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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Heat wave continues as high temperature ties record

Redding remained in the grips of a heat wave Wednesday as the mercury climbed to 110 degrees on the first full day of summer, tying the record for the date in 1992.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

95-degree days: How extreme heat could spread across the world

Extremely hot days, when temperatures soar to 95 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, can be miserable. Crops wilt in the fields.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California heat wave to peak Thursday: Here are locations that will remain cool

Melting in California’s furnace-hot heat? Here’s a tip: Head to the coast where high temperatures are expected to remain cooler despite the major heat wave.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sick of Sacramento days above 104°? Scientists say your kids will see a lot more of them

Sacramento likely will see its fifth straight day of temperatures above 104 degrees on Thursday, an unusually intense heat wave. 

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Caution urged after massive Sierra snowmelt creates raging whitewater conditions

Pumped up by snowmelt from the High Sierra, the South Fork of the American River was running high, fast and cold when the eighth-graders from Sonoma Country Day School arrived on its banks for their traditional graduation river trip.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Still mixed conditions on some Lake Tahoe trails following big winter, mild spring

Within less than two weeks, the basin went from winter weather to full-blown summertime temps. It seems that Lake Tahoe got the memo about it officially being summer today.

Aquafornia news Daily Pilot

Local realty’s goal: a water station in every Newport-Mesa school

A Newport Beach-based real estate agency is raising money to try to install water bottle filling stations in all schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Fake quake: Report of major California temblor a false alarm

The only tremors from a reported major earthquake off the California coast came on the internet.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

Investigators seek Holcomb fire’s cause as firefighters battling 1,540-acre blaze

As firefighters battled through challenging conditions of weather and terrain Wednesday, investigators sought the public’s help in determining how the Holcomb fire started.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta island pigs seized by Calaveras officials

The saga of the six Delta island pigs continued this week when the pigs were seized again, this time, by Calaveras County officials.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Riverbend Park will be different when it’s rebuilt

When Riverbend Park in Oroville is rebuilt, it will look quite a bit different than it did before high water scoured it during the Oroville Dam spillway emergency. 

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Los Angeles group seeks to beat ‘heat island’ effect on city streets with more trees, lighter roofs

There’s a practical approach to global warming: If you can’t stop it, adapt to it.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

The water conflict chronology (audio)

Water, or lack thereof, is often at the frontlines of conflict. By documenting water conflict across history, Dr. Peter Gleick, chief scientist and president emeritus of the Pacific Institute, explores the instances where water and violence have gone hand and hand. His water conflict chronology is a fascinating river throughout history and was just updated.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger

Legal Commentary: CEQA review of cannabis regulations

The California Department of Food and Agriculture recently released its CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Draft Program Environmental Impact Report. The intent of the PEIR is to conduct environmental review of the regulations and the activities proposed by CDFA to implement the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. … The Draft PEIR, released June 15, identifies multiple impacts from CDFA’s implementation of the proposed regulations, such as those to agricultural resources, air quality, and hydrology and water quality.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: To help the Delta, fix the Sierra

California is hell-bent on draining the Sierra by taking water from one region to meet the environmental needs of another. Though essential to the survival of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, the Sierra Nevada watershed is rarely recognized for its natural resources and significance.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Commentary: Open plea to Moulton Niguel Water District: Please, pay your bills

In our combined 75 years of public service, we have witnessed many interesting actions by local government agencies. However, one thing we have never seen is a public agency that refuses to pay its bills.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Oroville spillways work continues, heat-related safety measures in place

The following is a regular update from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) regarding Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project activities. 
• Construction continues at the site by DWR’s prime contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West.
• Demolition continues on the bottom 600 feet of the upper chute of the main spillway.
• The final 1,000 feet of main spillway leading to the radial gates will be patched and reinforced, and will remain intact this year. 

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Bill aims to help California save water for a not-so-rainy day

After years of drought, the state of California is bracing for water. Lots of it. … Congress is trying to help manage such drastic shifts in California’s water levels.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Funding woes for stream gages put crucial water data at risk

When it comes to managing water in uncertain times, few things are more important than knowing how much is flowing in the river alongside your city, or filling the reservoir that irrigates local farms. … But this basic information is at risk across the West because the nation lacks a reliable funding source for the simple stream gages that measure river flows.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Senate confirms Trump’s nominee to head FEMA

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency.