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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Commentary: Feds sneak money to tunnels

There’s the California that oughta be and the California that is. In the California that oughta be, the twin tunnels project possibly could improve the Delta.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: How science and data can help water agencies evolve

During my [Kirby Brill] last several years serving as the general manager for the Mojave Water Agency (MWA), I frequently stated to my board and community that we were operating in the midst of a rapidly changing world in water resources management. California’s recent drought conditions grabbed their share of headlines and placed a laser-sharp focus on the state’s finite water resources.

Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association

Blog: The deliberate march toward salmon solutions

When working on any large problem, it usually is not some single “silver bullet” solution that miraculously solves it.  Instead, it is many distinct actions that address the varied issues that make up the larger problem.  Such is the case with juvenile Chinook salmon mortality in the Sacramento River system.

Aquafornia news Central Arizona Project

Blog: Using technology to untangle the weed dilemma

Numerous studies have generally described the water quality in the Lower Colorado River as “good,” and Central Arizona Project (CAP) takes pride in preserving and protecting that status for our customers. When quagga mussels were found in Colorado River reservoirs in 2008, CAP knew that there would be negative impacts to manage.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: U.S. and Mexico set to sign Colorado River water-sharing deal

The U.S. and Mexican governments are close to signing a landmark Colorado River deal that will establish rules for sharing water over the next decade and lay out cooperative efforts intended to head off severe shortages. … The new accord – titled Minute No. 323 to the 1944 Mexican Water Treaty – outlines a series of measures that build on the countries’ current 5-year agreement, which expires at the end of this year. 

Aquafornia news ProPublica

Rethinking the ‘infrastructure’ discussion amid a blitz of hurricanes

The wonky words infrastructure and resilience have circulated widely of late, particularly since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma struck paralyzing, costly blows in two of America’s fastest-growing states. … A national civil engineering group has surveyed the nation’s bridges, roads, dams, transit systems and more and awarded a string of D or D+ grades since 1998.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Santa Clara County bans commercial marijuana grows

[Santa Clara] County supervisors have approved a 45-day moratorium on marijuana growing operations that can be extended for two years while they consider next steps in what officials called a changing landscape, as the state drafts its own regulations on recreational pot cultivation. …  “The environmental damage we’ve seen is very disturbing,” [Deputy County Executive Sylvia] Gallegos said.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Pot is literally a ’state of emergency’ now in Siskiyou County

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey turned down the $1 million a pair of pot-growers allegedly used to try bribing him recently. … That’s part of the argument Lopey made in urging the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors last week to adopt what may be a first-of-its-kind declaration saying illegal marijuana grows — not the usual flood, fire or earthquake — are causing a “state of emergency” in the county.

Aquafornia news The Union, serving Western Nevada County

Nevada Irrigation District reviews Centennial funding application, begins video recording

The Nevada Irrigation District applied for nearly $12 million in Water Storage Investment Program funding — money that would come from the state — for its proposed Centennial Reservoir project on the Bear River.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Interlake Tunnel delayed six months amid Nacimiento resistance

A number of challenges facing the proposed Interlake Tunnel project, including resistance from landowners near Lake Nacimiento, have delayed the proposal again by about six months. … The tunnel proposal calls for connecting Nacimiento and neighboring Lake San Antonio, in Monterey County, to allow water diversion from the former to the latter during higher flow periods.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

California Human Right to Water (interactive timeline)

Five years ago, on September 25, 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law declaring a right “to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.” The law resulted in substantial changes in policy and practice.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

North Coast grape growers scramble in rain aftermath to protect against rot

Mother Nature threw a new curve ball at local grape growers Wednesday as thunderstorms rolled through North Coast vineyards, the latest challenge for a volatile harvest season already marked by heat spikes, humidity and cool rain sprinkles.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Coast Seafoods can keep farming shellfish in Humboldt Bay

Following months of negotiations, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a permit to allow Coast Seafoods Company to continue its shellfish farming operations in Humboldt Bay through 2025. 

Aquafornia news Oceans Deeply

Tracking the travels of bluefin tuna to save them from the sushi bar

China, Japan, South Korea, the United States and other members of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission agreed to take action to rebuild Pacific bluefin tuna populations to 20 percent of historic levels by 2034. Now new research indicates that if those targets are to be achieved, the way tuna is managed may have to significantly change.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Scientists: Future of oldest tree species on Earth in peril

Researchers say a type of tree famous for having the longest lifespan on Earth is losing a race to the top of mountains as it seeks higher elevations across the Western United States.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Scientists blame climate change for loss of pikas in Lake Tahoe

A furry mountain rodent known as the American pika has disappeared from a large stretch of habitat in North Lake Tahoe, the largest pika die-off in the modern age, according to UC Santa Cruz scientists — and the result of climate change.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Rare tornado, waterspout reported at Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe area experienced wild weather late Wednesday afternoon when a tornado touched down on the lake, creating a waterspout.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Coastal Cleanup Day: What’ll they find next?

It’s hard to believe anything could top last year’s Coastal Cleanup Day, when Bear Creek High School students found a Pearl Harbor-era letter written by a military policeman and were able to return it to his family.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA delays rules limiting wastewater from coal power plants

It’s the second time the agency [EPA], at the behest of the electric utility industry, has tried to delay implementation of the 2015 requirements for steam electric power plants to control the amount of coal ash-contaminated wastewater flushed from their plants.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Real estate industry blocks sea-level warnings that could crimp profits on coastal properties

All along the coast of the southeast United States, the real estate industry confronts a hurricane. Not the kind that swirls in the Atlantic, but a storm of scientific information about sea-level rise that threatens the most lucrative, commission-boosting properties.