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Aquafornia news Bakersfield Californian

Rain on its way, killing concerns about a dry March

Tuesday is the first day of spring and that means Bakersfield’s rainy season will soon come to an end.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Mt. Baldy’s deadly winter conditions lead to questions about trail safety

This year, Mt. Baldy has been hit with rapidly changing winter mountain conditions including deep snow, avalanche danger, treacherous ice, snow-covered trails, and cornices or overhanging snow off the Devil’s Backbone.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Bridge closure leaves California’s Big Sur community reeling

With almost all the hotels, restaurants and state parks closed on the south side of a downed bridge along iconic Highway 1 in Central California, Kurt Mayer has chosen to keep his deli and taproom open. It’s a move that is costing him money.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Jose flood: Meerkats back home but Happy Hollow Zoo still recovering

Six meerkats are back home this week in their exhibit at Happy Hollow Zoo after the perky mongoose-like creatures made famous by Disney’s “Lion King” spent the last month bunking in one of the more creative shelters for animals displaced by San Jose’s destructive flood: the bathroom of the zoo’s veterinary clinic.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

India gives Ganges, Yamuna rivers same rights as a human

A court in northern India has granted the same legal rights as a human to the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, considered sacred by nearly a billion Indians.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: High and Dry — New book examines world’s biggest groundwater challenges

“Out of sight and out of mind” sums up the groundwater policies in many places, and the public’s understanding of the issue, despite the fact that groundwater is one of our most critical water resources. That’s what prompted William and Rosemarie Alley to team up to write “High and Dry: Meeting the World’s Growing Dependence on Groundwater.”

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Commentary: California’s politicians rap Trump as they seek money

[Gov. Jerry] Brown requested another “presidential major disaster declaration to aid with repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam spillway and to bolster state and local recovery efforts following February storms that caused major flooding, levee breeches, the evacuation of residents, power outages and extensive damage to rods and bridges across California.”

Aquafornia news Nossaman LLP

Legal Commentary: California groundwater pumpers may be subject to proposed ’state intervention fees’ under Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

On March 8, 2017, the State Water Quality Control Board (“SWRCB”) released a draft emergency regulation that would impose new fees on some groundwater extractors.  Written comments are due by Friday, April 7, 2017. The purpose of the draft regulation is to recover the costs of state intervention in local sustainable groundwater management under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), more specifically, under Water Code section 10735 et seq.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Governor requests 4th federal disaster declaration for California storms

Gov. Jerry Brown asked the federal government Sunday to provide additional help for California’s storm recovery, including repairs at the damaged Oroville Dam.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Department of Water Resources says cost of crisis at Oroville Dam tops $100 million; spillway gates reopened

The state Department of Water Resources Friday said the cost associated with the ongoing crisis at Oroville Dam totaled about $100 million through the end of February. … Meanwhile, dam operators Friday began releasing water down the damaged main spillway for the first time since flows were halted there Feb. 27.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

‘Big dream’ for San Joaquin County’s water future

It would add just a trickle of water, for now, but a potentially historic vote by April could change how San Joaquin County addresses droughts and floods for decades to come. County supervisors may agree to conduct an experiment of sorts with a longtime nemesis on water issues, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, which exports much of the Mokelumne River to 1.3 million people in the Bay Area.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Oroville Dam, reservoir operations and dam safety added to our water briefing agenda — Join us this Thursday, March 23, in Sacramento

Hear the story behind the headlines of the recent Oroville Dam spillway incident and challenges in flood management operations sparked by the recent heavy rains and the coming snowmelt. The topic was just added to the agenda for the Foundation’s 34th Annual Executive Briefing, to be held this Thursday in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news New York Times

With EPA cuts, states would lose help in emergencies

Late one Friday night in 2014, Ohio’s environmental agency received word of a frightening test result from Toledo’s water supply: A toxic greenish substance had rendered the drinking water of half a million Toledo residents unsafe to drink.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California may leave federal flood insurance program and go it alone (with audio)

This winter California dodged what could have been the country’s biggest dam disaster. Floodwaters threatened to top Oroville Dam.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

River running high as DWR opens space in Lake Oroville

Lake Oroville is dropping about 4 feet a day and the Feather River is running high, as the Department of Water Resources empties space in the lake to absorb storm runoff and snowmelt.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job

[Arnulfo] Solorio is one of a growing number of agricultural businessmen who say they face an urgent shortage of workers. The flow of labor began drying up when President Obama tightened the border. Now President Trump is promising to deport more people, raid more companies and build a wall on the southern border.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Will California farms find enough workers amid Trump’s immigration crackdown?

Farmers employ tens of thousands of people in the San Joaquin Valley and run a $35 billion industry producing grapes, milk, oranges, almonds and dozens of other commodities sold in stores around the globe. Many of them supported Donald Trump for president, calculating that his promise to deliver more water to drought-starved valley farms would help them despite his hard-line stance on immigration.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Water agency with highest salaries in region to raise rates again

One of the largest water providers in the Sacramento region is once again facing criticism for employee compensation, this time as it seeks to raise rates by 41 percent over five years.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Turlock Irrigation District board could approve abundant water deliveries

The Turlock Irrigation District would be back to normal water deliveries after five years of drought if its board approves the idea Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Sheriff Honea: Recounting Oroville’s Feb. 12

[Butte County Sheriff Kory] Honea shared what it was like to be sheriff of Butte County during the Feb. 12 crisis when Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway looked to be failing and thousands of residents needed to be evacuated.