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Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA wants mine company to help pay for Colorado Superfund study

The U.S. Environmental Protection agency wants a mining company to pay for a potentially costly investigation of underground water flows at a southwestern Colorado Superfund site to help the agency devise a cleanup plan. … The spill tainted rivers in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and on Native American lands.

Aquafornia news Bloomberg

Arizona debates conservation as Colorado River shortage looms

Arizona will be hardest hit if 17 years of drought keep drying up a reservoir serving much of the Southwest, but the state’s lawmakers and governor don’t agree on how to keep water in the lake or who should be in charge. Lake Mead, a man-made reservoir fed by the Colorado River, is an essential water supply for several western states that will take a hit if lake levels dip much lower.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

As Harvey raged, their homes were swamped on purpose

After Hurricane Harvey swamped Houston in August, the residents of one suburban area were shocked to learn that the flooding in their neighborhood wasn’t an accident.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Pitbull to speak at United Nations about global water crisis

Grammy Award-winning rapper Pitbull is heading to the United Nations to discuss the global water crisis on World Water Day.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Spotlight on eastern Ukraine

Civilian water infrastructure has been targeted repeatedly during eastern Ukraine’s four-year conflict. Most recently, workers attempting to maintain the Donetsk Filtration System (DFS), which supplies water to 345,000 Ukrainians, came under fire.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

In the Seychelles, coral reefs face climate change threat

Beneath the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean island nation of the Seychelles, a fight is growing to save the coral reefs that shelter a range of creatures, from tiny invertebrates to the sprawling octopus, from climate change.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Nature hits it out of the ballpark with rain, snow

Nature bats last and the weather in March is hitting a grand slam for the outdoors. The latest storms to sweep across the Bay Area, Sierra Nevada and Northern California are a game changer for the snowpack, reservoir levels — and the imminent blossoming of spring across the parklands and greenbelt in the Bay Area.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Commentary: Securing access to clean, safe water for all of California with Prop. 68

In the last decade, California has experienced a historically volatile water supply as we swung from years of record drought to periods of intense flooding that have critically strained our infrastructure. At the same time, more than one million Californians lack access to clean drinking water and families in some disadvantaged communities are unable to trust their taps.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Making Los Angeles completely water self-sufficient won’t be easy or cheap. But it can be done.

Despite another hot and dry year with less than four inches of rain in the Los Angeles area, we are back to our water-wasting ways. … Meanwhile, our sources of imported water — from the Delta, the Colorado River, and the Los Angeles aqueduct — have all been revealed as vulnerable to politics, drought, climate change and crumbling concrete in recent years.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Commentary: The case for a carbon tax on beef

While most of us recognize that we are already experiencing the effects of climate change, according to a 2017 Gallup poll, we just can’t imagine that, for instance, floods, mudslides, wildfires, biblical droughts and back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes are going to be a serious problem in our lifetimes. And we certainly don’t make the connection to the food on our plates, or to beef in particular.

Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association

Blog: Winter-run salmon critical habitat conundrum

Just when you think you’ve got a species figured out, sometimes they show up where they’re “not supposed to be” and make you reconsider. This recently happened in the fish world, when adult winter-run Chinook salmon, an endangered fish previously thought to only inhabit the mainstem Sacramento River downstream of Keswick Dam, were found to have actually reared in multiple Sacramento River tributaries as juveniles.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: How engineers see the water glass in California

It looks like 2018 will be a dry year, with snowpack about 50%. How do engineers see the water glass in California? Mostly the same as they did six years ago in the original version of this post, but we’ve added a few more perspectives.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Why your water provider is fighting California’s ban on watering sidewalks

The State Water Resources Control Board’s proposal to impose permanent conservation rules – such as prohibiting hosing down driveways, watering lawns less than two days after it rains and washing a car without attaching a shut-off nozzle to the hose – ran into a cascade of opposition.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

LaMalfa says Shasta Dam raise not a top priority

While one federal agency wants to go forward with plans to raise the height of Shasta Dam, the congressman whose district includes the dam called it a “rumor that is going around all the time,” and said it is not his top priority for water projects in Northern California.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Big new Sierra snowstorm, but no ‘March Miracle’ yet

Every storm helps improve the state’s summer water picture, scientists and state water planners said Thursday. But even taking into account this storm and a big one two weeks ago, the Sierra Nevada snow pack — the source of nearly one-third of California’s water supply — still is only about half of normal for this winter season, with this month’s totals measuring just half of the 1991 miracle month’s final tally.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Explore ecological challenges facing the Salton Sea on our Lower Colorado River Tour April 11-13

The Salton Sea, California’s largest inland body of water and an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, is struggling ecologically and shrinking as water is transferred from surrounding desert farms to San Diego County. On our Lower Colorado River Tour, April 11-13, we will visit this fragile ecosystem that harbors 400 bird species and hear from several stakeholders working to address challenges facing the sea …

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

March storms have raised Lake Oroville

State Parks workers were pulling cable up a launch ramp at Bidwell Marina Thursday because the water level in Lake Oroville is on the rise. March’s storms have brought the lake level up almost 13 feet since the start of the month, according to the Department of Water Resources website.

Aquafornia news BBC News

Plastic particles found in bottled water

Tests on major brands of bottled water have found that nearly all of them contained tiny particles of plastic. In the largest investigation of its kind, 250 bottles bought in nine different countries were examined.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Cyberattacks put Russian fingers on the switch at power plants, U.S. says

The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of engineering a series of cyberattacks that targeted American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems, and could have sabotaged or shut power plants off at will.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

White House is sanctioning Russians for 2016 election interference and other cyberattacks

The Trump administration on Thursday announced sanctions against 19 Russian individuals and five organizations for meddling in the 2016 election and for other “destructive cyber-attacks” still targeting the U.S. electrical grid and water systems.