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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Northern California gets its wettest winter in nearly a century

A series of late-season storms has vaulted this winter into the history books, making it the wettest winter for California’s northern Sierra Nevada in nearly a century of record-keeping, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

How much water was in California’s all-time record rainfall this water year?

OK. We’ve now got a new all-time record for rainfall in the “Northern Sierra 8 Station Precipitation Index,” a measurement of one part of California that reflects the state’s overall water prognosis.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Thunderstorm dumps nearly 2 inches of rain on Fresno airport in one hour

A thunderstorm rare in its intensity formed over Fresno Yosemite International Airport on Thursday and dropped nearly 2 inches of rain in one hour.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

California sets high-water rain mark, Bay Area braces for more

As the Bay Area braces for yet another storm in the next few days, northern Sierra Nevada set a new all-time record for rainfall Thursday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Here’s what a new Highway 1 bridge in Big Sur will look like, and it may open in September

Remember that Highway 1 bridge that sank into the hillside in Big Sur? Caltrans announced Wednesday that a $24-million replacement bridge could be open to the public as soon as September.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Water and climate safety, finance security, drive Keystone XL conflict

It has been almost seven years since a rupture in a pipeline owned by Enbridge, Inc. poured 1.2 million gallons of Canadian tar sands oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River and tributaries. … The Michigan disaster alerted the country to the risks that fossil fuel pipelines pose to freshwater resources. Ensuring the safety of rivers, lakes, and aquifers is now the primary civic principle driving public protests against fossil fuel pipelines all across the country.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Chicago agency finds high level of spilled chemical in Lake Michigan

A water sample from Lake Michigan near a wastewater spill at a U.S. Steel plant in Indiana contained an elevated level of a potentially carcinogenic chemical but well below federal safety standards, the Chicago Department of Water Management said Thursday.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

It’s like it never left: Another El Niño may be on the way

Less than a year after one of the strongest El Niños on record, forecasters see an increasing possibility that another will begin later this year. There is no word yet on how strong a new El Niño might be, but even a mild one could affect weather patterns around the world.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Ocean world near Saturn top contender for life beyond earth

A tiny, ice-encrusted ocean world orbiting Saturn is now a hotter-than-ever candidate for potential life.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Record snowfall postpones Headwaters Tour — Tour rescheduled for Sept. 13-14

The record precipitation in 2017 in many parts of California has impacted travel and infrastructure throughout the state. Unfortunately, the unusually high snowpack has also caused us to postpone our Headwaters Tour until the fall. The 2017 Headwaters Tour, which was planned for April 27-28, will now be held September 13-14. At that time, we will be able to safely travel the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond to view meadow restoration sites, wildfire impacts and our national forests.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Oroville Dam document secrecy frustrating lawmakers

It’s not just the residents of Oroville, Gridley and Yuba City who are frustrated with the Department of Water Resources’ lack of transparency concerning the Oroville Dam spillways. Two California legislators who represent those living downstream from the dam are also upset that they aren’t getting answers. … The state Senate’s Natural Resources Committee has a hearing scheduled at 9 a.m. April 25 that will go over what happened with the Oroville Dam spillway.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Sea-level rise in California could be catastrophic, study says

A state-commissioned report on climate change released Wednesday raises the stakes for fighting global warming, offering a clearer and, in some cases, more catastrophic picture of how much sea levels will rise in California. 

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

California expects new water-year record to be set this week

Not only will this week’s incoming storms be packing their usual grab bags of mischief for Northern California – widespread and heavier precipitation, winds gusting up to 30 mph, snowfalls dropping from 5,000 to 3,500 feet – but the systems appear to have their hearts set on breaking one big thing: The all-time wettest water year on record for the Northern Sierra, the most important source of water for the entire state.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee/Los Banos Enterprise

West Side has full water supplies for first time since 2006

Full water deliveries have returned to the last of the West Side irrigation districts affected by federal water cutbacks in recent years. … The news came too late for some farmers, who have already planted based on the earlier projection of 65 percent for 2017.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Are Lake Tahoe’s aquatic invasive species edible?

Aquatic invasive species pose a significant threat to Lake Tahoe. The establishment of non-native species impacts the lake’s clarity and can result in the loss of important habitat for native species.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

California officials want $100 billion for dams, roads and water from Trump. Will they get it?

Increases in California’s gas tax and vehicle fees approved last week are expected to raise $52.4 billion over 10 years for the state’s backlog of road and bridge repairs. It is, by any measurement, a significant amount of money — Gov. Jerry Brown dubbed the proposal “a hell of a good deal” — but only about half of what the state would ultimately like to put behind large-scale improvements in the Inland Empire and beyond if the federal government is willing.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Local emergency responders prep for disaster using flood simulation

Hundreds of residents were stranded in waterlogged towns, homes destroyed, a hospital flooded, and highways cut off after three Humboldt County rivers swelled on Wednesday in the worst flood event since the devastation wrought in December 1964. Luckily for all of us, this catastrophe was only a figment of imagination in the minds of county officials and first responders.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Lake Tahoe weather: Nearly 1 foot of snow recorded at several ski resorts, more snow expected

A storm could potentially bring another 6 inches of snow Thursday morning in the Sierra Nevada where several ski resorts have recorded around a foot of snow in 24 hours.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

April showers living up to its name

Weary of the stormy and record-breaking wet weather? Better get used to it.That’s because more of the same — with a possible tornado or two thrown into the mix — is on the way for most of the North State.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Sea lion strandings in Southern California signal deadly toxic bloom outbreak, experts say

The adult female sea lion lay thrashing, half-covered in mud, in a marsh Wednesday at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station. A ranger from the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge spotted her and called the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, describing the sea lion’s odd behavior.