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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

More rainstorms prompt the reopening of the damaged Oroville Dam spillway

State officials have reopened the damaged spillway at Oroville Dam as another set of rainstorms began moving across Northern California. … Water will continue pouring down the spillway for up to two weeks, depending on how much more rain falls.

Aquafornia news Valley Public Radio

California farmers say rain is a good thing, but too much can delay planting, harvest (with audio)

Les Wright oversees all of Fresno County’s crops. He’s the agricultural commissioner here. Often he’s meeting with growers and ranchers on their farms, but today he’s fielding calls from his Fresno office.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

State will increase water deliveries to Southern California

State officials said Friday Southern California water agencies will soon get close to a full of allotment of water — 85 percent — following several winter storms that broke rain and snow records across the state.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

One key way soggy California could save water for the next rainless days

The water spread into every corner of the fields, beckoning wading ibises and egrets as it bathed long rows of sprouting grapevines. Several inches had covered the vineyard ground for a couple of months. But rather than draining it, Don Cameron was pouring more on.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Now that the governor declared the drought is history, what’s a conservationist to do?

Seems like California is not the only land mass to benefit from a surplus of water these days. The moon of Saturn, Enceladus, is swimming in warm liquid water, enough to create plumes of hydrogen gas erupting from the subsurface of the ocean floor, NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists reported Thursday.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Got organic? ‘Green’ growers are split over industry-funded ad and promotion program

Organic growers in California and other farm states appear split over an industry promotion proposal that’s blossomed into a heated dispute. … With a Wednesday public comment deadline imminent, more than 11,000 public responses had flooded the Agriculture Department as of Friday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Interior secretary: No harassment allowed at national parks

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is personally encouraging National Park Service employees to report any forms of workplace harassment they experience or witness, he said Friday during a two-day swing through parks, including Yosemite, where the former superintendent retired following complaints of bullying.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Geologist commemorates 1992 earthquake

Humboldt County’s very own earthquake and tsunami expert Lori Dengler weighed in on the ever present chance of natural disasters in what she considers to be the most seismically active region in the contiguous 48 states.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Water transfers — Crucial to Western rivers, but state programs lacking

Because the Colorado River flows through seven states, water transfers can be affected by seven different sets of laws. To help sort through this quagmire, Stanford University’s Water in the West program recently studied and ranked all state laws in the Colorado Basin governing water transfers. … For a rundown on the report, Water Deeply recently spoke with Leon Szeptycki, an expert on water law and executive director of Water in the West.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Dear California water officials — After Oroville Dam scare, why should we trust you?

We in Northern California know many things about Oroville Dam we likely didn’t know before a near failure of its emergency spillway Feb. 12 grabbed our attention.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Accounting for water in the San Joaquin Valley

Accounting for water supplies and uses is fundamental to good water management, but it is often difficult and controversial to implement. As with other types of accounting, this task is harder and costlier when information is not well organized. Here we present a 30-year set of water balances for the San Joaquin Valley, California’s largest agricultural region and home to more than half of the state’s irrigated acreage.

Aquafornia news Pacific Institute

Report: ‘Exploring the Case for Corporate Context-Based Water Targets’

More companies than ever before are setting water targets, yet global water stress continues to rise. How can companies ensure that their water targets align with meaningful outcomes? In this discussion paper, CDP, CEO Water Mandate (a project of the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Resources Institute (WRI), and WWF call for a new approach for setting meaningful corporate water targets that take into account the unique local contexts of the basins in which companies operate.

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Happy Holidays From Aquafornia!

Dear Aquafornia readers,

Thanks for being avid readers of Aquafornia in 2016!

Aquafornia is off for the holidays but will return with a full slate of water news on Jan. 3, 2017.

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Happy Cesar Chavez Day From Aquafornia!

Dear Aquafornia readers,

Aquafornia is taking off the state holiday today that honors Cesar Chavez.

We will be back on Friday with a full slate of water news.

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

- From the staff at the Water Education Foundation

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