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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Is California heading back into a drought?

Californians are beginning to wonder: Is the state heading back into a drought? While experts say it’s still too early in the winter rainy season to say for sure, the evidence is accumulating, and the rain is definitely not.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

EPA delays lead and copper rule again, promises ‘war on lead’

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pledged that lead regulations will be a prominent feature of the agency’s work in 2018 — but that work will take longer than anticipated. The agency expects that a revision to federal rules that are designed to reduce the risk of lead in drinking water will be published in draft form in August 2018, a seven-month delay from a timetable announced this summer.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Babies born to moms who lived near fracking wells faced host of health risks, study suggests

After combing through a decade’s worth of Pennsylvania birth records, researchers have found that pregnant women living within two-thirds of a mile of a hydraulic fracturing well were 25% more likely to give birth to a worryingly small infant than were women who lived at least 10 miles outside that zone during pregnancy.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Tiburon research shows San Francisco Bay invaders flail in fresh water

Last winter’s drought-busting wet weather was a boon for reservoirs and parched landscapes, but not so much for some invasive species in San Francisco Bay, according to a long-term study by Tiburon-based researchers. All that fresh water that poured into the bay was bad news for certain invaders, which have turned up in droves in recent decades from around the world, often in ships’ ballast water.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

California Today: A timber town’s water fight

Last year we published a story about a small city in Northern California battling a lumber company over access to water. The article focused on the city of Weed, a faded mill town of 2,700 residents in the foothills of Mt. Shasta.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

State holds marijuana workshop in Redding

In the workshop, California Water Resources Control Board explained regulations governing how marijuana growers can comply with state laws on water use, how to legally set up a grow and control waste and irrigation runoff.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

More victims of the California wildfires: avocados and lemons

The wildfires in Southern California have charred hundreds of thousands of acres and destroyed thousands of structures. They have also taken a toll on agriculture, a $45 billion industry in California that employs more than 400,000 people statewide.

Aquafornia news CALmatters

In California’s wildfires, a looming threat to climate goals

Beyond the devastation and personal tragedy of the fires that have ravaged California in recent months,  another disaster looms: an alarming uptick in unhealthy air and the sudden release of the carbon dioxide that drives climate change. As millions of acres burn in a cycle of longer and more intense fire seasons, the extensive efforts of industry and regulators to protect the environment can be partly undone in one firestorm.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Thomas Fire: NASA aerial surveys detect 1,300 degree fire temperatures

A pilot project out of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena is testing science instruments intended for space by measuring environmental impacts from the Thomas Fire.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Tree die-off continues in California, drought blamed

The number of trees killed by bark beetles and severe drought in California reached a new high in the latest count, but foresters say a few more wet and cold winters like last year’s would make a big difference toward restoring forest health.

Aquafornia news The Union, Serving Western Nevada County

Sinkhole repair cost over $2 million for Grass Valley

Nearly a year has passed since a pinched culvert along Little Wolf Creek caused a 100-foot-deep sinkhole to open up on Freeman Lane in Grass Valley, and this month, construction crews are finalizing repair work.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Are real or artificial Christmas trees better for the environment?

he question: Is a real Christmas tree better for the environment than a fake one? The answer: It depends on your plans for the future.

Aquafornia news Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club

The Salton Sea is dying—We can’t let that happen

When the dust rises in North Shore, a small farmworker town at the edge of the Salton Sea, Jacqueline Pozar’s nose often starts to bleed. Then her teacher at Saul Martinez Elementary School in nearby Mecca calls her mom, Maria, and asks her to come pick up her daughter. 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

On the Road: Journey to desert parks not too far from San Joaquin County

Wanting to beat these cold, frosty holiday mornings? Get your dose of balmy days with three world-class desert parks, offering daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s, wonderful hiking and exploration opportunities, all flush with history and unique ecology.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: How to get California’s water infrastructure ready for climate change

While researchers disagree on exactly how climate change will impact future precipitation in California, there is little doubt that it will change and that this will put increased pressure on the state’s water infrastructure. In fact, much of California’s infrastructure is not ready for the impacts of future climate change.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: How investors are evaluating water risk in California businesses

Major investors are increasingly on the lookout for water risks in their portfolio companies or across industries in which they may be invested. For instance, a savvy investor may be wary of buying stock in companies whose operations need more water than is readily accessible, like a food company depending on crops from drought stricken areas, or in companies that might be liable for tainting local water supplies – as has been alleged of oil and gas extraction companies, including those doing business in California.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: Governor’s water proposals don’t protect Arizona’s rivers and streams

At a time of prolonged drought, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) has just released an overview of the Governor’s Water Solutions Conversation. The discussions, which came from a series of summer meetings, have the potential to transform the state’s water laws and influence negotiations about the future of the Colorado River basin for generations. But important issues are being left out of the discussion.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Commentary: McNerney’s step toward global cooling

In 1991, Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted and blanketed the stratosphere with sulfur dioxide particles. The earth cooled 0.7 to 0.9 degrees for two years. It’s theoretically possible for humankind to do something similar as a way to counteract climate change. And Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, wants scientists to explore the possibilities.

Aquafornia news CAP News

Commentary: Central Arizona Project System Use Agreement: An example of ‘Many Instruments, One Orchestra’

The theme of this year’s Colorado River Water Users Association Annual Conference—“Many Instruments, One Orchestra”—highlights the diverse activities and water management initiatives across the basin. Thursday’s presentation on Central Arizona Project’s System Use Agreement is a great variation on that theme.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Report: A New Approach to Accounting for Environmental Water: Insights from the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta

How water is apportioned to California’s cities, farms, and the environment can lead to conflict and competition in times of drought. … This report reviews the state’s long-standing methods for defining and accounting for environmental water and proposes reforms to improve the timeliness, transparency, and detail in the accounting of environmental water allocation.