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Aquafornia news Santa Barbara Indpendent

Santa Barbara hits its seventh year of drought

Santa Barbara is now entering the seventh year of drought conditions, a circumstance City of Santa Barbara Public Works czar Rebecca Bjork called “unprecedented.” 

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Water district OKs $19.5 million plan to eliminate stench that plagues Rancho Mission Viejo neighborhood

The Santa Margarita Water District board has approved a $19.5 million plan to eliminate the foul smell from the Chiquita Ridge Treatment Plant that has plagued residents of Rancho Mission Viejo’s Esencia neighborhood for more than a year. … Board members acknowledged the odor issue and assured residents they are committed to doing what is necessary to fix the problem before voting unanimously to approve the plan.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz innovators track stormwater for cities

Taxpayers may not realize it, but they foot the bill as their city or county complies with new state regulations to improve the health of local streams and waterways. Nicole Beck, 49, a UC Santa Cruz alum with a doctorate in aquatic chemistry, is marrying science and software to help city and county staff get information to make better decisions on where to focus their limited resources.

Aquafornia news Lodi News-Sentinel

North San Joaquin County conservation board seeks public input on groundwater program

To help fund a project to bring water from the Mokelumne River to replenish groundwater supplies on lands south of the river, the North San Joaquin County Water Conservation District Board is seeking public input on how to proceed with the project, according to board president Joe Valente.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

SMART seeks $148,000 from FEMA for storm damage

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency is seeking federal emergency money after last winter’s storms caused damage to the system, including a slide near the Puerto Suello Hill Tunnel in San Rafael. The SMART Board of Directors approved a request this week to seek $148,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds for flood damage that destroyed electrical equipment, caused track problems and slides along the rail route.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Hunting down the ‘ghost boats’

They lie washed up on the side of levees, they sit silently moored in the quiet sloughs of the vast Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, sometimes drifting aimlessly down the middle of the waterways. There are hundreds of these abandoned recreational watercraft and commercial vessels in the Delta, and some of them have been slowly wasting away for 60 years or more.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Lakes resorts management RFP being drafted

Nearly a decade after taking control of the resort business at Monterey County-owned Lakes San Antonio and Nacimiento, county Resource Management Agency staff is drafting a request for proposals for a long-term management agreement and aiming for public release by early next year.

Aquafornia news Lake Tahoe News

Viability of Squaw Creek, aquifer being studied

Those tasked with managing water in Olympic Valley, in particular Squaw Creek and the surrounding aquifer, are taking a more methodical approach to studying trends and potential impacts. The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board is one of the regulators of this body of water between Tahoe City and Truckee and had requested a workshop on the item; which occurred at the last meeting.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press-Democrat

California’s abalone fishery to be closed next year to protect crashing fishery

In a blow to abalone hunters and a host of North Coast businesses that rely upon their patronage, the state Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to suspend the harvest of red abalone in 2018, shutting down the last viable abalone fishery in California for at least a year.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Local water agency official elected to lead state association

The chairman of the Yuba County Water Agency’s board of directors will now also head the Association of California Water Agencies for at least two years, following an election last week in Anaheim. Brent Hastey was elected by association members on Nov. 29 to be ACWA’s newest president, starting in January 2018.

Aquafornia news Brookings

President Trump has the power to shrink national monuments

his week President Trump angered environmentalists and other groups by reducing the size of two large national monuments in Utah—Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante. Using Presidential Proclamations and invoking the 1906 Antiquities Act, he slashed these monuments by about 1 million square acres. While groups of Utahns and especially the state’s Republican politicians applauded these executive actions, lawsuits alleging the president exceeded his powers were filed quickly.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Baltimore City Council to introduce water affordability package in 2018

The Baltimore City Council is developing legislation to lower water bills for poor households. The Council expects that the legislative package, which could include a requirement to tie water bills to household income, will be introduced in the beginning of 2018.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

A sense of urgency takes hold along the overallocated Colorado River; Read an excerpt from the latest Western Water Magazine

There is a sense of urgency regarding how the overallocated Colorado River is managed amid looming shortages and a grim climate change forecast. People who have dealt with river management issues for decades are girding for a heightened degree of activity that calls upon years of trust and collaboration to compose a plan for equitably sharing a vital resource.

Aquafornia news The Conversation

Commentary: How to fight wildfires with science

In the month of October nearly 250,000 acres, more than 8,000 homes and over 40 people fell victim to fast-moving wildfires in Northern California, the deadliest and one of the costliest outbreaks in state history. Now more wind-drive wildfires have scorched over 80,000 acres in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, forcing thousands to evacuate and closing hundreds of schools. This disastrous fire season raises hard questions.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: A boondoggle on the last wild river in New Mexico

hen Aldo Leopold first came to the Southwest as a forest ranger in 1909, there were six mountainous areas in New Mexico and Arizona with more than half a million largely untracked acres at their core. A decade later all but one — the headwaters of the Gila River — had been fragmented by roads.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Northern California residents blast state over dam repairs

Northern California residents living in the shadow of the nation’s tallest dam vented decades of frustration with state water managers Wednesday, telling officials they have no credibility when they say hairline cracks in a newly rebuilt spillway are nothing to worry about.

Aquafornia news Reuters

Just subtract water—how a dry spell allowed winds to lash California with flames

Hot, dry Santa Ana winds will likely whip up the unseasonably fierce wildfires ravaging Southern California on Thursday, forecasters said. The gales have come at the worst time, at the end of a long dry spell.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Pacific Grove celebrates completion of Local Water Project

After seven years in the making, Pacific Grove officials on Wednesday celebrated the completion of its Local Water Project that will now see reclaimed water go to irrigate the Pacific Grove Golf Links and the city’s El Carmelo Cemetery. But when it comes to the potable water that will be saved by the project, there is still some uncertainty as to exactly where those water credits will go.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Project to add fluoride to East San Jose water gains approval

In the latest step toward the effort by dentists and health officials to end San Jose’s status as the largest city in America without fluoride in its drinking water, Santa Clara County has contributed $1 million to add fluoride for the first time to drinking water from wells operated by the San Jose Water Company.

Aquafornia news The Trinity Journal

AG sues developer over watershed damage

The California Attorney General’s Office filed a civil complaint in Trinity County Superior Court against a Redding man and several corporations he’s associated with, alleging they developed properties in the Indian Creek watershed in Trinity County in violation of federal and state law.