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Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: Temperance Flat Dam investment will pay off for California

The winter of 2017 was a gift in many ways. Not only did it bring desperately needed water to California and end a statewide drought emergency, it highlighted the need to build more surface water storage projects like Temperance Flat on the San Joaquin River.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: California WaterFix and Delta smelt

Given the long-term trajectory of the population and climate predictions for California, maintaining Delta smelt in the Delta for the next 20-30 years is not likely to happen without significant improvements to the habitat. So, what happens to the remaining smelt when they encounter California WaterFix?

Aquafornia news National Geographic

Blog: Colorado River Basin’s ‘natural capital’ delivers up to half a trillion in annual benefits, new study says

Last week I [Sandra Postel] spent time around the Animas, La Plata, and San Juan Rivers in southwestern Colorado – generally the area between Pagosa Springs and Mesa Verde National Park, where the elaborate cliff-dwelling ruins of the Anasazi remind us that what we call home may not last forever. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Southern Californians, here’s how much your water bills could rise to pay for Delta tunnels

More than 6 million Southern Californian households could pay $3 more a month to help cover the costs of Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial plan to bore two huge tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Parks and water bond linked to housing deal at California Capitol

As California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown work to hammer out an affordable housing deal that includes a multi-billion dollar bond measure, they’re also negotiating a parks and water bond that would advance at the same time.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Feds list actions to stop border sewage spills after legal threat

Federal water-quality officials on Thursday released a list of actions taken in recent years to stop wastewater from flowing from Mexico into the San Diego region, a little more than a week after the city of Imperial Beach threatened a lawsuit.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Record heat in 2016 broke lake temperature records too

An annual analysis of the planet’s climate reaffirms what researchers knew was the case: that 2016 was the hottest year since at least 1880, when reliable global measurements were first kept. … The atmosphere is not only the place with incremental warming: the world’s freshwater lakes are also heating up.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Get a better picture of California’s groundwater resources

What is groundwater? Where does it occur in California? What is an aquifer? What is overdraft? … Those questions are illustrated on the Foundation’s beautiful California Groundwater Map poster, which was updated and re-designed earlier this year. Accompanying the map is the easy-to-understand 28-page Layperson’s Guide to Groundwater. … Both products retail for $15 each, but are now available in a bundle during August for $20, plus tax and shipping.

Aquafornia news Santa Clarita Valley Signal

State officials review northern water sent south

As the Castaic Lake Water Agency remains poised to become one new all-encompassing water agency with the promise of a bill nearing final review in Sacramento, its unique role as provider of Northern California water to the Santa Clarita Valley is also under review.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Blue-green algae-related toxin warnings remain at Russian River beaches

The Russian River tested clean this week for a toxin related to blue-green algae that prompted cautionary signs at 10 popular beaches last month and in each of the past two summers. The river remains open to swimming and other recreation.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

CPUC delays Cal Am desalination project environmental reports

In the latest setback for California American Water’s proposed Monterey Peninsula desalination project, the state Public Utilities Commission announced Monday that a final environmental impact study for the project will be delayed six months.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Yuba City levee work on schedule

Emergency work to repair the levee protecting downtown Yuba City is right on schedule, an official with the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency said Thursday, and heavy construction is expected to begin the middle of next week.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

Paul Kelley steps in as ACWA acting executive director while Tim Quinn is on medical leave

ACWA Past President Paul Kelley, who also is the current CalDesal Executive Director, has stepped in as Acting Executive Director at ACWA for roughly two months while ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn is on medical leave. Quinn is expected to return to ACWA at the end of September.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Kings River crash turns into international incident

The students’ car plunged off of Highway 180, about 75 miles east of Fresno, and tumbled 500 feet down into the canyon and came to rest on a boulder in the middle of the Kings River on July 26. Runoff from this winter’s heavy snowmelt has made the river treacherous for recovery crews, who have been cautious about risking their own lives to retrieve the car and the bodies inside.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

With 8 threatening volcanoes, USGS says California deserves close monitoring

With the world’s top volcanologists heading to Portland, Ore., on Aug. 14 for the first international volcanology assembly held in the U.S. since 1989, the many famous, prominent and dangerous volcanoes of the West Coast will be the subject of field trips and much discussion.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Q&A: Earthquakes, meet North Korean nukes: California’s growing portfolio of disaster preparedness

Mark Ghilarducci is an old hand at disasters and emergency prep; he’s seen just about everything his native state can throw at its residents, and this one — well, join the list.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

San Fernando Valley residents simmering over ‘brutal’ summer Los Angeles DWP bills

Dozens of northeast San Fernando Valley residents shocked by their latest Los Angeles Department of Water and Power bills recently found out they aren’t alone, when they took to Facebook to vent their frustrations.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Water main break floods streets in Modesto

A water main break flooded Norwegian Avenue and several other streets just east of McHenry Avenue in central Modesto on Thursday afternoon. … The pipe broke due to damage from age, [Robert] Englent said.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Court orders tech billionaire to open up Martins Beach

In a decision that could have far-reaching impacts on other coastal access cases, the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 3-0 that venture capitalist Vinod Khosla violated the California Coastal Act when he ended decades of public access to Martins Beach, south of Half Moon Bay, after he purchased the 89-acre property surrounding the beach.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Fees going up at Whiskeytown, Lassen

Lassen Volcanic National Park has proposed raising its annual fee, but a lower-cost Whiskeytown National Recreation Area pass will still get visitors into both areas. Lassen is in the process of raising the cost of its annual pass from $40 to $50, while Whiskeytown’s yearly fee will remain $40.