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Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

After a chance of showers, Central Coast should start to warm up

A weak system will bring a chance of rain to the Central Coast on Tuesday before a warming trend moves in the following day and sticks around for the weekend.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz biology students investigate fish fraud

Taking on the role of part of part-time marine gumshoes, Harbor High School students recently found fish fraud in Santa Cruz. Last week, in their small-sample study, students discovered that about a third of the fish they were eating locally were not what they were advertised to be.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

It will be hard to find a campsite at Kings Canyon this Memorial Day

Nearly half the campsites in Kings Canyon National Park will be closed over the Memorial Day holiday due to tree hazards, including the popular Sunset Campground, U.S. Park Service officials said Monday.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Search for Shastasaurus waits for drier season

A team of paleontologists planned to look for evidence of the marine reptile last autumn and again this spring, but heavy rains and some scheduling difficulties put the project on hold.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Philadelphia water rate links payments to household income

Running for a Philadelphia City Council seat in November 2007, Maria Quinones-Sanchez won election as a champion of affordable housing. In office, Quinones-Sanchez and her staff soon discovered that housing was neither the beginning nor the end of the cycle of budget pressures that weigh on poor families. Housing, it turned out, was linked to broader costs of living, including water.

Aquafornia news NPR

Millions of pieces of plastic are piling up on an otherwise pristine Pacific Island

More than 37 million pieces of plastic debris have accumulated on a remote island in the South Pacific, thousands of miles from the nearest city, according to estimates from researchers who documented the accumulating trash. Turtles get tangled in fishing line, and hermit crabs make their homes in plastic containers.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: DWR announces changes to operations of Lake Oroville Spillway

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) began making changes to outflows of the main spillway this morning [May 15]. Notification of the flow change was made to the public in the afternoon on Sunday, May 14.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation releases environmental document

The Bureau of Reclamation prepared an Environmental Assessment for the Genetic Investigation of Listed Vernal Pool Plants and their Communities, Merced County. The EA details Reclamation’s proposed grant of $389,831 to University of California, Merced through the Central Valley Project Conservation Program. The Central Valley Project Conservation Program is managed cooperatively by Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: ‘Lethal arrogance’? Oroville Dam crisis sprang from Pat Brown’s towering ambition

America’s tallest dam was built from earth, stone and concrete – and the towering ambition of Gov. Pat Brown. Sixty years before a crisis at Oroville Dam sent thousands fleeing for their lives in February, the late governor brought an almost evangelical zeal to erecting the structure that would hold back the Feather River to deliver water to the parched southern half of the state.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Calls to rethink the Colorado River’s iconic dams grow louder

Tens of thousands of rafters paddle down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park each year, though most don’t scan the Redwall Limestone canyon sides for bore holes around River Mile 39. But one group of rafters that launched in mid-March was keen to see those holes and the ashy looking sediment piled beneath them. The holes mark the exploratory tinkering of those who were itching to build another dam on the Colorado decades ago.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Mammoth snowmelt making rivers so dangerous that ‘if you fall in, you’re done’

The deaths of five people in two Tulare County rivers in less than a month are prompting officials to warn the public about the dangers of rushing water fed by the heavy snowpack now melting in the Sierra. “Stay away from the river’s edge, and don’t enter the water,” said Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux.

Aquafornia news Brookings Institution

How historic would a $1 trillion infrastructure program be?

From the very first night of his election win, President Trump was clear about his intention to usher in a new era in American infrastructure. Since assuming office, the president and his cabinet continue to use the figure of $1 trillion over ten years to demonstrate the scale of their vision. By any measure, one trillion dollars is a lot of money. … But just how historic would a $1 trillion federal infrastructure program be?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

After decades of shattered expectations at Lake Oroville, can residents trust state?

There was going to be a steam train – and a monorail. Plus a major resort featuring a 250-seat restaurant and a 1,000-seat amphitheater. As many as 5 million visitors a year would show up. When it came to wooing Butte County about the construction of Oroville Dam, state officials weren’t shy about setting grand expectations.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Coast-to-coast outrage, and some praise, erupts over Trump’s national monuments review

A Trump administration review of large national monuments has provoked public outcries and some acclaim from coast to coast, and it’s still in the opening days of a long struggle. Within 24 hours of seeking public comment, the Interior Department received more than 1,700 responses, underscoring the high degree of interest.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Joshua Tree National Park, a major economic engine for the High Desert

All eyes seem to be glancing toward the high desert. Last year, more than 2.5 million visitors flocked to Joshua Tree National Park, according to a recent report by the National Park Service. … Those hikers, campers, “glampers,” and random sight-seers pumped more than $123.3 million into communities near the park. 

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

MID: Water, water everywhere – why not try selling some?

Modesto Irrigation District leaders who strained to provide farmers with miserly amounts of water in recent drought years now have more than they know what to do with. So on Tuesday, the MID board agreed to offer surplus water this year to farmers just outside district borders, at about $50 an acre-foot.

Aquafornia news The San Bernardino County Sun

East Valley Water District says it has solved its water quality issue

Warm temperatures and the drought set up conditions for East Valley Water District to exceed safe drinking standards for a group of chemicals, the agency’s top executive said Wednesday night.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

After massive bee kill, beekeepers want answers from Fresno County AG commissioner

When Rafael Reynaga came to check on his bee colonies in a Fresno almond orchard, he found a carpet full of dead bees on the ground. Reynaga picked up a hive and found two inches of bees at the bottom. He says most were dead, but a few were still moving. … He suspects his honeybees died from pesticide exposure.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

‘Green rush’ in Salinas Valley turns fields from chrysanthemums to cannabis

A beloved but beleaguered landscape is now sprouting new luxury greenhouses, fueled by a dream of marijuana riches that is changing the people and produce of this corner of Steinbeck Country. Salinas Valley was once the heart of the nation’s flower-growing business.

Aquafornia news The Whittier Daily News

Experimental project off Catalina Island aims to make fuel out of kelp

Lines of kelp, floating along the waves of the Pacific with help from drone-powered submarines, harvested, processed and turned into biofuel — that’s the vision some researchers and bioenergy company officials are hoping to make a reality. Their goal is still a long way off, but it will start this year with a scaled-down test off the coast of Catalina Island. If successful, growing kelp in the ocean could help resolve the large-scale problem of diverting farmland or crops for biofuel, officials said.