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Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Q&A: The myth of water wasted to the sea

A common lament is that water is wasted when it flows out to the sea rather than put to use irrigating crops or supplying water to cities. But when rivers flow to the sea the water brings benefits to people and ecosystems that are rarely acknowledged. We asked Jim Cloern―a scientist with the US Geological Survey and a member of the PPIC Water Policy Center research network—to explain.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Federal agencies announce final schedule for Clear Creek spring pulse flows

The Bureau of Reclamation, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced today [May 17] that two pulse flow releases from Whiskeytown Dam into Clear Creek will be made in June to attract adult spring-run Chinook salmon to upstream Clear Creek habitats for holding and spawning purposes. … The public should take appropriate safety precautions when near or on Clear Creek during these pulse flows.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: $86.3 million available for groundwater sustainability plans and projects

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced the release of its 2017 Draft Proposal Solicitation Package for Groundwater Sustainability Plans and Projects. The grant program is funded by Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond overwhelmingly approved by California voters in 2014. 

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: DWR announces changes to operations at Lake Oroville spillways

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Sunday completed transition from Incident Emergency Response to Incident Emergency Recovery at the damaged Lake Oroville spillways. … The public can watch construction activities through a live feed from two cameras at the site. Hosted by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area Spillway Live Stream is at

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Governor clashes with environmentalists over fracking

Gov. Jerry Brown was on a roll, enthusiastically preaching to a choir of environmentalists about how carbon use and global warming are a looming catastrophe for California and the world. … But a growing number of environmentalists argue that the governor’s long-standing refusal to ban hydraulic fracking, a controversial process that has helped revive the oil industry in California, opens the state to just the type of environmental disasters he regularly rails against.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Trump’s pick for a top Interior post has sued the agency on behalf of powerful California water interests

When President Trump nominated David Bernhardt for the No. 2 spot at the Interior Department, the administration cited his extensive expertise. … The web of potential conflicts of interest is likely to be a major focus of Bernhardt’s confirmation hearing Thursday before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Report: California salmon, steelhead, trout species face extinction within next century

A harrowing report released by the environmental nonprofit organization California Trout and the University of California Davis on Tuesday states that nearly 75 percent of the state’s 31 salmon, steelhead and trout species are likely to become extinct within the next century if current trends continue.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Warden brings wildlife violators to justice

Like most wardens who are trained law enforcement officers, Nicole Kozicki wears a badge and carries a gun. But her pledge is to protect the environment. For 28 years, Kozicki, a warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, has enforced a dizzying variety of environmental laws and regulations concerning fishing, hunting, water pollution, erosion, and other natural resources.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

City Council unsettled again over Lake Oroville settlement agreement

It was another lively discussion Tuesday night over an amendment to the Lake Oroville settlement agreement and intra-council trust issues. The council voted 5-1 to make an amendment to the settlement agreement signed in 2006, taking away the mayor’s authority to sign off on funds going to the supplemental benefits fund, or SBF, and requiring it come to the collective council before any action is taken.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

Court orders State Water Board to withdraw Chrom 6 MCL, set new one

A Sacramento County Superior Court judge on May 5 ordered the State Water Resources Control Board to withdraw the maximum contaminant level for chromium 6 it adopted in 2014 and set a new one after it conducts a more thorough study of its economic impacts.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Report: California fish face more extinctions unless trends change

Nearly half of California’s diverse types of native salmon, steelhead and trout are headed toward extinction in 50 years unless environmental trends are reversed, a team of scientists warn in a new report.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Trout, salmon and steelhead: A massive die-off coming for these California fish?

Researchers have issued a dire warning for California’s native trout and salmon: Three-quarters of them will be extinct in the next 100 years unless urgent action is taken. This bleak assessment came Tuesday from biologists at the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and from California Trout, a nonprofit advocacy group.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Report: Nearly half of California salmon species on track for extinction

Nearly half of the salmon and trout species that live in California will be extinct in 50 years if nothing is done to improve water quality, protect wetlands and stream habitat, and fight climate change, scientists warned Tuesday in a wide-ranging study of native fish.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Live updates: Water prices rise as MMWD approves 7 percent rate hike

The Marin Municipal Water District board makes a decision about a proposed rate hike during a 7:30 p.m. meeting at 220 Nellen Ave. in Corte Madera.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

New water standards could drive up rates

[Bakersfield] City Manager Alan Tandy’s most recent weekly memo to the mayor and city council had several items of note: … The city is waiting for the California State Water Resources Control Board to set its new standards on the amount of 1,2,3-trichloropropane, or TCP, in drinking water.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

La Quinta agrees to near $1 million payout to flooded home and business owners

La Quinta will settle a lawsuit filed against the city by residents whose homes were damaged in a 2014 storm that brought major flooding to the area. … The full settlement amount of the lawsuit, which also named as defendants the Coachella Valley Water District  and Haciendas La Quinta HOA, is about $1.6 million, according to the settlement agreement. 

Aquafornia news Redlands Daily Facts

Redlands putting cartoon alligators to work to conserve water

Ira and Eva may not be human, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know a thing or two about saving water. The cartoon alligators are part of the city’s newest educational program aimed at teaching children about water conservation.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

As we set to swelter in temperatures near 100, Tioga Road workers muscle through snow

As the Northern San Joaquin Valley barrels toward a wave that will bring temperatures to near triple digits, workers near Yosemite are struggling with snow that’s as high as a basketball hoop.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

Forecast calls for more tropical storms — but it’s unlikely any will reach California

Warm ocean water will generate more than the usual number of tropical storms in the eastern Pacific this summer, a weather forecasting service has predicted. But an expert said that doesn’t mean Southern Californians should start fretting that a hurricane will make landfall anytime soon.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Is quality of life for San Diegans getting better or worse?

The overall experience of living in the San Diego region has improved during the past year in many respects while faltering in others. That’s according to the newly released “Quality of Life Dashboard” from the Center for Sustainable Energy’s Equinox Project.