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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Lake Tahoe expected to fill up with largest physical rise in recorded history

The depressing scene of boat docks sitting high and dry on wide beaches around Lake Tahoe will likely be a fleeting memory this summer. Winter’s unrelenting storms built up a substantial Sierra snowpack and are expected to fill the lake for the first time in 11 years.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte County Sheriff Honea introduces evacuation plan

In the first of four meetings, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea asked for one thing from residents of Gridley and Biggs in light of the Oroville spillway incident: Get prepared.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State unveils a 10-year plan to restore habitat and control toxic dust storms along the Salton Sea’s receding shoreline

Salton Sea advocates on Thursday cautiously celebrated the announcement of a 10-year state plan to complete projects designed to restore areas where migrating birds once proliferated and control toxic dust storms rising off expanses of smelly playa surrounding the shrinking salty lake.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California: $400 million plan to slow largest lake shrinkage

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration on Thursday proposed spending nearly $400 million over 10 years to slow the shrinking of the state’s largest lake just as it is expected to evaporate an accelerated pace. 

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Heavy rains bring emergency money to Orange County

Counties throughout California hit by mudslides and flooding from recent storms can apply for federal financial assistance to pay for everything from debris removal to recovery efforts, officials said Thursday.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

From arts to prisons, Trump budget means big cuts for California

The conservative California farmers who have long sought to eliminate the Legal Services Corp. would get their wish fulfilled under the Trump administration’s bare-bones budget outline made public Thursday.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sonoma County housing, homeless and legal services brace for budget cuts under Trump plan

Repairs to decrepit housing, restoration of coho salmon runs, funding for homeless services and legal assistance to low-income tenants are among the Sonoma County programs targeted for significant cuts in the budget blueprint released Thursday by President Donald Trump. Public access broadcasting and weather forecasting to improve water supply management also were threatened … 

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Work on storm-damaged Highway 1 progresses

It has become an all-too-familiar problem for people who live on Marin’s coast: Parts of Highway 1 are out again. The two-lane, winding highway provides dramatic views and a crucial thoroughfare for residents of Muir Beach and Stinson Beach.

Aquafornia news Sierra Star

Inside a dying forest, Mountain Area businesses find a modern gold rush

For more than a year, the Mountain Area has buzzed with hundreds of loggers brought in to clear out a dying forest left devastated by a continued drought and swarms of bark beetles. That work is expected to keep tree cutters in the woodlands of Eastern Madera County for at least another three years, maybe longer.

Aquafornia news San Diego Union-Tribune

Should your doctor talk with you about climate change?

A coalition of mainstream medical associations that together represent more than half of all American physicians announced this week that it will urge white-coat professionals to link health problems such as asthma, allergies and the spread of certain diseases with environmental shifts that most scientists believe are caused by global warming.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Farmers and environmentalists — Old enemies conserving water together

Farmers and environmentalists have often been at odds. Farmers, for instance, rarely want it known that their land might host an endangered species, for fear regulations could come crashing down. Environmentalists are fond of regulations to protect natural resources, but rarely do much to help farmers comply. These old patterns are beginning to change as the two camps find they have more in common than stereotypes suggest. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: A beneficial way to dispose of the Sierra’s lost trees: Use them for energy

When the Forest Service announced its calculation last November that the Sierra Nevada contained 102 million dead trees, it conveyed the immensity of a tragedy that is unprecedented in California’s history. It also challenged planners and innovators to find a beneficial use for at least some of the dead trees. As it turns out, there is one.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Registration now open for Santa Ana River Watershed Conference — Scholarships, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities available

Registration is now open for the Santa Ana River Watershed Conference set for May 25 in Ontario. … Join us to discuss the importance of the Santa Ana River Watershed and how, through powerful partnerships, we can find resilient solutions to  improve the quality and reliability of the region’s water supply. … The event is convened by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) and coordinated by the Water Education Foundation.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Oroville Spillway press briefing 9 a.m. today

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will host a press briefing tomorrow, Friday, March 17 at 9 AM to provide an update on various topics including repairs to the flood control spillway and preparations to release water through that spillway.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Lake Oroville releases and Feather River flows to increase Friday

As part of its ongoing management of water flows, the Department of Water Resources will increase outflows from Lake Oroville to the Feather River from the current 13,300 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 50,000 cfs between 11 AM and 2 PM on Friday, March 17 and then maintain those higher flows. … The Feather River elevation will rise between 10 and 15 feet early Friday afternoon, depending on channel geometry and location.

Aquafornia news California Department of Fish and Wildlife

News Release: Feather River Hatchery closed until further notice

Due to recent flooding from the Feather River, the Feather River Hatchery in Oroville will remain closed to the public until further notice. The hatchery’s infrastructure and public viewing areas were damaged by high flood waters, silt and debris, making it unsafe for the public to be on the grounds or access the river via hatchery property.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Emergency repairs for facility used to ship water to Southern California

State officials say that it will take 30 to 45 days to repair damage detected this week at a key point in the state’s system for shipping water from the Delta to farms in the San Joaquin Valley and to cities from Silicon Valley to Los Angeles.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Why CalPERS is pouring millions into a Southern California water deal

On the edge of the Mojave Desert, beneath 1,800 acres of scrubland and tumbleweeds, California’s giant public pension fund is trying to make a killing in the water business.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Trump administration halts Obama-era rule on fracking on public land

The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama administration rule requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Trump proposal to fix U.S. water infrastructure invites large role for private investors

President Donald Trump, fashioning himself the builder-in-chief, promised to invest $US 1 trillion to make America’s potholed highways, unstable bridges, leaky water systems, strained ports, and brittle levees whole again. The pledge is more a slogan at this point. Still, Trump and his advisers are adamant that such a big bet on the nation’s arteries of commerce, health, and safety come with a large role for investor-owned companies and equity firms to form public-private partnerships, or P3s.