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Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Trinity River gets more water to aid salmon

To prevent an outbreak of a deadly fish-killing disease, federal officials plan to begin tripling the amount of water flowing out of Lewiston Dam and into the Trinity River. … The Trinity River flows into the Klamath River and the higher flows in the Trinity are meant to aid salmon and trout in the Klamath.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

National Park Service faces big crowds, tight budgets at Yosemite and other national parks in California

National Park Service sites in California, both real and imagined, challenge the agency as it celebrates its 100th anniversary Thursday.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: What you need to know about California’s $17 billion water project

Water, or the lack of it, has emerged as one of the greatest sources of stress for California, its people and its native species. … But state officials have proposed a solution – a massive hydroengineering project dubbed California WaterFix. Its two giant tunnels will divert water from the Sacramento River toward Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and farms in the San Joaquin Valley.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Crews battling 35 large, uncontained wildfires in the West

Thirty-five large, uncontained wildfires were burning in the West, and firefighters were making initial attacks on another 112 new blazes to prevent them from spreading.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

State fines East Bay MUD over Oakland cement spill

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to fine the East Bay Municipal Utility District $426,000 for polluting a creek in Oakland’s Upper Rockridge neighborhood last year.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tujunga Spreading Grounds will soon store 5 billion of gallons of stormwater

Under the $29-million expansion plan launched Monday, officials said the groundwater recharge facility will double in capacity by 2018, helping ween Angelenos off increasingly expensive and unreliable imported water.   

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Avoid eating seafood from Half Moon, Monterey bays, California officials say (with audio)

Consumers should not eat rock crabs from Half Moon Bay or rock crabs, mussels, oysters, clams and scallops from Monterey Bay, according to the California Department of Public Health. 

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Grower takes new approach to almonds

Dust rises as machines harvest almonds up and down the Central Valley. Except on 10 acres southwest of Modesto, where a new method is getting a look.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Italy and California share earthquake risks, although geology differs

In the Bay Area, more than $22 billion in infrastructure upgrades since Loma Prieta have built a metropolitan area that is far safer and far more resilient than before. Major water pipes are now designed to bend, not break.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

U.S. coal-fired power plants ranked by water pollution

Nearly a year ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized its Steam Electric Power Generating Effluent Guidelines. The new rules set the first federal limits on the amount of toxic metals — including arsenic, lead, mercury, and selenium — that can be discharged in wastewater from power plants, which are some of the biggest industrial water polluters in the country. 

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Wildlife refuge center in Merced County offers exercise, education and beauty

The San Luis National Wildlife Refuge includes a variety of recreational options, ranging from driving around in your car to hiking through wetlands to a visitors center with interactive displays so fun that any children along for the ride won’t realize they are learning about local wildlife and habitat.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Expedition documents sea life, habitat around Channel Islands

Earlier this month, the marine nonprofit Oceana launched a five-day expedition to document the undersea garden, using a remotely operated vehicle to film habitat too deep for divers to reach. It’s part of the group’s effort to secure new protection for a large swath of West Coast waters.

Aquafornia news NPR

Climate change complicates predictions of damage from big surf

Tropical Storm Colin ripped across the Gulf of Mexico in June and hit the coast of southwest Florida with 60-mile-an-hour winds. Before it arrived, a team from the U.S. Geological Survey used a new computer model to predict how far inland the waves would invade.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

National Park Service turns 100 — and is giving us free park admission through Sunday

Today’s the day to break out some birthday candles for the National Park Service – 100 of them, to be exact.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin parks a treasure of 100-year-old National Park Service

National parks in Marin — carved out of a redwood grove, ranch lands and old military sites — are some of the most iconic and oft-visited in the entire nation. … Thursday marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which oversees the lands.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Judge to rule on tribe’s oil pipeline request by Sept. 9

Wednesday’s hearing in Washington, D.C., attracted dozens of protesters, including actresses Susan Sarandon and Shailene Woodley. Sarandon said the pipeline creates a “dangerous situation” that threatens the tribe’s drinking water.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

One star over, a planet that might be another earth

Intriguingly, the planet is in the star’s “Goldilocks zone,” where it may be neither too hot nor too cold. That means liquid water could exist at the surface, raising the possibility for life.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Remember when NASA discovered flowing water on Mars?

Last year, the discovery of dark streaks in the sands of Mars during warmer months suggested NASA had found evidence of flowing liquid water on the barren world.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

Room change announced for Little Hoover Commission hearing on special districts

The Little Hoover Commission’s Aug. 25 hearing on special districts has been moved to a new location. The hearing is now set for 9:30 a.m. in room 100 in the Legislative Office Building at 1020 N Street. … The hearing will mark the commission’s first look at special districts since its 2000 report titled, “Special Districts: Relics of the Past or Resources for the Future?”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Will our national parks survive the next 100 years?

For a westerner, it felt like an abundance of water in a year of drought as we stood at the overlook of Great Falls watching the Potomac River being funneled through the Mather Gorge named after Stephen T. Mather, the first director of the National Park Service.