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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Table Mountain wildflowers popping, but don’t forget your pass

Last week’s weather brought some much-needed rain to the north valley and led to something else — wildflowers. The bloom is just starting, and rain in this week’s forecast will help even more.

Aquafornia news Ag Alert weekly newspaper, California Farm Bureau Federation

March storms bring small improvement

In the space of two to three weeks, California farmers have had to switch from shirtsleeves to parkas to rain gear. That last one at least offered a glimmer of hope for what has been a gloomy 2018 water season so far.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

California Wildlife Day stresses importance of conservation

As belts continue to tighten around conservation efforts nationwide and talk of drilling along the California coast rumbles, local organizations are forging new platforms to advocate for wildlife and the environment. On March 24, Carmel will host a celebration of California Wildlife Day, an event geared toward preserving environmentalism in this generation and the next.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

States to begin surveys for lesser-prairie chicken

Wildlife managers in several states will begin surveys later this month to track the population of a grouse that has been the focus of an ongoing legal battle over whether it warrants federal protection.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Kansas farmers cut Ogallala water use — and still make money

Five years ago, a band of farmers in northwest Kansas decided that pumping prodigious volumes of water from the Ogallala Aquifer was a path to ruin. The vast Ogallala, an underground reserve stretching from South Dakota to Texas, was shrinking.

Aquafornia news Albuquerque, New Mexico, Journal

Two Nations One Water Summit looks at possible solutions

A binational summit brought together “water leaders” from New Mexico, other U.S. border states and Mexico to share innovative solutions for managing scarce water resources in the Southwest. … One panel highlighted the historic Minute 323 agreement as a global model for managing shared watersheds.

Aquafornia news The Denver Post

Building a better rainbow trout: Colorado biologists on breeding blitz to revive species ravaged by whirling disease

Colorado fish lovers hunched over buckets at a hatchery, fingers numb inside soaked black wool mittens, scooping up shiny rainbow trout that have developed an ability to fight off the aquatic equivalent of plague that has ravaged Western rivers for four decades.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

São Paulo heading to another dry spell

In 2014, São Paulo nearly ran out of water amid the region’s worst drought in recorded history. At the height of the crisis, the main reservoir for the city of 20 million dipped to 3 percent capacity and the city had less than 20 days’ water supply.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Recycled wastewater at your tap? It could be soon in Arizona.

Most Americans are familiar by now with the concept of recycled wastewater. We all may not be completely comfortable with the concept of reusing treated sewage, but most of us have at least heard about it, and in some communities we know that it helps parks and street landscaping thrive.

Aquafornia news The Wall Street Journal

Editorial: California’s water hole

Storms like the one that have doused arid California in recent days are cause for celebration, but also for better conservation.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: San Francisco to charge vacant-lot owners for rainwater that runs down the drain

When it rains, it pours — and that has San Francisco water officials looking into charging property owners a new “storm-water fee” to help with the upkeep of the city’s aging sewer system. … A state bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in October opened the gate for other cities across California to start adding storm-water costs to tax bills without going to the voters.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: Water bond provides solutions for San Joaquin Valley, state

The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), of which Tulare, Merced, Mariposa, Madera and Tulare counties are members, recently endorsed a statewide water bond that appears headed to the November ballot (referred to as “the November water bond”). I [Tulare County Supervisor Kuyler Crocker] voted to support this proposal at a recent RCRC Board of Directors meeting because it recognizes the complex water problems many rural counties face.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Extreme wildfires are changing California. We need a special session on them — now.

In the months since last year’s wildfires, gallons of ink have been spilled on these pages and others diagnosing what went wrong. But while we debate, our climate worsens, wilderness areas dry out from drought, bark beetles continue to turn many forests into graveyards, and our communities remain dangerously vulnerable thanks to inadequate early warning systems and infrastructure that isn’t designed to deal with a changing climate.

Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association

Blog: Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

In her book Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, Miriam Horn has painted a fascinating and compelling picture of the amazing conservation work that is being done out on the landscape by the landowners and other stewards who are making a living from the land, while working equally hard to preserve it for future generations. … We encourage you to either read this excellent book or watch the film by the same name.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Judge shoots down Delta tunnels foes’ request to halt key hearing

A Sacramento County judge on Monday declined to temporarily stop the hearings that will decide the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels project after its opponents sued alleging the process had been tainted by secret meetings.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Sierra snowpack up 80 percent from last week, but still low

Last week’s major snowstorms brought a welcome change to the Sierra Nevada Range — the source of nearly one-third of California’s water — boosting the overall snowpack by nearly 80 percent. But despite the blizzards dumping 5 to 8 feet of fresh snow, the overall snowpack remains well below normal.

Aquafornia news Ventura County Star

Most California schools OK for lead levels in drinking water; thousands yet to be tested

Less than 1 percent of recent drinking water samples at California’s public schools showed elevated lead levels. But thousands more campuses still need to be tested, state officials said last week. A new law, AB 746, took effect in January requiring those tests at public schools over the next 16 months.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Study: Snowpack has declined dramatically across US West

Scientists have found dramatically declining snowpack across the American West over the past six decades that will likely cause water shortages in the region that cannot be managed by building new reservoirs, according to a study published Friday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

High Court: Feds have role in Texas-New Mexico water fight

A lawsuit pitting Texas against New Mexico and Colorado over access to water from the Rio Grande must be sent back to an arbitrator, also known as a special master, to resolve the dispute, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

With Supreme Court challenge, tech billionaire could dismantle beach access rights — and a landmark coastal law

The California Coastal Act for decades has scaled back mega-hotels, protected wetlands and, above all, declared that access to the beach was a fundamental right guaranteed to everyone. But that very principle could be dismantled in the latest chapter of an all-out legal battle that began as a local dispute over a locked gate.