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Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: $20,000 for ideas to solve issues about detecting soil movement

Reclamation has selected five ideas as potential solutions for the Detection of Movement of Soils within Earthen Dams, Canals and Levees prize competition. Ted Grygar of San Diego, California, and David Orlebeke of Ridgecrest, California, were selected as having the two top ideas. Each received $6,250.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Millions of Californians on hook for water plan

California is increasing the pressure on millions of Californians to help pay for two giant water tunnels that Gov. Jerry Brown wants built.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Delta tunnel foes try new strategy

Opponents of the Delta tunnels proposal, facing a long-shot bid to kill the controversial project on environmental grounds, are now trying to undermine the plan’s financial structure.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam: What exactly will be done by Nov. 1?

Repairs to the Oroville Dam spillway are on track for the Nov. 1 deadline, state Department of Water Resources representatives say, but work will be far from over then.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Jose flood: City now faces 390 claims from victims totaling $18 million

Seven months after flooding from Coyote Creek engulfed hundreds of homes, San Jose faces 390 claims from victims totaling more than $18 million. City officials will decide next week whether to pay out or reject the hundreds of claims.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Big Basin’s dangerous drinking water and Santa Cruz County’s contaminants

Many of Santa Cruz County’s water systems have cancer-causing contaminants at levels above the public health guidelines, a fact that some local water leaders say is misleading due to the guidelines’ extremely conservative nature.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Will Southland wind up holding much of the $17-billion bill for Delta water tunnels?

Some of the state’s biggest water districts are about to make their opening moves in a financial chess game that ultimately could saddle the Southland with much of the bill for re-engineering the failing heart of California’s water system.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta tunnels: Time to fish or cut bait

Over the next several weeks, water districts flung across hundreds of miles of California — from the sprawling almond orchards of the San Joaquin Valley, to the second biggest city in the nation in Los Angeles — will give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

California’s national monuments spared in Trump review

Six of America’s national monuments — from Utah’s red rock canyons to remote islands in the South Pacific — would be reduced in size, under recommendations that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has sent to President Trump.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

How Elsinore water district plans to deal with future water shortages

While wet weather last winter and spring ended a half-decade of drought in California, a water district that serves much of southwestern Riverside County is preparing for future dry years and water shortages.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Zinke signs order to expand hunting, fishing on public lands

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order on Friday to expand hunting and fishing on federal land, saying it would improve wildlife management and conservation.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Literally lousy: Parasite plagues world salmon industry

Salmon have a lousy problem, and the race to solve it is spanning the globe. A surge of parasitic sea lice is disrupting salmon farms around the world.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

UC Davis settles strawberry breeding lawsuit

Fear not, strawberry lovers. A nasty lawsuit over the strawberry breeding program at UC Davis – the wellspring of about half of California’s strawberry crop – is history.

Aquafornia news The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Highway 1 landslide meets its match in San Luis Obispo’s most famous name: Madonna

When you’re facing a “once in a lifetime” mudslide, it’s not a bad idea to hire a contractor who can call on two lifetimes’ worth of experience in road-building. The mudslide is the enormous Mud Creek Slide on Highway 1.

Aquafornia news Oceans Deeply

‘Fingerprinting’ the ocean to predict devastating sea level rise

Scientists are “fingerprinting” sea level rise around the world in an effort to identify coastal areas most at risk from devastating storm surge, as hurricanes grow increasingly destructive. … Now a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters verifies the accuracy of a satellite-based monitoring tool called “sea level fingerprinting.”

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Around-the-clock effort to save an endangered, orphaned bat

Early one Wednesday morning in January, in an exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a fruit bat named Patty went into labor. This should have been good news. Patty belongs to a colony of critically endangered Rodrigues bats, a species that almost went extinct in the 1970s.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Explore key California rivers on the last two water tours of the year

The Sacramento and San Joaquin are the two major rivers in the Central Valley that feed the Delta, the hub of California’s water supply network. Our last two water tours of 2017 will take in-depth looks at how these rivers are managed and used for agriculture, cities and the environment. You’ll see infrastructure, learn about efforts to restore salmon runs and talk to people with expertise on these rivers.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Gov. Brown — don’t demand a decision on Delta tunnels

The governor has speeded up efforts to secure financing for his $17.1 billion delta tunnel dream. Water agencies should tell the governor they won’t vote to commit their ratepayers to pay for this ill-conceived plan.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Groundwater nitrate sources and contamination in the Central Valley

In California’s Central Valley, many communities depend significantly or entirely on groundwater as their drinking water supply. Studies estimate the number of private wells in the Central Valley to be on the order of 100,000 to 150,000 (Viers et al., 2012; Johnson and Belitz, 2015). Elevated nitrate concentrations in groundwater can be a problem for private well owners, community service districts, and municipalities who rely on groundwater wells.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: San Luis Reservoir algal bloom advisory now at ‘warning’

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) changed the algal bloom advisory for San Luis Reservoir from “Danger” to “Warning” today [Sept. 15] based on two consecutive weeks of tests that reveal reduced toxicity levels in the reservoir. The advisory has been “Danger” since June 30.