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Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: San Diego County water-rights lawsuit ends after 66 years

After 66 years of litigation and more than 50 years of settlement talks, the longest-running federal civil case in San Diego has ended. The Fallbrook Public Utility District board of directors voted unanimously Monday to end a water dispute with the U.S. government and Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base over rights to water that flows from the Santa Margarita River.

Aquafornia news Cronkite News Arizona PBS

Progress on new binational drought plan in Colorado basin slow going

States, federal and Mexican officials hailed a binational agreement this fall that they said could lead to a radical shift in how the region prepares for and responds to drought. But three months later, they appear no closer to a drought contingency plan, as negotiations have pitted states and water districts against one another, as the U.S. tries to hammer out details of the plan.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Dry weather continues in California. Time to start worrying about another drought?

December has been bone dry in California, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get much wetter by the time the 2018 rolls around. Precipitation levels in Sacramento and most major California cities are below average for this time of year. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is just 37 percent of normal.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

2017 Water Leaders Class releases policy recommendations for California’s water storage future

The 2017 Water Leaders class organized by the Water Education Foundation completed its year with a report outlining policy recommendations for the future of water storage in California. The class of 20 from various stakeholder groups and backgrounds that hailed from cities and towns across the state had full editorial control to chose recommendations.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Statewide water savings down to single digits in October

Water conservation statewide dipped into single digits during October according to a report issued last week by the State Water Resources Control Board. … Locally, conservation was generally somewhat better than average.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Spillway Q&A: Addressing vegetation, design and cracks

The Oroville Dam spillway crisis this past February is still under investigation – all sorts of investigations, including concerns about vegetation and cracking. Officials say the problems have been mitigated, plus, this water year might not be as wet as last.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Salinas Valley new wells moratorium delayed while work plan developed

Monterey County supervisors will delay for at least three months considering adoption of a recommended moratorium on new wells in parts of the Salinas Valley groundwater basin where data shows seawater intrusion has been worsening.

Aquafornia news Ridgecrest Daily Independent

Water district approves $500,000 advance to groundwater authority

At the Indian Wells Valley Water District monthly board meeting on Monday evening, the board voted to approve an advance of up to $500,000 from the IWVWD’s future alternative water supply funds to the IWV Groundwater Authority. IWVGA will likely pay back this amount either with funds from future grants or through a credit on IWVWD’s account.

Aquafornia news Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Less imported water, less groundwater means using banked supplies likely

While fire officials tell SCV residents they’re not out of the woods when it comes to brush fires, water officials are saying the SCV isn’t out of the woods when it comes to drought, either. Castaic Lake Water Agency board members are expected to receive an update on the status of Santa Clarita Valley’s water resources when they meet Wednesday night.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Living hour by hour as the Thomas fire approaches Montecito

About 7,000 firefighters from 11 western states have poured into Ventura and Santa Barbara counties to try to contain the Thomas fire. Firefighting efforts have cost about $48 million. In the last week, helicopter crews alone have dumped 1.7 million gallons of water on the blaze. That’s enough water to fill roughly 70 backyard pools.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Southern California is burning—Is climate change to blame?

It’s official: 2017 is the deadliest and most destructive year on record for wildfires in California. Dry conditions, high temperatures, roaring winds and bone-dry trees and brush are all factors responsible for the devastation. But one underlying question is how much of a role has climate change played?

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Quakes and fires? It’s the cost of living that Californians can’t stomach.

For the half-century after World War II, California represented the epitome of middle-class America on the move. As people poured into the state in search of good weather and the lure of single-family homes with backyard orange trees, the state embarked on a vast natural engineering project that redirected northern water southward, creating the modern Southern California and making the state the most populous in the nation.

Aquafornia news The Arizona Republic

Court upholds Obama-era uranium mining ban near Grand Canyon

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a 20-year ban on new uranium mining on public land near the Grand Canyon, while also striking down a challenge to an existing uranium mine south of Grand Canyon National Park. … The suit — led by the Havasupai Tribe, Grand Canyon Trust, Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club — sought continued protections under the standing mining ban.

Aquafornia news ProPublica

Trump’s mining regulator nominee was once dropped by the agency for doing ‘junk’ work

President Donald Trump’s choice to head a federal coal mine regulator, like more than one of his nominees, is a vocal critic of the very agency he’s being asked to lead. Steven Gardner is a longtime coal industry consultant, and he has called the agency’s marquee Obama-era regulation the product of “one of the most disingenuous and dishonest efforts put forward by a government agency.”

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Corte Madera marsh restoration moves mud

Mounds of mud were excavated Tuesday afternoon in Corte Madera to clear a channel for bay water to inundate land to return it to tidal marsh, ushering in flora and fauna. It is the final phase of an effort that took more than two decades.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Mount Umunhum: Open space district to give property rights to Indian tribe at summit

Three months after the long-anticipated public opening of Mount Umunhum, a Bay Area open space agency plans to vote Wednesday on a controversial proposal to give property rights at the scenic South Bay mountaintop to an Indian tribe based in Sacramento County.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Cannabis cultivation may threaten mountain lions of Santa Cruz mountains, scientist says

Come Jan. 1, the cannabis farms peppering the Santa Cruz Mountains will enter new legal territory, but ecologists worry it may spell doom for the area’s mountain lions. Mountain lions have called the Santa Cruz Mountains home for millennia.

Aquafornia news Voice of Orange County

To desalinate or not to desalinate: UCI debate over controversial proposed Huntington Beach plant

Academics, advocates and activists met for a panel discussion at UC Irvine to hash out the pros and cons of a proposal to build a desalination plant in Huntington Beach, with environmentalists once again warning it would damage marine environments and raise water bills.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Cockrell leaving San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services after 35 years

While you slept snugly in your bed during last winter’s floods, chances are Michael Cockrell’s cellphone was keeping him awake with reports of rising rivers and levee failures. Cockrell, a 35-year veteran of the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services, announced last week that he has resigned from his post.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

A Philadelphia story: No running water for eight years

According to the Philadelphia Water Department some 86,000 household accounts — one in five in the city — have had their water shut off at least once between April 2012 and April 2017, largely because of overdue bills. Most make a payment arrangement and get service restored within a few days. But others, because their name is not on the deed to the house in which they live, fall into a legal grey area.