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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Trump science job nominees missing advanced science degrees

When it comes to filling jobs dealing with complex science, environment and health issues, the Trump administration is nominating people with fewer science academic credentials than their Obama predecessors. … The AP analyzed 65 Senate-confirmable positions that deal with science and environment, many of which haven’t been filled yet after 10 months.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Governor’s environmental mixed bag

During the U.S. Climate Action Pavilion in Bonn, Germany, on Nov. 11, Gov. [Jerry] Brown presented America’s Pledge report detailing how U.S. cities, states and businesses will take action on climate targets it set forth in the Paris Agreement. … But Brown was interrupted by members of the Native American community speaking against his support of fracking and contending that his policies have hurt low-income communities.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Obama talks at climate change summit as mayors sign charter

Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday told a summit of mayors driven to act after President Donald Trump rejected the Paris climate accord that cities and states are the “new face of American leadership” on climate change. … Mayors from 51 cities including Paris, Mexico City, San Francisco and Phoenix attended the summit.

Aquafornia news The Union

Nevada Irrigation District bargains with Centennial Dam opponents

Nevada Irrigation District is negotiating with groups that have filed protests against its application for water rights on the Bear River. The district has applied to divert up to 221,400 acre feet of water annually on the Bear River to feed the proposed Centennial Reservoir.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wind is the culprit in 2017’s horrific wildfire season

The Thomas fire started in a known wind corridor on the first day of dry Santa Ana winds that are expected to buffet Southern California for nearly a week. What’s more, it has been a good eight months since a decent rainfall soaked the chaparral hillsides.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Winds churn California wildfires, keep aircraft from helping

The same vicious winds that turned three Southern California wildfires into destructive dynamos were also making the firefight more difficult. … Fires are not typical in Southern California this time of year but can break out when dry vegetation and too little rain combine with the Santa Ana winds.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Is California having a dry winter?

What happened to the rain? Less than a year after the drought was declared over, precipitation has been relatively scarce in the Sacramento area and Northern California so far this season.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Trump administration proposes 3 new national monuments, more changes at existing ones

Eight months after President Trump ordered a review of national monuments, and a day after the president removed 2 million acres of public land from federal protection in Utah, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday announced recommendations for much smaller boundary adjustments to monuments in Nevada and Oregon.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Northern California abalone numbers crashing, recreational season may shutter

Crashing populations may shut down the recreational abalone season for 2018. California Department of Fish and Wildlife managers have recommended the shutdown, but the Fish and Game Commission will make the final decision Thursday at a meeting in San Diego that is open to public comment.

Aquafornia news Western Farm Press

Lively exchanges on San Joaquin Valley water imbalance, global wine production

Some lively exchanges punctuated a Fresno, Calif. meeting of wine industry leaders that opened with a look at the challenges posed by drought and the prospects for on-farm water recharge and closed with a pep talk from a sports legend.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Water Deeply Talks: Water risks to what we eat and drink (audio)

During California’s five-year drought, many companies that make the food we eat and the beverages we drink saw impacts on their businesses. And companies across the Western United States are seeing water challenges not just from drought, but also from climate change, pollution, failing infrastructure and weak regulations.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Winter tourism diversifying on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore

For decades skiing and gaming have dominated the winter tourism scene on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, but with travelers hitting the slopes and slots less and climate change threatening snowfall, travel experts say that’s changing.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

DWR hosting spillway public meeting tonight in Oroville

A public meeting to provide updates on the Oroville Dam spillway repairs is planned at 6 p.m. tonight at the Oroville Memorial Auditorium, Montgomery and Myers streets in downtown Oroville.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

This Sacramento bridge closure will cut off a popular river crossing this winter and spring

The historic Jibboom Street Bridge downtown [Sacramento] will be closed for major repairs this winter and much of spring, county officials said this week. … The bridge, built in 1931, spans the American River a few yards east of its confluence with the Sacramento River, north of downtown.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wildlife officials say white-tailed prairie dog in no danger

U.S. wildlife officials say the white-tailed prairie dog does not need special protections under the Endangered Species Act because it’s in no danger of extinction across the U.S. West.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Editorial: Federal government must tackle border sewage problem

In a commentary in The San Diego Union-Tribune last month, San Diego businessman Jon C. Jacobson made a persuasive case that repeated sewage spills at the California-Mexican border should be addressed as the Trump administration tries to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Commentary: Ain’t no green for those greens, man

Concerned citizens swarmed Monday’s Council meeting to protest the proposal to close Stockton’s two public courses. As if suddenly money holes don’t matter anymore. … All that said, I [Michael Fitzgerald] find it curious that the three options the city rolled out Monday for replacing the courses all include residential housing.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: A test of California’s commitment to groundwater sustainability

Throughout California, access to water and how it is distributed is a perennial issue. Water conflicts are often nuanced and take on a life of their own. In some cases, a local conflict can have statewide implications — the City of Marina, a small city along the shores of Monterey Bay, finds itself in such a conflict.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation releases final environmental documents for Widren Water District pilot projects

The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for a pilot project for Widren Water District that would allow the district to convey up to 1,000 acre-feet of reverse osmosis treated groundwater through the Delta-Mendota Canal and potentially store it in San Luis Reservoir. The pilot project is part of a larger effort aimed at reducing dissolved minerals like salt and selenium in a 97,000 acre area known as the Grassland Drainage Area.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation considers allowing Placer County Water Agency to move non-CVP water via Folsom Reservoir

The Bureau of Reclamation proposes to allow Placer County Water Agency to move up to 100 acre-feet a year through Folsom Reservoir that will ultimately be delivered to Granite Bay’s Los Lagos subdivision in Placer County. Reclamation has released for public review a draft Environmental Assessment for the 5-year Warren Act contract.