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Aquafornia news San Bernardino Sun

Wastewater pact ends lawsuits, promises $8 million saved annually

Lawsuits have evaporated and San Bernardino Valley water providers say they are approaching future wastewater treatment plans in a cooperative, not competitive, spirit. Put to rest are two lawsuits the city of San Bernardino filed in an effort to block a large wastewater treatment plant proposed by Highland-based East Valley Water District.

Aquafornia news The Vacaville Reporter

Solano County Water agency approves study of Cache Slough Complex

The Solano County Water Agency Board of Directors (SCWA) has approved a $1.2 million dollar contract with the University of California, Davis for the three-year Cache Slough Complex Water Quality, Productivity and Fisheries Study.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Residents tell DWR they want dam access, more answers at community meeting

Residents showed lingering distrust Wednesday night as they voiced concern about loss of access to recreation and questions about hairline cracks in the reconstructed spillway.

Aquafornia news High Country News

Interior Department’s Climate Science Centers persevere

Will Badlands National Park have enough forage in the future for its bison herds? Can the Wind River Reservation manage tribal water storage to account for the fact that snow now melts earlier? Could flash droughts be predicted more accurately, such as the one that Montana experienced last summer that led to one of the worst ever wildfire seasons in the state?

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Fires, droughts and hurricanes: What’s the link between climate change and natural disasters?

One of the most destructive fire seasons in California history keeps getting worse, with three wildfires driven by Santa Ana winds burning brush and homes in the Southland. At the other extreme, four hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate — have made landfall in the U.S. this year, the first time in more than a decade that so many have done so.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Why 2017’s record wildfire season keeps getting worse

Even before the dramatic Southern California wildfires began their harrowing path this week, California was already experiencing its deadliest and most destructive fire season ever. And it’s only getting worse. … For Californians who welcomed one of the wettest, drought-busting winters early in 2017, the fury of the fires is startling. 

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Odd series of small earthquakes jostle Julian area

A series of small earthquakes broke Wednesday and early Thursday about eight miles northeast of Julian, causing shaking that was felt across a wide area of the county, the U.S. Geological Survey said

Aquafornia news Associated Press

LA’s Getty Center built to protect its treasures from flames

The Getty Center art complex in Los Angeles made sure it could protect its priceless artwork and antiquities from flames like those just across a freeway Wednesday, from its landscaping to a space for helicopters to land. … The center has its own reservoir to supply suppression systems if necessary, and there is an on-site helipad to fill helicopters with water.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area’s newest parkland has outlaw roots

This story is about two little boys searching for buried outlaw treasure, a kidnapping by Jesse and Frank James — and how the Bay Area’s newest park connects these encounters and brings them full circle.

Aquafornia news Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot

1930s sewer digester should get more than paint and a touch-up, Laguna residents say

Laguna Beach residents at Tuesday’s public workshop about the Village Entrance urged officials to give greater care to a sewer digester building they consider one of the city’s landmarks.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: Rural America wants water protections

For almost a half century, the Clean Water Act has protected many of America’s rivers, lakes and bays from harmful pollution. But still too many of our nation’s waters remain at risk. That’s why, a few years ago, through an extensive public process involving rural communities and industry, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new rule, the Clean Water Rule (also known as the Waters of the U.S. Rule), to further protect precious sources of drinking water.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Commentary: Marin Municipal Water District’s new Mt. Tam road goes against its watershed goals

On the face of it, Marin Municipal Water District’s proposed Azalea Hill Project near Fairfax sounds like a good idea, and the part of the plan that reroutes and restores damaged areas near the trail will benefit the environment and all parties.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Deepen your knowledge of California water and visit the Delta

Deepen your knowledge of California water issues at our popular Water 101 Workshop and jump aboard the bus the next day to visit the  Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that supports the state’s water system and is California’s most crucial water and ecological resource. In addition to learning about the history, geography and legal framework that has shaped California water, our annual workshop on Feb. 22 in Sacramento will include an in-depth session on the Delta … 

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation/Department of Water Resources

News Release: Beta version of CalSim 3.0 Model released

The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [Dec. 6] released a beta version of an updated water resources and water supply reliability planning tool for review and comment. Water managers in California use the model – known as CalSim – to examine operations of the interconnected Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) given assumptions for hydrology conditions, project facilities, and regulatory criteria. 

Aquafornia news The Union

Back to the land: Historian’s latest book celebrates ‘Ranches and Agriculture in Nevada County’

In her writings, [Maria] Brower likes to focus on the overlooked parts of history, which is why her most recent book covers the subject of ranches and agriculture in Nevada County. She said there have been no books published on the subject, even though agriculture has been and continues to be the county’s largest product, behind mining and lumber.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Some fire hydrants didn’t work because of power outages, firefighters say

As firefighters battled a destructive wildfire that swept through neighborhoods in Ventura, they were stymied by some fire hydrants that didn’t work. Officials said power outages caused by the fire and heavy winds left some water pumping stations inoperable, meaning water couldn’t reach the fire hydrants.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

DWR says Oroville Dam spillway ready for winter rains

It might be another year or so until reconstruction of the main spillway at Lake Oroville is officially complete, but Department of Water Resources officials say the structure is ready for whatever this winter can throw at it, even if there are a few cracks here and there.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Pioneering practice could help California reverse groundwater depletion

Groundwater overdraft in the San Joaquin Valley – producer of half the state’s agricultural output – has averaged roughly 1.8 million acre-feet annually since the mid-1980s. Even before the start of the most recent drought in 2011, a few San Joaquin farmers recognized the dire need for sustainable water management and started individually pioneering a groundwater recharge practice that has since gained statewide traction.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Blog: New water rules for marijuana growers

Marijuana growers who plan on growing cannabis on private land next season will encounter new state requirements to address the crop’s impact on California’s creeks and streams. … The State Water Board recently adopted interim policies that will affect the license, including checks on a grower’s water rights, restrictions on the diversion of water for irrigating cannabis crops, and site-specific requirements to control runoff into local streams from growing operations.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Where protected lands stand after national monument review

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump ordered U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct an unprecedented review of 27 monuments established by former presidents over more than two decades on lands and waters revered for their natural beauty and historical significance.