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Aquafornia news The Arizona Daily Star

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Tribes, farms wary of proposed cuts in water deliveries from Lake Mead

Tribes are apprehensive, cities are more upbeat and farmers stand somewhere in between over a proposed plan to cut CAP water deliveries to keep Lake Mead from falling to dangerously low levels. … The drought-contingency plan is being discussed by Arizona, California and Nevada as a way to avert catastrophic cuts later.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

New poll shows Californians’ opinions on climate change, water (with audio)

A poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows, despite a partisan divide, 62 percent of likely voters favor the law [AB 32]. … The poll also found that water supply and drought remain the top environmental concern for Californians.

Aquafornia news

Operation Yurok destroys nearly 80,000 marijuana plants

As Operation Yurok — which the Yurok Tribe carries out each summer with help from local, state and national agencies — continues this week, Yurok Tribe Chairman Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr. said Wednesday the tribe may carry out similar raids later this year. … Illegal diversion of water from stream and creeks lead to less water for the Yurok people and the salmon that live and spawn in the rivers.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Big Sur fire: Big blaze brings wildfire season to California’s central coast

While the early wrath of California’s fire season has mostly afflicted the bone-dry southern part of the state, residents here say the flames racing through Big Sur this week are a reminder that one rainy winter after years of drought is no fix for Northern California.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Environmentalists warn feds about Seven Oaks Dam operations

Sixteen years after the completion of the Seven Oaks Dam, two environmental advocacy groups on Monday announced their intent to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its failure to assess how the dam may have harmed the federally protected Santa Ana sucker fish and San Bernardino kangaroo rats.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Wash your hands after touching Los Angeles River water: there are high levels of fecal bacteria

The city of Los Angeles is trying to turn the LA River back into a real waterway with a $1 billion dollar restoration plan – but there’s a hitch.  

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Can the drought make you sick?

A lot is known about the economic consequences of California’s drought. But the health effects? Not so much, says a professor at UC Riverside.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Oven-like temps in Sacramento continue as heat wave bakes the region

The National Weather Service said that the heat wave that has enveloped the north state for nearly a week will retain its grip for a couple of more days.

Aquafornia news The Weather Channel

Why wildfire relief is nearly impossible this time of year in California

California wildfires often become massive infernos that destroy lives and livelihoods, especially during the summer and fall months. Because of a drought that has persisted since 2012, the fire season seems to be expanding, with some fires even occurring during the winter months.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Two raging California wildfires grow

As fire crews made progress controlling a deadly wildfire in Southern California on Wednesday, another blaze continued to rage along the state’s picturesque Central Coast, killing a heavy equipment operator and triggering numerous trail closures and hiker rescues in Los Padres National Forest.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Hotter weather expected near blaze that killed 1

Firefighters are bracing for hotter weather and lower humidity in the area near Big Sur where a wildfire has destroyed 34 homes and killed a bulldozer driver working to contain the massive blaze.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Bulldozer operator killed fighting growing fire near Big Sur

The fire, fueled by dried vegetation that has been building up for decades, was only 10 percent contained Wednesday, and prompted officials to declare a state of emergency in Monterey County. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Sand fire destroys movie and TV ranch that was backdrop for ‘A-Team,’ ‘24′ and other shows

With its picturesque vistas in the hillsides near Santa Clarita, the quiet and sprawling Sable Ranch has long been a backdrop for western films, reality television shows and music videos.  

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Salton Sea official sues Warren Buffett subsidiary, says company illegally fired him

A top Salton Sea official is suing a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, saying the Warren Buffett-controlled company illegally fired him from his job running geothermal power plants in the Imperial Valley.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Barge applies sealant to leaky Laguna Lake in Fullerton

For several years, Laguna Lake has been leaking tens of thousands of gallons of water a day.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento County expands preserve, environmental protections in Mather plan

David and Joy Nahigian are surprised, and very pleased, that their first in-depth exercise in civic engagement resulted in the best possible outcome – a more environmentally friendly development plan they can support for the Mather Field south area.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Summit lays foundation to push Fresno as leader in Ag technology

Agriculture leaders and entrepreneurs gathered Wednesday in downtown Fresno to lay the groundwork for a mission to make Fresno an agriculture-technology leader.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Chlorine shock for water with amoeba that killed rafter

The water at a North Carolina whitewater recreation center will be treated with 10 times the amount of chlorine typically needed to kill a brain-eating amoeba to get rid of the microorganism that caused the death of a rafter from Ohio last month, scientists said.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Keep your mouth closed: Aquatic Olympians face a toxic stew in Rio

Despite the government’s promises seven years ago to stem the waste that fouls Rio’s expansive Guanabara Bay and the city’s fabled ocean beaches, officials acknowledge that their efforts to treat raw sewage and scoop up household garbage have fallen far short.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Why healthy forests mean better water supply

Like many people who work on forestry issues in California, Jim Branham, executive officer of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, is still trying to wrap his head around the drought’s toll on the region’s forests and the 66 million dead trees reported in the Sierra Nevada last month.