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Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Bay Area water board backs Delta tunnels project

One day after the largest water district in America pulled out of a $17 billion state project to build twin tunnels under the Delta, a water supplier for 220,000 Alameda County residents supported the plan and said it wants to join in.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

How water bill was resurrected in Legislature’s final hours (with audio)

It was 11:59pm last Friday, and Assembly Bill 313 sat silently in the Senate Appropriations Committee, where it had slumbered untouched for weeks. … It’s a bill backed by water agencies and despised by environmentalists – and its passage was crucial to the fate of the four-billion-dollar parks and water bond.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Gatorade pays California $300,000, settles anti-water complaint

Just because drought-ravaged California has spent years urging residents to conserve water doesn’t mean it wants people to actually stop drinking the stuff. When a Gatorade cellphone game suggested doing just that state Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a complaint accusing the popular thirst-quenching drink’s maker of false advertising.

Aquafornia news Daily Pilot

Poseidon’s environmental plan doesn’t halt criticism of proposed desalination plant

Poseidon Water announced this week that its proposed ocean desalination plant in Huntington Beach would employ an environmental protection and energy efficiency plan. But that didn’t halt criticism of the controversial facility.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Hunting for plastic in California’s protected ocean waters

California’s marine sanctuaries protect ocean animals from fishing, underwater mining, and drilling. Yet scientists think a more insidious agent may be contaminating their territory: microplastics.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sonoma County studies disaster response, rolls out new tools for public

[Zach] Hamill’s department looks at every major disaster as an opportunity to learn, and to improve the county’s own disaster plan. … This year’s focus [at California Emergency Services Association conference] will be the response to the Oroville Dam failure and resulting evacuation of nearly 188,000 people in Butte County.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Highway 37: Marin officials seek solutions for flood-prone road

Levee improvements, a raised roadway and highway widening could help rescue flood-prone Highway 37, Marin transportation officials said this week at the first in a series of meetings aimed at brainstorming solutions to protect the roadway from sea-level rise.

Aquafornia news Daily Breeze

Raw, leaking sewage compounds oil-tainted Carson neighborhood

Armed with a new study that blames oil pollution for leaking sewage pipes beneath Carson’s Carousel housing tract, city leaders again are asking state water regulators to step in to help residents of the contaminated neighborhood.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

We like eating almonds, and the jobs they create here. Dust at harvest? Not so much.

Makers of almond harvesting machines are tinkering yet again in an effort to reduce dust at harvest time. Three companies put on displays this week at Van Duyn Family Farms, west of Escalon.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Storm soaks Fresno County raisins—again

Raisin farmers woke to an unwelcome surprise Thursday morning – more rain. This is the second time in two weeks that Fresno County’s valuable raisin crop has been dumped on, further squeezing the size of this year’s crop and possibly pushing prices higher.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

On last day of summer, California hit by unusual snow and hail storms

Snow fell in Sierra Nevada on the last day of summer, giving the towering mountain range shared by California and Nevada a wintry look in September and making travel hazardous.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Trump wants to eliminate program that oversees long-term hurricane relief

The federal agency tasked with managing billions in long-term hurricane-relief money is on the Trump administration’s chopping block. … [Rep. Mario] Diaz-Balart’s office cited the sewer system in Everglades City as an example of a public project that would benefit from HUD funding after Hurricane Irma.

Aquafornia news Santa Fe New Mexican

Feds still unsure of extent of chromium contamination

More than a dozen years after a massive plume of contamination was discovered in the groundwater below Los Alamos National Laboratory — the result of the lab’s poor waste management practices four decades ago — a U.S. Department of Energy official told New Mexico lawmakers the agency is still uncertain about the extent of the pollution.

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Sun

Commentary: Latinos must get involved in water issues

Recently, the US Bureau of Reclamation announced that Lake Mead has enough water in it to avoid cutbacks in use for Nevada and Arizona — barely. We must get educated and engaged if we want to protect this precious resource and millions who depend on it. And Latinos, whose cultural and historical roots have been watered by the Colorado River, must lead in this effort.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: The myths used to needlessly delay Cadiz water project, debunked

California is world-renowned for its protection of natural resources, and its environmental laws are America’s strongest — far more stringent than their federal equivalents. In fact, the rigor of California’s environmental process has caused many high-profile projects to seek legislative exemptions from state review.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: California is using open data to provide key health, water information

A report by the nationally recognized Aspen Institute notes that much of the United States lacks the data needed to sustainably manage our water supplies and pursue innovative solutions to meet our water challenges. The report, “Internet of Water: Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability,” makes key recommendations for improving the accessibility of water data and engaging the public on issues important to them, like safe drinking water and water availability.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Commentary: One delinquent water district will harm taxpayers

The city of Laguna Beach, South Coast Water District and Emerald Bay Service District have asked, insisted and pleaded with the Moulton Niguel Water District for more than a year that it simply pay its bills. In that time, Moulton Niguel has racked up a shocking $950,000 in unpaid invoices dating back to July 2016.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Blog: Storing water for dry days

Where would California be without the ability to store water? We talked to Jay Lund―an adjunct fellow at the PPIC Water Policy Center and director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis—about the often contentious and always complex topic of water storage.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Algal bloom ‘warning’ affects entire Pyramid Lake

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [Sept. 21] upgraded its algal bloom advisory from “Caution” to “Warning” based on tests of lake water this week. “Warning” signs have been posted around the lake, and Emigrant Landing and Vaquero swim beaches are closed to swimming. A “Caution” advisory had been in effect for the lake since August 4.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation to purchase groundwater for wildlife refuge

The Bureau of Reclamation has completed an analysis of purchasing up to 6,000 acre-feet of groundwater from Modesto Properties for the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex, under authorization of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act.