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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tunnels audit heaps blame on state

State officials who have been planning the $17 billion Delta tunnels for more than a decade failed to determine whether the project pencils out financially and violated state law by hiring a high-level consultant who didn’t meet basic qualifications, according to a state audit released Thursday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Audit delivers another hit to California tunnels project

California’s water managers appear to have violated state law when they hired a consultant to help plan Gov. Jerry Brown’s $16 billion project to build two massive water tunnels, state auditors said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State auditor faults handling of Delta tunnels planning contracts

California water managers awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to a Sacramento consulting firm without going through the required competitive bidding process, according to the state auditor.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Interior, EPA chiefs: No plans to pay back charter flights

Representatives of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt say the trips were pre-approved by ethics officials in their respective agencies and were part of their official duties.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin thinkers join effort to tackle sea-level rise

Architects, urban planners, environmentalists and others gathered Thursday afternoon at Tiscornia Marsh in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood to look at the undulating waves in the bay and contemplate ways to keep those forces from overrunning land as sea-level rise takes hold.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Plastic straws on their way out in Carmel?

You may have to ask for a straw and take-out utensils when dining in Carmel soon, and those items will have to be biodegradable or recyclable.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Legacy projects take shape honoring Lewis MacAdams, poet and crusader for transforming Los Angeles River

On an early Monday morning, Lewis MacAdams plunged into work on a memoir recounting his years spent crusading to return the concrete-lined Los Angeles River to a more natural state. … MacAdams, a poet and founder of Friends of the Los Angeles River, looked up at historian Michael Block from his wheelchair and launched into an anecdote.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

One of the largest seasonal gatherings of tundra swans is coming to a rice field near you

Local farmers once again have teamed up with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to offer free swan tours to the public. Exploring privately owned rice fields and restored habitat just north of town [Marysville], the tours are held on Saturdays and run November through mid-January.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Swell coming: Surfers are stoked, beach-goers should be wary

The surf’s going to be up as storm systems in both the south and north Pacific are expected to deliver a double whammy of swells to Bay Area beaches beginning Thursday night.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California fall color season is latest since turn of the century

Although we’ve formally marked the arrival of autumn, unusual weather has delayed the start of the fall foliage season in Northern California.

Aquafornia news San Luis Obispo Tribune

What’s causing glowing blue waves in Morro Bay?

If you’ve explored the Morro Bay coastline after dark, you may have seen a blue glow coming from some of the waves breaking along the shoreline.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Explosive bursts of methane helped ancient Mars keep liquid water flowing, study finds

In a drying time, Mars may have been kept warm enough for liquid water to remain stable on the surface thanks to explosive bursts of methane gas, a new study finds. The simulations, described in the journal Nature Geoscience, could explain how Mars managed to sustain a series of lakes in a climate that at first glance seems too cold and arid to have done so.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Audit shows Delta WaterFix is broken beyond repair

When it comes to solving California’s water challenge, Gov. Jerry Brown has been as inept as Republicans trying to offer up a health care solution. A devastating report released Thursday by state auditor Elaine Howell makes that clear.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: California farm exports help agriculture, but at what cost?

In California, water is a public trust resource, meaning it belongs to the people of the state. … While it could be argued that food grown in California for Californians is a beneficial use of our water, it’s harder to make that case for crops exported overseas for the benefit of a few farmers – often corporations – at the expense of other water needs.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

News Release: Andrew Wheeler nominated as EPA deputy administrator

Today [Oct. 5], President Donald J. Trump announced his intention to nominate Andrew Wheeler as deputy administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). … In addition to spending four years at EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics during the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations, he also spent many years on Capitol Hill.  … Mr. Wheeler currently works as a principal at FaegreBD Consulting providing guidance on federal regulatory and legislative environmental and energy issues.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Rebuilding Lake Oroville spillways

In February, a huge hole opened in the Lake Oroville main spillway. The cause of the hole is still undetermined. … State and federal agencies devised a plan to quickly repair or replace the structures at the lake.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Environment is big winner in U.S.–Mexico Colorado River agreement

A newly signed pact between Mexico and the United States is believed to be the first time that two nations have agreed to allocate part of a shared water resource to the environment. Farmers and cities in both countries will reap benefits from Minute 323, an update to an existing agreement that seeks to sustainably manage the water of the overburdened Colorado River basin.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

FDA reversed its position on Nestlé bottled water, documents show

The federal government has strict rules about water that can be bottled and sold as “spring water,” and regulators recently changed their position on whether the water that Nestlé pipes out of the San Bernardino National Forest meets those requirements. 

Aquafornia news The New York Times

48 environmental rules on the way out under Trump

Since taking office in January, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority.

Aquafornia news USA Today

25 species denied endangered protection by Trump administration

From walruses to turtles and woodpeckers to toads, the Trump administration Wednesday declined to list 25 species as endangered, noting that extra protection “is not warranted at this time.”