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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Eradication of invasive rodent off to slow start in California

Before the midday heat had set in, Jeff Cann and Tim Kroeker were out of their Dodge pickup, trudging through waist-deep water in waders and rubber boots. The two wildlife biologists had come to this vast expanse of sun-soaked Central Valley wetlands on a recent morning to check in on the first traps that California has authorized in its nascent effort to hunt — and exterminate — the nutria.

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Review-Journal

‘We need action,’ federal official tells Colorado River states

In a pointed message Wednesday, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman said drought and low flows continue on the Colorado with no end in sight, so it’s up to those who rely on the river to stave off a coming crisis.

Aquafornia news Merced Sun-Star

Is your drinking water clean in Merced County?

Advocates gathered in Merced, and similar demonstrations were held around the state, according to advocates, to get elected officials to support Senate Bill 623, which aims to provide a stable source of funding to implement California’s Human Rights to Water, Assembly Bill 685 from 2012.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

Water Education Foundation embarks on its annual tour of the lower Colorado River

Starting with a hardhat trek through Hoover Dam on Wednesday, April 11, the Water Education Foundation’s (WEF) annual bus tour of the lower Colorado River embarked from Las Vegas for a three-day interpretive look at Reclamation facilities, riverine environments and municipal works located along the lower stretches of the river.

Aquafornia news Brookings

Can people afford American infrastructure?

Tracking how much Americans spend on infrastructure starts with defining the sector. In this case, we mean the essential services related to public works: water and sewer, electricity and gas, transportation, telephone, and broadband.

Aquafornia news The Washington Post

Climate change and California’s water

Imagine the snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains as a giant reservoir providing water for 23 million people throughout California. During droughts, this snow reserve shrinks, affecting water availability in the state.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin Municipal Water District chief will step down

The Marin Municipal Water District will have to find a new leader by the end of the year. Krishna Kumar, 60, who took over the water district in October 2012, replacing Paul Helliker, will step down in December. During his tenure, Kumar dealt with rate increases, drought and dam inspections.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Crucial dredging at Bolsa Chica wetlands could run out of money

The ocean inlet to the Bolsa Chica wetlands, once again being dredged to allow the tidal flushing vital to the abundant wildlife in the area, could run dry of funds necessary for the near-annual pumping operation required to maintain the ecosystem.

Aquafornia news E&E News

Here’s why words matter in migratory bird debate

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s lawyerly defense of the clipped Migratory Bird Treaty Act is no accident. With a brisk Capitol Hill exchange yesterday, Zinke illuminated the subtlety of words, the practice of spin and, not least, the crucial importance of a job opening he must try once again to fill.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Swarm of earthquakes hits seismically active region along California border

A swarm of small earthquakes hit a town near the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday and continued into Sunday. Dozens of quakes were reported in and around Ocotillo Wells in Imperial County, six of them larger than a magnitude 3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Volunteers, nonprofits reviving some California state parks

Brandishing a pair of industrial-strength loppers longer than her arm, Elisa Rogalado plunges into a blackberry thicket lining the main road in Sonoma County’s Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. “If you love something, you should take care of it,” says the retired Santa Rosa resident, yanking out a gnarly bramble that’s clogging the road’s drainage ditch.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Lake Oroville recreation will be free on select days this summer

In order to get boaters and swimmers back to Lake Oroville after the Oroville Dam spillway was damaged in 2017, state agencies have announced they will waive fees for the recreational area on select days over the summer.

Aquafornia news KLCC NPR for Oregonians

Flooding threatens century-old dam on lake above Leavenworth, Washington

A nearly 100 year-old dam near Leavenworth, Washington, is under heavy pressure from melting snow this week and officials are warning downstream residents to be prepared to evacuate if the dam breaks.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Hawaii volcano raises concerns of eruptions along West Coast

The eruption of a Hawaii volcano has people warily eyeing volcanic peaks on America’s West Coast. The West Coast is home to an 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) chain of 13 volcanoes from Washington state’s Mount Baker to California’s Lassen Peak.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

In the Arctic, the old ice is disappearing

In the Arctic Ocean, some ice stays frozen year-round, lasting for many years before melting. But this winter, the region hit a record low for ice older than five years.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Seawater intrusion threatens some of California’s richest farmland

California’s Salinas Valley, one of the world’s most productive farming areas, faces a groundwater emergency. The problem is seawater intrusion into freshwater aquifers, which are the region’s lifeblood. The issue has been understood for a long time.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Habitat restoration for Chinook salmon in Putah Creek: A success story

017 was another good year for Chinook salmon in Putah Creek. Putah Creek is just a small stream flowing through Yolo and Solano counties, fed by releases of water from Lake Berryessa. For decades, Chinook salmon were rare in the creek. Yet, now, with salmon populations struggling throughout the Central Valley, Putah Creek numbers are on the rise.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation releases final environmental documents for rubber dam fish ladder project

The Bureau of Reclamation proposes to grant Alameda County Water District $750,000 for its Rubber Dam #3 Fish Ladder Project through a CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant. The total project cost is $7.1 million. The proposed action will improve anadromous fish passage in the urban reach of the Alameda Creek watershed while maintaining ACWD’s water supply operations at its groundwater recharge facilities.

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day from Aquafornia!

Dear Aquafornia readers,

Aquafornia is off Monday (Jan. 15), the federal holiday honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. We will return with a full slate of water news on Tuesday.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter where we post breaking news and on Facebook where we post Foundation-related news and a weekend water read.

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Aquafornia!

Dear Aquafornia readers,

Aquafornia is off for the Thanksgiving weekend.

We will return with a full slate of water news on Monday, Nov. 27.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter where we post breaking news and on Facebook where we post Foundation-related news and a weekend water read.

We are grateful for our readers! Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!