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Aquafornia news U.S. Geological Survey

News Release: Water managers explore new strategies to protect fish in California’s Bay-Delta

California’s Bay-Delta is facing ongoing drought and declining fish populations. The water in the Delta arrives primarily from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, supplying water for more than 22 million people. This water source supports California’s trillion-dollar economy—the sixth largest in the world—and its $27 billion agricultural industry.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Is there too much water behind Oroville Dam? Critics say Army Corps standards unsafe

Long before a fractured spillway plunged Oroville Dam into the gravest crisis in its 48-year history, officials at a handful of downstream government agencies devised a plan they believed would make the dam safer: Store less water there.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Stunning turnaround: Once-empty San Luis Reservoir now full

Last summer it was a jarring symbol of California’s historic five-year drought. San Luis Reservoir — the vast lake along Highway 152 between Gilroy and Los Banos, the state’s fifth-largest reservoir and a key link in the water supply for millions of people and thousands of acres of Central Valley farmland — was just 10 percent full.

Aquafornia news New York Times

When is a drought over? A wet California wants to know

Why hasn’t the drought been declared over? Here are some answers for Californians — and everyone else who has watched this story unfold — about what is going on

Aquafornia news San Diego Union-Tribune

Two countries, one sewage problem: Tijuana and San Diego grapple with renegade flows

Baja California’s governor is preparing to declare a state of emergency in the coming days, hoping to draw financial aid for Tijuana’s strained and underfunded sewage system following a massive spill that sent millions of gallons of untreated wastewater from Tijuana across the border and into San Diego last month. 

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Fate of Feather River fish undetermined

The condition of fish species in the Feather River is still to be determined a week after the Department of Water Resources halted flows from the flood control spillway at Lake Oroville.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Wary Tranquillity residents watch weakened levee as flood threat recedes – for now

[Jimmy] Marchini, 68, retired from farming 10 years ago, and until Monday he had not been to the [Fresno] slough in a couple of years. He took visitors on a tour of the earthen levee, whose structural integrity has been tested by ever-increasing releases of water from Pine Flat Reservoir, the result of this winter’s abundant rain and snow.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Oakdale wants more in return for hidden tax to Oakdale Irrigation District

Everyone with property in Oakdale pays taxes to the Oakdale Irrigation District, which delivers no water to any property in the city. The fact that city dwellers are subsidizing outlying farms – at more than $1 million a year – goes largely unnoticed.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin Municipal Water District seeks double-digit rate hike

The Marin Municipal Water District is looking to raise water rates July 1 and again in 2018, an increase of 14 percent. … The work is needed to improve the district’s aging water system, parts of which date back more than 100 years.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

At Oroville spillway, signs of progress as crews work around the clock to stabilize the structure (photos)

As weeks have passed since a once-in-decades storm swept through Northern California, signs of progress are beginning to appear at the imperiled Oroville Dam spillway.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

State, federal officials tour Last Chance Grade after collapse

Top federal and state transportation officials on Friday discussed bypass options of U.S. Highway 101’s Last Chance Grade, following its partial collapse earlier in the week.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Steep Ravine on Mount Tam closed due to weather-related road damage

Slippage of the sole road leading to Steep Ravine campground and cabins prompted closure of the area in Mount Tamalpais State Park.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

In a fact-challenged era, will public access to federal data be the next casualty?

Wondering who is visiting the White House? The web-based search has gone dark. Curious about climate change? Some government sites have been softened or taken down.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

UCSD scientists worry Trump could suppress climate change data

San Diego may accelerate plans to preserve its climate data due to growing concerns among faculty members that the Trump administration could interfere with their work. Campus officials intend to discuss what they should do during a March 21 meeting at the school’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, whose research has been used for decades to shape climate agreements.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

On golden pond

The drought-busting storms of 2017 were a mixed blessing for humans, but the ancient crustaceans swimming around in Central Valley vernal pools certainly benefited.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Truckloads of baby fish hauled to Oregon river in restoration plan

These speckled, rose-tinted fish haven’t been spotted in this bubbling river in remote northeastern Oregon for more than 30 years – until now.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Report: Nevada snowpack this year may meet or break records

A new report says Nevada’s snowpack may be one for the record books.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

‘California Heist’ looks at the state’s water supply

Don’t be fooled by all the rain and snow this winter. Historically, another drought is likely around the corner. As “Water & Power: A California Heist,” a National Geographic documentary, airing Tuesday, makes clear, the state is facing problems that go deeper than filling its reservoirs.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

New documentary explores ‘Water and Power’ in California

Director Marina Zenovich refers to her new film as “Chinatown,” the documentary. The filmmaker’s latest work “Water & Power: A California Heist” shines the spotlight on modern-day water barons in California’s San Joaquin Valley and the backroom deals that have helped pad their pockets. Stewart and Lynda Resnick, owners of the Wonderful Company, feature prominently, as does the Kern County Water Bank they partially control, and the Monterey Amendments, which helped make that possible.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Will California spend more on water projects? ‘It all depends on how thirsty the governor is,’ De León says

If there ever was a politically ripe time to spend lavishly on water projects, this is it. But Sacramento Democrats are settling for a drop in the bucket.