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Aquafornia news Associated Press

AP explains: Hot, dry Diablo Wind scorched wine country

Notorious winds linked to many of California’s worst wildfires are known by various names — Diablo, Santa Ana and Sundowner — but all share the common trait of being able to whip a spark into a deadly inferno that seems to come out of nowhere.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Panoramic aerial view of Coffey Park devastation is ‘striking’

The California National Guard steps in to help state agencies in major disasters, including the near catastrophic Oroville spillway failure earlier this year, by supplying additional resources or military equipment the state may not have. More than 250 service members of the National Guard have been deployed to help in the Northern California fires, some bringing with them helicopters to drop water on the fires.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

See where new Loafer Creek boat ramp will be

A new boat launch ramp at Loafer Creek Recreation Area should be under construction by the end of next year, according to state Department of Water Resources officials. The boat ramp should be accessible year-round, with the lake as low as 700 feet.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Big Sur businesses gear up for Highway 1 bridge opening

After dealing with the Soberanes Fire last year, torrential winter rainfall led to the massive Mud Creek landslide keeping Highway 1 closed to the south and a separate slide 37 miles north that damaged a support column, which caused the bridge to be condemned and demolished. The newly completed bridge should open to traffic Friday evening.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

In northern Minnesota, two economies square off: mining vs. wilderness

Geological coincidence makes Ely — one three-square-mile town in the northernmost reaches of the continental United States — a focus of a national debate about the proper use of public lands. … But there’s a generations-long rift in Ely — between those who believe minerals are the region’s greatest asset and those who believe clean waters are — that has been laid bare recently.

Aquafornia news NPR

Historical veggies take root in Washington, D.C., War Garden

Rob Gimpel is usually thinking about getting tulip bulbs in the ground this time of year, but right now he’s ready to harvest pumpkins. It’s an unusual activity for Gimpel, the lead gardener of the areas around the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., but one that he’s been thoroughly enjoying as part of this year’s War Garden project.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Editorial: San Diego County supervisors finally get something right — on Tijuana sewage spills

Tuesday, they voted to join a growing legal effort that includes Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, the Port of San Diego and the city of San Diego to force the federal government to better block sewage from flowing into the U.S. from Mexico and fouling beaches.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: The climate-change fire alarm from Northern California

Big deadly fires are nothing new to California, particularly during fire season when the Santa Ana or Diablo winds blow hot and dry, making tinder out of trees and bushes that have been baking all summer long. But the firestorm now raging through Northern California isn’t the typical wildfire.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Commentary: How California can prepare for next natural disaster

The Cucamonga Valley Water District is a public agency responsible for the water needs of the community, and we are constantly planning in order to prepare for and avoid as many disasters as possible. … Just as investments are made in our local water infrastructure, investments must be made in our statewide infrastructure as well.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Commentary: Scared of geoengineering? Rapid Arctic warming is far scarier.

The possibility that humans will tinker with nature to try to stop climate change from ravaging the planet has filmmakers projecting their worst fears onto audiences. Next week, Warner Bros. releases “Geostorm,” about the calamity that ensues after world leaders build satellites to manipulate the atmosphere.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Agricultural history and habitat restoration come to life on San Joaquin River Tour

Explore more than 100 miles of Central California’s longest river while learning about one of the nation’s largest and costliest river restorations. Our San Joaquin River Restoration Tour on Nov. 1-2 will feature speakers from key governmental agencies and stakeholder groups who will explain the restoration program’s goals and progress. From Friant Dam in the Sierra Nevada foothills downstream to Hills Ferry, you will meander along the banks to visit historic sites, restoration projects, wildlife preserves, fish hatcheries, flood control structures and farms.

Aquafornia news Reno Gazette-Journal

‘Potcast’ to dive into how marijuana legalization is changing America

In a new podcast called the “Potcast,” a group of journalists will look at how Americans’ lives and their communities are being affected by cannabis legalization.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Despite some opposition from Los Angeles, giant Southern California water agency approves Delta tunnels project

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s board voted to pay for about a quarter of the tunnels project, Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17.1 billion effort to re-engineer the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and improve water deliveries to south state cities and farms.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Effort to plug Tijuana sewage flows gets $2.1 million bump from state bill

The effort to prevent sewage from flowing from Tijuana into San Diego County got a small boost Monday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to provide about $2.1 million in funds for the effort.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Farms, fish and water fun—and $159 million—in Don Pedro Reservoir plan

The owners of Don Pedro Reservoir made their pitch Tuesday for how it can serve both people and Tuolumne River fish over the next half-century. The boards of the Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts each voted 5-0 at separate meetings to submit their final application for a new federal license for the project.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma had high E. coli readings. Should the public be warned?

Environmental advocates are calling on state officials to notify the public about past tests showing high levels of E. coli in Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma, two of the region’s most popular areas for open water swimming and boating. But officials responsible for recreational use on the lakes say the test results cited are too old, while the agency that conducted the tests says it has no responsibility for public notices.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Feds remove protections for 10 million acres of sage grouse habitat

The Interior Department said Thursday it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development. … The proposal would affect less than one-tenth of 1 percent of sage grouse-occupied range across 11 states from California to the Dakotas, officials said.

Aquafornia news NPR

EPA vows to speed cleanup of toxic Superfund sites despite funding drop

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is vowing to speed the cleanup of toxic Superfund sites, part of a shift away from climate change and toward what he calls the “basics” of clean air and water. The EPA’s Superfund program manages the cleanup of some of the most toxic waste sites — Pruitt says the EPA will soon name a top 10 list of sites to focus on.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Southern California water agency approves pitching in $4.3 billion for massive Delta tunnels project

Southern California’s largest water agency Tuesday threw a lifeline to California WaterFix, approving a $4.3-billion buy-in to the water delivery project.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Southern California water district just committed billions to WaterFix plan. What could it mean for your Los Angeles DWP bill?

Los Angeles residents and businesses can expect to see their water utility rates go up under a proposed multi-billion dollar project to build water tunnels in Northern California, but by how much is now being questioned by activists and some city leaders.