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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Kids hear the call of the sea through sailing nonprofit

More than a million children call the San Francisco Bay Area home, regularly criss-crossing the bridges and freeways that connect the region. But only around 5 percent of them have ever actually been out on the bay itself. The nonprofit Call of the Sea is looking to change that.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Orange County Fair is getting back to its farm fresh roots

The 127th OC Fair boasts the theme “Farm Fresh Fun. … This year, the focus is on farm products. Next year’s will home in on the farmers and others involved in harvesting food, followed by a look at environmental issues surrounding agriculture.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

From a dead lawn to an ‘evolving art piece’ where something is always in bloom

In September 2013, Giovanna Melton purchased a 1950 home in Valley Glen that was situated on a charming tree-lined street filled with traditional homes and lawns. At the time, it was Los Angeles’s driest year on record, but Melton didn’t have to worry about watering her lawn.

Aquafornia news High Country News

A legal snarl in Idaho portends future conflicts over water

On a sunny day in late April, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released hundreds of millions of gallons of water from Idaho’s Lucky Peak Dam, a dozen miles upstream of Boise. The dam operators call it a “rooster tail” display; thousands of observers took in the spectacle.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Utah’s $1.9 billion claim from mine spill reveals no details

Utah’s $1.9 billion claim against the Environmental Protection Agency for a multi-state mine waste spill says Utah’s water, soil and wildlife were damaged, but it offers no specifics.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

New Orleans on edge as city scrambles to fix pumping system

Louisiana’s governor declared a state of emergency in New Orleans on Thursday as the city’s malfunctioning water-pumping system and the threat of more rain left some neighborhoods at greater risk of flooding.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: Why markets aren’t easy solution for California’s groundwater problems

It has become popular to lament how slowly California is embracing water markets. … Markets may be part of the solution, but only where implemented carefully. Take groundwater. In many areas, decades of unfettered pumping have depleted aquifers, resulting in dry wells, deteriorating water quality, depleted streams and infrastructure damage.

Aquafornia news Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Blog: California WaterFix workshops — Costs and financing

Consumers have two very reasonable questions when it comes to any proposed big-ticket public project that may affect their utility bills: What is the project going to cost me? And what is the approximate cost of an alternative? We at Metropolitan answer those questions and more in our latest policy white paper providing a detailed look at the financial planning for California WaterFix.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Lake Oroville spillways construction updates

Today [August 9] the Department of Water Resources (DWR) provided an update on construction work on the Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project.
Continued Construction on the Main Spillway
• Construction efforts at the Lake Oroville spillways have remained focused on repairing and reconstructing the gated flood control spillway, also known as the main spillway, by November 1.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

New film explores water challenges and food security in San Joaquin Valley

“Beyond the Brink,” a new film exploring water scarcity and food shortages in California’s San Joaquin Valley and implications for the nation’s food supply, is set for release this fall. … The film was created, directed and produced by Jim Thebaut as part of The Chronicle Group’s series of documentaries dealing with public policy and national security. Other films in the series include: “Running Dry” (2005), “The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry? (2008) and “The Cold War and Beyond (2000).

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Trump administration sends payout for Oroville Dam crisis

Federal disaster officials have agreed to chip in $22.8 million to help California pay the estimated $500 million cost of the Oroville Dam crisis. … Department of Water Resources spokeswoman Erin Mellon said Wednesday during a biweekly conference call with reporters that she expects more money to come the state’s way.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

California’s plan to tackle a carcinogen widespread in water

If you drive Highway 99 through California’s Central Valley, you’ll pass through the heart of farm country, where the state’s bounty blooms with hundreds of crops – everything from peaches to pistachios, from tangerines to tomatoes. You’ll also pass through dozens of communities, large and small, whose water systems are tainted by a newly regulated contaminant, 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP), which for decades was used in agricultural fumigants injected into farmland across the Valley.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Panel weighed Oroville Dam spillway failure in 2014 — and called it unlikely

Consider a couple of scenarios for big trouble at Oroville Dam: First: The facility’s main concrete spillway suffers serious damage, resulting in erosion of the rock beneath it — and potentially threatening the safety of the dam itself.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Under pressure from regulators, San Diego cracks down on water pollution from construction sites

Developers in the city of San Diego are facing tougher government enforcement at construction sites that have the potential to pollute rivers and streams — including fines and even stop-work orders. That’s the result of a settlement San Diego officials entered into with water quality regulators that will require the city to pay $3.2 million and step up policing of development.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Environmentalists say proposed cannabis grow rules fail to protect wildlife

Four environmental groups have faulted proposed state rules for commercial cannabis cultivation for failing to protect imperiled species, including the reclusive Pacific fisher, from rodent poison frequently used at unregulated grow sites.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam: Review board concerned about concrete used in spillway reconstruction

The independent consultants reviewing plans for the Oroville Dam main spillway reconstructions expressed some concerns in two recent memos about construction of the center part of the project.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Oroville Dam’s green spot: Innocent pool or big problem?

The failure of the Oroville spillway in February led people to notice a large green spot on Lake Oroville’s dam. The spot has been there for years, but the questions remain as to whether it’s a sign the dam is leaking.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

South Sacramento flood control project complete

The $100 million dollar project redesigned a network of creeks, channels, and levees to protect an area prone to flooding from high water events in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Valley Public Radio NPR for Central California

Interview: Questions remain about possible groundwater contamination from oil production (audio)

Oil companies in California produce more water than oil. In the San Joaquin Valley that also has created a problem: what to do with all of that unwanted water?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

E. coli infection closes Nevada County lake through Aug. 23

An E. coli-contaminated lake in Nevada County linked to the illnesses of 14 people will remain closed until at least Aug. 23, county officials announced Wednesday.