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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Sea lions wash ashore in California amid return of toxic blooms

Scores of convulsing sea lions are washing up on Central California beaches after eating fish poisoned by a plume of toxic algae that could spread north toward the Bay Area and cause widespread problems, marine biologists said.

Aquafornia news Valley Public Radio NPR for Central California

No snow left? Aerial surveys show eight percent still remains in San Joaquin watershed

As of July 10 manual snow surveyors reported there’s zero snow left in the mountains above the San Joaquin River. But a new way to measure the snowpack from the sky is showing a different set of results.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Sacramento considers extending water restrictions

A proposal to make some of Sacramento’s drought-related watering restrictions permanent is making its way through the city council.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

Flood waters from water main break helped replenish Temecula groundwater supply

Well, it wasn’t a total loss. The water main break on Tuesday, Aug. 8, in Temecula, which flooded Jefferson Avenue between Winchester Road and Cherry Street for a few hours, will help replenish the region’s anemic groundwater supply, according to Rancho California Water District officials.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Tahoe City’s rafting companies resume operations on Truckee River

Tahoe City’s two rafting companies, Truckee River Rafting and Truckee River Raft Co., are back in action after receiving the call late on Thursday, Aug. 3, from Federal Water Master Chad Blanchard that water would again be released from the Lake Tahoe Dam.

Aquafornia news San Luis Obispo Tribune

Brothers Todd, Ryan Talley run Arroyo Grande farm

Talley Farms began in 1948 when Todd and Ryan’s grandfather Oliver Talley began growing vegetables on leased acreage near Guadalupe. … Although the farm is generally profitable, last year brought a downturn when “the 5-year drought really came to a head and resulted in decreased plantings and lower yields,” said Todd.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Watching tree shakers harvest almonds in Northern California is awesome (video)

The shaking of almond trees can only mean one thing – almond harvest is underway in the Sacramento Valley.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

September Headwaters Tour looks at bark beetle epidemic

The U.S. Forest Service estimates with aerial surveys that more than 100 million trees have died in California this decade, 62 million dying in 2016 alone. … On our Headwaters Tour, Sept. 13 and 14, guests will hear from leading forest managers and entomologists on the extent of this epidemic, how it is altering our forests and impacting upper watersheds, and what can be done to mitigate the damages.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Extreme heat in Europe decimating crops, stoking drought

There’s increasing evidence that the extremely hot and dry summer in central and south eastern Europe has decimated crops, drained rivers and hurt the animal world.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Small water districts get a break on chrome 6

Water suppliers in California’s disadvantaged communities were struggling to comply with a prohibitively expensive regulation that only wealthy and larger water districts could afford. We thank the State Water Resources Control Board for deciding last week not to appeal a judge’s ruling invalidating the rule.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Commentary: EBMUD project sends hellish traffic through blissful neighborhood

By 9 a.m. [Lynn] Ballou’s street has the look of a road rally. It has been this way, she says, since mid-July when EBMUD began a project to replace 2,000 troublesome feet of pipe on Moraga Way.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: 10 states back California agencies in fight with tribe over groundwater

Ten states from Nevada to Texas have weighed in to support two water agencies in their fight with an Indian tribe over control of groundwater in the California desert.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

McClellan base polluted drinking water supply, districts say

In a sweeping legal fight that could affect drinking water supplies for thousands of Sacramento-area residents, two water districts near the old McClellan Air Force Base are suing the federal government for $1.4 billion to clean up the cancer-causing chemical hexavalent chromium from the area’s groundwater supplies.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Kern County supervisors to settle decade-long sludge lawsuit

Kern County has decided to end its decade-long legal battle to defend a voter-approved ban on the land application of treated sewage sludge, settling with the City of Los Angeles. That means the death of Measure E.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Officials considering discussion on public takeover of local water system

On Thursday, the Peninsula mayors Regional Water Authority board is scheduled to discuss setting a joint meeting with the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District to discuss a number of water supply issues, including the ramifications of another effort to buy-out California American Water’s local water system. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California’s largest water supplier says federal water bill goes too far

The measure, called the “Gaining Responsibility on Water Act” or GROW Act, has already passed the US House, largely along party lines. Supporters, including many Central Valley Republicans and farmers, say it would cut the red tape that prevents dams and water storage projects from being built.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

East Bay water shows fewer cancer causing compounds

Cancer causing compounds in drinking water for 1.4 million East Bay residents declined in the past three months due to treatment changes and a break from Mother Nature, the East Bay Municipal District said. …  Meanwhile, a different and smaller water district serving Dublin and part of San Ramon reported positive tests for coliform and E. coli bacteria in two places a couple miles apart last week.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

State legislation allows Santa Cruz river flood control project funding

New state legislation signed Monday will clear the path for the final stage of a stalled decades-old Santa Cruz river flood control project. The San Lorenzo River Flood Control project, designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, would create a “channel within a channel,” allowing water flowing down a narrow canal to move more swiftly and carrying sediment out to the ocean.

Aquafornia news Capital Press

New trial ordered in California water contamination lawsuit

A new trial has been ordered in a lawsuit that seeks to hold a fertilizer company financially liable for contaminating a California city’s groundwater. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the case should be retried because a federal judge’s decision to exclude certain expert testimony was prejudicial to the plaintiff, the City of Pomona.

Aquafornia news The Union, serving Western Nevada County

Nevada Irrigation District manager said indoor marijuana growers will face new costs

Homeowners who want to cultivate their allotment of six marijuana plants indoors could face thousands of dollars in costs to create a separate water connection for their grow. Remleh Scherzinger, general manager of the Nevada Irrigation District, told the community advisory group at its Tuesday meeting that people who grow cannabis in their homes must have another connection.