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Aquafornia news The Conversation

Trump budget would undo gains from conservation programs on farms and ranches

Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are starting to shape the 2018 farm bill – a comprehensive food and agriculture bill passed about every five years. Most observers associate the farm bill with food policy, but its conservation section is the single largest source of funding for soil, water and wildlife conservation on private land in the United States.

Aquafornia news The Union, Serving Western Nevada County

Nevada Irrigation District fears pot grows could make water conservation more challenging

The Nevada Irrigation District on Tuesday said it may have to re-work its master plan, which projects NID’s water needs until 2023, to account for water usage associated with legal marijuana grows.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Water closely linked to world’s refugee crisis

Behind barbed-wire fences at this camp in northern Jordan, about 33,000 Syrians — half of them children — exist uneasily, housed in rows of rudimentary shelters that barely protect them from the winter cold. Drinking water must be brought in daily by dozens of tanker trucks or pumped from desert boreholes that overexploit Jordan’s largest groundwater basin.

Aquafornia news The Denver Post

Federal lawsuit wants bald eagle ‘kill’ permits pulled back

The pressure that Colorado’s Front Range development boom is putting on bald eagles, golden eagles, owls and other raptors is intensifying, driving local wildlife lovers into a nest-by-nest fight to protect survivors.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Norovirus outbreak at Pyeongchang Olympics linked to contaminated water

The norovirus outbreak that has sickened 194 staff and volunteers at the Pyeongchang Olympics appears linked to contaminated water used to prepare food, the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Pink flamingo mysteriously appears in Imperial Beach

No one knows how a pink flamingo got into the South Bay National Wildlife Refuge just north of Imperial Beach. The mystery began Tuesday afternoon, when birder Nickademus de la Rosa spotted the flamingo in the ponds north of Rainbow Drive and Highway 75.

Aquafornia news Oceans Deeply

To save the ocean now, museum aims to map species of the past

Around the world, over the past decade or so, many natural history museums and research institutions have been embarking on massive efforts to digitize older collections that have long sat tagged in drawers, in part to make such information more readily available at a time when historic context about the world’s biodiversity is sorely needed.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Study: Cloud seeding really does work to artificially induce snowfall

Cloud seeding has become big business worldwide as a means to boost water supplies. Utilities and governments spend tens of millions of dollars on the process, which is especially common in Western states that rely on winter snowpack to meet year-round water demand.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Editorial: Dreading ‘Day Zero’ as California drought resumes

Day Zero is the coming time when Cape Town, South Africa will essentially run out of municipal water for its 4 million residents — and for the visitors, too, who have long flocked to the beautiful, cosmopolitan city with a Mediterranean climate startlingly like our own.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Another Trump victim: Migratory birds

On the eve of the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, one of the nation’s bedrock environmental laws, the Trump administration delivered a churlish anniversary present: It gutted the law. Three days before Christmas, the U.S. Interior Department quietly issued a reinterpretation of the law, effective immediately.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Southern California water agency eyes possible control of Delta tunnels project

In a dramatic twist on the Delta tunnels saga, Southern California’s powerful water agency is exploring the feasibility of owning the majority stake in the controversial project, a move that raises fears of a “water grab.”

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Water conservation slipping statewide

As California suffers through another dry winter, increasing fears that drought conditions may be returning, the state’s residents are dropping conservation habits that were developed during the last drought and steadily increasing their water use with each passing month.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

State: Delta tunnels a good investment

More than six years after critics began calling for a full economic study of the Delta tunnels plan, the Brown administration released one on Tuesday, finding that the benefits outweigh the costs — albeit by a slim margin for some water users.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Roster of speakers, topics unveiled for Feb. 22 Water 101 Workshop

Learn from top experts at our annual Water 101 Workshop about the history, hydrology and law behind California water as well as hot topics such as groundwater, climate change and the Delta. For the first time, the workshop offers an optional tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta the next day. The Feb. 22 workshop comes as Gov. Brown’s administration downsized the proposed project to carry water beneath the Delta to one tunnel from two.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Locals in Oroville Dam class action lawsuit explain their losses

Locals who lost business or saw their property value decrease because of the Oroville Dam crisis are anxious to be reimbursed through a class action lawsuit filed last week. … There is a variety of plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit, including a child care facility, a water ski shop, a ranch and a ministry. 

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Here are the places that struggle to meet the rules on safe drinking water

To ensure that tap water in the United States is safe to drink, the federal government has been steadily tightening the health standards for the nation’s water supplies for decades. But over and over again, local water systems around the country have failed to meet these requirements.

Aquafornia news Science

Millions of Americans drink potentially unsafe tap water. How does your county stack up?

Tainted tap water isn’t just a problem in Flint, Michigan. In any given year from 1982 to 2015, somewhere between 9 million and 45 million Americans got their drinking water from a source that was in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to a new study.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Study commissioned by Brown administration says his Delta tunnels plan would pay off for farmers, cities

Even a single water tunnel burrowed under the California’s Delta would be worth it for urban ratepayers and farmers who would to pay to build and maintain the project, according to an analysis released Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

A hot, dry winter in California. Could it be drought again?

Atmospheric conditions that helped create the recent multiyear California drought have returned, leaving the state dry and exceptionally warm this winter and its residents wondering if another long dry spell is on the way.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

California could face first dry February in 150 years

The Bay Area has experienced February dry spells before, including twice from 2013 to 2016 during California’s historic drought when rainfall totals were drastically below average. But this February could close with a distinction most in the Bay Area would like to avoid.