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Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Turlock district warns of fake workers trying to get into homes

Turlock Irrigation District received reports Wednesday that two males claiming to be with the utility were knocking on doors, saying they needed access to the homes to check electrical plugs.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Human waste, hypodermic needles cleaned out from Santa Ana River homeless encampments

Orange County Public Works released eye-popping figures Thursday, March 8, on the total amount of debris, needles and hazardous waste removed when crews cleaned up the area along the Santa Ana River Trail once populated by the encampments of homeless people.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

What scientists found trapped in a diamond: a type of ice not known on Earth

Trapped in the rigid structure of diamonds formed deep in the Earth’s crust, scientists have discovered a form of water ice that was not previously known to occur naturally on our planet.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Comments open on Lassen Park’s Bumpass Hell access alternatives

Three alternatives have been developed to revamp access to Bumpass Hell in Lassen Volcanic National Park, and a 30-day comment period has opened on the environmental assessment of the three options. The preferred option will maintain the current boardwalk configuration in the basin, and make improvements to the trail from the main park road.

Aquafornia news Grand Junction, Colorado, Sentinel

Eyes on ag lands

When Colorado River District officials caught wind of investment companies recently buying western Colorado ranches with ample senior water rights, including one north of Fruita, it got their attention. The district, which includes Mesa County and 14 other counties and focuses on the protection, conservation, use and development of Colorado River water in western Colorado, long has been concerned about protecting the region’s agricultural sector.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Here’s how to have a ‘dry garden’ that’s colorful, too

Drought-tolerant yards don’t have to be stark (or dull), says Palm Springs-based author and horticulturist Maureen Gilmer. Her new book, “The Colorful Dry Garden,” is bent on bringing a riot of fertile color into arid Southern California landscapes.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

What do you want to know about water in California?

So, what do you want to know about water in California? Are you curious about what a dry winter might mean for your own life?

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Blog: An alternative approach to managing the Delta

The State Water Board is updating the water quality plan for the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. This plan sets flow and water quality standards for the Delta and its watershed, affecting water supply to more than 25 million Californians and millions of acres of Central Valley farmland. Parties that would be affected by this plan—water suppliers, fish and wildlife managers, environmental nonprofits—are negotiating voluntary agreements to present to the board for consideration.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Is ecosystem-based management legal for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta?

In a recent three-part series posted on this website, a group of independent experts (including one of the authors here) proposed new ways to manage the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem. The purpose of the recommendations is to inform negotiations on the revised Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan, which will set new water quality and flow requirements for the Delta and its tributaries.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Recycled water from sewers coming to California taps

New regulations approved Tuesday by the California State Water Resources Control Board allow treated recycled water to be added to reservoirs, the source of California municipal drinking water.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

State water savings dip close to zero in January

The State Water Resources Control Board reported Tuesday that statewide water savings were just 0.8 percent in January compared to January 2013, the benchmark pre-drought year.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

New study: SFO, Foster City, other San Francisco Bay areas are sinking

Major parts of San Francisco Bay’s shoreline are slowly sinking, a new scientific study has found, dramatically increasing the risk of billions of dollars of flooding in the coming decades as sea level rise continues due to climate change.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Toxin forces order to stop eating recreationally caught shellfish in Bay Area

An unseasonably warm winter is putting a pause on the Bay Area’s recreational seafood catch, bringing elevated levels of a toxin found in shellfish much earlier in the year than usual.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

They’ve tried for years to catch a Sierra Nevada red fox. Now scientists have caught two.

Scientists have been trying to better understand the Sierra Nevada red fox since 1980, when it was listed as threatened in California. They intensified their study in 2008 but were not able to capture an animal until now, said Jennifer Carlson, an environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Treasure Island is sinking as seas are rising, and so are other Bay Area cities

If you imagine the San Francisco Bay as a bathtub, sea level rise means the bathwater is rising. A new study published today in Science Advances finds the tub is sinking too, and in some places, more than others.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin waters: Deadly poison found in shellfish

The Marin County Public Health Department has issued a warning to people harvesting mussels, clams and oysters in Marin because of potentially deadly levels of a naturally occurring toxin, paralytic shellfish poison.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

As winter arrives, rain ignites waterfalls across Northern California

A late arrival to winter is taking hold, and every creek, river and waterfall is acquiring its own personality. Some, like Silver Falls in the remote Santa Cruz Mountains, are roaring, having been jump-started by 7 inches of rain in the past week.

Aquafornia news Visalia Times-Delta

Recent storm lessens drought burden

March could be the start of a come back for Tulare County’s dry winter.  Last week’s three-day storm brought parts of California more rain in hours than the state received the previous month. … Phil Deffenbaugh, general manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Kaweah, said the lake is just where it needs to be, for now.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

Members of group that will study Riverside water rates to be chosen

A group that will study possible changes in water rates paid by Riverside agricultural customers is set to be chosen Monday, March 12. The Riverside Public Utilities board will vote on creating the Agricultural Water Rates Task Force at a meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Riverside City Council chambers, 3900 Main St., according to the meeting agenda.

Aquafornia news Oceans Deeply

The largest Pacific salmon are vanishing. Are killer whales the cause?

Alaskan fishing guide Jason Lesmeister stopped fishing for Chinook salmon more than a decade ago. The population, he said, “plummeted” on the Kenai River, his main fishing ground and a watershed renowned for producing enormous Chinooks, also called king salmon. But the fish aren’t just less abundant today. They’re also noticeably smaller.