later, 500 have yet to return home

More than a month after Coyote Creek spilled its banks and flooded surrounding neighborhoods, city leaders Thursday said some 500 families remain unable to return home and pleaded with property owners to help house them.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Damage, design flaws in Oroville Dam spillway point to lengthy repairs, consultants say

The main spillway at Oroville Dam is riddled with design flaws and so badly damaged that an independent panel of experts hired by the state has concluded it’s probably impossible to repair the structure completely before the next rainy season begins in November.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

No concern about Lake Davis

There is no concern for Yuba-Sutter as the Grizzly Valley Dam’s spillway releases water from the now full Lake Davis, Department of Water Resources officials said Thursday. 

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Fresno council delays vote on water-fee hike for new development

A proposal to establish a new set of water fees that would impose a charge of $4,246 for every new home has been pushed off for two weeks by the Fresno City Council. The charges are intended to go toward meeting water needs for future growth, particularly expanding Fresno’s ability to treat surface water, infrastructure to distribute water to new development, and to dig new wells and increase the capacity to recharge a depleted groundwater basin.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam: Nature Center another casualty of high Feather River flows

Among all the conspicuous places closed as a result of damage from high flows in the Feather River during the Oroville Dam spillway emergency, there’s one that hasn’t gotten as much notice. The Feather River Nature Center is also closed.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Oakdale Irrigation District recall election may be in limbo

Water leaders are looking deeper into whether signature gatherers committed fraud to prompt a recall of Oakdale Irrigation District board member Linda Santos, throwing into question the status of the April 25 ballot. In other action Tuesday evening, staff unveiled potential boundaries for voting divisions within OID and announced that the district expects to sell no surplus Stanislaus River water this year to outsiders – a major source of income in years past.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California regulators launch new campaign against harmful climate pollutants

The plan targets emissions such as methane from cow manure, black carbon from diesel exhaust and hydrofluorocarbons from refrigerators. Regulators at the Air Resources Board, which approved the strategy, and other government agencies will now need to write detailed rules for achieving the reductions.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Redding rainfall hits milestone

On the same day the Weather Service’s official rain gauge at the Redding Municipal Airport hit 40.43 inches, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced water allocations for Northern California agencies such as the city of Redding and Bella Vista Water District.

Aquafornia news Desert Sun

A Cathedral City road is flooded even though it’s been hot and dry

It hasn’t rained for a month, but water has been flowing for weeks through the Whitewater Wash and onto Cathedral Canyon Drive in Cathedral City. You can blame high temperatures and all the snow that fell during our unusually cold winter.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Sacramento’s rainfall year is 9th wettest on record

The 2016-17 rainfall season is the ninth wettest on record for Sacramento – and more precipitation is on the way Friday.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Meteorologists: up to 3 inches of rain to fall on North Bay

Two storm systems moving into the Bay Area over the weekend will put a damper on the recent days of mild weather, meteorologists said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Grant will create a more sustainable San Lorenzo Valley watershed

The crystalline waters of Fall Creek erupted into luminous whitewater Thursday as it rushed down the steps of the fish ladder. “We’re incredibly fortunate to have such clear and cold water year-round,” said San Lorenzo Valley Water District’s environmental programs manager Jen Michelsen as she watched from above.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Handful of Big Sur parks set to reopen on Monday

Parks and campgrounds along the southern stretch of Highway 1 in Big Sur are set to reopen on Monday, according to a statement released by park management on Facebook.

Aquafornia news Brookings Institution

Stealing water

Fresh water is vital for human survival and health, the production of food and energy, industrial activity, and the functioning of the entire global economy, as well as for the survival of other animals, plants, and natural ecosystems. Water scarcity, whatever its cause–natural catastrophes, pollution, poor water management, or theft and smuggling—can have grave consequences.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Addams Family actor lends voice to fracking opposition

The actor who played the patriarch of the Addams Family says the gas drilling process known as fracking is no joke.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Editorial: DWR’s handling of Oroville Dam crisis keeps getting worse

The confounding statements from the state Department of Water Resources about the Lake Oroville spillway crisis just keep coming.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Legislators want billions in bonds but need Brown’s OK

[Gov. Jerry] Brown’s skepticism about debt emerged very strongly during a February news conference on the state’s infrastructure needs, including deteriorating highways, flood control and water supply.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: Five reasons water efficiency and recycling are a perfect match

In a recent op-ed by Contra Costa Water District board president Lisa M. Borba and Central Contra Costa Sanitary District director Paul H. Causey, the duo state that California’s efforts to advance water efficiency will diminish recycled water investments and disincentivize future recycled water projects. As a civil engineer/water policy analyst who has worked on California water issues for 15 years, I [Tracy Quinn, NRDC] draw the exact opposite conclusion: Water efficiency and conservation measures complement investments in recycled water.