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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Yearly dam inspection bill proposed

State-maintained dams and reservoirs will be inspected every year if a new bill can make it through the California Legislature.

Aquafornia news Flathead Beacon, Kalispell, Montana

Zinke names former campaign manager to Bureau of Reclamation

Alan Mikkelsen, a St. Ignatius native whose work as a consultant focused on water law and who previously served as campaign manager for Ryan Zinke’s congressional bid, was named the deputy commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Zinke, the new secretary of the interior, and Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner David Murillo announced the appointment on April 20.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Hydropower plant next to Joshua Tree wouldn’t hurt environment, Interior Department says

Federal officials have concluded that infrastructure for a proposed hydropower project — which would tap billions of gallons of groundwater in the California desert, just outside Joshua Tree National Park — wouldn’t be especially harmful to the environment.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Hot off the press: A new look for our California Groundwater Map

The Water Education Foundation has just released a new version of its California Groundwater Map. Accompanying the updated look is new information that emphasizes the value of groundwater in California. The map displays where groundwater is located in the state using the 2016 groundwater basin map published by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). Colorful graphics provide you with the chance to “see” the layers that comprise an aquifer.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz commissions post-winter storm drone footage of San Lorenzo River

Drone footage of the [San Lorenzo] river at its peak flow captured by Archer Koch of MultiRotorCam and posted to social media wowed city of Santa Cruz Public Works Department sufficiently enough to inspire them to contract out for a comparison this week, officials said.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Sierra mountain water returns to 800,000 East Bay taps

The taps of many East Bay residents are now flowing with the crisp waters of the Sierras after a five-month hiatus. East Bay Municipal District (EBMUD) announced that customers west of the Oakland Hills would no longer receive source water from local reservoirs, as was the case since Nov. 2016 while the Orinda Water Treatment Plant underwent upgrades. 

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Bakersfield City Council critical of Cal Water rate hike proposal

The Bakersfield City Council on Wednesday voted to have city staff prepare to intervene in California Water Service Company’s proposed 1.49 percent rate increase.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Whittier City Council to consider water rate increase

City water rates could be going up — from 4.5 to 6 percent over the next two years, depending on how much water you use — if the City Council agrees to raise them at next Tuesday’s public hearing.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego says cuts to flood channel clearing won’t increase risk

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposal to spend significantly less clearing clogged drainage channels has raised concerns about higher flood risk in San Diego, but Faulconer’s staff says there’s no reason to worry.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Lettuce prices soaring due to heavy rain in California

After five years of drought, this spring’s deluge has turned California’s “Salad Bowl” into a soggy agricultural mess. That’s created stratospheric prices for lettuce, broccoli and other salad ingredients grown along California’s coast.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Highway 101 landslide doubles in size, impacts local services

Laura Lasseter felt as if she was the only person on U.S. Highway 101 during her drive from southern Humboldt County to Eureka on Thursday. The highway was unusually devoid of its midday commuters and travelers after a large landslide engulfed the road near Leggett on Monday, causing a complete highway closure.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Harbor seal pup population in Pacific Grove on the rise

While city officials on Wednesday went over the complexities of short-term rental fees and future capital improvements, they also received some lighter news — the harbor seal pups in Pacific Grove are finally faring better.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Newport Beach lifeguards work to pull massive dead whale away from shore

The figure on the Newport Beach horizon, just off the pier, was so large that Marine Safety Capt. Skeeter Leeper at first thought it was a boat.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

On the trail of John Muir: Hiking in the naturalist’s footsteps around Northern California

In honor of John Muir’s birthday, we’ve put together a list of hikes where you can follow in the great naturalist’s footsteps.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Why the menace of mosquitoes will only get worse

When the health effects of climate change are discussed, the planet-scale impacts get the attention: rising temperatures, which can cause death from overheating; earlier springs, which pump more pollen toward the allergic; runoff from violent storms, which washes fecal bacteria out of sewer pipes; changing airflows that trap ozone near the ground, stressing the systems of people living with heart disease. The unpredictable weather patterns stimulated by climate change affect infectious diseases, as well as chronic ones.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Status of forests is ‘dire’ as world marks 2017 Earth Day

They cover a third of the world’s landmass, help to regulate the atmosphere, and offer shelter, sustenance and survival to millions of people, plants and animals. But despite some progress, the planet’s woodlands continue to disappear on a dramatic scale.

Aquafornia news The Weather Channel

Antarctica is covered with flowing water, and that worries scientists

Since the days of the great early 20th century polar explorers, scientists have noticed the unbelievably bright blue ponds and streams of meltwater that can form on the glaciers and ice shelves of Antarctica and were even crucial to the recent collapse of one ice shelf.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: At the Los Angeles State Historic Park, a welcome sense of L.A.’s past and a needed whiff of fresh air

Los Angeles on Saturday marks Earth Day by opening vital green space in the city’s heart and, in so doing, reclaiming historic roots that for a century lay forgotten under freight yards and industrial pollution.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: Despite wet year, we need conservation across Colorado Basin

The stories are everywhere – record precipitation and snowpack in California, atmospheric rivers crashing across the Pacific Northwest and lingering above-average snowpack across Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. And while short-term relief is welcome, we shouldn’t break out the party hats quite yet.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Record of Decision for Long-Term Plan to Protect Adult Salmon in Lower Klamath River Project

The Bureau of Reclamation signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Long-Term Plan to Protect Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River fulfilling its commitment to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District to provide a long-term approach to avoiding a fish die-off in the lower Klamath River.