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Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Beanie babies for charity? It’s one of the ideas proposed at summer camp to save water

A recent four-day summer camp inspired middle school girls to tackle water conservation. Among their ideas? Beanie babies for charity.

Aquafornia news NPR

Why is China snatching up Australian farmland? (with audio)

At the wine tasting room of Taylors Wines in Sydney, Australia, bottles are uncorked, poured, swished, sniffed and sipped. There’s a lot for employees to toast this year. … That’s thanks, in part, to China.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Blue-green algal bloom found in San Luis Reservoir; Public urged to avoid water contact

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is urging boaters and recreational users to avoid direct contact with or use of waters containing blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in San Luis Reservoir in Merced County. The recommendation is based on the potential health risks from the algae. Water sampled on June 19 at the Basalt Boat Launch contained approximately 10 micrograms per liter of microcystins, a level that prompts warning signs to be posted at the reservoir.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Skiers hit the slopes in bikini tops as California’s endless winter endures a heat wave

The seemingly contradictory weather conditions — a heat wave and mountains still piled high with snow — are one final legacy of a historic winter that brought the most rain ever recorded in Northern California. Months of back-to-back storms finally pulled California out of its five-year drought. But they left behind up to 200 inches of snow.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

US cancels new protection for endangered West Coast whales

The Trump administration on Monday threw out a new rule intended to limit the number of endangered whales and sea turtles caught in fishing nets off the West Coast, saying existing protections were already working.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth’s killer heat worsens

Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent, according to a new comprehensive study of fatal heat conditions. Still, those stretches may be less lethal in the future, as people become accustomed to them.

Aquafornia news Western Water on Tap

Drought’s impact on fiscal planning highlights PPIC report; Suppliers need ‘proactive’ drought pricing to prevent cash crunch

During drought, people conserve water. That’s a good thing for public water agencies and the state as a whole but the reduction in use ultimately means less money flowing into the budgets of those very agencies that need funds to treat water to drinkable standards, maintain a distribution system, and build a more drought-proof supply.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Rescuers warn swimmers to stay out of the deadly Kern River after six drownings

In singing about the Kern River, Merle Haggard put it best: “It’s a mean piece of water, my friend.” As a heat wave tightens its grip on California, the water in the massive Sierra Nevada snowpack is being squeezed into the state’s rivers and reservoirs, creating dangerous conditions downstream.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Fish and Wildlife Service releases Central California tiger salamander recovery plan

The Central California tiger salamander, currently federally listed as threatened, will get a boost toward its recovery with the release of a plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service including guidelines to combat the introduction of a non-native Texas salamander threatening the local population.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Man sentenced to more than seven years for growing pot in Sequoia National Forest

The grow sites were located at Fay Creek and Brush Creek, tributaries of the Kern River, and the Needles, a series of massive granite rock formations near the North Fork of the Kern River.

Aquafornia news ProPublica

In Flint water crisis, could involuntary manslaughter charges actually lead to prison time?

Last week, Michigan’s top prosecutor announced that five officials, including the state’s Health Department head Nick Lyon, will face charges of involuntary manslaughter for a death resulting from the Flint water crisis.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

No containment in fire burning near Big Bear

The Holcomb fire just north of Big Bear Lake continues to burn without containment Tuesday morning, according to the latest information from the National Forest Service.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Swimmers flock to Whitewater River despite wildfire and drowning risks, warnings by officials

On a recent, sweltering Monday afternoon, the winding road tracking the Whitewater River and leading up to the preserve of the same name was dotted with parked cars. Their drivers and riders could be found in the river or toweling off on its banks, in full view of signs letting them know the area was closed for the summer due to wildfire hazards.

Aquafornia news Redlands Daily Facts

How the heat wave could impact planes, trains, cars and more

It’s hot outside. Really hot. So hot, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for areas of Southern California, specifically the Inland areas through Wednesday, when temperatures could reach 112 degrees.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Wild temperature spread in Bay Area ranges from 61 to 104

Tuesday is the official start of summer, but Bay Area residents are already getting a taste of the dog days of August, with temperatures that broke records over the weekend forecast to stay sweltering in much of the region for the rest of the week.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

For second consecutive day, Fresno sets record for heat, this time 108 degrees

Fresno is expected to either beat or tie heat records Monday through Thursday, and even then, the area won’t see a relief from triple digits until early next week, according to Jim Bagnall, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Hanford. … The Merced River near Pohono Bridge reached flood stage as of 10 a.m. Monday, and the flood warning remains in effect.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Heat to slam Northern California

Summer has arrived. Redding can expect triple-digit temperatures through Wednesday, and the National Weather Service is cautioning that everyone should prepare for the heat.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Scorching Southern California heat wave expected to peak Tuesday

Record-breaking temperatures that stoked a wildfire near Castaic Lake and other Southern California locations continued to rise Monday and will peak Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

It’s really hot. What you need to know about staying cool – and saving electricity

Ease off on your dishwasher and other appliances, if you can. California’s heat wave is approaching record proportions, with multiple days of 100-degree temperatures, soaring demand for electricity and rising danger from forest fires.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

PG&E begins aerial wildfire patrols

Officials said PG&E is launching the patrols due to an increase in fire danger from rising temperatures, coupled with the potential for winds.