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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: State conservation rules to stay for now

Despite drenching rains and heavy snowfall this winter, California moved Tuesday to keep in place its statewide water conservation rules — at least for another three months or so.

Aquafornia news KQED

California says oil companies can keep dumping wastewater during state review

For decades, California oil companies have disposed of wastewater by pumping it into aquifers that were supposed to be protected by federal law. California regulators mistakenly granted permits to do it, through a combination of poor record keeping, miscommunication and permitting errors.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Trump pick to lead EPA has spotty state environmental record

When President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first took office as Oklahoma’s attorney general, he disbanded the unit responsible for protecting the state’s natural resources.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

More rain, snow heading to Northern California

Three more winter storms will hit the Sacramento area and Northern California starting Wednesday afternoon, dumping more water into the region’s swollen rivers while adding to the Sierra Nevada snowpack.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Levee breaks a sign of wetter times

After a decade of nearly continuous drought, a levee break – even in an inherently flood-prone place like San Joaquin County – seems a strange and disconcerting sight.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Uncertainty over how recent storms impacted salmon population (with audio)

The massive amounts of water that hit California last week could have either beneficial or disastrous effects on salmon populations, depending on who you ask.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Inland area braces for ‘epic’ storms

A potentially epic “three-punch” series of storms that could pound the region with rain not seen in a half-dozen years is barreling toward Southern California, promising to bury the local mountains in snow and threatening to unleash mudslides and floods.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Death toll from California’s winter storms continues to rise

An 81-year-old woman in Bakersfield who drowned after being swept away in floodwaters is the latest confirmed storm-related death in California, authorities said.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

South Lake Tahoe City Council declares state of emergency

The South Lake Tahoe City Council unanimously voted to approve a state of emergency declaration on Tuesday, Jan. 17, following a review of the previous week’s extreme storm conditions.

Aquafornia news Long Beach Press-Telegram

How much total rain has Long Beach received this year? It’s good news so far

Long Beach, along with cities up and down the state of California, is having an excellent rain year so far, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – and more is on the way this week.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sonoma County road crews get little break as new storms arrive

Sonoma County road crews have been scrambling this week to patch potholes and make other repairs ahead of more storms expected to arrive today, while delaying the longer-term fixes likely to further strain the county’s road maintenance budget.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Highway 89 closed near Emerald Bay, some sections under 30 feet of snow

A 4-mile section of Highway 89 on either side of Emerald Bay remains closed, with some sections buried in up to 30 feet of snow, according to the California Department of Transportation.

Aquafornia news Voice of San Diego

Is the drought over? Depends on which one we’re talking about

Southern California’s drought emergency is over, but its overall drought may not be. It depends what you mean by “drought.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles DWP customers get ‘bill of rights’ after commission vote

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a “customer bill of rights” backed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and criticized by some leaders from neighborhood councils, but also moved to open up public comment and revisit the bill of rights in about 90 days.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville City Council approves water service study, to dissatisfaction of Cal Water

It was a full house as the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to go forward with a water service study vehemently opposed by California Water Service Company.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Watsonville’s Pinto Lake to be detoxified with alum in April

The city of Watsonville is another step closer to detoxifying Pinto Lake, one of the few natural freshwater lakes of its size on the Central California Coast. … Pinto Lake’s current problems with toxicity can be traced to 1980 when a spike in harmful algae blooms plagued the 110-acre lake.

Aquafornia news Valley Public Radio NPR for Central California

Too warm to grow tree crops? Farmers work to temper climate change effects (with audio)

The valley’s fruit and nut trees need cold temperatures in the winter in order to go to sleep and wake up healthy in the spring. New research suggests that in as little as 30 years, it may be too warm in the valley to grow these trees due to climate change.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

San Joaquin Valley farmers aim to provide bees with appetizers, dessert to go with main meal

About a month from now, billions of bees will get to work pollinating nearly 1 million acres of California almonds. On a small part of that acreage, growers are providing other flowers for the bees to dine on before and after the almond bloom.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Death Valley sees more damage from visitors driving off-road

Rangers are taking stronger measures to try to prevent visitors from driving on dry lake beds and other fragile areas at Death Valley National Park.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Fresno State grant to assist entrepreneurs with water technology ventures

Fresno State received a $500,000 grant for the International Center for Water Technology on campus, which will create a program to guide entrepreneurs through the water, energy and agricultural industries, university spokesman Geoff Turner said.