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Aquafornia news Valley Public Radio NPR for Central California

Interview: Questions remain about possible groundwater contamination from oil production (audio)

Oil companies in California produce more water than oil. In the San Joaquin Valley that also has created a problem: what to do with all of that unwanted water?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

E. coli infection closes Nevada County lake through Aug. 23

An E. coli-contaminated lake in Nevada County linked to the illnesses of 14 people will remain closed until at least Aug. 23, county officials announced Wednesday.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Sea lions wash ashore in California amid return of toxic blooms

Scores of convulsing sea lions are washing up on Central California beaches after eating fish poisoned by a plume of toxic algae that could spread north toward the Bay Area and cause widespread problems, marine biologists said.

Aquafornia news Valley Public Radio NPR for Central California

No snow left? Aerial surveys show eight percent still remains in San Joaquin watershed

As of July 10 manual snow surveyors reported there’s zero snow left in the mountains above the San Joaquin River. But a new way to measure the snowpack from the sky is showing a different set of results.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Sacramento considers extending water restrictions

A proposal to make some of Sacramento’s drought-related watering restrictions permanent is making its way through the city council.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

Flood waters from water main break helped replenish Temecula groundwater supply

Well, it wasn’t a total loss. The water main break on Tuesday, Aug. 8, in Temecula, which flooded Jefferson Avenue between Winchester Road and Cherry Street for a few hours, will help replenish the region’s anemic groundwater supply, according to Rancho California Water District officials.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Tahoe City’s rafting companies resume operations on Truckee River

Tahoe City’s two rafting companies, Truckee River Rafting and Truckee River Raft Co., are back in action after receiving the call late on Thursday, Aug. 3, from Federal Water Master Chad Blanchard that water would again be released from the Lake Tahoe Dam.

Aquafornia news San Luis Obispo Tribune

Brothers Todd, Ryan Talley run Arroyo Grande farm

Talley Farms began in 1948 when Todd and Ryan’s grandfather Oliver Talley began growing vegetables on leased acreage near Guadalupe. … Although the farm is generally profitable, last year brought a downturn when “the 5-year drought really came to a head and resulted in decreased plantings and lower yields,” said Todd.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Watching tree shakers harvest almonds in Northern California is awesome (video)

The shaking of almond trees can only mean one thing – almond harvest is underway in the Sacramento Valley.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

September Headwaters Tour looks at bark beetle epidemic

The U.S. Forest Service estimates with aerial surveys that more than 100 million trees have died in California this decade, 62 million dying in 2016 alone. … On our Headwaters Tour, Sept. 13 and 14, guests will hear from leading forest managers and entomologists on the extent of this epidemic, how it is altering our forests and impacting upper watersheds, and what can be done to mitigate the damages.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Extreme heat in Europe decimating crops, stoking drought

There’s increasing evidence that the extremely hot and dry summer in central and south eastern Europe has decimated crops, drained rivers and hurt the animal world.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Small water districts get a break on chrome 6

Water suppliers in California’s disadvantaged communities were struggling to comply with a prohibitively expensive regulation that only wealthy and larger water districts could afford. We thank the State Water Resources Control Board for deciding last week not to appeal a judge’s ruling invalidating the rule.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Commentary: EBMUD project sends hellish traffic through blissful neighborhood

By 9 a.m. [Lynn] Ballou’s street has the look of a road rally. It has been this way, she says, since mid-July when EBMUD began a project to replace 2,000 troublesome feet of pipe on Moraga Way.


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.

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- From the staff at the Water Education Foundation