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Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Editorial: Defending science as many in power try to ignore it

When it comes to caring about the Earth, California got to the party long before it was fashionable. We had to; it was either that or learn to enjoy breathing smog. Instead of listening to those who insisted our air, water and earth couldn’t be cleaned up, we put science to work doing just that.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Oroville Dam secrecy helps further erode trust for big state projects

When Oroville Dam’s main spillway began crumbling in February and an auxiliary spillway couldn’t safely handle immense flows from a brim-full lake, California officials faced a full-blown disaster.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: California could have stored abundant water underground

Unfortunately, with some inspiring exceptions, California does not typically manage or store surface water and groundwater conjunctively. But with patterns like a long drought followed by an extremely wet winter, we have the opportunity to prepare groundwater storage infrastructure that will help us to take excess surface water and store it in aquifers.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Commentary: Songs of wild birds tell an ecological story to Glen Ellen soundscape ecologist

The drought has officially broken, the signs are everywhere. Lush grass carpets the hillsides, oaks are leafing out, creeks and streams run high. But what about the native wildlife? 

Aquafornia news Water in the West

News Release: Ancient groundwater may not be as clean as once thought

Most of the groundwater that is accessible by deep wells is old, but still vulnerable to modern contamination, reports a study published today in Nature Geoscience by researchers from University of Calgary, Stanford, and other institutions.  The world’s groundwater provides drinking water and irrigation for billions of people around the world.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Water under Oroville spillway probably caused February collapse, state consultants say

Official reports released Monday say the catastrophic damage to Oroville Dam’s main spillway probably stemmed from swift water flows under the concrete chute, which was cracked and of uneven thickness.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Fixing Oroville Dam will cost hundreds of millions. Who should pay the bill?

The damage has been done and the repair contract awarded. … How much will be the responsibility of homeowners, businesses, farmers and other customers of the more than two dozen local and regional agencies that contract with the State Water Project? 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump’s administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Extreme weather linked to greenhouse gases, global warming, Stanford study says

Weird weather and climate warming are two separate things, but a Stanford team is linking them. Using math, powerful computers and historical records, research led by Noah Diffenbaugh found that climate change has boosted the odds of extreme heat, drought, punishing rainstorms and retreating sea ice.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Science takes a back seat in Trump’s first 100 days

When a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011, the White House suddenly found itself confronting a nuclear crisis halfway across the globe.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Assembly bill carries renewed hope of improvements for Clear Lake

Local, state and federal officials over the years have launched numerous efforts to address the problems and avoid potential new ones like invasive mussels, with limited success. … Now, a bill sponsored by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, is offering new hope for lake improvements.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

State kept these Oroville Dam documents secret at first. Now they’ve partially released two of them

Responding to criticism about secrecy around the Oroville Dam repair effort, California officials released two redacted reports Monday from outside engineers consulting on plans to fix the dam’s battered spillways.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

DWR releases formerly secret findings by independent board looking at dam redesign

The state Department of Water Resources on Monday released previously secret findings from an independent board looking into proposed design plans for the Oroville Dam spillways.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Water district mulls ways to sweep French broom from Santa Cruz sandhills

The management of land as sensitive and rare as the sandhills habitat in the Santa Cruz Mountains is complex — no perfect solution exists for some problems. Such is the San Lorenzo Valley Water District’s current conundrum: how to eradicate 20,000 invasive French broom plants from 40 acres of sandhills without damaging the fragile ecosystem.

Aquafornia news Daily Pilot

Coastal Commission investigates Brightwater developer’s incomplete habitat restoration effort

State authorities are investigating whether a developer that built a 349-home community near the Bolsa Chica wetlands overlooked its mandate to fully restore some area habitat.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Sausalito mariners uneasy as city tightens rules

City officials say their latest actions have more to do with Sausalito’s role in the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency than a crackdown on anchor-outs. The agency, formed in 1985 by the county and Sausalito, Mill Valley, Belvedere and Tiburon, is responsible for maintaining and improving the water and shoreline of Richardson Bay.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Big Sur International Marathon course unchanged despite storm damage

Despite the area facing multiple devastating natural disasters, the course for the Big Sur International Marathon races Sunday will remain the same. The failure and demolition of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge led officials to change how they drop off marathon runners.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Nevada reservoir stocked with thousands of trout

State wildlife officials have been able to release trout into a northwest Nevada reservoir for the first time in 20 years due to wet conditions this past winter.

Aquafornia news NPR

Hacking Lake Erie: Tech competition seeks solutions to water-related problems (with audio)

A technology competition seeks solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest problems, including harmful algae blooms and aging water systems. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Study: Man-made extreme weather has hit all over the world

Most people on Earth have already felt extreme and record heat, drought or downpours goosed by man-made global warming, new research finds.