Climate change & water supply

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Climate change & water supply

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Oroville shows officials have focused on false choices over California’s water system

After six years of drought and a few months of flooding, California’s decades-long political commitment to ideology of being either for the environment or against progress has endangered the state’s water supply system and is threatening public safety, environmental health and economic stability.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

Deadline extended on draft resolution on response to climate change

The State Water Resources Control Board announced today that it has extended the comment deadline to March 3 at noon for its draft resolution for a comprehensive response to climate change. A public hearing on the draft resolution has been moved to March 7. The State Water Board will hold a public hearing and consider adoption of the proposed resolution at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 7. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Will the crisis at Oroville Dam become a catalyst for change?

Jeffrey Mount, a leading expert on California water policy, remembers the last time a crisis at the Oroville Dam seemed likely to prompt reform. It was 1997 and the lake risked overflowing, while levees further downstream failed and several people died.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Beyond Oroville crisis, record rain strains California’s flood control network

The frantic effort over the last few days to lower water levels at Oroville Dam after the structure’s two spillways became damaged is part of a larger drama playing out as California rapidly shifts from extreme drought to intense deluges. 

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Worst erosion in 150 years tears 180 feet from San Francisco’s Ocean Beach

Erosion damaged miles of beaches along the West Coast more severely than ever during the powerful El Niño event that hit the Pacific a year ago, and scientists warn that even heavier erosion could hit shorelines in coming years as sea levels rise and threaten coastal communities.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Lessons California should learn from Oroville dam debacle

The Oroville Dam debacle is a wake-up call to California. If we heed the call, we may be able to avoid what could certainly be other disasters and wrong turns in the state water system as we head into an age typified by extreme weather events associated with climate change.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Oroville Dam’s flood-control manual hasn’t been updated for half a century

The critical document that determines how much space should be left in Lake Oroville for flood control during the rainy season hasn’t been updated since 1970, and it uses climatological data and runoff projections so old they don’t account for two of the biggest floods ever to strike the region. … Most recently, the issue of outdated dam manuals came up in the context of California’s five-year drought.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Oroville puts focus on dam spillways – aging and some never tested

When operators of Oroville Dam suddenly ordered evacuations on Sunday, it focused a big spotlight on a crucial piece of California’s flood-control infrastructure – spillways. … Some of these dams are getting upgrades, albeit slowly.

Aquafornia news Desert Sun

‘Dangerously false’: Oroville Dam isn’t prepared for global warming, 2008 lawsuit says

For nearly nine years, two California counties have been waging a legal fight with the state’s Department of Water Resources over how the agency manages Oroville Dam.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Major global warming study again questioned, again defended

Another round of bickering is boiling over about temperature readings used in a 2015 study to show how the planet is warming.

Aquafornia news Sierra Sun

2016 was the warmest-ever year; what does it mean for Lake Tahoe?

Top scientists announced in January that last year was the hottest year on record — an announcement they’ve made three years in a row, with 2014, 2015 and now 2016 each being declared warmer than the previous year.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Global Warming: How Hot 25 U.S. Cities Will Be in the Year 2100

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Researchers at Climate Central have put together a handy tool which lets you see just how bad summers will get by 2100, if global warming predictions are accurate and nothing is done to stop the upward trend.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: How California Can Best Fight Climate Change

From the Los Angeles Times:

But now comes the harder part for many Californians: In 2015, AB 32 will begin to cover companies that produce transportation fuels, including gasoline. That means oil companies will begin paying for the greenhouse gases their products emit, a cost the oil companies say they will pass on to consumers.

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Commentary: Ranchers Coming Around on Global Warming

From the San Bernardino County Sun, in a commentary by Thomas Elias:

California ranchers are now among the first interest groups to realize that like it or not, global warming can no longer be denied with any semblance of accuracy. For very gradually, ranchers are seeing the grasslands they depend upon to feed their cattle begin to shrink and convert naturally to shrub land.

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Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

Video: Q&A with Acting Reclamation Commissioner Lowell Pimley — Climate Change and Drought

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley provides the second in a series of podcasts. In this question and answer session he discusses climate change and drought.

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Aquafornia news California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

News Release: CDFW to Host Third Installment of Speaker Series at Nimbus Hatchery

From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW):

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is hosting its third speaker series with a presentation on the effects of climate change on salmon and steelhead trout in the American River. The event will be held at the Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center in Rancho Cordova on July 17 at 7 p.m.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

California Rice Farmers Could Get Pollution Credit

From The Sacramento Bee:

California’s evolving cap-and-trade market may soon have a new player: rice farmers. …

The program, called the Rice Cultivation Projects Compliance Offset Protocol, is slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, and run for a 10-year period.

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Aquafornia news New York Times

Second Try Puts Carbon Observatory Into Orbit

From The New York Times:

NASA’s new spacecraft to sniff carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere reached orbit on Wednesday after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Blog: Climate Change a Risky Business for America’s Agriculture

From the Environmental Defense Fund EDF Voices: People on the Planet blog, in a post by Rebecca Shaw:

Nobody escapes climate change, especially not farmers. The report released this week by a group of prominent and politically diverse business leaders and public officials stood out, in part, because of the alarming losses it forecasts for America’s agricultural industry.

Aquafornia news New York Times

A Sunken Kingdom Re-emerges

From The New York Times:

Scanning the army of ghostly spikes protruding from the sand here one [Borth, Wales] recent morning, Dr.

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