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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Forestry official: National refuge fire could burn 6 months

A wildfire that has scorched more than 70 square miles (180 square kilometers) of public lands near the Georgia-Florida state line could burn for the next six months unless heavy rains snuff out the flames sooner, fire officials said Monday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

In Mexico, fears a new plant will kill wastewater farming

For more than 100 years, most of what gets flushed down Mexico City’s toilets has resurfaced two hours to the north in the rivers and reservoirs of the rural Mezquital Valley. A massive new water treatment plant is about to change this.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

A torrent of water and concrete imperil Chennai’s IT boom

Almost a decade ago, when the first of Chennai’s bleach-white IT office buildings replaced coconut groves along the Bay of Bengal south of the city center, leaders hailed the potential for a new wave of clean jobs. Nine years later, it is clear that planners did not fully anticipate the consequences.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: ‘Where the Water Goes’ — New book tackles Colorado River challenges

Coverage of the Colorado River’s problems is often boiled down to water levels in Lake Mead, but a new book from veteran author David Owen traces the complexities of the river’s many competing demands from its headwaters to its terminus in Mexico. In “Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River,” Owen takes readers on a backroads journey through the many issues that emanate from the river and its tributaries – including energy production, agriculture and growing cities.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Oroville Dam failure still cloaked in secrecy

Transparency should always be a public agency’s default position, because problems always arise when it isn’t.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

Blog: Drought emergency ends, but many breakthroughs endure

With the stroke of a pen earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown ended the drought emergency he declared more than three years ago in the midst of a bone-dry winter and shrinking reservoirs. … While the emergency is now in our rear-view mirror, it’s worth reflecting on some of the lessons and policy breakthroughs that will endure into the foreseeable future.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: What went wrong at Oroville Dam? Congressional Democrats demand answers

Citing the near disaster at Oroville Dam, a group of congressional Democrats is pushing the government’s watchdog agency to investigate federal oversight of dam safety regulations. … Separately, the California state Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee will hold an oversight hearing on Oroville next Tuesday [April 25].

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Plans for major new reservoir in Santa Clara County moving forward

Hoping to boost water supplies during future droughts, Silicon Valley’s largest water provider is working on a plan to build a new $800 million dam and reservoir in the remote hills of eastern Santa Clara County, just off Pacheco Pass.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Flood advisory for Truckee River flowing out of Lake Tahoe

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a flood advisory for a section of the Truckee River where it flows out of Lake Tahoe.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Kern River, powered by wet winter, could kill again

In 2011, the last big water year on the Kern River, its flows claimed 15 lives. … Kern River Watermaster Dana Munn said the most recent estimates show the Kern River watershed has 247 percent of its normal snowpack. 

Aquafornia news The New York Times

California’s deluge of rain washes away a homeless colony

The rains — the most during California’s rainy season since the state started keeping precipitation records nearly a century ago — overwhelmed the two rivers that converge on the northwest side of the city [of Sacramento], the Sacramento and the American. They ripped away the cloak of shrubbery along the rivers’ banks, forcing people camped there to move to more exposed ground.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Fearing a worker shortage, farmers push back on immigration

President Donald Trump’s hard line against immigrants in the U.S. illegally has sent a chill through the nation’s agricultural industry, which fears a crackdown will deprive it of the labor it needs to plant, grow and pick the crops that feed the country.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

‘Science is real,’ marchers in nation’s capital and worldwide declare

Scientists and their supporters took to the streets of Washington and other cities around the country and the world Saturday, with many expressing worries about a diminishing role for fact-based research under the Trump administration.

Aquafornia news Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Governor announces appointments, including DWR assistant chief deputy director

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today [April 20] announced the following appointments: Michelle Banonis, 40, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant chief deputy director at the California Department of Water Resources. Banonis has been area manager for the Bay Delta Office at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation since 2016, where she has served in several positions since 2009, including, special assistant to the regional director, California WaterFix program manager, restoration goal supervisor for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and natural resources specialist.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Residents near Oroville Spillway tired of dust, damage and disruption

Most people don’t know Oregon Gulch Road in Oroville. Usually people arrive there after making a wrong turn along Cherokee Road.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Cattle ranchers welcome lush grasses after rain

Mother Nature has soaked the grasslands east and west of the San Joaquin Valley this year, to the delight of cattle ranchers who value this free feed. … During much of the 2012-16 drought, ranchers had to supplement the grasses with purchased hay.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

More rain forecast this week; water year 165 percent above normal

Despite above average rainfall already measured this winter, Humboldt County residents should prepare for another week of dreary rain. “For Eureka the water year to date is 59.56 inches,” National Weather Service Eureka meteorologist Jonathan Garner said Sunday. “The normal is 36.01.”

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

With help from neighbors, Mary Lake recovers

Neighbors in west Redding held a community picnic to celebrate Mary Lake on Sunday. About two years ago, during the height of the drought, the lake was evaporating and neighbors agonized over its state.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Hundreds clean up San Francisco’s Ocean Beach for Surfrider Earth Day event

Earth Day may have been Saturday, but that didn’t stop volunteers from showing up at Ocean Beach on Sunday morning to participate in the Surfrider Foundation’s annual Earth Day beach cleanup.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Record snowpack will make for wild whitewater rafting on American River

Just as this winter’s record precipitation brought large crowds to ski resorts, it’s also expected to bring more business to rafting and kayaking companies. More snowpack means the whitewater season will last longer, and rafters can enjoy faster runs.