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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Feds remove protections for 10 million acres of sage grouse habitat

The Interior Department said Thursday it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development. … The proposal would affect less than one-tenth of 1 percent of sage grouse-occupied range across 11 states from California to the Dakotas, officials said.

Aquafornia news NPR

EPA vows to speed cleanup of toxic Superfund sites despite funding drop

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is vowing to speed the cleanup of toxic Superfund sites, part of a shift away from climate change and toward what he calls the “basics” of clean air and water. The EPA’s Superfund program manages the cleanup of some of the most toxic waste sites — Pruitt says the EPA will soon name a top 10 list of sites to focus on.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Southern California water agency approves pitching in $4.3 billion for massive Delta tunnels project

Southern California’s largest water agency Tuesday threw a lifeline to California WaterFix, approving a $4.3-billion buy-in to the water delivery project.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Southern California water district just committed billions to WaterFix plan. What could it mean for your Los Angeles DWP bill?

Los Angeles residents and businesses can expect to see their water utility rates go up under a proposed multi-billion dollar project to build water tunnels in Northern California, but by how much is now being questioned by activists and some city leaders.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Southern California water district says ‘yes’ to tunnels

A behemoth Southern California water agency voted Tuesday to pay its share of the $17 billion Delta tunnels, a decision that keeps the project alive after some San Joaquin Valley farmers earlier gave an emphatic “no.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Los Angeles mayor opposes governor’s water tunnels plan

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti came out Tuesday against Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin Delta tunnels project to carry water southward, saying he preferred just one tunnel.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego County supervisors join brewing legal battle against feds over Tijuana sewage spills

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to join the growing legal campaign to force the federal government to do more to stop sewage from spilling over the border from Tijuana that routinely fouls South Bay beaches. “Enough is enough,” Supervisor Greg Cox, whose district includes border region with Mexico, said in a statement.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

‘Dice were really loaded’ for wildfires exploding in California

A cascade of extreme weather events fed Northern California’s wildfires that exploded Sunday: Unusually high winds blew flames through unusually dense and dry vegetation, which sprung up following last winter’s heavy rains and then were toasted by months of record hot temperatures.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Wine country fires ravage Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino wineries

A dull red sun rose over the Signorello Estate in Napa Valley on Tuesday, casting pale shadows over the stone building now reduced to smoldering rubble. A downed oak tree, its interior still burning with hot, red flames, lay over several rows of vines, their purple fruit coated in ash.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California wildfires destroying pot farms just before legal sales begin

The Northern California wildfires this week have destroyed at least seven marijuana farms just months before the state begins licensing legal sales of cannabis, making it the “worst year on record” for loss of crops, an industry leader said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Union, serving Western Nevada County

Tahoe National Forest purchases 732 acres of South Yuba River headwaters

The Tahoe National Forest and the South Yuba River Citizens League are making plans to restore Van Norden Meadow, a collaborative project they hope will improve water quality along the South Yuba River.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Suit seeks to stop oil-gas drilling on public land parcels

A Colorado county and three environmental groups have sued the federal government, saying the sale of nine oil and gas leases on public land in southwestern Colorado could harm the threatened Gunnison sage grouse.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Dec. 5 deadline to apply for 2018 Water Leaders Class

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class. The one-year program fosters a deeper knowledge of water issues and leadership skills. Criteria for acceptance include a commitment to understanding water issues and an interest in seeking leadership roles on public boards and commissions, or key staff positions. … The program began in 1997 and class alums have gone on to achieve top positions at the state Legislature, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and leading private companies involved in water.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: What needs to be done to stop wildfires in drought-killed forests

With 17 large wildfires in California igniting in 24 hours this week, October is shaping up to be a brutal month for wildfires, as it often is. It’s too soon to know what caused multiple conflagrations spreading across Northern California’s wine country, but elsewhere in the state dead and dying trees have been the subject of much concern. … Water supplies are also a concern, because the forests are nature’s water-storage sponges.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: On fire from Disneyland to Wine Country, California must rethink disaster risk

Puerto Rico is in ruins. Thousands are displaced in Houston. The Gulf Coast is bracing for a fresh round of hurricanes. Now, epic wildfires are incinerating California.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: California rice famers prevent floods and help wildlife

Last winter’s heavy rains were a welcome relief for Central Valley farmers after years of drought. But the high water that came with them also made it clear that we must upgrade the flood control system designed to protect people, farms and cities from catastrophic flooding.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Landmark California plan puts floodplains back in business

Something monumental happened on August 25 in California water management that received almost no media attention: It became official policy to reconnect the state’s major rivers with their floodplains. The action by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, an obscure panel appointed by the governor, clears the way for the state to embrace projects that allow floods to recharge groundwater. … The timing coincides with two other major state programs.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

$17 billion Delta water tunnels project faces critical MWD vote Tuesday

After 11 years of planning, a massive tunnels project touted as a solution to the state’s vulnerable water supply faces its biggest test  Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Justices to hear argument in states’ disputes over water

The Supreme Court says it will hear a decades-long dispute between Florida and Georgia over water rights.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Water north of Santa Rosa may not be drinkable for days amid Tubbs Fire

Residents in the Larkfield area north of Santa Rosa were urged not to drink tap water there for the foreseeable future, as the devastating Tubbs fire ravaging the region has damaged storage tanks and a pumping station, officials said Monday.