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Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin agriculture report posts 13 percent value decline

Lower cattle prices and drought conditions provided a double whammy for the value of Marin agricultural crops and products in 2016.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

We’re going to have more extreme heat waves

Typically, Chico experiences between three to four extreme heat days per year. By 2030, that’s expected to quadruple. These projections come from CalAdapt, a state program that explores climate change research.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Summer hordes descend on popular Felton swimming hole

The Garden of Eden’s [Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park swimming hole] sandy riverbanks and cool waters are certainly beautiful, but for some, the trip can go bad in a hurry.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Extreme heat scorches southern Arizona

A spike in temperature across the Southwest has left many in Arizona gasping for breath.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Ohio concentrates effort to reduce harmful Lake Erie algae

Ohio’s environmental regulators who have pledged to drastically cut what’s feeding the harmful algae in Lake Erie will consolidate oversight of the work to make sure money is being well spent and research isn’t overlapping.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Scientists make water bottles the old-fashioned way to see if they were toxic to early Californians

After constructing water vessels using the methods of prehistoric people who lived on the Channel Islands, researchers found that their 5,000-year-old manufacturing process polluted the air with chemicals that the Environmental Protection Agency classifies as dangerous. The findings, published Friday in the journal Environmental Health, demonstrate that human exposure to harmful chemicals is nothing new. 

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Natural disaster expert, author of dam report to visit Oroville

The natural disaster expert who wrote an extensive report on the Oroville Dam failure will visit Oroville this week. Hailing from UC Berkeley, Robert Bea plans to meet Monday and Tuesday with local politicians, members of the public and press.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Registration underway for free briefing about land subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley

Learn about land subsidence problems caused by groundwater pumping in the San Joaquin Valley and what is being done to monitor the critical conditions at a free briefing Aug. 16 at Fresno State. … Speakers from the California Department of Water Resources, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and the U.S. Geological Survey will address this problem and many other topics related to subsidence.

Aquafornia news Oceans Deeply

Q&A: Obama’s ocean diplomat — U.S. must engage on marine issues

As under secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment in the Obama administration, Catherine Novelli worked with Secretary of State John Kerry to put the health of oceans on the international agenda. … She is also an “Ocean Elder,” part of a group of global leaders on marine issues – among them, Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau and Nainoa Thompson – organized by technology investor Gigi Brisson.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: What happened to Los Angeles DWP reform?

What a difference four years makes. In the summer of 2013, newly elected Mayor Eric Garcetti faced the first significant test of his leadership skills.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Parks are pork, but flood control saves lives

All politics are local. That’s long-proven dogma. One gleaming example involves the Los Angeles River. The L.A. River is a key negotiation point in legislative talks to create a state water and parks bond proposal.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: On farming and the art of repair, and extending the lives of old things

I [David Mas Masumoto] have environmentally correct farm equipment. Our disks and plows were purchased decades ago. … They are ecologically right precisely because they’re old. The energy and resources required to build a new tractor or forklift are huge.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Breaking News: Man who led state response to Oroville Dam crisis is stepping down

Bill Croyle, who’s been the sometimes controversial public face of the state’s response to the Oroville Dam emergency, announced his retirement Friday as acting director of the Department of Water Resources.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Rep. McClintock’s bill to streamline dam permits passes House

Dam permits would be funneled through a single federal agency in an effort to speed up new water storage projects under a bill that passed the House on Thursday.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

To protect Pine Flat Dam from being overtopped, more water sent down Kings River

Water releases from Pine Flat Dam were ratcheted up Thursday as federal officials worked to prevent the reservoir from overtopping the dam. … Crews from Kings County and the Kings River Conservation District responded to a small breach in a levee on the south fork of the Kings River between Grangville and Highway 198.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Sierra snowpack is massive, and melting fast

The barrage of storms that pounded the Sierra Nevada this winter and spring added up to a snowpack that’s massive.  Amid a major heat wave all of that snow is now melting — and fast. How fast?

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Earthquakes may be the rare issue uniting Democrats and Republicans in California

Elected officials from both parties have supported an earthquake early warning system for the West Coast that, after years of work, was scheduled to begin its first limited public operation next year. … One of the system’s biggest proponents is a Republican congressman who has an influential role in shaping the budget of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Explore the Upper Watershed on September Headwaters Tour

Join us as we head into the Sierra foothills and the mountains to examine water issues that happen upstream but have dramatic impacts downstream and throughout California. Our Headwaters Tour, Sept. 13 - 14, travels through two national forests and around Lake Tahoe to visit rivers, forests, meadows and California’s most iconic lake. Topics will include forest management, California’s tree mortality epidemic, meadow restoration, wildfires, water quality, energy production, and more.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Now’s the time to file claims for losses during Oroville Dam spillway crisis

Residents forced to flee their homes and drop work in February because of the Oroville Dam emergency should file a claim with the state government soon in order to have a chance at getting reimbursed.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

What’s that smell? If you’re in the San Fernando Valley, it may be your water

That musty stench in your sink this week may be coming from Los Angeles drinking water across the San Fernando Valley. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power attributes “an earthy or musty odor” in tap water that has been the subject of complaints this week by Valley customers to a harmless algae bloom caused by downpours in the Owens Valley.