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Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Alan Mikkelsen named Reclamation’s deputy commissioner

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner David Murillo announced the appointment of Alan Mikkelsen of Montana as Reclamation’s Deputy Commissioner. “Alan Mikkelsen is a westerner who has decades of experience in all things water issues to include irrigation projects, Tribal water compacts, conservation, and even a long-term fishing guide,” said Secretary Zinke.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Environmental groups demand transparency over Oroville Dam emergency spillway repair plans

A coalition of environmental groups that had warned Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway was fatally flawed long before it nearly washed away this winter is demanding that federal regulators open up dam repair plans for public vetting.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Barbara Boxer will lobby for an environmentally controversial desalination plant in Huntington Beach

A Boston-based water development company is paying former Sen. Barbara Boxer to push for approval of a proposed seawater desalination plant that has been mired for years in environmental controversy. 

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Wet year spurs proponents of new California reservoir

As one of the wettest California winters in memory nears its end, the state’s major reservoirs are all essentially full or well above their historical average levels. … In spite of their replenished supplies, the glass is still half empty for many farmers and urban water districts. They feel the state should have had more, or higher, dams in place to bank away more of the precipitation that ran into the sea during the past few months.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Fishing the North Coast: Klamath and Trinity closed for fall-run kings in 2017

The fall-run Chinook fishery on both the Klamath and Trinity rivers will be closed in 2017. On Thursday, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to close both rivers to the take of any size Chinook salmon after the fall seasons begin — Aug. 15 on the Klamath and Aug. 31 on the Trinity.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Sponsorships and exhibitor opportunities still available for May 25 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference; Deadline to sign up is April 25

There are still sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities available for the Santa Ana River Watershed Conference with a wide array of benefits, including tabletop space, complimentary registration tickets, and publicity & promotional opportunities. The event, to be held May 25 at the Ontario Convention Center in the city of Ontario, features a stellar line-up of regional, state and federal representatives who will discuss pressing issues key to the watershed that spans Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Senator vexed by bad communication at Oroville Dam crisis

A California state senator is troubled that residents below a damaged California dam knew little about potential risk until ordered to evacuate when a spillway began breaking up.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Disaster expert says spillway emergency ‘developed and propagated by DWR’

A disaster expert’s review of the Oroville Dam spillway emergency says the Department of Water Resources could have prevented everything with better design, better construction and better maintenance. Robert Bea prepared the report published Monday.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Fallout from ruling on fallowing scares some at Oakdale district

How might losing a recent lawsuit affect all water sales contemplated by the Oakdale Irrigation District? A sizable audience heard that question debated at Tuesday’s OID board meeting, the last held before a recall election for one board member concludes next week.

Aquafornia news Calaveras Enterprise

Water district’s Arnold pipe project nears end

After months of setbacks, the Calaveras County Water District is reaching the home stretch on the massive multimillion-dollar repair plan to the Arnold water transition system that was planned in 2015.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Palm Springs residents can now water their lawns whenever they want

Using less water is still critical to California’s future, state officials and water experts say. But now that Gov. Jerry Brown has declared an end to California’s historic drought, water agencies are easing up on some of the strict rules they put in place over the last few years. 

Aquafornia news Reno Gazette-Journal

Why ski resorts close when there’s still tons of snow

The end of ski season is always a bummer. But it stings even more when the season ends while there’s still tons of snow on your favorite ski area.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Rattlesnake season begins with a vengeance in Southern California

This winter’s rains have led to a lot of vegetation growth, which attracts rattlesnake prey such as mice and other rodents, according to Barbara Norton, OC Parks operations manager.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

A brief history of the first Earth Day and what made it so successful (with lesson plan)

To start, a quick quiz: 1. Which labor group helped fund and organize the first Earth Day celebration? 2. Who made the following statement: “Restoring nature to its natural state is a cause beyond party and beyond factions … It is a cause of particular concern to young Americans, because they, more than we, will wreak the grim consequences of our failure to act on programs which are needed now if we are to prevent disaster later.”

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Earth Day volunteer opportunities abound in Marin

Mostly clear, sunny skies are in store for the weekend jammed pack with Earth Day volunteer and educational events throughout the county. Temperatures are expected to be mild in the mid to high 60s inland with a coastal breeze out in West Marin, according to the National Weather Service.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Earth Day festival coming to South Shore

People all over the world will celebrate Earth Day — a day that serves to bring awareness to issues that are detrimental to the planet and provide opportunities for environmental stewardship — Saturday, April 22. One week later on April 29, Tahoe’s South Shore will celebrate with the South Tahoe Earth Day Festival at Bijou Community Park.

Aquafornia news USA Today

For scientists, marching is just the start

Hundreds of scientists and advocates in Washington and 514 locations around the world will rally Saturday to support the scientific community and showcase the role science plays in everyday life.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study

Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Judge in endangered fish lawsuit lifts hold on Montana dam

A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday lifted his hold on a proposed irrigation dam and fish passage that U.S. officials say is the best hope to save an endangered ancient species of fish in the Yellowstone River.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Water scarcity causes Cauvery River Delta anguish

Vijayakumar was 51 years old and a successful rice grower his entire life until this rainless harvest season. Described by his family and friends as a tall, steady man of few words, Vijayakumar seemed unbent by the paralyzing consequences of Tamil Nadu’s deepest drought in 140 years, even though his two-acre rice crop was utterly ruined.