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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Northern California’s 12 splashiest waterfalls

Waterfalls are a testament to each winter’s rain and snow. … About 33 percent of this winter’s total precipitation is locked in the snowpack and released as it melts, according to the Department of Water Resources.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Twin Lakes State Beach improvement project draws to a close

Just inside the construction site, however, improved beach access, new room for vehicle parking, a pedestrian walkway and ocean-themed bench walls beckoned to visitors. Less visibly, sunk beneath the sand near the road’s edge, a new underground stabilization wall sat tied into the area’s into underlying bedrock, ready for the harshest projected winter storm lashings and sand shifting.

Aquafornia news NPR

Warming waters push fish to cooler climes, out of some fishermen’s reach

The oceans are getting warmer and fish are noticing. Many that live along U.S. coastlines are moving to cooler water. New research predicts that will continue, with potentially serious consequences for the fishing industry.

Aquafornia news Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club

Fires restore wetlands for desert fish

It may seem strange to burn the area around wetlands as a habitat restoration technique, and even more oxymoronic to do so in order to save an aquatic creature in the desert. But for a nearly extinct species of fish in the arid Owens Valley, a prescribed burn is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Review-Journal

Park Service signs deal to round up Death Valley’s wild burros

The National Park Service said Thursday it has entered into a contract with Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, a Texas-based nonprofit, to round up and remove up to 2,500 wild burros from the [Death Valley National] park 100 miles west of Las Vegas. … They damage springs and vegetation, create a safety hazard on park roads and compete for food and water with desert bighorn sheep and other native animals.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Mammal Center cites harm if people touch young sea mammals

Human interaction with young sea mammals on Marin and other state beaches is a problem each year, and Marine Mammal Center officials are now reminding people to stay away from the pups. Seal pups — in particular harbor seals — can suffer permanent harm if they are moved or if their mothers are scared off, scientists say.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Work on powerhouse means higher flows on stretch of North Fork

Water will be flowing higher and faster than normal on a stretch of the North Fork of the Feather River starting Monday. PG&E said flows from Belden Reservoir on Caribou Road to the Belden Powerhouse on Highway 70 in Plumas County will rise for a few weeks.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

President appoints Reno resident to Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board

President Donald Trump has selected a Reno resident to serve in the presidential-appointee position on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board. A.J. “Bud” Hicks, a Reno resident since 1957, will assume the seat — a non-voting position — held by Tim Carlson since 2012, according to a press release from TRPA.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Teen who ignited massive fire may have to repay $37 million

A teenager who started a huge wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon could owe more in restitution that he will earn in a lifetime. Eleven requests for restitution totaling almost $37 million have been submitted to a court. … The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area attracts more than 3 million tourists a year and holds North America’s largest concentration of waterfalls.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Why a bill before Congress is such a big threat to the Delta

If you care about the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta or protecting California water rights, you should be very alarmed by something that just happened 3,000 miles away in the halls of Congress. Backed by southern California interests, the House Appropriations Committee just unveiled the fiscal year 2019 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Commentary: For water, they’d take your rights

Get outta here. A Southern California congressman has slipped a rider into a federal spending bill that would exempt the Delta tunnels from lawsuits — pause to hear water attorneys howling like coyotes — including suits already brought by the city of Stockton and county of San Joaquin.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: Innovative water storage projects aid wildlife, salmon and fishing jobs

As a result of California’s highly variable climate, the practice of storing water predates statehood. And for more than a century, storage projects in California have generated heated controversy. A century ago, John Muir led a famous and unsuccessful effort to stop the damming of Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley.

Aquafornia news CALmatters

Commentary: Duke’s wild and scenic river legacy

California’s Republican members of Congress want to raise Shasta Dam to increase the reservoir capacity and provide more water for San Joaquin Valley farmers. To pull that off, they’d have to gut part of the legacy of Republican Gov. George Deukmejian, who died last week.

Aquafornia news Brookings

Blog: The Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Program presents a crucial opportunity to fund US infrastructure

Now that congressional action on a major federal infrastructure bill is going nowhere fast, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) loan program, with $40 billion in existing spending authority, is a here-and-now opportunity to address key U.S. infrastructure needs.

Aquafornia news Central Arizona Project News

Blog: Central Arizona Project helps Phoenix Fire prepare for wildfire and monsoon season

To prepare for monsoon season, Phoenix Fire recently conducted its annual swift water rescue training in the canal at Central Arizona Project’s north Phoenix headquarters. … Thanks to a 2016 cooperative agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Land Management, in emergency situations the Colorado River water flowing through the canal can be used for fire suppression anywhere along the 336-mile canal system from Lake Havasu to south of Tucson. 

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: DWR forms partnership for design and construction of WaterFix

Today [May 17] the Department of Water Resources (DWR) entered into a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement with the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA), forming a partnership for the design and construction of California WaterFix. “This agreement signals a key step toward implementation of WaterFix, and this partnership represents a true collaboration in the best interests of California,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation awards contract for construction to modify Howard Prairie Dam, Oregon

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $5,900,000 contract on April 6 to Natt McDougall Company, a small business from Portland, for construction services to modify Howard Prairie Dam near Ashland. … “This construction project is necessary to limit the risk of seismic failure of the dam,” said Regional Dam Safety Coordinator Chris Regilski. “The work will enable Howard Prairie Dam to continue to effectively provide water for irrigation and power.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: As salinity grows and toxic dust spreads, patience wears thin at Salton Sea

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia watched with ill-disguised frustration as a hearing aimed at expediting state projects to restore habitat and control dust storms at the shrinking Salton Sea instead dissolved into discussion of why the efforts were falling further behind schedule. “We have a plan, we have money, there is additional money lined up, and we have a constituency — myself included — that is running out of patience,” Garcia (D-Coachella), chairman of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, said.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Zombie dam project underscores California’s dilemma over water

Despite what you may have gleaned from television and the movies, zombies aren’t always constituted of flesh and blood. Sometimes they come in concrete and rock. Exhibit A is a $3-billion dam proposal on the San Joaquin River known as Temperance Flat.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

NASA study finds major shifts in water supplies worldwide

Using measurements from Earth-observing satellites, NASA scientists have tracked changes in water supplies worldwide and they’ve found that in many places humans are dramatically altering the global water map. … Their findings in a new study reveal that of the 34 “hotspots” of water change in places from California to China, the trends in about two-thirds of those areas may be linked to climate change or human activities, such as excessive groundwater pumping in farming regions.