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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Delta tunnel foes deserve their day in court

It’s one thing to streamline environmental reviews for a major project, which happened for the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento. It’s entirely another to dismiss any environmental lawsuits and prevent others from being filed. That’s what a Southern California congressman is trying to do, to clear the path for the highly contentious $17 billion Delta tunnels project.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Blog: Expanding groundwater recharge in San Joaquin Valley cities

The San Joaquin Valley is ground zero for groundwater management challenges. While agriculture is the region’s predominant water user, its cities are more likely to rely on groundwater as their primary source of water. For this reason, the urban sector will need to play a bigger role in the regional effort to balance groundwater use and replenishment.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Lake Oroville State Recreation Area’s Thermalito Diversion Pool open for Memorial Day weekend

California State Parks and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [May 22] announced the Thermalito Diversion Pool and trails along its northern shore at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area will be open to the public for Memorial Day weekend, from Friday through Monday, 8 a.m. to sunset. … Not only will the public be able to use the Diversion Pool and the Brad Freeman Trail, they will also get a safe and up-close view of ongoing construction at the Lake Oroville spillways.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: State Water Project allocation rises to 35 percent

The California Department of Water Resources announced Monday this year’s allocation has been raised to 35 percent of full distribution, or 1.48 million acre-feet of water statewide. (One acre foot is enough to cover one acre of land with a foot of water.) As of last month, the agency planned to distribute only 30 percent of normal.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Nestlé bottled water controversy becomes campaign issue in California race

The controversy over Nestlé’s bottled water operation in the San Bernardino National Forest has prompted a review of the company’s federal permit, a lawsuit and an investigation by California regulators. Now, Nestlé’s continued piping of water out of the San Bernardino Mountains has become an issue in a congressional campaign.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Proposition 68: Will voters approve $4.1 billion for parks and water projects?

The last time California voters passed a statewide ballot measure to provide funding for parks, beaches, wildlife and forests, it was 2006.  Arnold Schwarzenegger was in his first term as governor, Twitter was a fledgling app, and the iPhone hadn’t been invented yet. Since then, California’s population has grown from 36 million to 39.5 million — the equivalent of adding a new San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego.

Aquafornia news Herald and News, Klamath Falls

PacifiCorp lends more water to Reclamation for Klamath Project irrigators

The boat ramps at Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs are temporarily closed through June, and possibly later, due to a draw-down of water requested for use by Bureau of Reclamation for Klamath Project irrigators. … Reclamation will use the water to keep elevations up to standard at Upper Klamath Lake and to support water deliveries to Klamath Project irrigators to cover a shortfall until water deliveries to the Klamath Project take place in June.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Bird’s eye look of work underway at Oroville Dam spillways

The second and final phase of reconstruction continues at the Oroville Dam spillways. … A flight over the location last week during a break in Butte County Sheriff’s Office helicopter training exercise, showed that much original concrete at the top of the chute has been removed, along with the walls.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

California water agency concerned as neighboring geothermal plant expands

The town of Mammoth Lakes, in California’s eastern Sierra Nevada, is generally known for two things: epic skiing in winter, thanks to the very high elevation of its ski mountain; and volcanic activity, because the mountain is a simmering volcano. It’s normal to hike or ski around Mammoth and smell the sulfurous gases venting from gurgling magma deep under the mountain. That magma is also a rich source of geothermal power.

Aquafornia news NPR

Nothing certain in search for ‘regulatory certainty’ at EPA

In his [Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt] first address to career employees last year he told the gathered room at the EPA, “Regulators exist to give certainty to those that they regulate. Those that we regulate ought to know what we expect of them, so that they can plan and allocate resources to comply.” He’s cited this in his efforts to delay, repeal or roll back the Clean Power Plan, the Waters of the U.S. Rule, and a string of other measures.

Aquafornia news Visalia Times-Delta

Farmers ‘cautiously optimistic’ after China trade deal, citrus hurting

Joel Nelsen, president of California Citrus Mutual, said business is down considerably for Valley farmers. Major citrus shippers were sending 15 loads of lemons or oranges a week before China put restrictions on the import/export process. Now, shippers, are sending just three loads — about 3,000 cartons of lemons and even fewer Valencia oranges.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Southern Plains drought continues stress on crops, rangeland

Lack of rainfall and above-average temperatures are prolonging the drought conditions that have stressed crops and rangelands and placed new pressures on groundwater sources across the U.S. Southern Plains, climatologists from the region said Monday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Senators press Pruitt for details on new legal defense fund

Four Senate Democrats asked Scott Pruitt on Monday for details about a new legal defense fund to help the Environmental Protection Agency administrator as he weathers a series of federal ethics investigations.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Kentucky lawmaker wants to boost raw milk

Enough of this “pasteurization without representation,” protested Rep. Thomas Massie. The Kentucky Republican wants to make it easier for small-scale farmers to sell raw milk, and his outrage spilled onto the House floor.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Price tag for better tasting water in the South Bay just increased by $50 million

The Santa Clara Valley Water District’s water treatment plant in Los Gatos is nearing the mid-point of a massive modernization project that should result in better tasting water — and more of it.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno water app to save people money and waste less water

If you love to obsess about your water bill or just want to know more about how much water you use, than the city of Fresno has an app for you. City officials rolled out the EyeOnWater app on Monday as a way for residents to better understand their water usage.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Environmental analysis released for San Anselmo flood control project

A proposed San Anselmo flood control project would reduce the flood risk for more than 500 properties in the Ross Valley during a 25-year flood, but could cause problems for others if barriers are not placed in the creek, according to a draft environmental impact report.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

A California volcano once obliterated a forest and propelled ash 280 miles. Experts say it offers a warning.

Lassen Peak had been rumbling for days. Glowing hot rocks bounded down the slopes. Lava was welling up into a freshly created crater. Then, on this day 103 years ago, it exploded in a way California would never forget.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Large number of balloons pulled from Monterey Bay

In the past few weeks, researchers, whale watchers and ocean lovers have found unusually large numbers of balloons washing up on beaches or floating out at sea. Those plastic ribbons, shiny mylar plastic and stretchy latex can have nasty and permanent effects on the wildlife that encounter them.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Del Mar stands firm against ‘planned retreat’

Del Mar’s City Council agreed Monday night that “planned retreat” will not be part of its long-term strategy for dealing with sea-level rise, despite the state Coastal Commission’s request to include the idea. Planned retreat, also called “managed retreat,” is a strategy of removing seawalls, roads, homes and other structures gradually over the years in advance of rising sea levels.