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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Is ‘potential Oroville waiting to happen’ at other spillways?

Federal dam regulators are reevaluating how they conduct dam inspections in the wake of the Oroville Dam spillway crisis, and they’ve ordered the nation’s dam operators to thoroughly inspect their facilities to see “if they have a potential Oroville waiting to happen,” a federal dam inspector said Sunday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

After years of planning, California likely to roll out earthquake early warning system next year, scientists say

New earthquake sensing stations are being installed in the ground, software is being improved, and operators are being hired to make sure the system is properly staffed, Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson said at a joint meeting of the Japan Geoscience Union and American Geophysical Union.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Trump budget would cut EPA science programs and slash cleanups

President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal would cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Science and Technology nearly in half, while paring by 40 percent funding for E.P.A. employees who oversee and put in place environmental regulations, according to a White House document that was shared with The New York Times.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

California’s ‘iconic’ native fish facing extinction, with climate change a major cause

On a tree-shaded bend in Dutch Bill Creek at Monte Rio, three technicians from the Sonoma County Water Agency huddled on a gravel bar to examine the day’s catch, all in the name of science and a sustained campaign to restore one of California’s most endangered fish. … Nearly half of California’s native salmon, steelhead and trout — 14 out of 31 species — are facing extinction in 50 years under current conditions, according to a scientific study released last week.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Modesto, Turlock irrigation boards will meet together on Tuolumne River flow issues

The Modesto and Turlock irrigation district boards will get updates Tuesday on proposed flow increases in the lower Tuolumne River.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

With rivers running fast and frigid, public urged to use caution

That hefty snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is about to start melting more rapidly, setting the stage for spectacular scenery at Yosemite National Park but also raising concerns about public safety from the mountains to the Delta.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

US forecasters: Here comes another hotter than normal summer

U.S. forecasters are predicting another warmer than normal summer for most of the country along with wetter weather in a swath of states stretching from Texas to Montana.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Hot weather raises wildfire risk across Southern California

Scorching temperatures across the Southland this weekend have elevated the risk of wildfires, weather officials warned.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Triple-digit temps in store for North State

Temperatures are expected to reach the low 100s in Redding on Monday and Tuesday, but then it will cool down at the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Trail connecting two parts of Big Sur may open to public by June 1

Local officials and business owners are hoping to allow public access on the foot trail that reconnected Big Sur by circumventing the downed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge by June 1.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

The Wave, $43 million Dublin water park, ready for unveiling

The $43 million aquatic park, the Wave, built during one of the state’s worst droughts, is ready to be unveiled to the public.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

This shouldn’t be a public health problem, but it is … poop in the pool

Outbreaks of parasitic infection associated with fecal material in pools are increasing, says the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

Inland area to grow by 2 million people over next 30 years

The Inland area will have two million more people by 2046, a shift that a number of cities are preparing for by adding housing, workplaces and other amenities.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Humpback whale stuck in Ventura Harbor swam back to ocean, authorities say

A humpback whale that became stuck in Ventura Harbor this weekend found its way back to the ocean, authorities said Sunday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Washington loses fight, might pay up to $2 billion to save salmon

Washington state lost a major legal battle Friday, which could force it spend nearly $2 billion to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Why the fate of a tiny Rio Grande fish is so important

Heavy winter snows and a wet spring have filled the Rio Grande River through New Mexico with more water than it has seen in years, and water managers predict the river could stay up well into the summer. That’s good news both for people who rely on the river and for one of the river’s most threatened tiny inhabitants: Hybognathus amarus, a.k.a. the Rio Grande silvery minnow.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Editorial: State leaders should care about plastic bottles as much as plastic bags

Last year, California voters made the state the first in the nation with a ban on single-use plastic bags by approving Proposition 67. The argument that the durable bags were a long-term threat to land and sea carried the day.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Learn the latest scientific developments and engineering proposals for California’s Bay-Delta; Join our 3-day tour of the state’s water hub to hear dozens of expert speakers

Each year we update the itineraries for our annual water tours to provide you with the latest developments in water policy, technology and research. The Bay-Delta Tour, which will be held on June 14 -16, will showcase several new speakers and stories this year. One of the most talked about topics in California water is Gov. Brown’s “twin tunnel” plan, part of the California WaterFix proposal that would build tunnels under the Delta to carry water from north of the Delta to south of the Delta.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Better information can help the environment

We know that California’s aquatic species are at risk from a host of stressors and that drought pushes them closer to the brink. Yet there are significant gaps in our understanding of key factors affecting ecosystem health that make it difficult to effectively manage water for the natural environment. Good practices from other dry places offer lessons for protecting our struggling species and improving conditions in troubled ecosystems.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Fifth memo from board of consultants on Oroville spillways available

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [May 19] posted the fifth memo prepared by the independent Board of Consultants (BOC) regarding the spillways at Lake Oroville. Following prior protocol set for the release of all BOC documents, the memo has been released with Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) redacted.