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Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Editorial: Going into our valley’s rivers now is suicidal; they should be off limits

Water volume on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced are all five to 10 times normal. The Stan was flowing so fast Wednesday even the sheriff’s dive team wouldn’t go in.

Aquafornia news Mono Lake Committee

Blog: Record winter snowpack melt underway

Mono Lake, and all of us here at the Mono Lake Committee, have just been through the biggest winter on record. It is an abrupt and welcome end to drought conditions (though not to all the effects of the drought), made all the more enjoyable by the way it crept up unannounced and surprised us with its intensity.

Aquafornia news Mono Lake Committee

Blog: Tioga Pass — Memorial Day weekend update

Warm weather is aiding the crews as they work, but avalanches remain a hazard. As work progresses, pedestrians, bicyclists, skiers, etc. are advised to stay out of these areas (the photos in this post were taken on a Sunday, when crews do not work).

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Reconstruction begins at Oroville Dam

The reconstruction of Oroville Dam’s flood-control spillways is underway, and California officials vow the structures will become stronger and safer than ever.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Where have all the salmon gone? State committee discusses impacts of low runs

Already faced with unprecedented low numbers of returning salmon and drastically reduced fishing allowances, California’s fishing fleets and communities are not expected to find any relief in the next few years, according to testimony by a host of experts and regulators at the State Capitol on Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Reno Gazette-Journal

West’s super snowpack could be deadly summer hazard

To say backpackers and hikers will encounter more snow than they’re used to is to drastically understate the problem. The snowpack throughout the Sierra rivals, and in places exceeds, records set during the massive winter of 1982-83. “We are in rare territory here with the winter we’ve had,” said Chris Smallcomb, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Federal water agency, in course correction, courts private investment

[Bureau of] Reclamation faces a conundrum. The assets of the federal agency that operates many of the largest dams and canals in the American West are aging. Maintenance costs are rising. Rural water supply systems and other projects authorized by Congress decades ago are tens of billions of dollars away from completion. Reclamation would typically turn to Congress for more money.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Assemblyman proposes bill to warn renters in flood zones

AB 646, which has passed two committees and could go to the Assembly floor next week, would require landlords throughout California to provide written notification to those renting in “a special flood hazard area or an area of potential flooding.”

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Oroville spillway repair project moves into heavy-construction phase (with audio)

The project to get Lake Oroville’s damaged spillway functional by November 1 is moving into its heavy-construction phase.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Rapid snowmelt will continue around Lake Tahoe; flood advisory in effect in central Sierra Nevada

As of Tuesday afternoon, lake level was at 6,228.18 feet, just .92 inches from Lake Tahoe’s legal limit of 6,229.1 feet. The Upper Truckee River was just shy of 8 ½ feet — about 2 feet from flood stage.

Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento

4 things you need to know before jumping into Folsom Lake (with video)

Where there aren’t large stacks of debris, people are sure to crowd the beaches at Folsom Lake in what is likely to be the lake’s busiest weekend of 2017.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

A Memorial Day weekend mess at Lake Shasta

With the Memorial Day weekend almost here, it might be a little difficult for some boaters to get through all the floating debris at Lake Shasta. But with the lake full for the first time in years, it could be well worth the effort.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Why a Sacramento tradition could be ‘a recipe for disaster’ this Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional start of the rafting season along the American River, and this year may be an unusually dangerous one for people flocking to the area’s waterways.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

You won’t be able to cool off this spring in Kings River

Sheriff Margaret Mims Wednesday ordered the Fresno County portion of the Kings River closed for the Memorial Day weekend and indefinitely after that because of surging, ice-cold water roaring out of Pine Flat Dam.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Failed sewer lines drain to Santa Cruz’s San Lorenzo River, homeowners urged to inspect aging pipes

About once a month, the Santa Cruz Department of Public Works responds to an emergency call about a home’s failed sewer line. It’s not a growing problem. But every time it happens, the discharge drains to the San Lorenzo River.

Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento

Lake Tahoe clarity on the decline; experts blame climate change (with video)

UC Davis scientists from the Tahoe Environmental Research Center have been measuring the lake’s water clarity for nearly 50 years. The latest data shows a big drop in how far down the human eye can see into the lake.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

Lake Perris shows off new water park set to open on Memorial Day

More Inland lakes are getting into the water park business. The latest is Lake Perris, which joins Lake Hemet and Lake Gregory in installing massive water-play structures for patrons to climb on.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Snowy plover chick hatches on Oregon beach

A Western snowy plover chick that hatched on an Oregon beach this spring is the first of its species to emerge successfully in that area in more than 50 years and provides hope that a management plan for the federally threatened species is working, wildlife officials said Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Survey finds US honeybee losses improve from horrible to bad

There’s a glimmer of hope for America’s ailing honeybees as winter losses were the lowest in more than a decade, according to a U.S. survey of beekeepers released Thursday.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Renovated trail at Point Lobos State Reserve reopens to public

After serving as a miniature duck pond this winter following years of erosion and heavy rainfall, California State Parks unveiled the newly renovated Sea Lion Point Trail at Point Lobos State Reserve on Wednesday.