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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Environmental and consumer groups call for Los Angeles to replace its DWP watchdog

Environmental and consumer groups urged the city Wednesday to pick a new watchdog to monitor the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, arguing that Fred Pickel had failed to fight for the interests of local ratepayers.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Beef, it’s what’s for dinner: Can competitors, climate activists dial that back?

Look out, cowboy. Climate change campaigners are coming for your burger business. So are mushroom growers, Silicon Valley investors and the billionaire Bill Gates. … But the cattle industry is not going down without a fight.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Lake Tahoe ski resorts report over 1 foot of fresh snow

Well into the first of two winter storm warnings, some Lake Tahoe ski resorts are reporting more than 1 foot of fresh snow. … Another winter storm warning will take effect at 5 p.m. Thursday and last until 5 a.m. Saturday.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Unsettled weather brings thunder, lightning and hail to parts of Bay Area

Mother Nature is putting on quite a show from the sky over the Bay Area Wednesday afternoon.

Aquafornia news The Conversation

Does cloud seeding work? Scientists watch ice crystals grow inside clouds to find out.

Water is a valuable resource that affects nearly all aspects of life on earth. It also is limited, so people use a variety of methods to ensure that supply meets demand. One such technique is cloud seeding – adding particles to the atmosphere to promote formation of rain or snow.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Man accused in California’s largest raptor poaching case left hawk carcasses to rot

They found them dead, lying in piles around the base of telephone poles and trees – dozens and dozens of dead hawks and other birds blasted from their perches.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Water-stressed Beijing exhausts its options

Beijing’s 21 million residents are running out of water sources. Heavy reliance on groundwater is depleting aquifers and causing land subsidence. An ambitious South-to-North water diversion project likely won’t provide enough water for Beijing long-term.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

When farm-to-table comes to your own front yard

If you’ve been paying attention, the term farm-to-table, which refers to the idea of showcasing farm produce on your menu — and was coined by this paper’s own restaurant critic Jonathan Gold in a 2000 Gourmet article — is nothing new.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Students tackle climate change questions

Columbus Tustin Middle School students spent the first part of their school year studying climate change. So they knew a bit about what they were saying when they hosted a climate change summit March 8 on campus.

Aquafornia news California Magazine, Cal Alumni Association, UC Berkeley

Commentary: Could the Feds bigfoot California over water?

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent lawsuit against the State of California over immigration isn’t just about immigration, of course. More fundamentally, it’s about the limits of states’ rights. … And that begs the question: in what other areas could the feds trump, so to speak, California policies? Water is a strong candidate.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Trump should should tour Central Valley farm fields — and leave immigration agents at home

The president might learn a thing or two about undocumented farmworkers and the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform by watching, for example, peach picking on a sweltering summer day in the San Joaquin Valley.

Aquafornia news California Natural Resources Agency

News Release: Ocean Protection Council adopts updated guidance on sea-level rise document

The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) today [March 14] adopted the 2018 update of the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance, which provides bold, science-based guidance to help state and local governments analyze the risks associated with sea-level rise and incorporate sea-level rise into planning, permitting, and investment decisions. “Scientific understanding of sea-level rise is advancing at a rapid rate, and the latest data should be a concern to all Californians,” California Natural Resources Secretary and OPC Chair John Laird said.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: New fees proposed to pay for California’s contaminated water problem

As part of his final budget proposal, Gov. Jerry Brown wants new fees on water to provide clean and affordable drinking water to the approximately 1 million Californians who are exposed to contaminated water in their homes and communities each year. … About 100 state residents who lack access to clean drinking water will head to the Capitol today and join with several lawmakers to support Brown’s proposal … 

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

DWR submits plans to address Oroville Dam forensic report

The state Department of Water Resources submitted its plan to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday to address findings in the independent forensic report. The extensive forensic report, released on Jan. 5, blamed “long-term systematic failure,” including faulty design and insufficient maintenance, for the Oroville Dam crisis in February 2017.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Tijuana River sewage shutters beaches from Mexico border to Coronado

Beaches as far north as the Hotel del Coronado have been closed following weekend showers that flushed sewage-polluted water through the Tijuana River and into the Pacific Ocean.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

In Sierra, snowstorms evoke ‘March Miracle’

A pair of storms moving across the Bay Area this week and into the Sierra Nevada could dump eight feet of snow at higher elevations, said Mike Kochasic, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sacramento. And although rain and snow are expected to remain far below average for the season after a bone-dry January and February, it’s still a relief to everyone from skiers to the state’s drought monitors.

Aquafornia news KQED

New report sparks debate: Delta tunnels could help save fish species

The paper – entitled “Making the Delta a Better Place for Native Fishes” – aims to provide lawmakers and policy directors with a framework to reverse the trends that have made the Delta such a hostile place for native fish that evolved to thrive in an estuary environment.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Around 100,000 San Joaquin Valley residents live without clean water; study suggests access is close

There are almost 100,000 San Joaquin Valley residents living without access to clean drinking water. This is according to a new UC Davis study, which suggests that permanent solutions aren’t that far away.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sonoma County turns to public for input on how to fund new groundwater management system

Sonoma County is launching a public outreach campaign this week to gather input on its nascent groundwater regulatory system that could eventually levy new costs on thousands of residents throughout the region.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Zinke defends plan to raise park fees amid flap over travel

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke bristled Tuesday under questioning by Democrats about his travel spending as the Trump administration seeks deep cuts to conservation programs and fee increases at national parks. Zinke testified before a Senate committee about the agency’s proposed $11.7 billion budget for 2019.