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Aquafornia news Associated Press

African governments urged to spend more on water safety

The World Water Council says 32 percent of people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe drinking water.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Hope flows into Indian village in the form of clean water

Schoolchildren cheered and village women clapped as a gush of clean water flowed through a set of gleaming steel taps connected to a newly installed water filtration plant in a dusty north Indian village. … The US-based non-governmental organization, Planet Water Foundation, which has built the filtration system in Nai Basti, chose to activate it March 22, marked globally as World Water Day.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Deep South freeze means fewer blueberries and peaches

Last week’s deep freeze in the Southeast appears to have nearly wiped out Georgia’s blueberries and South Carolina’s peaches and seriously damaged a number of other crops like strawberries and apples.

Aquafornia news Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: Water districts stuffing Kern River water in every nook and cranny they can

The good news is that not a drop of Kern River water is going into the California Aqueduct to fill Southern California taps. Yet.

Aquafornia news Mono Lake Committee

Blog: Mono Lake likely to rise four feet over the next year

Last week the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) released its preliminary runoff forecast based on record-breaking March 1st snow surveys: 195% of average runoff for the April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018 runoff year. This volume of runoff is very similar to 1983, the wettest runoff year on record.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Blog: Banking on groundwater

California’s groundwater basins can store much more water than surface reservoirs. After years of unchecked depletion of many groundwater basins, communities are now coming together to figure out how to manage them sustainably. We talked to Helen Dahlke, a hydrologist at UC Davis and a member of the PPIC Water Policy Center’s research network, about efforts to recharge groundwater basins to help bring them back into balance.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Final sign-up deadline set for East Porterville homeowners who want permanent water connections

East Porterville homeowners eligible for a cost-free connection to a new sustainable water supply must sign up for the service by March 31, 2017 or miss this final opportunity to do so. After this date, no additional sign-ups will be accepted for the project. This final sign-up to meet the deadline will be hosted by City of Porterville Community Development Manager Julie Phillips from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Drought Resource Center, 185 South Leggett Street in East Porterville. All eligible home owners are urged to take advantage of this unique opportunity. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Mayor calls for state of emergency amid concerns that flooding could damage Los Angeles DWP facilities

[Los Angeles] Mayor Eric Garcetti proclaimed a state of emergency Monday, citing concerns that melting snowpack in the eastern Sierra Nevada could flood homes and highways in the Owens Valley and damage the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Bill would expand protections for California’s rivers (with audio)

A bill to expand protections for California’s wild and scenic rivers is working its way through the state legislature.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Governor talks about threats at home and around the world as he arrives in Washington

[Gov. Jerry] Brown attended a pair of events Monday in the early hours after his arrival, perhaps most notably meeting with Bob Fenton, the president’s director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

One million chinook salmon rescued during Oroville Dam spillway crisis released into Feather River

About one million endangered fish flooded into a stretch of the Feather River near Yuba City Monday, transported out of the Thermalito annex of the Feather River Fish Hatchery by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California explores state-run flood insurance program (with audio)

California water managers say it may be time to drop federal flood insurance and start a state-run program. It could be a difficult and risky move.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

How hydroelectric power has roared back in California

After slowing to a trickle during the past five years of punishing drought, hydroelectric power in California is poised to make a major comeback this spring and summer, thanks to the wet winter. Across Northern California, hydroelectricity producers say their reservoirs are brimming at levels not seen in decades.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

In Trump’s Washington, governor urges cooperation: ‘We are not going our totally separate way’

A day after appealing to President Donald Trump for a fourth disaster declaration following punishing winter storms, Gov. Jerry Brown arrived in turbulent Washington on Monday afternoon and quickly met with Federal Emergency Management Agency acting Administrator Bob Fenton.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Trump proposes deep cuts to financing of parks and recreation nationwide

Since 1965, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect civil war battlefield sites, national parks and local recreation areas such the American River Parkway in Sacramento and Henry Lake in Idaho.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles mayor declares emergency on potential aqueduct flooding due to ‘historic’ winter storms

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of emergency Monday in response to possible flooding that could occur along the Los Angeles aqueduct system when the “historic” snowpack in the Eastern Sierras starts melting this spring.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Los Angeles moves to prevent flooding in area near aqueduct

The threat of destructive flooding from a monstrous Sierra Nevada snowpack that supplies Los Angeles with its water led Mayor Eric Garcetti to declare an emergency Monday to protect the city’s aqueduct system and the people who live nearby.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Politics mars resizing of voting divisions, Oakdale Irrigation District minority says

One of two options for new voting boundaries in the Oakdale Irrigation District appears calculated to preserve the current power structure by ensuring that a board member keeps his seat after moving to a new home, the board minority says. Both options will be presented publicly at a meeting Tuesday evening.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Officials frustrated by lack of cleanup at former mill

State water quality officials are frustrated that nearly six years after they fined the owners of the former Shasta Paper Co. mill $682,500, little has been done to clean up the contaminated site near Anderson.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Lake Tahoe weather: 10-20 inches of snow forecast by Wednesday up top

After several days of mild and spring-like weather, snow and rain is expected to return this week to the Tahoe-Truckee region. According to the National Weather Service in Reno, the first storm is expected Tuesday with a second — and potentially stronger storm — for the end of the week.