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Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Geologist commemorates 1992 earthquake

Humboldt County’s very own earthquake and tsunami expert Lori Dengler weighed in on the ever present chance of natural disasters in what she considers to be the most seismically active region in the contiguous 48 states.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Water transfers — Crucial to Western rivers, but state programs lacking

Because the Colorado River flows through seven states, water transfers can be affected by seven different sets of laws. To help sort through this quagmire, Stanford University’s Water in the West program recently studied and ranked all state laws in the Colorado Basin governing water transfers. … For a rundown on the report, Water Deeply recently spoke with Leon Szeptycki, an expert on water law and executive director of Water in the West.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Dear California water officials — After Oroville Dam scare, why should we trust you?

We in Northern California know many things about Oroville Dam we likely didn’t know before a near failure of its emergency spillway Feb. 12 grabbed our attention.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Accounting for water in the San Joaquin Valley

Accounting for water supplies and uses is fundamental to good water management, but it is often difficult and controversial to implement. As with other types of accounting, this task is harder and costlier when information is not well organized. Here we present a 30-year set of water balances for the San Joaquin Valley, California’s largest agricultural region and home to more than half of the state’s irrigated acreage.

Aquafornia news Pacific Institute

Report: ‘Exploring the Case for Corporate Context-Based Water Targets’

More companies than ever before are setting water targets, yet global water stress continues to rise. How can companies ensure that their water targets align with meaningful outcomes? In this discussion paper, CDP, CEO Water Mandate (a project of the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Resources Institute (WRI), and WWF call for a new approach for setting meaningful corporate water targets that take into account the unique local contexts of the basins in which companies operate.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Officials plan to release water on damaged Oroville Dam spillway ahead of more wet weather

The California Department of Water Resources said Thursday that dam operators will reopen the damaged spillway for up to 14 days beginning Friday as state officials finish repair plans.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Trump’s land official meets with Brown: ‘We want to be the friendly, yep organization’

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, President Donald Trump’s chief land manager with control over vast amounts of the United States, met with Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday and discussed several California projects managed by his agency but announced no immediate action.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

California sets new all-time record for northern Sierra rainfall

We did it! With one more soaking-wet storm front dumping its stuff special-delivery over Wednesday night, California woke up on Thursday to a new all-time record for rainfall, as measured in the all-important “Northern Sierra eight-station index,” a catchment area that pretty much defines the Golden State’s water-level health.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California’s water chief says he may release Oroville Dam documents after trying to keep them secret

California’s top water official said Thursday he’s considering releasing redacted copies of safety and progress reports at the troubled Oroville Dam after his office had tried to keep them secret because of terrorism concerns.

Aquafornia news The Arizona Republic

American Rivers puts lower Colorado River atop its annual list of troubled waters

Uncertainty over proposals to prop up Lake Mead and avoid a water shortage in the Southwest has landed the lower Colorado River atop a conservation group’s annual list of “America’s Most Endangered Rivers.”

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

New public takeover bid takes aim at Cal Am, expects to go on ballot in 2018

If all goes according to plan, Monterey Peninsula residents could get a second chance to approve a public takeover of California American Water’s local operation. Public Water Now, led by local water activist George Riley, is in the early stages of planning for another measure aimed at assuming public control of the Peninsula water system.

Aquafornia news Reno Gazette-Journal

Nevada prepares for potential Katrina-style spring flooding

Nevada could see weeks of Katrina-style flooding when warm spring and summer sunshine melts the massive snowpack blanketing the Sierra Nevada. That’s according to the Nevada National Guard and other emergency planners and responders who briefed Gov. Brian Sandoval on potential disaster scenarios.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

The drought is over, right? Not in these 4 counties

Gov. Jerry Brown recently lifted his emergency drought declaration for all of California except four counties: Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne.

Aquafornia news The Delta Confluence

California water leaders call for cohesive governance, funding

Wednesday at Building Capacity for Regional Sustainability in California: A Water Summit, water leaders made it clear — there is a long way to go to achieve regional water sustainability in such a complex and diverse state. 

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Tests show no lead concerns in water at 15 schools

The latest round of water tests found no high levels of lead at 15 campuses in the San Diego Unified School District. The City of San Diego, the district’s water-supplier, is testing all schools in San Diego Unified at the district’s request under a new state program. 

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Developer near Bolsa Chica wetlands promised to restore burrowing owl habitat, but was it kept?

Overlooking the expansive coastal wetlands at Bolsa Chica, where great blue herons and cormorants glide above blossoming mustard and a grove of eucalyptus, a weed-lined trail winds between a row of luxury view homes and jarringly barren land crisscrossed with white plastic water pipe.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

Marines move imperiled desert tortoises out of harm’s way

Wildlife biologist Scott Welch looked out over the Mojave Desert and readied for action when he heard a distant helicopter flying in. Just seconds after the aircraft landed, he and two others began loading it with plastic storage bins containing desert tortoises captured at an expansion area of the U.S. Marines Corps training base at Twentynine Palms.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

8 sea lions die from algae-produced toxin, Marine Mammal Center says

A toxin produced by algal blooms in the Pacific Ocean is the suspected culprit in multiple sea lion deaths, an official with Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center said.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam update: More flow, more questions being asked

Many questions remain unanswered about the status and plans for the damaged Oroville Dam spillways. However a lot of work is underway, Department of Water Resources officials said during a press conference Thursday in Oroville.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Water releases to resume at damaged Oroville Dam spillway

With stormy weather approaching, state water managers announced Thursday they will resume releasing water down a damaged spillway at the nation’s tallest dam. The badly eroded main spillway at California’s Oroville Dam hasn’t been used since March 27.