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Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Regional water board debates lawsuit, seeks scrutiny of contaminated flows from Mexico

Members of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board gathered in a closed session on Monday afternoon, debating whether to file a lawsuit against the federal government to stem the cross-border flow of sewage, sediment and other contaminants from Tijuana to San Diego.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Atmospheric river may dump up to 4 feet of Sierra snow in what could be last big storm of season

An atmospheric river is predicted to dump more rain on Southern California and the Central Coast than any other storm this year, and is expected to drop up to 4 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada and 2 inches of rain in Sacramento before dissipating over the weekend.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Evacuation order issued as strong storm heads for California

California authorities are urging people living in an area devastated by mudslides to evacuate ahead of a strong Pacific storm that forecasters say is likely to bring an extended period of rain and the threat of flooding and debris flows.

Aquafornia news The Weather Channel

Nearly 16 feet of snow has fallen in Sierra Nevada in 18 days

A series of storms have been a boon for California’s Sierra Nevada where nearly 16 feet of snow has piled up in March, more than double the paltry seasonal total before the month began.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Antioch awarded $10 million for desalination plant to keep drinking Delta

For generations, the city [Antioch] has drawn its water from the Delta and now a $10 million grant for a desalination plant will secure its source from the increasing salinity brought on by diversion, drought and climate change.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Cal Am mailer asks public buyout petition signers to rescind signatures

A month after a California American Water official said they were not attempting to dissuade Monterey district voters from signing a Public Water Now petition aimed at placing a public buyout of the water provider on the fall ballot, the company is now trying to convince anyone who signed the petition to rescind their signatures.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Recycled water pipeline project to disrupt traffic

Starting next week, construction on a Marina Coast Water District recycled water pipeline and distribution system project serving Marina, Fort Ord and the Seaside basin will impact traffic on Gen. Jim Moore Boulevard into summer.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Central Basin board to fill vacancy by appointment

A vacancy on the Central Basin Municipal Water District Board of Directors will be filled by appointment. The district includes Downey, Montebello and Pico Rivera.

Aquafornia news Herald and News, Klamath Falls

Klamath dam removal entity to host open house

Those interested in learning more about removal of four dams along the Klamath River are invited to attend an open house hosted by Klamath River Renewable Corpration, the dam removal entity, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Mt. Mazama Room at Oregon Tech, 3201 Campus Drive, Klamath Falls.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wildlife corridor will connect Orange County coast to Cleveland National Forest

Ground was officially broken last week on a $13-million effort to restore a wildlife corridor that will connect the Cleveland National Forest with Orange County wild coastal terrains. The project, in the making for more than two decades, seeks to encourage biological diversity in the animals that dwell in the more than 20,000 acres of coastal chaparral surrounding Laguna Beach.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Deluge of rain not great for dairies

A major storm is bearing down on California and dairy industry experts are urging operators to keep cows out of harms way. Heavy rains and localized flooding could contribute to a potential increase in disease, a decline in milk production and storm water runoff.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Flamingo raft floating down Los Angeles River gets the car chase treatment

A giant, inflatable flamingo raft carrying three men inched down the Los Angeles River on Monday, carried by the slow current of rainwater captured in the basin. It could’ve been a scene from any lazy river at an amusement park, but in true L.A. pursuit fashion, helicopters hovered overhead.

Aquafornia news The Seattle Times

Washington tribes, First Nations unite to end Atlantic salmon net-pen fish farms across West Coast

Washington tribes on Monday joined with First Nations peoples in Canada in a declaration calling for a shutdown of Atlantic salmon net-pen farming along the West Coast of North America.

Aquafornia news The Denver Post

Colorado allows 39 companies to pollute state’s waterways

While Colorado permits 39 major industrial facilities to release thousands of tons of pollutants into waterways each year, 17 of them exceeded their legal limits a total of 241 times in an 18-month period, an analysis of federal compliance data shows.

Aquafornia news NPR

Decline in hunters threatens how U.S. pays for conservation

State wildlife agencies and the country’s wildlife conservation system are heavily dependent on sportsmen for funding. Money generated from license fees and excise taxes on guns, ammunition and angling equipment provide about 60 percent of the funding for state wildlife agencies, which manage most of the wildlife in the U.S.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Bid to build modern weather radar in Charlotte stalls

Efforts to build a sophisticated radar system in the Charlotte area to warn residents of approaching tornadoes and other violent weather has been bogged down by a lengthy delay in the completion of a congressionally-mandated study. With a population of 2.4 million people, Charlotte is the nation’s largest metropolitan area without a Doppler radar system.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Canada’s outdoor rinks are melting. So is a way of life.

A rink like the Williamses’ used to offer good skating in this part of Canada from early December into March. But on this late February afternoon, the temperature outside was 55 degrees and rain had fallen steadily all day. The week before, two feet of snow — mostly gone now, with leftover mounds seeping foggy wisps into the saturated air — blanketed the ground.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Desalinated water in California doesn’t have to come from the ocean

The California Department of Water Resources has awarded $34 million in grants to eight desalination projects throughout the state. … While ocean desalination has often caught most of the public attention, two of those construction projects, in Antioch and Camarillo, focused specifically on inland brackish desalination, as did several of the other projects that received grant money.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Congress must reject Westlands settlement as unjust to Hoopa tribe

The Trinity River water that had sustained the Hupa people’s fishery and 10,000 year-old economy, culture and religion now supplies industrial agriculture with irrigation and hydropower. Westlands Water District uses the lion’s share of that water. Its demand for Trinity water is insatiable.

Aquafornia news jfleck at inkstain

Blog: Palo Verde Irrigation District withdraws lawsuit against Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

In a bit of Colorado River detente, the Palo Verde Irrigation District has filed a motion in Riverside County Superior Court to withdraw a lawsuit it had filed against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California over the use of water on Met-owned land in the Palo Verde District: