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Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Acclaimed Layperson’s Guide set gets new addition on climate change

Learn how a changing climate is affecting water resources in California and across the West. The only thing predictable about California’s climate is its unpredictability and variability. Large parts of the state feature a Mediterranean climate with wet winters and long, dry summers. … A new Layperson’s Guide to Climate Change and Water Resources, written by Gary Pitzer, is now available from the Water Education Foundation. 

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Book Review: Not if the seas rise, but when and how high

Once you’ve read an excellent book about climate change, which Jeff Goodell’s “The Water Will Come” most certainly is, you can never unremember the facts. … “Sea-level rise is one of the central facts of our time, as real as gravity,” Goodell writes. “It will reshape our world in ways most of us can only dimly imagine.”

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Congress passes defense spending bill that includes perfluorinated chemicals health study

Recognizing widespread public concern over drinking water contamination, Congress approved a five-year, $7-million study of the human health consequences of perfluorinated compounds, a class of chemicals that came to national prominence in the last two years amid detection in the water of hundreds of communities, households, and military bases.

Aquafornia news Aspen Journalism

Supporters seeking rights for Colorado River meet, amend complaint

Though the novel case is seeking personhood for the Colorado River ecosystem, the suit’s proponents hope to use it as a launching pad for a broader rights-of-nature movement. … Rather than maneuvering within existing environmental law, where nature is considered property, rights-of-nature lawsuits seek to give the natural world rights to exist beyond its use to humanity.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Mystery solved: How flies ’scuba dive’ at California’s famed Mono Lake

In 1862, Mark Twain traveled to Mono Lake, the vast, ancient landmark east of Yosemite National Park famous for its craggy limestone rock formations. Though he nearly drowned trying to cross the 11-mile-long lake in a rowboat during a storm, the author remained captivated by its odd features, especially the swarms of tiny black flies that lined the shore and their unusual behavior.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

How have drought, climate change impacted beloved giant sequoias? New study finds out.

The towering giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevada struggled to endure the recent drought as temperatures continued to inch higher and higher each year, a new study has found.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Instead of that $5 water bottle at airports, filling stations

Remember the days when you could just bring a bottle of water from home to the plane? The days before airport security, which allows you to carry liquids only in containers of 3.4 ounces or less? Until recently, your only options were a fountain, probably with low water pressure, or a $5 bottle of water from the cafe near your gate.

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Sun

Coffee tasting stimulates discussion on water quality as EPA cuts loom

Not only does Nevada’s naturally hard water cloud the taste of coffee, experts say — it also requires steady monitoring, even if lawmakers approve cuts to a federal agency that monitors quality. An Oct. 9 coffee tasting at UNLV served as a platform to discuss potential budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency while illustrating how Nevada’s hard water can affect flavor.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Sacramento River Preservation Trust gives updates on projects

Lucas RossMerz, the executive director of the [Sacramento River Preservation] trust, led a conversation on projects and impacts on the Sacramento River in the past year. Topics discussed included the status of the salmon runs, an update on the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, the proposed Sites Reservoir, the Hamilton City “J Levee” project, the Central Valley Salmon partnership, and the Sacramento River Water Trail.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

This fly dives into Mono Lake, but doesn’t get wet (with audio)

Visit Mono Lake during the late summer, and you’ll see a cobalt blue oasis in the middle of an otherwise dry basin, high in the mountains, just east of Yosemite. Walk towards the water and look down. You’ll see that the dark sand is moving. It’s alive – covered in millions of alkali flies moving in and out of the water.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

20 years of changing seasons on Earth packed into 2½ minutes

NASA captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of the home planet. … The polar ice caps and snow cover are shown ebbing and flowing with the seasons.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Chico State Associated Students plastic water bottle sales will continue, despite student-supported ban

Water bottle sales will continue at Chico State University, despite a student-supported ban. Students voted in 2016 to rid the campus stores operated by The Associated Students of bottled water. Some of the organizers campaigning for the ban strung water bottles from Butte Hall, and took to campus to educate students about how the products can harm the environment.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Endangered orcas compete with seals, sea lions for salmon

Harbor seals, sea lions and some fish-eating killer whales have been rebounding along the Northeast Pacific Ocean in recent decades. But that boom has come with a trade-off: They’re devouring more of the salmon prized by a unique but fragile population of endangered orcas.

Aquafornia news KLCC NPR for Oregonians

Washington wine could cost more after state puts squeeze on winery wastewater

Washington state is proposing changes to how winery wastewater is handled. And that could mean consumers are in for some “bottle shock” when their favorite Washington wine gets more expensive. Winemakers figure they make at least three gallons of wastewater for every gallon of wine.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Save the dates for our 2018 water tours!

Our popular and widely celebrated water tour program is offering six tours in 2018. Tickets will go on sale later this month. In addition to our five annual tours below, we will be offering a two-day Headwaters Tour in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We offered this tour in 2017 to great success and have received requests to conduct it again. For the first time, we will also be offering a one-day tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as part of our Water 101 Workshop.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: Repairs should not be limited to Oroville Dam

Restoration and protection of forested source watersheds is a proven tool to reduce flood intensity, increase water supply and storage, improve timing and amount of water releases – especially for the hot summer months – and improve water quality. … In 2016, California enacted my [Assembly member Richard Bloom] bill, Assembly Bill 2480, which acknowledged the importance of these water banks as the essential complement to our built water system infrastructure.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: California had record water year. Why Central Valley must invest in flood protection.

Massive floods hit Houston and devastating hurricanes struck Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Yet one of the more remarkable stories in the past year is the catastrophe that did not happen: massive flooding in California. California experienced its wettest water year on record in 2016-17.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: A new approach to protecting rivers and fish

California’s native freshwater fish – salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and others – continue to decline, and regulations to reverse this trend have fanned controversy. A new approach to environmental stewardship is needed. We should start by granting the environment a water right, as detailed in a new report we helped write for the Public Policy Institute of California.

Aquafornia news California Department of Fish and Wildlife

News Release: $1.3 million awarded for restoration in watersheds impacted by cannabis cultivation

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today [Nov. 20] announced the selection of four projects to receive funding for habitat restoration projects within California’s Northern Coastal watersheds most impacted by unregulated cannabis cultivation. The awards, totaling $1.3 million, were made under CDFW’s Cannabis Restoration Grant Program, and will support cleanup and habitat restoration at inactive cannabis cultivation sites.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation amending agreement to acquire water for East Bear Creek Unit

The Bureau of Reclamation proposes to acquire up to 8,863 acre-feet of water for the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. Reclamation has prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment which details its proposed action to enter into an amended agreement with Merced Irrigation District for the temporary water acquisition through Aug. 25, 2018. The purpose of the water acquisition is to enhance and maintain wetland habitats for the benefit of migratory waterfowl and wetland-dependent wildlife in the San Joaquin Valley.