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Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Big crowd fills San Vicente reservoir on re-opening day

The [San Vicente] reservoir, owned by the city of San Diego, shut down to visitors Sept. 2, 2008. It closed so the county Water Authority could raise the height of the reservoir’s concrete dam by more than 100 feet to increase its water storage.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Rescued fish returned to North State streams

Two years ago, state fisheries officials were worried tributary streams to the McCloud River were drying up and leaving fish stranded or dead.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Bay Area refinery shuts down operations after oil sheen is spotted in San Pablo Bay

A Phillips 66 refinery has temporarily shut down operations at a dock in Rodeo as authorities investigate a pair of oil sheens that appeared recently in northern San Pablo Bay, officials said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

A ‘crown jewel’ of the Los Angeles River project could cost $252 million

A plan for turning a former rail yard next to the Los Angeles River into park space, wetlands and other amenities could cost more than $252 million, city analysts said in a report Thursday.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

2016 California Groundwater Tour is almost sold out

Join us Oct. 5-6 and immerse yourself in all there is to know about this key resources. Groundwater has proven to be a valuable savings account in California during the recent severe drought as surface water supplies have run short. This year brought some areas a temporary respite from the record dry conditions, allowing more focus on long-term California water issues. The greatest change is in groundwater management. Understanding California’s hydrogeology and patterns of groundwater use are vital to understanding the state’s future.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Yosemite and Grand Canyon officials tell of management problems

Yosemite National Park suffers from a “toxic” leadership environment that has prompted numerous employee complaints and raises questions about Superintendent Don Neubacher’s future, a congressional hearing revealed Thursday. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramentans still conserving, but water use grew in August

Sacramentans continued to conserve water last month, although their total consumption grew compared with a year earlier.

Aquafornia news Highland Community News

State Water Board Bans 100 Shell Oil Company Underground Storage Tank Sites from Cleanup Fund

As part of a settlement agreement, the State Water Resources Control Board has permanently banned 100 of Shell Oil Company’s underground storage tank (UST) claims, held by a subsidiary Equilon Enterprises LLC, from the UST Cleanup Fund for allegedly claiming reimbursement through false or misleading statements on claim forms.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Hayward area marshlands endangered by climate change

Next to the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, set back from industrial businesses and the Hayward Water Pollution Control Facility nearby, western snowy plovers, California least terns and black skimmers make their homes on human-made islands.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Dry heat and strong winds roll into the Southland; gusts down trees

Powerful winds blew across Southern California on Thursday, knocking out power and downing trees, giving a preview to a weekend that was forecast to bring soaring temperatures, low humidity and Santa Ana winds.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Solar powers Joseph Farms Cheese plant near Atwater

The sun does more than grow the feed for the dairy cows supplying Joseph Farms cheese. It provides electricity for pumps, coolers and other equipment at the farm.

Aquafornia news NPR

Where did national forests go? Green spaces disappear from Google Maps

If you looked at Google Maps this week, you might have noticed something strange: less green.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Private wells in New England coming up empty amid drought

When Roxanne Moore got up to make her morning coffee a few weeks ago, she turned on the faucet and got a burst of water – then nothing came out but air.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

More than 140 applicants submit innovation grants to city of Sacramento

Architect Daniel Tran launched sales of California Clips last December, and since then, he’s sold 1,300 devices online at and at the Oak Park farmers market. Tran’s product clips to the plumbing inside the toilet tank and regulates just how much water goes into the bowl.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: Heavy hand of water board not as critical here

When state water regulators announced last week that they’d like to see water flow in the San Joaquin River again, you could almost hear the wailing of San Joaquin Valley farmers from here.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

Blog: Flow proposal points to need for comprehensive approach

Since 2009, the hallmark of California water policy has been a commitment to the coequal goals of improving both water supply reliability and ecosystem health. While this commitment remains as vital today as it was in 2009, recent actions suggest we’re due for a refresher course on what it really means. … Draft flow objectives for the San Joaquin released this month by the State Water Resources Control Board staff raise serious questions about their commitment to a state policy founded on the coequal goals.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Why Nestlé can continue to bottle water in San Bernardino Mountains

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled in favor of the U.S. Forest Service, declaring valid Nestlé’s permit for water-bottling operations in the San Bernardino Mountains, on a motion filed by three environmental groups that sought to shut down the company’s efforts until its effects on the environment could be evaluated.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Why California may ban new small water agencies

California’s goal of ensuring universal access to safe drinking water, as mandated in the 2012 Human Right to Water Bill, will come a step closer to being met if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a new measure into law that halts the creation of new small, unsustainable ­– and in many cases dangerous – water districts in the state.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

This Los Angeles County water district will be forced to reform after Gov. Brown signs bills

Two reform bills aimed at the Central Basin Municipal Water District — introduced after a state audit slammed the district for political corruption last year — were signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Sacramento River fish restoration projects being checked off the list

At this point in the Sacramento River restoration game, one big fix will not change the outlook for endangered and threatened salmon. However, fish scientist Dave Vogel hopes that a series of smaller fixes will make a big difference.