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Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Proposed Salton Sea deal would commit California to acting on pledges as lake shrinks

Five months ago, California outlined a $383 million plan to control dust and build thousands of acres of wetlands around the shrinking Salton Sea. But that plan left agencies in the Imperial Valley unsatisfied because only $80.5 million has been approved so far – and they questioned whether the state would follow through and live up to its commitments over the next 10 years.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento County sues to block Delta tunnels—and it’s not alone

Sacramento County led a cascade of area governments suing the state in an effort to block the Delta tunnels, saying the $17 billion project would harm local farmers, endangered fish and low-income communities at the south end of the county.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

What’s best weapon for battling species invading California waters? Data

There’s an invasion plaguing the coastal waters of Southern California. Waves of tiny interlopers spark havoc at fisheries, clog municipal water pipes and frustrate boaters who must dislodge buckets of sea crud.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Stinson Beach green crab invaders vex scientists

Like a scene in a horror movie where the evil creature keeps coming back, invasive green crabs in the Seadrift Lagoon at Stinson Beach just won’t seem to die. … Green crabs are native to Europe and were introduced in the early 1800s to the East Coast of the United States, and finally made their way to San Francisco Bay in the late 1980s, possibly via ballast water in ships. 

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Fate of 21 national monuments will land on Trump’s desk this week

The Trump administration this week is expected to release plans for potentially shrinking or revoking the status of 21 national monuments, setting the stage for a years-long legal battle that could pit the White House against Indian tribes, environmentalists and some western states.

Aquafornia news The Guardian

Trump’s decision to allow plastic bottle sales in national parks slammed

The Trump administration’s decision to reverse a ban on the sale of plastic water bottles in some of America’s most famous national parks, such as the Grand Canyon shows “the corporate agenda is king and people and the environment are left behind”, campaigners have said.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Cal EPA moves toward tighter pesticide restrictions (with audio)

The state Department of Pesticide Regulations Friday released their newest risk assessment for a commonly used pesticide called chlorpyrifos.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

Riverside plans to raise water, electricity rates about $10 a month for next five years

Riverside Public Utilities officials are preparing to make their pitch to customers that they need to raise rates to keep the water and electric systems functioning reliably. At community meetings around the city this fall, officials will roll out plans for annual increases for the next 10 years.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Stockton watering restrictions may finally loosen

Another lingering vestige of the drought will vanish Tuesday if the Stockton City Council agrees to do away with a twice-a-week watering restriction that technically remains on the books.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Yellowjackets in Santa Cruz Mountains: Pests may be increasing due to heavy rains

When Santa Cruz Mountains resident Sara Culley accidentally stepped on an underground wasp nest in her yard earlier this month, she went into a blind terror, she said, as the insects surged up her leg, under her shirt and along her back — stinging her 27 times.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Can marijuana finally turn this remote Mojave outpost into a boom town?

Now, with the legalization of recreational marijuana in California and the recent sale of Nipton to a cannabis company for $5 million, it seems the historic mining camp’s time has finally come. … It [American Green] also intends to sell bottled water from local wells that has been mixed with certain marijuana extracts.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Yosemite’s Wawona community to remain evacuated for days due to fire

Mandatory evacuation orders will likely continue for several days for the Wawona community as the South Fork Fire in Yosemite National Park continues burning.

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Sun

The health of our infrastructure: How Nevada ranks

The Southern Nevada Water Authority has been proactive in building physical infrastructure to protect the region’s water supply in Lake Mead. The man-made reservoir, which has been dropping for years, is under increased pressure from water users and a changing climate expected to bring heat and decrease water elevations through evaporation and changes in snowmelt.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Asian carp found near Lake Michigan got past barriers

Officials say an Asian carp found in a Chicago waterway this summer apparently got past an electric barrier system intended to prevent the invasive fish from reaching the Great Lakes.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Study—Heavy storms may be enough to recharge California groundwater

California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, passed in 2014, requires some 250 groundwater basins throughout the state to halt the overdraft in their aquifers. The big question for everyone is: Where will the water come from to do that? It could come from “high-magnitude flows” – flooding events, essentially, that occur from just a handful of storms every winter.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Editorial: Water bond should be used to fund Sites Reservoir

Now that there’s a list of projects vying for the $2.7 billion in Proposition 1 money dedicated to water storage, you’d think the chances of the proposed Sites Reservoir in Colusa County getting some of that cash would be clearer.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Scheme to pump desert water to Los Angeles could destroy the Mojave. Legislature needs to block it

Unlike some deserts, California’s Mojave Desert is full of life. … Life in the Mojave is sustained by underground aquifers and springs, many of them formed over thousands of years. These aquifers support surrounding communities, including Native American tribes, and some 2,100 jobs in tourism, mining, ranching and other industries.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Commentary: Confronting climate change at Lake Tahoe

For 20 years, every August we’ve paused to reflect on our collective commitment to Lake Tahoe’s restoration at the Lake Tahoe Summit. This year, with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein hosting the event, the issue of climate change will be front and center.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: A choice for Sacramento: Save the parkway or let it become a sewer for good

The boat ride down the American River began near Howe Avenue and seemed idyllic for long stretches until we got closer to the city of Sacramento. … The environmental degradation of the lower stretch of the American River is not a new issue, but there is no way to truly understand its impact and implications until you view it from an unobstructed vantage point.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: There’s a simple reason some say it’s time for a larger California Legislature

The size of the Legislature — 40 members in the Senate, 80 in the Assembly — has remained unchanged since 1879. Meantime, the state they represent is now the world’s sixth-largest economy.