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Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

State, local fishing officials bash Trump’s offshore oil drilling plans

State and local fishing industry officials and regulators were united on Thursday in bashing the Trump administration’s plans to allow new offshore oil drilling in federal waters, saying it would add to the many threats the state’s fisheries are facing.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

90 years later, St. Francis Dam failure parallels Oroville Dam crisis

On the 90th anniversary of the catastrophic failure of the St. Francis Dam, dam safety experts worry that the Oroville Dam crisis showed that some of those crucial lessons have been forgotten — or were never retained in the first place.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Paleo Drought Workshop — Using the Past to Improve Drought Preparedness

This year’s dry winter in Southern California is a reminder of the need for ongoing drought planning and preparedness. A workshop on April 19th in San Pedro is intended to help Southern California water agencies and others who want to gain information for improving drought preparedness and updating Urban Water Management Plans. The workshop is sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Water Education Foundation.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

First rising tides, now sinking shores: Study finds new trouble for Bay Area

A study published Wednesday finds that flooding along San Francisco Bay could become far worse — sometimes twice as bad as current models suggest — because much of the bayfront is slipping downward at the same time that global warming is driving ocean levels upward.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

San Joaquin Valley farmers could suffer in trade war over tariffs

California’s farm exports totaled $20.59 billion in 2015, with almonds the top exported product at $5.14 billion. Almonds are also Fresno County’s top crop, valued at more than $1 billion.

Aquafornia news NPR

This is why you don’t see people-sized salmon anymore

While the orcas of Puget Sound are sliding toward extinction, orcas farther north have been expanding their numbers. Their burgeoning hunger for big fish may be causing the killer whales’ main prey, Chinook salmon, to shrink up and down the West Coast.

Aquafornia news POLITICO

Californians wish Trump would pay attention to more than just his border wall

As executive director of the environmental group Wildcoast, [Imperial Beach Mayor Serge] Dedina has led a years-long fight by his city to sue the federal government for failure to protect citizens on both sides of the border from what he calls a “tsunami” of raw sewage, toxic sludge and solid waste that spills through the border region via the Tijuana River Valley, threatening the health of millions.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Shasta County may ban growing hemp

After banning the sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana in Shasta County last year, county officials now want to close a loophole in state law they say could allow firms and institutions to grow cannabis under the guise of conducting industrial hemp research.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Wet week ahead as rain returns to Bay Area, snow to Sierra Nevada

A series of storms are expected to deliver rain to the Bay Area this week and snow to the Sierra Nevada, with another system slated to possibly bring more precipitation next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Arizona considers desalination options for future water supply

Not if, but when. That’s the future of water desalination plants in Arizona, according to the head of the state’s water department. They are controversial and expensive, but Arizona’s current leadership views desalinated water – or “desal” – as key to the state’s long-term water plans. Arizona sits atop an estimated 600 million acre-feet of brackish water.

Aquafornia news The Arizona Republic

Drinking to a river’s health: Arizona brewers and farmers fight drought with beer

Arizona brewers are fighting drought by the draught. In March the state’s first barley malt house should open in the Verde River Valley, supplying a key beer ingredient grown with water pulled from an overworked river that is crucial to metro Phoenix’s water supply.

Aquafornia news Santa Fe New Mexican

‘An erosion of the culture of the acequias’

The annual ritual of cleaning acequias, typically before the start of spring, remains alive in communities big and small, from Chama to Alcalde and Gallina to Sombrillo. But the practice has evolved and adapted as times have changed, from a lack of interest in farming to the purchase of agricultural lands by newcomers who don’t participate in the yearly cleanup.

Aquafornia news Eugene, Oregon, Register-Guard

Snow(less)pack: Months of warm, dry weather leave their mark on Cascades

Wintry weather in late February and early March wasn’t enough to raise the Western Oregon mountain snowpack to near normal. … Spring starts March 20, and the window to receive more mountain snow is closing fast.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

15 bald eagles spotted during final count of winter

Despite the rain, U.S. Forest Service rangers and volunteers completed their final eagle-spotting expedition for the 2018 winter season, counting a total of 15 bald eagles in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains, a spokesman for the Forest Service said Sunday.

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Review-Journal

Hoover Dam: Father and son died on same day (video)

Even after 81 years, myths still cling to Hoover Dam. No workers are entombed in the concrete and the hardhat was not invented there. But one story about the project is absolutely true.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Hotter, drier, hungrier: How global warming punishes the world’s poorest

Northern Kenya — like its arid neighbors in the Horn of Africa, where Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson paid a visit last week, including a stop in Nairobi — has become measurably drier and hotter, and scientists are finding the fingerprints of global warming. According to recent research, the region has dried faster in the 20th century than at any time over the last 2,000 years.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Commentary: Scientists know state’s plan is a lie, but water board doesn’t care

There’s no doubt members of the State Water Resources Control Board don’t want to hear another word about their water grab from farmers, elected leaders, economists, irrigation districts or especially newspaper columnists. But how about some of the state’s most respected scientists? How about the “Delta Watermaster”?

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: Kern County supervisors should do right thing by preserving farmland and threatened Swainson’s hawks

If there is one thing that motivates many volunteer environmentalists to keep on plugging away, it is the outrage we feel when we bump into an atrocious scheme like this one: Five years ago, Kern County took $14.3 million from a solar developer to help preserve farmland and the threatened Swainson’s hawk, and it has been trying to absorb these millions into its general fund without doing the mitigation.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Hatchery-raised salmon released into Sierra creek to save endangered species

Seeking to stave off the extinction of a storied species, state and federal wildlife officials are releasing 200,000 hatchery-raised salmon into a restored High Sierra creek where once-magnificent winter runs were wiped out over the past century.

Aquafornia news Herald and News, Klamath Falls

Klamath Basin water users push back on injunction

A group of Klamath Basin water users Wednesday filed a motion in federal court in San Francisco pushing for at least a delay in the court-ordered injunction to keep 50,000 acre feet held in reserve in Upper Klamath Lake. The water is to be used to flush out the Klamath River in the spring to mitigate the impact of disease on coho salmon.