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Aquafornia news Ag Alert, California Farm Bureau Federation

Cherry growers expect lighter crop yields

Freezing temperatures just as cherry blossoms began to break likely reduced this year’s crop, with farmers in different growing regions reporting lighter yields. Harvest in the southern San Joaquin Valley started in late April, according to the California Cherry Board, which said it expects the state’s cherry season will run through early June.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Officials work to save native Apache Trout from extinction

Forest fires, climate change and the wrath of non-native fish are threatening the survival of the Apache trout, a species found only in Arizona.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Water debt not on the menu in Baltimore’s tax sale season

For sale: the tax debt on a one-story Craftsman house on 4th Street, in Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood. Opening bid: $399.42, the amount of the debt — called a lien — plus fees. The 4th Street house (assessed value: $100,300) is one of 24,569 properties whose past-due city fees and property tax debt will be offered to investors in Baltimore’s annual tax lien sale, scheduled for May 14 this year.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

The water will come, but not to this Miami home

A 21st-century Atlantis-in-the-making is how many scientists think of Miami Beach. With a projected sea-level rise of three to four feet by the century’s end, huge chunks of the barrier-island city are expected to lie beneath the Atlantic Ocean. But Hany Boutros is staying.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Impact of a warming climate on the Sierra Nevada and California’s water

Imagine a California where springtime temperatures are 7F warmer than they are today, where snowmelt runoff comes 50 days earlier and the average snowpack is just 36 percent of the 1981–2000 average. That may be the reality by the end of the century if we don’t curb greenhouse gas emissions, say researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Aquafornia news KQED Science

Q&A: Climate scientist won’t back down despite threats, harassment

KQED Science Editor Craig Miller sat down recently with Michael Mann, who directs the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, to assess where things stand. Mann’s major claim to fame is the hockey stick.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Job Opening: Join Water Education Foundation team as a Programs Manager

Join our team at the Water Education Foundation, an impartial nonprofit in midtown Sacramento that has been a trusted source of water news and educational programs in California and across the West for more than 40 years. We have a full-time opening for an energetic, motivated, articulate and detail-oriented Programs Manager who serves as a member of the Foundation’s events team while focusing on one of its most popular programs – water tours.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Commentary: State law recognizes rivers and groundwater are connected — now what?

For years, Californians have mismanaged the aquifers that supply the state with about 40 percent of its water supplies. Declining water levels from over-pumping have left less water for agriculture, urban, and other uses in many areas of the state. But the problems do not stop with groundwater users.

Aquafornia news Sea Change Radio

Randy Olson: ‘Don’t Be Such A Scientist’ (audio)

This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, is Randy Olson, a marine biology professor turned filmmaker and author whose book “Don’t Be Such A Scientist” makes the case that scientists can and should be better communicators, especially to regular (non-scientist) folk.

Aquafornia news Natural Resources Defense Council

Blog: This Farm Bill can make or break organic farmers

The federal Farm Bill has a powerful impact on the cost of farming—both organic and non-organic. A version of the bill introduced by the House Agriculture Committee would cut existing programs for organic farmers and increase their costs, while at the same time continuing to use taxpayer dollars to artificially lower the costs of non-organic food. Organic farmers shoulder expenses that their conventional counterparts push onto the public, like the costs of keeping air and waterways clean and protecting wildlife.

Aquafornia news Mono Lake Committee

Blog: 2018 Andrea Lawrence Award presented to Phil Pister

Phil [Pister] spent his career with the California Department Fish & Wildlife (at the time called Fish & Game) protecting the biodiversity of fish populations in the Eastern Sierra and beyond. Phil is perhaps best known for saving the Owens pupfish from near extinction by scooping the last-surviving, inch-long fish from their shrinking pond and carrying them to safety in two buckets.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Repairs underway on California Aqueduct

Repairs to a portion of the California Aqueduct near Gustine in Merced County have been temporarily delayed due to a rupture in a water-filled cofferdam that was used to divert water for construction activities. As a result, water re-entered the aqueduct. DWR has contacted the manufacturer of the water-filled cofferdam and an investigation is underway. In its place, DWR will be installing rock-filled cofferdams.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

BREAKING NEWS: San Jose water agency approves up to $650 million for Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels project

In a significant boost for Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Delta, Silicon Valley’s largest water agency on Tuesday endorsed the project and voted to commit up to $650 million to help pay for it.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Outlook for vital Southwestern US river remains grim

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the Colorado River is expected to carry only 43 percent of the average amount of water into Lake Powell, one of two huge reservoirs that store and distribute the river. It’s the fifth-lowest forecast in 54 years.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

$650 million vote set on Delta tunnels project: Are taxpayers protected?

In a vote that could give Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels plan new momentum, Silicon Valley’s largest water agency on Tuesday will consider changing course and endorsing the controversial project to make it easier to move water to the south.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

FEMA still deciding whether to reimburse DWR for Oroville Dam major repairs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently told north state congressmen Doug LaMalfa and John Garamendi that the agency is still reviewing whether the state Department of Water Resources is eligible for further reimbursement to fix the Oroville Dam spillway.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

California considers charge on utility bills to create safe water fund

Gaps in funding for water treatment are a major problem in California. Water providers operate independently, relying virtually entirely on customer fees to cover costs. For agencies with scale, money and access to quality water sources, this model works well. But absent those resources, contamination persists for years without resolution.

Aquafornia news E&E News

Democrats warn against potential Endangered Species Act change for threatened species

Senior Democratic lawmakers are launching a peremptory strike against a potential Fish and Wildlife Service change in how threatened species are protected. The revisions to what insiders know as the “blanket 4(d) rule” are still in draft form and might never formally surface. The very idea, though, spooks some on Capitol Hill, and that, in turn, opens another front in the perpetual Endangered Species Act dust-up (E&E News PM, April 4).

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Governor accused of behind-the-scenes manipulation in vote of water tunnel project

Two nonprofit groups are accusing Gov. Jerry Brown of improperly working with Metropolitan Water District board directors behind the scenes to put pressure on a key vote for a massive water tunnel project.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

State has ‘March Miracle’ in water conservation

There may not have been a “March Miracle” when it came to the snowpack in the state, but there was sure one when it came to water conservation. The State Water Resources Control reported that in March urban Californians used 24.8 percent less water than in March 2013, the benchmark year considered to be before the drought.