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Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Reforestation begins after Emerald Fire; cause of burn released

It’s been seven months since the Emerald Fire burned 176-acres of forest on the South Shore, and reforestation efforts are already underway. Under the guidance of the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU), volunteers with the nonprofit Sugar Pine Foundation have supplied and planted approximately 800 six-inch Sugar Pine seedlings over the past two weekends.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Developer reviving Temecula water park project

The City Council on Tuesday, May 23, will be discussing in closed session the potential sale of land at the corner of Dendy Parkway and Diaz Road, a 32-acre parcel that has long been eyed as a potential site for a water park by city officials and  developers, including the team that managed Wild Rivers in Orange County.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

California redwoods license plate dies for lack of interest

A four-year campaign to raise money for California’s state parks system with a new commemorative license plate featuring redwood trees has failed for lack of support. … A plate designed to raise money for environmental restoration at the Salton Sea — a vast inland body of water in Imperial and Riverside counties — died earlier this year when it sold only 151 copies, according to the Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs.

Aquafornia news Reno Gazette-Journal

Poison hemlock booming near Truckee River — don’t eat it

The poisonous plant that killed Socrates is alive and booming along the Truckee River in Reno. … Poison hemlock, which goes by the scientific name Conium maculatum, is widespread throughout the United States and thrives in areas with moist soil and shade, such as the shore of the Truckee River and tributaries.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Trump’s rural voters fighting to keep their land from a growing web of pipelines

Eminent domain is often used by governments to gain right-of-way for projects such as highways or government buildings. But state and federal regulators who authorize pipeline projects also typically grant the private companies that are building them the right to use eminent domain to secure needed right-of-way.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Go West, young pine: US forests shifting with climate change

A warmer, wetter climate is helping push dozens of Eastern U.S. trees to the north and, surprisingly, west, a new study finds.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Q&A: UC Riverside fire ecologist predicts the risks of wildfires this year in Southern California

Richard Minnich didn’t have to go far on a recent weekday morning to find an immense fire hazard surrounding the resort town of Lake Arrowhead and nearby communities in the San Bernardino Mountains. … Minnich, 71, forecasts the probability of fire risks throughout Southern California based on meteorological and historical records, aerial photographs and ecological studies.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: After Oroville Dam debacle, we deserve straight talk and safety

Without a doubt, California’s first Gov. Brown had big ambitions. He wanted to re-plumb the state, and to do that, he needed to build a massive dam on the mighty Feather River.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger

Legal Commentary: State Water Board adopts groundwater extraction fees for SGMA intervention

The State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new fee schedule that will be applied to groundwater pumpers in basins where compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act comes up short. The Board approved an emergency regulation containing the fees and related provisions on May 16. The fees are expected to be imposed, starting this summer, in medium- and high-priority basins where groundwater sustainability agencies are not formed by the statutory deadline.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Angry public, insistent media uncloaking Oroville Dam repair secrecy

State water officials told The Sacramento Bee that they want a do-over on how they communicate with the public about Oroville Dam. After denying public records requests from The Bee, and facing angry citizens at recent public meetings, a somewhat chastened group of officials say they want to be more transparent.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: The ludicrous plan to pump Mojave water to Los Angeles

In 1992, prospectors in Los Angeles hatched an idea for a new water supply that was improbable and speculative, even by Southern California standards. Far off in the Mojave Desert, beneath the flat dry lake bed of the Cadiz Valley, millennia’s worth of groundwater could be pumped and piped 43 miles to the Colorado River Aqueduct, the crown jewel of the Metropolitan Water District’s massive web of infrastructure.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Commentary: Cold, wet realities of floating on overflowing, brushy Stanislaus River

Each of the past several years, Paul Adams and his friends got together twice – on the first and last weekends of summer – for a relaxing party disguised as a float trip down the Stanislaus River through Riverbank. … Canceling his event is a bit of welcome common sense considering the Stanislaus is flowing at over 5,300 cubic feet per second when normal for this time of year is anywhere from 350 to 500 feet. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Most California farm-water suppliers are breaking this law. Why doesn’t the state act?

During California’s epic five-year drought, most of the state’s irrigation districts didn’t comply with a 2007 law that requires them to account for how much water they’re delivering directly to farmers, a Bee investigation has found. State regulators are largely powerless to stop them, but they don’t seem too bothered by it.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

New Silicon Valley flood project at risk due to red tape

Three months after Coyote Creek overflowed its banks and caused $100 million in damage to homes and businesses in San Jose, a flood control project straddling the city’s northern edges with Milpitas may be in danger of being shut down because of red tape. … 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Is ‘potential Oroville waiting to happen’ at other spillways?

Federal dam regulators are reevaluating how they conduct dam inspections in the wake of the Oroville Dam spillway crisis, and they’ve ordered the nation’s dam operators to thoroughly inspect their facilities to see “if they have a potential Oroville waiting to happen,” a federal dam inspector said Sunday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

After years of planning, California likely to roll out earthquake early warning system next year, scientists say

New earthquake sensing stations are being installed in the ground, software is being improved, and operators are being hired to make sure the system is properly staffed, Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson said at a joint meeting of the Japan Geoscience Union and American Geophysical Union.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Trump budget would cut EPA science programs and slash cleanups

President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal would cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Science and Technology nearly in half, while paring by 40 percent funding for E.P.A. employees who oversee and put in place environmental regulations, according to a White House document that was shared with The New York Times.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

California’s ‘iconic’ native fish facing extinction, with climate change a major cause

On a tree-shaded bend in Dutch Bill Creek at Monte Rio, three technicians from the Sonoma County Water Agency huddled on a gravel bar to examine the day’s catch, all in the name of science and a sustained campaign to restore one of California’s most endangered fish. … Nearly half of California’s native salmon, steelhead and trout — 14 out of 31 species — are facing extinction in 50 years under current conditions, according to a scientific study released last week.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Modesto, Turlock irrigation boards will meet together on Tuolumne River flow issues

The Modesto and Turlock irrigation district boards will get updates Tuesday on proposed flow increases in the lower Tuolumne River.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

With rivers running fast and frigid, public urged to use caution

That hefty snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is about to start melting more rapidly, setting the stage for spectacular scenery at Yosemite National Park but also raising concerns about public safety from the mountains to the Delta.