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Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press-Democrat

Santa Rosa open to new composting operation at Laguna wastewater site

Santa Rosa is open to a large-scale composting operation on city-owned property near the Laguna Road wastewater treatment plant, an option that could provide curbside garbage customers some monthly savings. The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency has been looking for a new site for an organic composting facility since a longtime operation atop the Central Landfill west of Cotati was shut down by regulators in 2015 over water pollution concerns.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Planning Commission approves Tsakopoulos’ proposal to develop wetlands

The Sacramento County Planning Commission voted Monday to allow developer Angelo K. Tsakopoulos to develop open space in Sacramento County’s Vineyard area that many residents believed would remain a protected wetland preserve. The proposal must still be approved by the county Board of Supervisors.

Aquafornia news Lodi News-Sentinel

North San Joaquin County conservation board seeks public input on groundwater program

To help fund a project to bring water from the Mokelumne River to replenish groundwater supplies on lands south of the river, the North San Joaquin County Water Conservation District Board is seeking public input on how to proceed with the project, according to board president Joe Valente.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Scotts Valley’s Glenwood trails coming next year

After 14 years, the wait is nearly over for mountain biking and walking trails at the Glenwood Open Space Preserve. Last week, the City Council approved the long-term management plan, a document that required scrutiny by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: California dam repairs will cost billions. Can we afford not to spend it?

California’s dam inspectors appear to be doing their jobs well. Unfortunately, too many dam operators are falling down on the job, and could be placing the public at risk. That’s the message of a report by The Sacramento Bee’s Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler.

Aquafornia news Kronick

Legal Commentary: Governor’s Office of Planning and Research proposes most significant updates to CEQA Guidelines in recent history

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was enacted 1970, with modest changes since then. However, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has published its most significant proposed updates to the Guidelines in the past 20 years for administrative review and approval by the Agency of Natural Resources. While not yet law, once approved, the Guidelines will become regulations by which public agencies and private organizations alike must abide by, as the Guidelines are given great weight by California Courts.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger

Legal Commentary: California Department of Fish and Wildlife increases CEQA document filing fees

Effective Jan. 1, filing fees by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will increase for all CEQA Notices of Determination filed on or after that day, as shown below. As was the case in 2017, no DFW fee will be assessed for the filing of Notices of Exemption in 2018.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: River West debate has raged long enough. Time for board to decide, and us to accept.

At some point during the lengthy and often heated debate over the most tantalizing but unrealized public land in Fresno, we’ve lost sight of something central. Something that should help us move on after the San Joaquin River Conservancy Board (hopefully) reaches a consensus during Wednesday’s meeting at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District hall.

Aquafornia news California Institute for Water Resources, University of California

Blog: Fire and water issues are intimately linked in California

From ecosystems to housing, fire and water issues are deeply connected. That lesson keeps coming home again and again in California this year, most recently with the Thomas, Creek, Lilac, and several other fires in the southern California, as well as the Tubbs, Redwood, and related fires that happened in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

Aquafornia news U.S. Department of the Interior

News Release: Alaska’s Joe Balash confirmed as assistant secretary for land and minerals management

Today [Dec. 7] , the U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald J. Trump’s nominee, Joe Balash, to serve as the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. A native of North Pole, Alaska, living in Washington D.C., Balash brings more than 19 years of experience in land and natural resource management. … The Assistant Secretary heads the Department of the Interior’s management of all federal lands and waters, and their associated mineral and non-mineral resources, as well as the appropriate regulation of surface coal mining.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Plan to recycle water near Salton Sea draws criticism

The Coachella Valley’s biggest water district recycles wastewater at three of its six sewage treatment plants, churning out water to irrigate golf courses, parks and lawns at housing developments. Now it’s proposing to reuse more water by converting a sewage plant in Thermal to a water-recycling plant.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Second La Niña winter could extend drought across the West

Winter is off to a dry start across the West, raising the specter of ongoing drought in many locations. The culprit could be La Niña – a periodic cooling of Pacific Ocean waters near the equator that often brings drought. And not just any La Niña, but a “double whammy” effect, which latest research concludes may cause even worse water shortages.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

17 ways California sued the Trump administration in 2017

California has filed a double-digit number of lawsuits against the Trump administration since January. … In some cases, California is leading the legal battle, taking on the Trump administration on immigration, health care and the environment.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

‘Firefighting at Christmas’ may become normal in California

A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms. Well into what’s considered the wet season, there’s been nary a drop of rain.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Skepticism abounds at DWR meeting in Yuba City

Yuba-Sutter residents voiced concerns to the Department of Water Resources over a variety of issues Thursday night, including the hairline cracks that have appeared on the reconstructed spillway, a need for more transparency moving forward, and the significant amount of sediment buildup in the Feather River brought about by the Lake Oroville incident last February and plans – or lack thereof – to clear it out.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA chief defends spending on travel and soundproof booth

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday defended his frequent taxpayer-funded travel and his purchase of a custom soundproof communications booth for his office, saying both were justified. Pruitt made his first appearance before a House oversight subcommittee responsible for environmental issues since his confirmation to lead EPA in February.

Aquafornia news Bloomberg

Silicon Valley wants to solve our water problems

Gary Kremen—the founder of, former owner of, and serial investor—is into water. The entrepreneur started investing in water tech startups a few years ago. Today he’s an elected member of Silicon Valley’s water district, an agency that manages water and flood control for 2 million people.

Aquafornia news Arizona Public Radio

Decades-long dispute over Arizona tribe’s water rights may soon be resolved

Arizona’s two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation that would allocate Colorado River water to the Hualapai Tribe in northern Arizona and pay for construction of a water pipeline.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

San Joaquin Valley really needed the rain last winter. But did we need the disease that came with it?

What has caused the record number of valley fever cases in California? El Nino and other winter storm phenomena are most likely to blame, according to the best available information on the disease. Stanislaus County’s almond harvest dust is off the hook.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Comanche Creek project to be finished in 2019

Comanche Creek Greenway is called “mini Bidwell Park” for a reason. It’s a welcome respite for many people living and working in a more industrial part of Chico. … Comanche Creek, also known as Edgar Slough, carries water taken from Butte Creek for irrigation.