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Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

A brief history of the first Earth Day and what made it so successful (with lesson plan)

To start, a quick quiz: 1. Which labor group helped fund and organize the first Earth Day celebration? 2. Who made the following statement: “Restoring nature to its natural state is a cause beyond party and beyond factions … It is a cause of particular concern to young Americans, because they, more than we, will wreak the grim consequences of our failure to act on programs which are needed now if we are to prevent disaster later.”

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Earth Day volunteer opportunities abound in Marin

Mostly clear, sunny skies are in store for the weekend jammed pack with Earth Day volunteer and educational events throughout the county. Temperatures are expected to be mild in the mid to high 60s inland with a coastal breeze out in West Marin, according to the National Weather Service.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Earth Day festival coming to South Shore

People all over the world will celebrate Earth Day — a day that serves to bring awareness to issues that are detrimental to the planet and provide opportunities for environmental stewardship — Saturday, April 22. One week later on April 29, Tahoe’s South Shore will celebrate with the South Tahoe Earth Day Festival at Bijou Community Park.

Aquafornia news USA Today

For scientists, marching is just the start

Hundreds of scientists and advocates in Washington and 514 locations around the world will rally Saturday to support the scientific community and showcase the role science plays in everyday life.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study

Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Judge in endangered fish lawsuit lifts hold on Montana dam

A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday lifted his hold on a proposed irrigation dam and fish passage that U.S. officials say is the best hope to save an endangered ancient species of fish in the Yellowstone River.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Water scarcity causes Cauvery River Delta anguish

Vijayakumar was 51 years old and a successful rice grower his entire life until this rainless harvest season. Described by his family and friends as a tall, steady man of few words, Vijayakumar seemed unbent by the paralyzing consequences of Tamil Nadu’s deepest drought in 140 years, even though his two-acre rice crop was utterly ruined.

Aquafornia news The Motley Fool

Better Buy: American Water Works vs. California Water Service Corp.

According to the American Water Works Association, approximately $1 trillion is necessary to maintain and expand water service to meet demand over the next 25 years. This reality, coupled with the fact that infrastructure has been on the lips of pundits and politicians recently, suggests that examining water utility stocks is a worthy endeavor.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Editorial: Metropolitan’s help could bring political support for Sites

The immediate reaction by many locals to news that Southern California is interested in Sites Reservoir might be the suspicion that there is a grab being made for Northern California water. … The truth is, in this case, if you’re a supporter of the proposed Sites off-stream reservoir, you should probably welcome interest by the Metropolitan Water district of Southern California.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Oroville Dam managers made missteps in handling crisis

Late in the afternoon of Feb. 12, Sheriff Kory Honea was at the emergency operations center for the tallest dam in America when he overheard someone say something that stopped him in his tracks: “This is not good.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Expert performed autopsy on Oroville spillway collapse. Here’s what he found.

As state officials clamp down on records at Oroville Dam, one of the country’s foremost experts on catastrophic engineering failures has used state inspection reports, photographs and historical design specifications to piece together an autopsy detailing why the spillway at the country’s tallest dam failed so spectacularly this winter.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Company that made Folsom Dam safer lands job of fixing Oroville Dam

The company that built one of greater Sacramento’s most important flood-control projects in years will fix the damaged spillways at Oroville Dam, site of a near catastrophe two months ago. … Kiewit has considerable experience with dam projects, including the decadelong, $900 million upgrade of Folsom Dam.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

NASA: Central Sierra Nevada snowpack larger than previous four years combined

The Central Sierra Nevada snowpack this year is larger than the previous four years combined, according to new data from NASA.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

River rescue reminder to take care around high rivers

Be careful around rivers the next few weeks. That’s the word from Bureau of Reclamation and other authorities who say that a heavy rain year and scheduled increased releases from Shasta Dam will create high flows on the Sacramento River.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Tackling seawalls and disappearing beaches: Assemblyman’s erosion bill progresses

An assembly bill, the first of its kind tackling how California manages coastal erosion and seawall permits, cleared its first hurdle Monday.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Cosumnes River provides model for floodplain restoration in California

With California’s surface drought over, the state can prioritize investing in groundwater recharge and floodplain restoration to help fight one of its biggest lingering problems: groundwater overdraft. As it does so, the relatively unknown Cosumnes River watershed has emerged as a model.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Surfers stoked: Drought’s end means beachgoers get showers back

For some beachgoers, the move to turn the showers back on ends nearly two years of frustration – and, some claim, a health threat. California State Parks turned off the showers in July 2015, at the height of the drought and when the state was pushing in every way to cut back on water use.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Snowflakes in the Sierra, sprinkling in Sacramento before sunny weekend

A little bit of rain in the valley and snowflakes in the Sierra are forecast for tonight, but otherwise fair skies are expected through the weekend.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Soquel Creek Water District approves $55,000 church water offset fee reduction

Nearly three years after Twin Lakes Church earned hard-won approval on a new 40,000-square-foot development on its Aptos property, church leaders were back before the Soquel Creek Water District board on Tuesday night with a new request: more water for less money. 

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Cal Water to explain proposed rate increase to Bakersfield City Council

Interested in why California Water Service Company plans to raise rates on its Bakersfield customers by 1.49 percent in 2018? Cal Water will explain the proposed rate increase to the Bakersfield City Council Wednesday.