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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

How farmers, water districts and the federal government worked together to bring Butte Creek salmon back from brink

From hundreds of fish annually to nearly 9,000 per year, Butte Creek salmon are thriving, thanks to a project begun 20 years ago. That project was celebrated Thursday at Gorrill Ranch on the Midway. … Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior for the Clinton administration, helped bring the players to the negotiating table to get the Butte Creek Salmon Recovery Project, completed in the late 1990s.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Trump’s plan to gut EPA gets cool reception on Capitol Hill

Lawmakers concerned about curbing pollution and a warming planet gave a cool reception to President Donald Trump’s environmental chief on Thursday as he defended the administration’s proposal to sharply reduce the budget of his own agency.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Dirtiest no more: Santa Cruz’s Cowell Beach now ranked No. 3 most contaminated in state

In a year in which winter bacterial water pollution levels spiked along California’s coastal beaches, Cowell Beach has shucked its reigning title as the “dirtiest beach” in the state.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Report: Rain brings down water quality at Marin beaches

The winter rains were good for Marin’s reservoirs, but not so great for water quality at county beaches, according to a new report. Bacterial pollution at Northern California beaches spiked dramatically in 2016, according to Heal the Bay’s 27th annual Beach Report Card, released Thursday.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Environmental group sues for public records in San Diego border wall prototype project

The prototypes are set to be built on federal land near the Otay Mountain Wilderness to depict examples of a solid concrete border wall, as well as other designs, reaching at least 30 feet tall and dropping at least 6 feet below ground. … The lawsuit argues the Otay Mountain area includes vernal pools and is habitat to several listed threatened and endangered species…

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Heat wave headed to Kern, temperatures to hit 110 degrees

Searing, possibly record-breaking temperatures are expected to lay siege to Bakersfield next week in the summer’s first heat wave, with temperatures topping 100 degrees Saturday and soaring to 110 on Monday.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

Coming heat wave could approach all-time records, Weather Service says

A heat wave made its opening salvo Thursday in Southern California, and things are only going to get hotter. By Tuesday — the first day of summer and the day when the heat wave is expected to peak — highs could surpass 120 degrees in the Coachella Valley, 110 degrees in the Inland Empire and 100 in the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento region: From snow to heat wave in six days

One week after a June cold snap brought snow to the Sierra Nevada, Northern California is expected to be engulfed by a weeklong scorcher, with projected high temperatures between 100 and 110 degrees.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Scorching summer temperatures are on the way

Bye bye springtime weather and hello triple-digit temperatures. Although the official start of summer isn’t for another week, the heat is headed our way and it’s coming with a vengeance.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

‘Very unhealthy’ smog levels expected during heat wave, Southern California regulators warn

Air quality officials warned Thursday of “very unhealthy” smog levels in the coming days as a heat wave envelops Southern California and primes the region for a bout of unusually high and widespread pollution.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Big solar farm near Joshua Tree National Park signs contract

Riverside County could soon be getting its fifth massive solar farm. The 500-megawatt Palen solar project would be built near Desert Center, between Interstate 10 and Joshua Tree National Park.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta pigs to be returned to owner

Six pigs seized from a Delta island this week by a New York-based animal welfare group must be returned to their owner, a San Joaquin County sheriff’s sergeant said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Reno Gazette-Journal

Newly designated Tahoe trail gets big boost

One of the latest additions to Tahoe’s trail portfolio just got a big boost. The Tahoe Fund recently announced it received a $130,000 grant which will go toward improvements on the Incline Flume Trail.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

E. coli bacteria found in drinking water at US Open

Health officials say E. coli bacteria have been found in a drinking water station at Erin Hills golf course where the U.S. Open is underway, but there have been no reports of illness.

Aquafornia news New Scientist

Billion-dollar dams are making water shortages, not solving them

Dams are supposed to collect water from rivers and redistribute it to alleviate water shortages, right? Not so fast. … Almost a quarter of the global population experiences significant decreases in water availability through human interventions on rivers, says Ted Veldkamp at Vrije University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

The Dutch have solutions to rising seas. The world is watching.

Like cheese in France or cars in Germany, climate change is a business in the Netherlands. 

Aquafornia news Oceans Deeply

Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral-reef decline

When marine biologist Craig Downs first visited the turquoise-blue waters of Trunk Bay in the Virgin Islands National Park in St. John in 2005, he arrived on a crucial mission: Find out why the health of the park’s coral reefs was declining.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Man dies in Niagara Falls after surviving 2003 plunge

A man who survived a plunge over Niagara Falls without protection in 2003 has died after he went over again, this time inside an inflatable ball.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: Don’t blame water markets for trouble with Western rivers

As Western states grapple with the best way to allocate dwindling water resources to meet multiple needs, water markets have emerged as one tool. But the idea is not without critics, such as Gary Wockner, who wrote a recent op-ed for Water Deeply about his skepticism that water markets will protect Western rivers. … I [University of Colorado law professor Mark Squillace] see things differently.

Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association

Blog: Celebrating the recovery of spring-run salmon on Butte Creek

Today [June 15], partners in a two decade-old effort to benefit spring-run Chinook salmon gathered on the banks of Butte Creek to celebrate the program’s enduring success.  Headlining the event this morning was Bruce Babbitt, who was Department of Interior Secretary in the late 1990s and participated in a similar ceremony twenty years ago to initiate the program with the removal of the McPherrin diversion dam.