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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Temperature breaks record Sunday in Sacramento

Temperatures rose to 106 degrees in Sacramento Sunday afternoon, breaking an almost 75-year-old record.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Pacific Grove’s seawall repair in limbo

Five months after a record January storm washed away a section of the seawall in the Lovers Point area, city officials find themselves at a standstill when it comes to repairing it.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

San Joaquin County’s record harvest has a cherry on top

After a year that saw nearly 2 feet of rain in Stockton — and even more farther north — one might have worried cherry farmers were destined for hard times.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Grand theft avocado: 3 arrested in $300,000 California theft

Southern California authorities say three produce company workers have been arrested in the theft of up to $300,000 worth of avocados.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tourists descend as temperatures climb in Death Valley

Desert dwellers in the western U.S. see temperatures topping 120 degrees as a reason to hunker down indoors and turn up the air conditioning. But some tourists welcome it as a bucket-list opportunity to experience Death Valley – famously the hottest place in America.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

What happens when scientists leave their labs to experiment with politics?

Across the country, scientists — card-carrying members of an elite that prizes expertise — are exiting their ivory towers to enter the political fray. 

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Mulholland’s great, great grandson featured in weddings’ section

His [Devin Peralta] great-great-grandfather was William Mulholland, credited with engineering the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which brought water to California’s arid southern region. 

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Editorial: There’s a strong local element with Bullards Bar Dam

There’s a good deal of distrust and some animosity these days for the Department of Water Resources and those in charge of inspecting and maintaining Oroville Dam. It’s mostly a state operation.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: It would be reckless to pull federal funding for an earthquake early warning system

Experts can’t predict earthquakes, but they can warn you that they’re coming. For a dozen years, West Coast scientists working with the United States Geological Survey have been developing an earthquake early warning system — called ShakeAlert — that could provide anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes of warning not only about the shaking that’s imminent but also about its intensity.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: How dangerous are High Sierra conditions? Even experienced hikers say ‘stay out’

Most people never will tackle the wilds of the Pacific Crest Trail. Now, even experienced hikers are among those staying away.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Irrigation management in the Western states, seen from overseas

The transformation of the western United States by irrigation offers hope for developing countries looking for models to improve their irrigation system for food security or agricultural prosperity. The transformation of the American West from barren desert and low value grazing into one of the largest agriculture areas in the United States would be impossible without irrigation.

Aquafornia news Mono Lake Committee

Blog: Seven times more water in the snowpack than this time last year

The data for the Rush Creek watershed indicates that 64% of the April 1st snowpack remains, containing about 78,000 acre-feet of water.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California Legislature votes to keep dam-safety plans secret

Fresh off the Oroville Dam crisis, California lawmakers on Thursday voted to make dam-safety plans secret through language that was quietly inserted into a budget-related bill. The legislation, which requires Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature before becoming law, says emergency action plans at dams would be kept confidential to “protect public safety.”

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Study: California’s seasonal rain and snow triggering earthquakes

California’s Mediterranean climate, with its wet winters and dry summers, brings enviable weather to the Golden State but also earthquakes, according to UC Berkeley research.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

How Trump’s EPA chief got caught up in farm fight in Sacramento

California farmer John Duarte, facing a hefty fine over water-law violations for plowing a field, wants to call in a big gun in his high-profile court case in Sacramento: Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Bummer: Report card says some Southern California beaches might make you sick

Heavy rains last winter poured billions of gallons of polluted runoff into the ocean, significantly increasing health risks at many Southern California beaches, according to Heal the Bay’s annual beach report card.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

How farmers, water districts and the federal government worked together to bring Butte Creek salmon back from brink

From hundreds of fish annually to nearly 9,000 per year, Butte Creek salmon are thriving, thanks to a project begun 20 years ago. That project was celebrated Thursday at Gorrill Ranch on the Midway. … Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior for the Clinton administration, helped bring the players to the negotiating table to get the Butte Creek Salmon Recovery Project, completed in the late 1990s.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Trump’s plan to gut EPA gets cool reception on Capitol Hill

Lawmakers concerned about curbing pollution and a warming planet gave a cool reception to President Donald Trump’s environmental chief on Thursday as he defended the administration’s proposal to sharply reduce the budget of his own agency.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Dirtiest no more: Santa Cruz’s Cowell Beach now ranked No. 3 most contaminated in state

In a year in which winter bacterial water pollution levels spiked along California’s coastal beaches, Cowell Beach has shucked its reigning title as the “dirtiest beach” in the state.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Report: Rain brings down water quality at Marin beaches

The winter rains were good for Marin’s reservoirs, but not so great for water quality at county beaches, according to a new report. Bacterial pollution at Northern California beaches spiked dramatically in 2016, according to Heal the Bay’s 27th annual Beach Report Card, released Thursday.