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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise Record

Oroville Dam: Spillway is 70 percent filled with one month to go

The wide-open middle section of the Oroville Dam spillway is 70 percent filled, with the deadline for this season’s work fast approaching.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Quake warnings saved thousands in Mexico, but California might need private money to build similar system

When the Big One hits California – and seismologists say it’s not if, but when – there might not be blaring sirens or vibrating phones giving people a precious few seconds to prepare. … California’s earthquake warning system, long discussed and partially built, remains incomplete and in limbo.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Mount Tam’s West Peak restoration focus of hearing

How to repair a Mount Tamalpais peak decimated by the military in the 1950s is the focus of a public hearing this week in Mill Valley. … Last year the Marin Municipal Water District board of directors approved funding for an ongoing feasibility study that will provide a basis for a plan to restore the peak.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

New Los Angeles River plan would leverage public land to increase housing, green space (with audio)

Multinational construction firm AECOM on Wednesday rolled out a revitalization plan for hundreds of acres of land alongside the downtown section of the Los Angeles River. 

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Wildfires burning through cash, not just landscape

Wildfires continue to strain government resources throughout California, creating a vicious cycle of fires and land burdened with excess fuels, which leads to bigger fires. Nobody knows that better than Steve Hawks.

Aquafornia news The Washington Post

Interior Department whistleblower Joel Clement resigns

An Interior Department executive turned whistleblower who claimed the Trump administration retaliated against him for publicly disclosing how climate change affects Alaska Native communities resigned Wednesday.

Aquafornia news The Union Democrat, serving the Mother Lode

It’s a Sierra surprise; snowstorm closes Sonora Pass

A fast-moving afternoon storm dumped several inches of snow on Sonora Pass and Highway 108 on Tuesday, impressing Caltrans workers who called it a “Sierra Surprise.”

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

New Frontiers water forum features top local, national, international experts

There are few, if any, bigger issues on the Central Coast than water availability for residents and business ranging from … On Friday, nearly three dozen local, national and international innovators, researchers and public officials are set to gather for the water forum aimed at new ways to address water management for area residential, agricultural and industrial needs.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Celebrate 40 years of water education at our anniversary dinner; Join us Oct. 26 at the Sterling Hotel in Sacramento

When the Water Education Foundation first produced its iconic California water map in 1979, a side of beef donated by a rancher was raffled off at a major water conference to help fund its creation. Today, the maps are displayed at highway rest stops and offices up and down the state. The hot water topic back in 1982 was the Peripheral Canal.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Editorial: DWR needs to make its deadline for repairs—everyone downstream is watching with interest

It looks like work this season on the Oroville Dam spillway repair will go right down to the wire – they set a deadline of Nov. 1 on this season’s most important work. 

Aquafornia news Oceans Deeply

Q&A: How vulnerable are fish to climate change? An algorithm might tell you.

It is well established that many species of fish are threatened by warming oceans, acidification and deoxygenation. But which species are most vulnerable to these changes, and how vulnerable are they? A recent paper highlights a mathematical tool that might answer those questions.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

Report: 2015 Agricultural Water Management Plans and Implementation of Efficient Water Management Practices Report

DWR has released a legislative report on the agricultural water management plans submitted in 2015. The report provides details on efficient water management practices implementation. There is also information on the submitted plans and recommendations for improvements.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

Report: Status of 2015 Urban Water Management Plans

A legislative report, Status of 2015 Urban Water Management Plans, has been released by DWR. It includes information on the progress of achieving the statewide 20 percent per capita water use reduction goal by 2020.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Lake Oroville spillways construction updates

Today [Oct. 4] the Department of Water Resources (DWR) provided an update on construction work on the Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Quagga mussels prevented Los Angeles County water basins from drought recovery

For months, regional water officials were prevented from recharging drought-depleted water basins in the San Gabriel Valley and southeast Los Angeles County because they feared an infestation of an invasive shellfish that could destroy local ecosystems.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: Migrating birds are running out of water

Water management in the West can often seem to pit people against wildlife, but it doesn’t have to, according to a recent report by the National Audubon Society. The report highlights how drying saline lakes in the West and changing riparian habitat along the Colorado River are impacting migrating birds. But the two habitats also share a vulnerability to climate change and water management.

Aquafornia news Arizona Daily Star

Central Arizona Project lobbying costs under scrutiny

The Central Arizona Project, which delivers water through canals to farmers and residents of desert cities in Arizona, has spent more than $2.5 million on lobbyists in Arizona and Washington over the past five years.

Aquafornia news San Diego Union-Tribune

Bad taste, smell of water draws complaints in Vista, Escondido

An equipment glitch at a North County water treatment plant is most likely behind the disagreeable taste and smell some have noticed in Vista and Escondido tap water for more than a week — but the unpleasantness should taper off in a day or so, water officials said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Water safe to drink again for Shasta County residents

The 150 residents in the Sugarloaf subdivision of Shasta County can safely drink from their community well again. … The State Water Resources Control Board provided a $176,000 grant allowing TICO Construction to upgrade the well.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Tiburon 43-home subdivision plan moves forward

A proposal to build 43 homes on a 110-acre Tiburon Peninsula property that features breathtaking views and threatened and endangered plants and animals moved a step closer to final approval Tuesday. … The [Marin County] board said the project lacked adequate access to water for firefighting and that the Martha Co. was seeking to locate a 180,000-gallon water storage tank at an elevation the Marin Municipal Water District would not approve.

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