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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: New fight in California water wars—How to update old system

In California’s long-raging water wars, pitting north against south and farmer against city dweller, the one thing everybody agreed on Wednesday was that the outdated method of shipping water throughout the most populous state needs a serious upgrade.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

West’s wildfires taking toll on reservoirs

Around California, the country and the world, reservoirs are silently filling with sediment, and only a few people are thinking about it. … According to new research from the U.S. Geological Survey, in many regions erosion rates are now accelerating thanks to wildfires and climate change. The western U.S., which relies on reservoirs for vital water storage and flood control, will be particularly impacted.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California again steps up to Trump, this time to stop border wall

California’s lawsuit claims the federal government violated the U.S. Constitution’s separation-of-powers doctrine “by vesting in the Executive Branch the power to waive state and local laws.” The lawsuit also says the Department of Homeland Security decided to build the walls without complying with the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Barrier put in mine that sent toxic wastewater into states

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is installing a barrier and valve inside an inactive Colorado mine to prevent another surge of wastewater like a 2015 blowout that contaminated rivers in three states.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

What’s next for Brown’s Delta tunnels now that a big chunk of funding has disappeared?

Shellshocked by an influential farm irrigation district’s refusal to help pay for the Delta tunnels, advocates of the $17.1 billion project were scrambling Wednesday to salvage it or conjure up a Plan B. Three possible options were floated by California water policymakers for reviving the proposal.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Pure Water Soquel investigated by national expert panel for viability

Asked to take a first pass in assessing the viability of a Soquel Creek Water District purified wastewater plant, an expert panel voiced both encouragement and concern Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

The carcinogen lurking in Californians’ drinking water (video)

Julia Roberts put chromium-6 (and Hinkley, California) on the map in 2000 with “Erin Brockovich,” a movie based on real events that told the story of a small town battling a corporate giant over water supplies contaminated with the carcinogen.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco, Oakland sue major oil companies over rising seas

The cities of San Francisco and Oakland are suing some of the world’s largest oil companies over climate change, joining an emerging legal effort to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for the damages wrought by rising seas.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

How ready will Bay Area be for next big quake?

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shattered buildings and left more than 200 dead in and around Mexico City is another powerful reminder of what could happen when — not if — another major temblor strikes the Bay Area.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Kirkwood fined over wetlands contamination

Over the course of routine snow removal on an unpaved parking lot during the 2015-16 winter season, asphalt grindings were picked up in the snow and ultimately made their way into the wetlands around nearby Kirkwood Creek.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

California establishes annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week

California’s first-ever Water Professionals Appreciation Week will launch Oct. 7 as part of a new annual designation intended to highlight the important role of water industry professionals and local public water agencies in ensuring safe and reliable water, wastewater, and recycled water in California.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Snow in the Sierra forecast for Thursday

Summer is really coming to a close. A series of cold fronts are moving into the Sierra Nevada and the National Weather Service has snow in the forecast for Thursday, the last day of summer. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Study: FEMA’s Houston flood maps outdated long before Harvey

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood plain maps for parts of southeastern Houston were woefully out-of-date long before Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, a new study suggests.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Sea turtles appear to be bouncing back around the world

On this planet, so many plants and animals are disappearing that scientists worry we’re experiencing a sixth mass extinction.

Aquafornia news Oceans Deeply

Why we could trigger mass extinction in the ocean within decades

The last major marine extinction event occurred 252 million years ago, but the next may be just decades away, according to new research on past extinctions which found that the ocean’s rapid absorption of carbon dioxide could trigger another mass die-off of species by the century’s end.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

It’s the perfect surfer wave—in the middle of nowhere and 100 miles from any ocean

In the middle of alfalfa fields more than 100 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the world’s best surfers will be honing their craft. They will be surfing a wave created by a state-of-the-art machine that produces the perfect surfing wave each and every time on a 2,000-foot-long pond.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Big Sur River Run cancelled due to storm damage

After being canceled last year because of the Soberanes Fire, the Big Sur River Run will not take place this year because of damage from winter storms in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Now governor threatens to force us to pay for Delta Tunnels?

It’s over, governor. … Real leadership requires bringing people together on water solutions, not forcing grandiose and futile plans down their parched throats.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Farmers rejected Delta tunnels, but battle ain’t over

Gov. Jerry Brown, the project’s main proponent, could be forgiven if he walks away from the Delta. He shouldn’t. Whoever replaces Brown as governor after the 2018 election will be less knowledgeable on this slow-motion mess.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Commentary: Restoring Lake Tahoe’s clarity

Lake Tahoe is known around the world for its crystal-clear water. For several decades, Tahoe’s clarity, which measured more than 100 feet in 1968, was declining each year because of stormwater pollution from poorly planned development and the lingering effects of historical activities such as cattle grazing and logging.