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Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Commercial crab season is open, quality of catch to be determined

Commercial crab fishermen have pulled up their anchors and set out to sea. Now it’s a matter of waiting to see what they’ll bring back.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Forecast prompts North Bay flash flood warning; Sierra expecting big snowfall

A powerful storm approaching Northern California was expected to dump heavy rain on the Bay Area and up to 4 feet of snow in some parts of the Sierra before moving out on Thursday.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Meteorologist: Wet November but no record for north valley

We’re way ahead of what’s considered normal rainfall for November, but it’s not an indication of how wet this season will be. As of Tuesday, the rainfall amount for November was 2.07 inches at the Enterprise-Record weather station in south Chico, while “normal” for that stretch was 1.17 inches, according to weather records.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

What’s an ‘atmospheric river’ and why do we get these supercharged storms?

They’re called “atmospheric rivers,” and these supercharged storm systems are known for delivering massive amounts of snow and rainfall in a matter of days on the West Coast of the United States.

Aquafornia news Eugene Register-Guard

Oregon Appeals Court nixes bid to secure big water rights on McKenzie River

The Oregon Court of ­Appeals has thrown cold ­water on a Lane County company’s attempt to siphon millions of gallons of water daily from the McKenzie River. The appeals panel, in a ruling Wednesday, said the state Water Resources Commission was correct in ­denying the application by Willamette Water Co. to draw 22 million gallons of water a day from the McKenzie.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

JPMorgan Chase plans $900,000 sustainable infrastructure boost

JPMorgan Chase is making a $900,000 investment to support sustainable infrastructure projects in Detroit. … The updates to bank branches also seek to cut water consumption from irrigation systems by 20 percent.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Surprise visitors check out Oroville Dam as Phase 2 of spillway repair begins (video)

Phase 2 of the Oroville Dam emergency spillway repair continues, and some wildlife came to check out the progress.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Has all of opera’s gold already been mined? John Adams thinks not.

The fragrant firs had given way to jagged, rocky peaks, and the composer John Adams climbed a vertiginous metal staircase to a fire lookout high atop the Sierra Buttes, an aerie perched 8,587 feet above sea level. “All this was heavily mined,” Mr. Adams said, surveying a seemingly serene landscape of glacial lakes and Ansel Adams evergreens that had once been torn apart by frenzied prospectors during the Gold Rush.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Editorial: Novato flood tax’s drubbing sends message

Special taxes for flood control have been tough to pass in Marin. They don’t command the same political cachet as local schools, libraries, police and fire services, Marin General Hospital, and, a Marin voter favorite, saving open space.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Editorial: Compromise on watershed sediment removal a win

The build-up of mud, boulders and general detritus in the area, now known as Hahamongna Watershed Park, has been growing for decades. This, all parties agree on. What they have been arguing about for years is the amount to be removed.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program funding opportunity for 2018

The Bureau of Reclamation has announced its 2018 funding opportunity for Phase I of the Cooperative Watershed Management Program. This funding opportunity is seeking proposals for activities to develop a watershed group, complete watershed restoration planning activities, and to design watershed management projects. Applicants must submit their proposals by Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. MST.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: $4 billion California bond will help with droughts and floods

Droughts and floods are both a part of life in California as 2017 has so clearly demonstrated: It took one of the wettest winters on record to pull the state from the depths of a five-year drought. The state has invested funds in bulking up drought and flood protection in the past, but recent events highlighted the necessity of rejuvenating those efforts.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

This new satellite could produce the most accurate weather predictions yet

Now that’s science we can all get behind! The Joint Polar Satellite System-1, a joint project of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif., at 1:47 a.m. Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

In California, an unexplained increase in valley fever this year

Health officials said Tuesday that they didn’t know why cases were increasing. Experts have said the rise in valley fever — which has increased nationwide in recent years — could be linked to climate change or droughts because hotter and drier weather leads to more dust in the air.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Save the dates for our 2018 water tours; Visit the mighty Colorado River and Hoover Dam, trek into the Sierra Nevada, and more!

Our popular and widely celebrated water tour program is offering six tours in 2018. … Our tours offer participants a firsthand look at the water facilities, rivers and regions critical in the debate about the future of water resources. Issues of water supply, water quality, environmental restoration, flood management, groundwater and water conservation are addressed by a wide range of speakers representing different viewpoints.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin, Bay Area brace for wind, rain

Coming off one of the wettest rainfall seasons on record, Northern California so far is lacking in the precipitation department. But the arrival of the first atmospheric river could make up most of the early shortfall.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

California Today newsletter: Drought recovery slow in parts of San Joaquin Valley

After one of the wettest winters in state history, and with more rain expected on Wednesday, the drought may seem like a distant memory to many Californians. But in parts of the San Joaquin Valley, where the water shortage was felt most acutely, the recovery has been slow going. [This article is the last in a series of news briefs; please make sure to scroll down.)

Aquafornia news Associated Press

UN says better protections needed from mine water disasters

A string of mining waste disasters — some deadly — over the past decade show better protections are needed for communities downstream of massive polluted material storage sites, according to a United Nations report.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

BLM hosts sage grouse meetings in Utah

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is hosting three public meetings in Utah this week to gather input on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s plans to reassess sage grouse management policies adopted under the Obama administration.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Organic-food purists assail designation for hydroponics

The National Organic Standards Board, which advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture, voted this month against a proposal to exclude hydroponics and aquaponics — the raising of plants without soil and fish using the same water — from the USDA’s organic certification program.