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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: New dams for California? A dozen projects seek $2.7 billion

During the drought, Californians often asked why the state wasn’t building more reservoirs. On Tuesday, the state finally began taking a major step toward that goal, unveiling a list of 12 huge new water projects — from massive new dams in the north to expanded groundwater banks in the south — that will compete for $2.7 billion in state bond funding for new water storage projects.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

US: ‘Zero’ chance of Colorado River water shortage in 2018

Heavy winter snows in the Rocky Mountains have rescued the thirsty Western U.S. for another year. U.S. water managers said Tuesday there will be no water cutbacks in 2018 for millions of residents and farmers served by the Lake Mead reservoir on the Colorado River that lies behind the Hoover Dam.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Northern California farmer settles in environmental case involving plowing fine

Northern California farmer John Duarte spent years fighting the federal government after being fined for plowing over protected wetlands on his property. … But just before his trial was set to start Tuesday, Duarte settled.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Trump signs order to speed infrastructure construction

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has signed a new executive order intended to make more efficient the federal permitting process for construction of transportation, water and other infrastructure projects without harming the environment.

Aquafornia news CALmatters

Drinking lead—why California may force all schools to test their water

When a therapy dog refused to drink at a San Diego grade school, it was the first clue that something was wrong with the water. Tests revealed why the pup turned up its nose—the presence of polyvinyl chloride, the polymer in PVC pipes that degrade over time. But further analysis found something else that had gone undetected by the dog, the teachers and students of the San Diego Cooperative Charter School, and the school district: elevated levels of lead.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Billionaire helping to get funds for San Joaquin Valley clean water

Tom Steyer, the San Francisco billionaire and environmentalist, promised his support Tuesday for a proposed safe and affordable drinking water fund to help communities with contaminated water in the San Joaquin Valley. … Steyer met with about a dozen water advocates at the nonprofit Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability in downtown Fresno who urged him to throw his clout behind Senate Bill 623. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom courts Central Valley voters with talk of water at Fresno meet-and-greet

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom continued his swing through Central Valley for his 2018 bid for governor Tuesday, courting a packed hall of supporters and the merely curious with vocal support of water storage, single-payer healthcare and California’s bullet train.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California farmer to pay $1.1 million fine for plowing field (with audio)

A California farmer has agreed to pay $1.1 million in penalties for violating the Clean Water Act.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Yurok forced to buy fish for annual salmon festival

A dismal salmon run in the Klamath River has forced the Yurok Tribe — which normally catches its salmon from the Klamath River — to purchase the fish from an outside source for its annual Salmon Festival on Saturday.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Why nutrient pollution may become a threat to San Francisco Bay

Nutrients – such as nitrogen – are essential to life, but an overabundance can mean trouble for waterways. Take Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, which are infamous for “dead zones” where closely packed bodies of fish float to the surface or wash ashore by the thousands. These dead zones are caused by nutrient pollution, which makes algae grow too fast.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

No public ownership talks for joint Peninsula mayors water authority, water district meeting

A planned joint meeting between the Monterey Peninsula mayors water authority and the Peninsula water management district boards is expected to address a number of issues ranging from progress on a new water supply and the odds of meeting current state cutback order milestones to the likelihood of litigation challenging California American Water’s proposed desalination project and potential water supply alternatives.

Aquafornia news Merced Sun-Star

Merced Irrigation District accuses board member of stealing water

The Merced Irrigation District is accusing one of its own board members of stealing more than $200,000 worth of district water to irrigate his almond orchard.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento permanently limits lawn watering despite record rainfall

The Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday to make permanent twice-a-week outdoor watering restrictions despite Gov. Jerry Brown in April lifting a drought state of emergency for California after record-setting winter rainfall.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Condor milestone: New baby is first-ever ’second generation’ wild-born bird

One little bird is raising big hopes for the re-wilding of a special species. A fuzzy gray condor chick — the first-ever “second generation” wild-born condor in a long and hard recovery plan for the endangered birds — has been discovered in a redwood tree in Big Sur.

Aquafornia news Sierra Sun

UC Davis scientists launch underwater robot in Lake Tahoe

There are many myths about what lies beneath the surface of Lake Tahoe, but if you happen to spot an underwater robot anytime soon, chances are it’s the real deal.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Researchers to study chemical contamination of US waters

University of Rhode Island and Harvard University professors are collaborating through a new research center to study chemicals that have contaminated water at sites nationwide.

Aquafornia news ProPublica

Trump has broad power to block climate change report

Earlier this month, someone involved in the government’s latest report on climate change provided The New York Times with a copy of the version submitted to the Trump administration for final approval. The main intent of the leak, according to several people tracking the report, was to complicate any attempt to suppress the study or water down its findings.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Blog: New water official’s views on Salton Sea, other priorities

California’s State Water Board has a broad mandate to oversee our complex water system and balance all beneficial uses of water. Joaquin Esquivel―the newest member of the board and a member of the PPIC Water Policy Center’s advisory council―brings broad experience working on state and federal water issues, and personal and professional experience with the challenges of the Salton Sea.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: If we want a real river in Los Angeles, we should start by cleaning up the water

Los Angeles has big, big plans for revitalizing an 11-mile stretch of the [Los Angeles] river over the next several years, at a price tag that began at $1 billion and soon bumped up to an estimated $1.6 billion. But is the water clean enough for recreational use, or to be a draw for people to live or work along the banks of what amounts to a drainage ditch for urban storm runoff and treated sewage?

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2018

The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public meeting and open house to present the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2018. A 30-day comment period will open beginning Sept. 7, 2017. … The event will be held: Sacramento Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.