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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: What this week’s storms mean for California’s flood control system

While a nearly record-breaking rainy season has battered California’s dams and stretched the limits of local levees, the storms that began to hit Sacramento on Tuesday aren’t expected to put much additional strain on the state’s flood-control system.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Lake Oroville inflows double in 24 hours, near 45,000 cfs outflows

Lake Oroville continues to drop, but inflows to the reservoir are beginning to catch up to the amount of water sent down the broken spillway and through the Hyatt Powerhouse.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Don Pedro managers doubt spillway will reopen

A second opening of the Don Pedro Reservoir spillway is unlikely this year, managers said Tuesday, despite a “staggering” amount of snow waiting to melt. … The snowpack in the Tuolumne watershed stood at 186 percent of average as of Monday.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

How changing marijuana laws may affect California’s water and wildlife

In November 2016, California legalized recreational marijuana. The decision, supported by 56 percent of the state’s voters, allows marijuana to be shared, traded, grown at home and smoked without a medical reason. Using it medically has been legal for 20 years. Though complex and strict regulations still apply to growing, selling and buying marijuana, things will probably simplify over the next year.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Novato water district rolls out ‘smart’ meter pilot project

The North Marin Water District has embarked on a pilot program that will feed data to its headquarters in real time, a change that will help the public and utility save water, according to officials. The district — which serves 60,000 people in Novato and parts of West Marin — now relies on a crew of three to read 20,500 meters, logging in water use totals into hand-held computers while making the rounds.

Aquafornia news Brookings Institution

10 facts about water policy and infrastructure in the US

From the water safety crisis in Flint, Michigan to the near-disaster with the Oroville Dam in California, a string of water-related events have made headlines, and called into question the U.S. focus on keeping critical water systems safe and functioning. In advance of the U.S.-focused Water Week and the U.N. World Water Day, Brookings experts have explored many dimensions of water infrastructure.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

On an island: The one California county not in the National Flood Insurance Program

The wet month of February caused panic in Mariposa County, a location that usually does not have to worry about flooding being mostly in the Sierra foothills.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Bigger walls, thicker concrete, more rebar: How a 21st-century spillway compares to Oroville’s 1968 structure

In the nearly 50 years since the Oroville Dam was completed, construction methods have changed. Chico State University construction management professor Chris Souder consulted on the Folsom Dam auxiliary spillway project which began construction in 2008 and is on pace to be completed in October.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam builders share insight on original construction

In their 70s and 80s now, some men who built the Oroville Dam still remember those tough days well, some 50-odd years later. Most of the people they worked with have since passed on, but some of the former construction workers who are living in Oroville have continued to meet up over the years.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Notorious Los Angeles earthquake fault more dangerous than experts believed, new research shows

The Newport-Inglewood fault has long been considered one of Southern California’s top seismic danger zones because it runs under some of the region’s most densely populated areas, from the Westside of Los Angeles to the Orange County coast.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Snow returns to Sierra; melting may fuel future Nevada floods

As the first wet storm of the spring sweeps into the mountains around Lake Tahoe, wary water managers are watching the sky and already releasing water from swollen reservoirs to guard against flooding across northern Nevada.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Rain slows completion of Pfeiffer Canyon footpath

Volunteers and state employees were on the verge of reconnecting the two severed parts of Big Sur with the completion of a trail that circumvents the condemned Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, which is under demolition — but then the rain returned.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Kings River in Tulare County closed to swimming, boating

Strong currents created by recent storms and water releases from Pine Flat have forced the closure of the Kings River in Tulare County to recreational use, the Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Thundering Sacramento downpours deliver a half-inch of rain in 30 minutes

The wet weather of winter 2016-17 continued into the spring as the Sacramento area absorbed plenty of rain overnight and big downpours of precipitation Tuesday as a storm front marched through the area.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Canyon dwellers confront deputies, Marines and Forest Service on plan to blow up dams that formed cherished swimming holes

In a daybreak showdown Tuesday, more than a dozen Santiago Canyon residents and environmentalists gathered at a blockade of about 20 Orange County sheriff’s deputies, some with police dogs.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Push to undo Obama’s national-monument designations hits an obstacle: The law

Powerful Republican congressmen and governors are pressing President Donald Trump to take an unprecedented step: Reverse his predecessor’s creation of several national monuments under a law that dates back to Theodore Roosevelt.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Historical perspective on water management values (audio)

Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton spoke with Dr. Jeremy Schmidt, lecturer in geography at the University of Durham, about his new book, Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity.

Aquafornia news New York Times

Americans ate 19% less beef from ’05 to ’14, report says

The last decade or so has brought ample evidence that Americans are gradually changing their diets, driven by health concerns and other factors. But a new study points to one change that is starker than many have thought: Americans cut their beef consumption by 19 percent — nearly one-fifth — in the years from 2005 to 2014, according to research released on Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

A grant to plant: Nonprofits will beautify parts of city with more than 450 trees

Fathers & Families of San Joaquin and a host of volunteers will be spending the next several weeks turning a vacant lot at the corner of Lafayette and Sutter streets into an urban forest the entire community can enjoy. The nonprofit organization recently was awarded a grant of about $50,000 from CalFire’s Urban and Community Forestry program.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

The best places to see this summer’s ‘Great American Total Solar Eclipse’

A mighty darkness is about to descend upon the land, and sky watchers couldn’t be more thrilled. On Aug. 21 the Earth, sun and moon will blow our minds during a total solar eclipse that will last a little more than an hour and 33 minutes, coast to coast.