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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Water board moves to dismiss record fine against irrigation district

State water regulators are proposing to dismiss a record $1.5-million fine they intended to levy against a Northern California irrigation district accused of ignoring drought-related cuts in water diversions.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Fight over LGBT rights scuttles energy spending bill

A $37 billion bill to fund the Energy Department and water projects has crashed in the House, scuttled by a fight over LGBT rights.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Water supply concerns as drought persists in Western U.S. (with audio)

There was “minor improvement” in California drought conditions over the past week. But as long-term drought persists throughout the west, and storage levels drop, water supply concerns rise.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

The birthplace of North American surfing ranked dirtiest beach, again

Heal the Bay released its 2015-2016 Beach Report Card Thursday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California to dismiss $1.4 million fine against irrigation district

Water regulators Thursday recommend dismissing a historic $1.4 million fine issued at the height of California’s drought last summer against a group of Central Valley farmers accused of taking river water that didn’t belong to them.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Two Delta districts may be off the hook

In a significant reversal on Thursday, state water officials moved to drop their case against two Delta water districts accused of illegally diverting water during the drought last summer.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Don Pedro recreation area visitors center burns down

The round, wooden building that housed the Don Pedro Recreation Agency’s visitors center burned to the ground late Wednesday. The area off Bonds Flat Road near the dam was closed to the public Thursday as fire investigators looked through the ruins.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Officials investigate link between E. coli cases and Fairfax Creek

Two young children, one a 2-year-old Fairfax resident, have been diagnosed with a toxin-producing form of E. coli, and Marin public health officials are investigating the possibility that the source of the bacteria was a creek that runs through Peri Park in downtown Fairfax.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Santa Cruz beach ranked worst in water quality in California

Sign postings leading to the surf of Cowell Beach, just west of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, ban all the usual transgressions: diving, fires, litter, smoking, feeding the birds and sea lions.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

State’s Drinking Water Program deemed back in compliance

The State Water Resources Control Board Thursday announced it has successfully completed a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency corrective action plan to bring the state’s Drinking Water Program and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund back into compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Aquafornia news KLCC NPR for Oregonians

Cascade Locks leaders say Nestle fight isn’t over

City administrator Gordon Zimmerman is quick with the numbers. Sure, Hood River County voters backed Measure 14-55 by a large margin last week.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Dozens to clean Slaughterhouse Island after weekend trashing

Instead of working in her office at the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Forest Service spokeswoman Phyllis Swanson spent Tuesday cleaning up after more than 1,000 college students who trashed Slaughterhouse Island during a weekend boating trip.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Frogs that escaped extinction

This March, Robin Moore, a photographer and amphibian conservationist, traveled to Panama to search for a single photo that would convey the gravity of the global extinction crisis threatening frogs, toads and other amphibians.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Climate change is happening on Mars, where an ice age is coming to an end

By examining swirling patterns left in ice topping the Red Planet’s north pole, scientists using radar data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have put together an unprecedented look into our rusty neighbor’s most recent ice age.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: Westlands’ foes distort drainage compromise

In an election year, despite the usual suspects rallying against anything that would help Valley agriculture, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources has taken an important step to advance bipartisan legislation codifying a settlement between the federal government and the Westlands Water District.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Lake Mead drops but Hoover Dam powers on

Six years ago, at the end of the summer of 2010, federal Bureau of Reclamation officials worried that Hoover Dam, the biggest hydropower enterprise in the Southwest, might soon go dark. Water levels in Lake Mead, the dam’s energy source, were falling, and Hoover was moving “into uncharted territory,” the facility manager told Circle of Blue. Today, the story has a twist.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Announcement: International Groundwater Conference to examine nitrate contamination, its prevention and cleanup

Join us June 28-30 for the conference in San Francisco. Nitrate in groundwater is one of the most pressing contamination issues in agricultural areas around the world, from California’s Central Valley to Denmark and New Zealand. Nitrate pollution threatens both people and the environment, and preventing it from seeping into aquifers and removing it from groundwater is one of the top water quality issues around the globe.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Announcement: Sponsor a student to attend next month’s International Groundwater Conference in San Francisco

Help support the next generation of scientists, lawyers and policymakers working in the important field of groundwater by helping them attend Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking Science and Policy. Join the law firm of Best Best & Krieger LLP in providing a scholarship for a university student to experience this pivotal, three-day conference organized by the Water Education Foundation and the UC Davis Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: House moves on California water bills, but toward what end?

The House of Representatives passed yet another set of controversial California water provisions Wednesday, sending a political signal and, perhaps, putting pressure on the Senate.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area’s future depends on managing rising sea levels

Fifty years ago, Bay Area residents rallied around the call to save San Francisco Bay. Public action on an unprecedented scale reversed development tides that for more than a century had covered shallow waters with land for industrial parks and housing tracts, roadways and garbage dumps.