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Aquafornia news National Geographic

Blog: California dairies join forces with conservationists and an irrigation supplier to save water and reduce groundwater pollution

For most of us, dairy products like milk, butter, cheese, and yogurt are an integral part of our daily diets. In fact, US residents consume on average more than 600 pounds of dairy products (expressed on a milk-equivalent basis) per year, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Some 9 million dairy cows meet that demand, and growing their feed and quenching their thirst consumes a great deal of water.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Offstream storage project in Northern California takes critical step forward

The Sites Project Authority (Authority) today [August 14] has submitted its application to the California Water Commission for Proposition 1 Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) funding for the Sites Reservoir Project. This important milestone marks substantial project momentum, as demonstrated by the over 170 organizations, agencies, businesses and elected officials that support the project.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Public invited to view solar eclipse at Shasta Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation will host a solar eclipse viewing at Shasta Dam Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from coast to coast along the same path was almost 100 years ago, on June 8, 1918.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: East Bay lawmaker touts water bill with recycling plant as backdrop

Though it may not stop the state’s Twin Tunnels project from diverting Delta water down south, Congressman Jerry McNerney hopes his new bill to invest in recycling projects will ensure water districts are frugal with the essential, but limited resource.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

U.S. and Mexico finalizing Colorado River deal

The U.S. and Mexican governments may be sharply at odds on President Donald Trump’s plan for a border wall, but when it comes to water – and the potential for a major shortage along the Colorado River – the two sides seem to be on the same page.

Aquafornia news Red Bluff Daily News

Butte County Farm Bureau issues challenge to assist John Duarte legal battle

In a show of support, the Butte County Farm Bureau visited John Duarte’s Paskenta Road property south of Red Bluff Friday morning, issuing a challenge for other farm bureau organizations to join it in supporting the legal battle involving the property that returns to court Tuesday in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Oakland, Fremont: Lakes reopen after toxic algae wanes

Two popular swim spots — Lake Temescal in Oakland and Quarry Lakes in Fremont — will reopen Saturday after blooms of toxic blue-green algae finally cleared up, the East Bay Regional Park District announced Friday.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Documents link solar firm, Imperial Irrigation District consultant

In 2009, Green Light Energy Corp. arrived in the Imperial Valley. The developer started asking for permission that year to connect solar projects to the power grid run by the Imperial Irrigation District, or IID, a publicly owned water and electric utility in California’s southeastern corner.

Aquafornia news Burbank Leader

Nestlé teaches children about water conservation and sustainability

The local Nestlé employees received training from the Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Foundation to come up with interactive activities to help teach the 125 children from the local Boys & Girls Club about various topics.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

Jurupa Valley’s Santa Ana River ‘beach’ still bringing trash, traffic, residents say

The [Santa Ana] river bottom area — considered a wildlife preserve — is owned by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, though the Riverside County Parks Department manages its water quality and habitat.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Firefighters known for their work on land. But their efforts on water just as crucial.

Before the summer was half over, the 60 rescues this year – mostly on the Stanislaus River but also on the Tuolumne River, Turlock Lake and Modesto and Woodward reservoirs – had surpassed the 50 in all of 2016. There were 13 in 2015.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Fresno County authorities meet with Thai Consulate, family of Kings River crash victims to discuss recovery

For now, officials are monitoring the flow of the [Kings] river and hope that by midweek, it will have receded enough so that recovery crews can retrieve the bodies, [Tony] Botti said.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Fire ignites in Yosemite National Park, closes trail

A wildfire burning Sunday at the southern end of Yosemite National Park prompted the closure of a popular trail and put residents of the small Mariposa County community of Wawona on guard.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Farmers propose novel solution to fight over groundwater in Nevada

When Jake Tibbitts heard rumors about the two cattle shot at Sadler Ranch, it didn’t occur to him that water could be the potential motive, although the rancher would later make that claim. Water is a contentious topic in Eureka County, a tight-knit community of about 2,000 in rural central Nevada where Tibbitts, who oversees the county’s Natural Resources Department, has been working to prevent a vital water source from running dry.

Aquafornia news Santa Fe New Mexican

Post-Aamodt water rights: Fears of being left high and dry

The gathering of acequia community members from the Pojoaque Basin north of Santa Fe last week took place under the shadow of proposed new rules that will soon govern water rights in the basin and might forever change how the traditional acequia communities operate.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Oregon governor calls on National Guard for wildfire help

The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to assist with fires burning near Crater Lake National Park.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Science says: Fast-melting Arctic sign of bad global warming

One of the coldest places on Earth is so hot it’s melting. Glaciers, sea ice and a massive ice sheet in the Arctic are thawing from toasty air above and warm water below.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Commentary: State water board shouldn’t be judge, jury, executioner

The largest circulation newspaper in western America decided to take [Merced Assemblyman] Adam Gray to task last week. … Worried that the water board has the first, last and only say on water disputes, Gray’s AB313 would require an impartial judge with specific water expertise to rule on cases involving the board.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: Temperance Flat Dam investment will pay off for California

The winter of 2017 was a gift in many ways. Not only did it bring desperately needed water to California and end a statewide drought emergency, it highlighted the need to build more surface water storage projects like Temperance Flat on the San Joaquin River.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: California WaterFix and Delta smelt

Given the long-term trajectory of the population and climate predictions for California, maintaining Delta smelt in the Delta for the next 20-30 years is not likely to happen without significant improvements to the habitat. So, what happens to the remaining smelt when they encounter California WaterFix?