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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Why your water provider is fighting California’s ban on watering sidewalks

The State Water Resources Control Board’s proposal to impose permanent conservation rules – such as prohibiting hosing down driveways, watering lawns less than two days after it rains and washing a car without attaching a shut-off nozzle to the hose – ran into a cascade of opposition.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

LaMalfa says Shasta Dam raise not a top priority

While one federal agency wants to go forward with plans to raise the height of Shasta Dam, the congressman whose district includes the dam called it a “rumor that is going around all the time,” and said it is not his top priority for water projects in Northern California.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Big new Sierra snowstorm, but no ‘March Miracle’ yet

Every storm helps improve the state’s summer water picture, scientists and state water planners said Thursday. But even taking into account this storm and a big one two weeks ago, the Sierra Nevada snow pack — the source of nearly one-third of California’s water supply — still is only about half of normal for this winter season, with this month’s totals measuring just half of the 1991 miracle month’s final tally.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Explore ecological challenges facing the Salton Sea on our Lower Colorado River Tour April 11-13

The Salton Sea, California’s largest inland body of water and an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, is struggling ecologically and shrinking as water is transferred from surrounding desert farms to San Diego County. On our Lower Colorado River Tour, April 11-13, we will visit this fragile ecosystem that harbors 400 bird species and hear from several stakeholders working to address challenges facing the sea …

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

March storms have raised Lake Oroville

State Parks workers were pulling cable up a launch ramp at Bidwell Marina Thursday because the water level in Lake Oroville is on the rise. March’s storms have brought the lake level up almost 13 feet since the start of the month, according to the Department of Water Resources website.

Aquafornia news BBC News

Plastic particles found in bottled water

Tests on major brands of bottled water have found that nearly all of them contained tiny particles of plastic. In the largest investigation of its kind, 250 bottles bought in nine different countries were examined.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Cyberattacks put Russian fingers on the switch at power plants, U.S. says

The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of engineering a series of cyberattacks that targeted American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems, and could have sabotaged or shut power plants off at will.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

White House is sanctioning Russians for 2016 election interference and other cyberattacks

The Trump administration on Thursday announced sanctions against 19 Russian individuals and five organizations for meddling in the 2016 election and for other “destructive cyber-attacks” still targeting the U.S. electrical grid and water systems.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Saltwater intrusion threat increases near Capitola area

The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency has taken a major step to ensure sustainable management of groundwater, the primary source of water for the entire mid-county region. Thursday at a meeting at the Simpkins Family Swim Center, the agency released results of a yearlong hydrological airborne investigation assessing the condition of underground water resources.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

By ordering new land-use plan, Trump could spark a fight in California deserts

It looks like a barren no man’s land, but the vast desert outside Indio, Calif., has many suitors. Conservationists see its acres of creosote bush and cholla cactus as a rare habitat for tortoises, pronghorn antelope and an elusive variety of mule deer.

Aquafornia news NPR

FEMA drops ‘climate change’ from its strategic plan

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the federal government’s first responder to floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters, has eliminated references to climate change from its strategic planning document for the next four years.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Palmero shortage threatens Coachella Valley’s date farming legacy

Salvador Sevilla grasps a curved knife as he shimmies up a five-foot ladder to the crown of a date palm tree. He steps from the ladder onto two of the palm’s huge fronds and balances there, striking a pose you’re more likely to see on a Cirque du Soleil stage. On this afternoon, Sevilla is pollinating trees on a Coachella Valley farm.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California earthquake standard designed to save lives but not buildings. There’s a new push to do both

California’s seismic construction requirements are designed to protect the lives of those inside. But even with the most modern codes, building to the state’s minimum requirements would leave even new buildings severely damaged in a major earthquake — to the point of being a complete loss.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Quarter-inch of rain falls in San Francisco in 13 minutes

It was raining buckets in San Francisco for a stretch of time about 7 p.m. Thursday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Series of storms bringing rain and snow to California

Bands of sometimes heavy rain rolled over Southern California Thursday and unleashed a mudslide that trapped cars and shut a key canyon highway through mountains along the coast near Malibu.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Nielsen names Sites Reservoir advocate Woman of the Year

Sites Reservoir advocate Mary Wells was named Woman of the Year by Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Tehama, at a ceremony in Sacramento this week. Wells, of Sites, allowed her family’s land to be used as part of the future site of the proposed reservoir in Colusa County. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Drought marches across US southern high plains

Federal and state experts in drought assessment and long-range forecasting are expected to provide an overview of the critical situation facing much of the United States’ southern high plains.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Fish out of water: grunion runs launch on San Diego beaches

This is the time of year when thousands of shimmering, silver fish flop onto San Diego beaches in a strange nocturnal mating dance. Grunion runs, among California’s most stunning natural phenomena, start this month.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Washington state moves to protect endangered killer whales

With the number of endangered orcas that frequent the inland waters of Washington state at a 30-year low, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday directed state agencies to take immediate and longer-term steps to protect the struggling killer whales.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin filmmaker and scientist shape coral reef exhibit

The melding of computer-generated imagery and good old-fashioned scientific research by two Marin residents has helped forge a vivid new production examining coral reefs that opens Friday at the California Academy of Sciences.