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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Major cleanup to begin at Oroville’s flood-damaged Riverbend Park

Riverbend Park is about to get some much-needed TLC. The recreational hot spot along the Feather River has been closed since February after the park was badly battered during the Lake Oroville spillway crisis.

Aquafornia news NPR

How your sandwich changed the world

What if you could go back in time and follow your food from the farm to your plate?

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

All-American eclipse has Californians stirring with excitement

Darkness doesn’t usually fall in the middle of the day. So it’s not surprising that throughout history many cultures considered it a bad omen when it did. But as years went by, the terror morphed into intrigue. And nowadays people are booking their travel — months and even years in advance — to experience it.

Aquafornia news Oceans Deeply

Student citizen-scientists gather key data on imperiled ocean

It’s a warm, blue-sky Friday and I’m [Erica Cirino] standing knee-deep in the clear, cold Fall Kill creek off the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York. More than a dozen local high school and college students outfitted in rubber waders surround me.

Aquafornia news NPR

Ethiopia’s coffee farmers are ‘on the front lines of climate change’

Ethiopia gave the world Coffea arabica, the species that produces most of the coffee we drink these days. … But the effects of climate change – higher temperatures and less rainfall – could take a toll on the country’s ability to farm this treasured crop.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Reservoir water weight blamed for Arkansas earthquake swarm

Earthquakes in northern Arkansas are being linked to the weight of extra water at a flood-swollen reservoir.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: How Colorado plans to future-proof its water supply

Colorado faces an estimated water deficit of 560,000 acre-feet by 2050, due in part to an expected population increase. But it has a long-term plan to address that looming shortage. … To learn more about the [Colorado Water] plan, Water Deeply recently spoke with Bart Miller, Healthy Rivers Program director at Western Resource Advocates in Boulder.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Blog: Building Urban Drought Resilience (video)

Last week a panel of urban water experts explored the various tools California’s cities, suburbs, and the state used to manage water over the past five years. The lessons learned can help us prepare for future droughts. 

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Oroville Dam repair is huge, but so is residents’ mistrust

The rush of workers and heavy machinery to the shore of Lake Oroville is so vast and unfamiliar it’s fanning rumors across this rural region that the ruckus couldn’t just be for a historic dam repair. … But as state officials gave The Chronicle a tour last week of the construction site, they said the effort was both extensive and relatively straightforward.

Aquafornia news Arizona Daily Star

Lake Mead forecast drops sharply, may trigger CAP water shortage

A federal forecast of water levels at troubled Lake Mead took a big turn for the worse this week — a 20-foot drop in the lake’s expected January 2019 elevation. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s monthly prediction for Colorado River reservoir levels says the lake could drop to 1,076.53 feet by the end of 2018 or Jan. 1, 2019. 

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Could desalinated water from Mexico flow to San Diego?

With Baja California pushing forward on its plan for a massive desalination plant in Rosarito Beach, a ground-breaking proposal to pipe some of that water to the United States has overcome a key hurdle. The U.S. State Department’s approval of a presidential permit marks a step forward for the Otay Water District and its vision for a cross-border pipeline to import the desalinated water from Mexico.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte County DA using environment against large-scale pot growers

When three men pleaded May 31 in Butte County Superior Court to growing marijuana, they were guilty of felonies, not because they grew marijuana, but for diverting a stream while doing it.

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Sun

Preventing water wars in the West could come down to free market

There was no electricity when Vickie Buchanan’s family came to Diamond Valley in 1958. Nor were there many crops. But there was water, and as early settlers, Vickie’s parents were given priority access under a rule fundamental to Western water law: “first in time, first in right.” A steady flow of farmers followed, planting alfalfa and timothy hay grass in the high-desert soil of the central Nevada valley.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Farmer lashes out over plowing dispute

A California farmer facing a $2.8 million fine for allegedly plowing seasonal wetlands on his 450-acre Tehama County land lashed out Friday against federal prosecutors and bureaucrats for what he called an abuse of government power.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Public health officials testing for chromium 6 in Paramount soil, homes

Amidst concerns about elevated levels of hexavalent chromium in the South Los Angeles city of Paramount, public health officials and state regulators are testing for the carcinogen and other toxics in the soil and inside homes in community hot spots.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Budget cuts threaten forests’ roads, hunting, fishing

The roads to the national forests could get bumpier. Literally. Trails could get messier. Maintenance on bridges, dams and recreation sites could become tougher.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

What a wet winter means for wildfire season

Every spring firefighters throughout the West approach the summer season with a proverbial prediction: If the winter was dry, all those parched trees will burn like torches; if it was a wet winter, all those new grasses will fuel quick fire starts and hot, runaway flames.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Brush fires near Castaic Lake and Wrightwood continue to burn for a second day

Angeles National Forest Service firefighters continued to gain ground Sunday on two separate brush fires burning near Castaic Lake and in the Wrightwood area of San Bernardino County.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

When it comes to Southern California’s heat wave, the worst is yet to come

Firefighters labored in scorching heat Sunday against five separate brush fires across Southern California as forecasters warned of more triple-digit temperatures in inland communities.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Hot, hotter, hottest – Inland heat heading for possible records

A Fathers Day weekend heat wave for the Inland area will get worse, with temperatures expected to climb a few degrees each day before peaking Wednesday, June 21 with a forecast high of 103 to 111 degrees, the National Weather Service said.