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Aquafornia news The Motley Fool

Better Buy: American Water Works vs. California Water Service Corp.

According to the American Water Works Association, approximately $1 trillion is necessary to maintain and expand water service to meet demand over the next 25 years. This reality, coupled with the fact that infrastructure has been on the lips of pundits and politicians recently, suggests that examining water utility stocks is a worthy endeavor.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Editorial: Metropolitan’s help could bring political support for Sites

The immediate reaction by many locals to news that Southern California is interested in Sites Reservoir might be the suspicion that there is a grab being made for Northern California water. … The truth is, in this case, if you’re a supporter of the proposed Sites off-stream reservoir, you should probably welcome interest by the Metropolitan Water district of Southern California.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Oroville Dam managers made missteps in handling crisis

Late in the afternoon of Feb. 12, Sheriff Kory Honea was at the emergency operations center for the tallest dam in America when he overheard someone say something that stopped him in his tracks: “This is not good.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Expert performed autopsy on Oroville spillway collapse. Here’s what he found.

As state officials clamp down on records at Oroville Dam, one of the country’s foremost experts on catastrophic engineering failures has used state inspection reports, photographs and historical design specifications to piece together an autopsy detailing why the spillway at the country’s tallest dam failed so spectacularly this winter.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Company that made Folsom Dam safer lands job of fixing Oroville Dam

The company that built one of greater Sacramento’s most important flood-control projects in years will fix the damaged spillways at Oroville Dam, site of a near catastrophe two months ago. … Kiewit has considerable experience with dam projects, including the decadelong, $900 million upgrade of Folsom Dam.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

NASA: Central Sierra Nevada snowpack larger than previous four years combined

The Central Sierra Nevada snowpack this year is larger than the previous four years combined, according to new data from NASA.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

River rescue reminder to take care around high rivers

Be careful around rivers the next few weeks. That’s the word from Bureau of Reclamation and other authorities who say that a heavy rain year and scheduled increased releases from Shasta Dam will create high flows on the Sacramento River.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Tackling seawalls and disappearing beaches: Assemblyman’s erosion bill progresses

An assembly bill, the first of its kind tackling how California manages coastal erosion and seawall permits, cleared its first hurdle Monday.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Cosumnes River provides model for floodplain restoration in California

With California’s surface drought over, the state can prioritize investing in groundwater recharge and floodplain restoration to help fight one of its biggest lingering problems: groundwater overdraft. As it does so, the relatively unknown Cosumnes River watershed has emerged as a model.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Surfers stoked: Drought’s end means beachgoers get showers back

For some beachgoers, the move to turn the showers back on ends nearly two years of frustration – and, some claim, a health threat. California State Parks turned off the showers in July 2015, at the height of the drought and when the state was pushing in every way to cut back on water use.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Snowflakes in the Sierra, sprinkling in Sacramento before sunny weekend

A little bit of rain in the valley and snowflakes in the Sierra are forecast for tonight, but otherwise fair skies are expected through the weekend.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Soquel Creek Water District approves $55,000 church water offset fee reduction

Nearly three years after Twin Lakes Church earned hard-won approval on a new 40,000-square-foot development on its Aptos property, church leaders were back before the Soquel Creek Water District board on Tuesday night with a new request: more water for less money. 

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Cal Water to explain proposed rate increase to Bakersfield City Council

Interested in why California Water Service Company plans to raise rates on its Bakersfield customers by 1.49 percent in 2018? Cal Water will explain the proposed rate increase to the Bakersfield City Council Wednesday.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Wet winter puts a damper on leafy greens

Lettuce prices in the Bay Area are all over the place and, more often than not, surging. … California farmers have been hit hard by the wettest winter in years, a deluge that breached levees, flooded fields and damaged equipment — all of which led to delays in spring planting.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

San Joaquin County warns more standing water means more mosquitoes

April showers bring more than May flowers. A wet winter, followed by a showery April, means a lot of standing water, and that means mosquitoes and more, according to the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast.

The trees that shade, cool and feed people from Ventura County to the Mexican border are dying so fast that within a few years it’s possible the region will look, feel, sound and smell much less pleasant than it does now.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Experts spread the word about healthy soil

Experts probe with high-tech gadgets to see if farm soil is fertile. They run leaf samples to check if a crop is getting the needed nutrients. This week, one expert simply shoveled up some dirt and ran his hands through it.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Lots of helpers for distressed heron at Santee Lakes

A lot of people were trying to help “Junior,” a large blue heron at Santee Lakes, but none more than the three lake regulars who have befriended him the last four years.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: California should follow Maryland, New York and Vermont, and ban fracking

Gov. Jerry Brown recently issued a warning to President Donald Trump on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “you don’t want to mess with California.” … Our state could turn the governor’s words into action by finally tackling one issue where we’ve fallen behind: fracking.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: 20 years of water restrictions for fish have been hard on humans

Farmers have griped for years about how environmental restrictions on the amount of water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have pinched their operations. Now an economic report puts actual numbers to that griping.