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Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: House approves California water plan that splits state’s Democratic senators

The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the biggest federal reset of California water use in a generation, setting the stage for easier dam-building, more recycling and potentially happier Central Valley farmers.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

A new plan to protect homes from flash floods in the California desert

In the desert north of Interstate 10, channels carved into the sand by rushing water attest to the powerful floods than can suddenly sweep down from the Indio Hills during storms.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Early spending proposals from Senate, Assembly Democrats (with audio)

Senate Democrats introduced a $13 billion package of measures that would provide money for street and bridge repair, urban parks, transit systems, trade corridors, water infrastructure and affordable housing.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California drought bill victory could be short-lived: Sen. Barbara Boxer pledges filibuster as one of her last acts

The water policy measure overwhelmingly passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday to build long-term water infrastructure across the Golden State is headed for a showdown with outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer, who plans to mount a filibuster in the Senate on Friday as one of her final acts in Congress.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Mapping three decades of global water change (with interactive graphics)

Scientists with the European Commission’s Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, working with Google engineers, have used millions of satellite images to illustrate how rivers, lakes and other bodies of water have changed over three decades. … In the Western United States, drought and growing populations have led to a drawdown in the region’s biggest reservoir.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Magazine

Water tours offer firsthand look at complex infrastructure behind state’s most precious natural resource

Ever wonder how far the water that flows from your tap has traveled to get to you? Or whether desalination plants can drought-proof our cities? Or how the wastewater treatment process works? If so, you might be a candidate for one of several tours operated by the Water Education Foundation, a Sacramento-based nonprofit organization devoted to informing the public about water issues in California.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Judge denies request to force sale of mine

[Joseph] Dzida and [Chris] Costello said they are interested in water from the [Iron Mountain] mine for the very reason the EPA considers it a toxic waste site — because is some of the most highly acidic water in the country. 

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Surprise sewer break prompts Los Angeles Sanitation to accelerate repairs of aging pipes (with audio)

An 87-year-old sewer line that was not due for overhaul for another two years broke unexpectedly in July. The break, and the $4 million repair bill it generated, has prompted Los Angeles city officials to take a hard look at their sewer rehab schedule and give some sewers higher priority.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits off Northern California coast

A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked the Northern California coast Thursday morning. … Seismologist Lucy Jones said the earthquake early Thursday was on the Pacific-Gorda plate on the end of the San Andreas Fault. 

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Among water savers, Norco stands out

Only one water agency in Riverside County saved more in October compared to a year ago, continuing a trend that began when the state slackened conservation standards over the summer, according to figures released Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Modesto rain stays ahead of average, but Sierra snow lags

The first in a wave of storms brought moderate rain to the Modesto area Thursday, along with accidents on the slick streets. … The more important Sierra Nevada snowpack is not doing so well.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Light rains dampen central San Joaquin Valley

Light rain showers will continue to dampen the central San Joaquin Valley in a weather pattern typical for early December, the National Weather Service said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Popular Big Sur trails to remain closed for a year after Soberanes Fire

Several popular campsites and trails in Los Padres National Forest that burned during the Soberanes Fire will remain closed likely for a year, although the areas that did not burn have been reopened effective immediately, officials announced Thursday.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Lake Tahoe underwater researchers unveil findings

Over the course of a month, members of the Undersea Voyager Project have made 58 submersible dives and 33 scuba dives below the cobalt blue waters of Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake to train for an upcoming circling of the world’s oceans.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Wild mushroom poisonings rise in Monterey County

[Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward L.] Moreno attributed the rise in poisonings to the time of year while others say the early rains are the reason for the bumper crop of toxic fungi.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Our California water map has a new look; order your copy today

A new look for our most popular product! Widely known as being the definitive poster that shows the integral role water plays in the state, the California Water Map has been updated just in time for the holidays. … Suitable for framing, this 24×36 inch poster is the perfect décor for the office, the classroom or for display at operations centers at dams, water treatment plants, pumping plants and more.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

WaterFix map highlights value of Delta water

The California Natural Resources Agency today [Dec. 8] released a Delta Dependency Map showing how millions of urban water customers use water imported through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Dog restrictions coming to Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Capping years of passionate debate, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on Thursday announced new restrictions on dogs at 22 sites in the Bay Area, and many dog owners are barking mad about the cutbacks. … Conservationists and wildlife advocates appeared to be happier with the rules, which have been discussed for several years and studied for many more. 

Aquafornia news The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Colorado

Colorado’s early snowpack falls short

Colorado’s snowpack was at just 63 percent of median at the start of the month, according to the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Washington state suing agrochemical giant over PCB pollution

Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The company said the case “lacks merit.”