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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Cadiz water pipeline gets OK from federal government

In an about-face, the federal government has given Cadiz Inc. the go-ahead to lay a pipeline for its proposed desert water project in an existing railroad right-of-way.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Key vote on $17 billion Delta tunnels project Tuesday in San Jose

In its most far-reaching decision in more than 50 years, Silicon Valley’s largest water provider will vote Tuesday on whether to embrace or reject Gov. Jerry Brown’ s $17 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

DWR plans lower elevation for Oroville heading into flood season

With just more than two weeks until the initial reconstruction of the main spillway at Lake Oroville is supposed to be completed, the Department of Water Resources released operations plan for the reservoir for this coming flood season.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

John T. Racanelli, pro-environment California justice, dies

John T. Racanelli, a retired California justice whose pioneering opinions had a profound impact on disability rights and the environment, died Thursday at his home in Manhattan. … His most ground-breaking ruling, eponymously known as the Racanelli decision, came in 1986, which established for the first time that the government must protect not just the water rights of farmers and municipalities but also the needs of fish and wildlife.

Aquafornia news The Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Governor signs bill creating new water agency

The way water is acquired and distributed throughout the Santa Clarita Valley changed forever Sunday when Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill creating one new all-encompassing water district for the SCV.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

Governor vetoes bill that would have closed loophole in CEQA

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill from a Riverside assemblyman inspired by a massive warehouse complex planned for Moreno Valley. Brown’s office announced the veto of AB 890 on Monday, Oct. 16.

Aquafornia news The Arizona Republic

Arizona tribes could lease Colorado River water to areas for development

The clear waters of the Colorado River flow gently through the Headgate Rock diversion dam while boaters and Jet Skiers play upstream in front of the Blue Water Resort and Casino. The dam quietly siphons off almost one fourth of Arizona’s share of Colorado River water and sends it to nearby fields of alfalfa and cotton on the reservation of the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

DWR: ‘Can’t say with certainty’ whether spillway ramp will reopen

The state Department of Water Resources intends to open the spillway boat launch ramp after construction at the dam is complete, but there is a possibility it will stay out of commission, according to a department official. The spillway boat launch is the largest on the lake, with up to 12 lanes when the water is high enough.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Councilman seeks hepatitis testing in San Diego surface water

At least one San Diego leader wants water researchers to start testing city waterways for hepatitis A. Councilman David Alvarez on Thursday penned a letter to the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project requesting that the environmental research group start testing as many as a half-dozen area waterways for the deadly liver infection.

Aquafornia news The Union, serving Western Nevada County

Nevada Irrigation District to discuss public access to Scotts Flat spillway

Nearly two months after closing public access to the Scotts Flat spillway, which resulted in an uproar from many Nevada County residents, the Nevada Irrigation District will “help brainstorm access options” Wednesday.

Aquafornia news NPR

With OK From EPA, use of weedkiller expected to double

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it will let farmers keep spraying the weedkilling chemical dicamba on Monsanto’s new dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton. The decision is a victory for the biotech giant and the farmers who want to use the company’s newest weedkilling technology.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Trump names former Texas regulator as White House environmental adviser

The former regulator, Kathleen Hartnett White, will lead the Council on Environmental Quality if confirmed by the Senate. … The appointment is the latest in a series of disputed environmental nominations. 

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

EPA cleanup plan for Houston Superfund site opposed by industry

In a decision cheered by environmental and public health groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a $115 million cleanup plan for the San Jacinto waste pits, one of the Houston-area Superfund sites that was flooded in August during Hurricane Harvey.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Water Deeply Talks: Water markets (audio)

In this episode of “Deeply Talks,” Tara Lohan, the managing editor of Water Deeply, discusses emerging water markets in California with Maurice Hall, the associate vice president of water for the Ecosystems Program at the Environmental Defense Fund, and Michael Kiparsky, the director of the Wheeler Water Institute at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at the University of California, Berkeley.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Wildfire scorches 147 acres along Mad River

Over the weekend, 147 acres along the Mad River just north of state Route 36 were scorched by the River Fire. It’s estimated to be fully contained by Tuesday as crews continue to put out hot spots in the area, according to Six Rivers National Forest spokesperson Bridget Litten.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Dog refuses to leave rescue goats during fire

The family’s pump house was destroyed, leaving them without fresh water. And all of the structures on the property were “decimated.”

Aquafornia news The Union, serving Western Nevada County

South Yuba River Citizens League to lead salmon tours

Registration has opened for the South Yuba River Citizens League’s 2017 Salmon Tours. SYRCL’s River Science staff, trained naturalists, and river guides from Environmental Traveling Companions will take participants for a float trip down the lower Yuba to see spawning salmon on Oct. 28.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: DWR releases 2017-18 Lake Oroville Flood Season Operations Plan

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [October 16] released the operations plan for Lake Oroville during the 2017-18 rainy season to protect public safety while construction continues on the reservoir’s main and emergency spillways. The plan, which will guide reservoir operations between November 1 and April 2018, calls for DWR to maintain lower-than-average lake levels during the winter months to provide space for inflows and manage releases from the substantially reconstructed main spillway. 

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation and Fish and Wildlife Service announce availability of grants to help listed species

The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have announced the opportunity to apply for grant funding for projects that would improve conditions for federal Endangered Species Act-listed species and their habitats impacted by the Central Valley Project. The CVP, owned and operated by Reclamation, is one of the world’s largest water storage and conveyance systems. The grants are funded by the Central Valley Project Conservation Program and Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: A plan for billions of dollars in parks and water improvements on California’s 2018 ballot

Voters will decide in June 2018 whether to borrow $4 billion to fund improvements to the California’s parks and water systems after Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 5 on Sunday.