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Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Fight over Mt. Shasta water bottling plant gets political

A multiyear fight over a proposed water bottling plant in Northern California has taken a new turn. California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has launched an investigation into alleged violations of campaign finance rules by Crystal Geyser Water Company and the Committee for a Strong Siskiyou Economy, No on Measure H. Galena West, chief of the commission’s enforcement division, announced the probe on March 2.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Congressional look at marine sanctuaries could impact Sonoma County

Rep. Jared Huffman and environmentalists are concerned that a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill marks the beginning of a Republican assault on a national marine sanctuary system that protects 350 miles of California’s coast from offshore oil development and pumps millions of dollars into local economies, including Sonoma County.

Aquafornia news KQED

With some Chinook in trouble, California faces ‘a pathetic scrap’ of a salmon season

California’s chinook salmon — or some of them — are in trouble again. And under a set of proposed rules approved Monday, that’s likely to mean a very restricted salmon season for both commercial fishers and recreational anglers alike.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Activists to protest plans for potential expansion of fracking

Anti-fracking activists are gearing up to continue fighting against the potential expansion of the oil extraction method, this time against the federal government.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Gorsuch’s environment record: Neither a clear friend nor foe

By the time a lawsuit over pollution from a nuclear weapons plant had reached Judge Neil Gorsuch, it had crawled through the courts for more than two decades, outliving some of the landowners who said the contamination destroyed their property values.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Damage at Contra Costa County reservoir halts pumping

The extraordinary volume of water pouring through California’s rivers and reservoirs this winter appears to be behind more damage to the state’s water infrastructure.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

These before and after images show storms’ impact on San Joaquin Valley reservoirs

For a while, it seemed as though California’s five-year drought would never lift. But thanks to the winter’s deluge of rain and a record-setting snowpack, the San Joaquin Valley’s reservoirs and lakes are brimming with water.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin County: storm repair projects exceed $8 million

Marin County public works, parks and flood control officials Tuesday presented Marin supervisors with a list of 24 sites damaged by severe rain storms in January and February that will cost an estimated $8.76 million to repair.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz hears update to supplemental city water supply efforts

The Santa Cruz City Council, joined by the city Water Commission, heard a quarterly update on city efforts to stave off a worst-case scenario projecting a future 1.2 billion gallon water shortage in future years.

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Modesto Irrigation District board debates farm water subsidy while class-action lawsuit looms

An office staff decision not to raise water prices this year led to a lively debate Tuesday among Modesto Irrigation District leaders over whether electricity customers truly subsidize farmers’ water.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Has Lake Tahoe ever looked more beautiful than it does right now?

A powerful and unrelenting winter blast coated the Northern Sierra Nevada this winter. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Highway 1 reopens between Big Sur and Carmel, but southern sections remain closed

It’s been a rough winter for Highway 1, but finally there’s a little good news. The coastal route that has been dogged by mudslides, downed trees and damage from heavy rains reopened Tuesday afternoon between Big Sur and Carmel, Caltrans reports.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Highway 1 to Big Sur reopens to public

Three weeks after closing Highway 1 between the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and just south of Palo Colorado due to dozens of landslides, Caltrans reopened the coastal stretch of road to the public Tuesday evening.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Lassen Park buried in snow

Where’s the visitor center? That’s the first question that comes to mind these days if you take a trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park. The snowbanks rise higher and higher beside the road to the north to the park from Highway 36.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

City of Sacramento moves ahead with drought-resistant landscaping at government buildings

The areas around Sacramento City Hall are taking on a new look. Six years of drought led to several conservation measures in the last two years. One of those is new landscaping around Old City Hall and New City Hall.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

East Bay kindergartners hold sock drive for San Jose flood victims

One of the cornerstone projects for NEA’s youngest students is a curriculum based on weather. … This learning occurred at the exact time that rain in San Jose caused major flooding.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Sea lion evades rescue from California farmland canal

Wildlife experts are frustrated by a young sea lion that evaded their attempts to rescue him from a canal that cuts through farmland and an inland Northern California neighborhood.

Aquafornia news Sea Change Radio

High & Dry: Talking Groundwater (radio show)

With drought-stricken California enjoying its wettest winter in decades, it can be easy to forget that water scarcity is among the globe’s most deadly threats. This week on Sea Change Radio, we discuss groundwater with Bill and Rosemarie Alley, the authors of High and Dry: Meeting the Challenges of the World’s Growing Dependence on Groundwater. They take us on a journey around the world and back in time to examine how humans scheme for and squander earth’s most precious resource.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Yoga pants, cozy clothes may be key source of sea pollution

Comfortable clothes are emerging as a source of plastic that’s increasingly ending up in the oceans and potentially contaminating seafood, according to Gulf Coast researchers launching a two-year study of microscopic plastics in the waters from south Texas to the Florida Keys.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: You probably don’t see the dredge in Marina del Rey, but it’s going to make your summer better

The Heidi-Renee appeared on the water in early December. One day, it was business as usual in the channel leading from Marina del Rey to the sea: kayakers, sailboats, water-skimming pelicans, the occasional sea lion.