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Development & Population

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thousands of long-awaited homes are coming to Folsom

Folsom residents dealt with severe water rationing during the most recent drought, and growth critics have questioned how the city of 77,000 can add 25,000 more residents without increasing its water supply or risking deep water cuts during the next drought.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Can lower fines create water savings for Fresno residents? Study hopes to find out.

More than 100,000 Fresno homes will be part of a “groundbreaking” and “novel” three-month research study to see whether easing up on water restrictions and reducing fines for excessive water use will actually spur greater conservation by residents. The University of Chicago’s Energy and Environment Lab is working with the city’s Public Utilities Department on the summer pilot project.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz’s Coastal Watershed Council ‘walks the walk’ in relocating to San Lorenzo River

The new Branciforte Creek Bridge lands one of its feet just outside the Coastal Watershed Council’s new office windows. The office, marked on the organization’s Watershed Ranger kids’ activity booklet, will be where area children are invited come to pledge to learn about, care for and share their knowledge about the San Lorenzo River — receiving a small wooden ranger badge in exchange.

Aquafornia news Davis Enterprise

Yolo Habitat Conservation Plan heads for final approval

Western burrowing owls, valley elderberry longhorn beetles and giant garter snakes are among the dozen species protected under the 50-year conservation plan local governments will consider for approval over the next two months.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Water debt not on the menu in Baltimore’s tax sale season

For sale: the tax debt on a one-story Craftsman house on 4th Street, in Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood. Opening bid: $399.42, the amount of the debt — called a lien — plus fees. The 4th Street house (assessed value: $100,300) is one of 24,569 properties whose past-due city fees and property tax debt will be offered to investors in Baltimore’s annual tax lien sale, scheduled for May 14 this year.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

The water will come, but not to this Miami home

A 21st-century Atlantis-in-the-making is how many scientists think of Miami Beach. With a projected sea-level rise of three to four feet by the century’s end, huge chunks of the barrier-island city are expected to lie beneath the Atlantic Ocean. But Hany Boutros is staying.

Aquafornia news CALmatters

Commentary: California sees slowing population growth

It’s time for some fun with numbers, dissecting a new state report on population trends. The big number is 39.8 million. That’s the state Department of Finance’s latest calculation of California’s population as of Jan. 1.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Editorial: Madera County Supervisors Premature in Approving Gunner Ranch

From The Fresno Bee:

With California — particularly its farm economy — suffering from the effects of a historic drought, it is imperative that our leaders act responsibly to protect water resources.

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Commentary: Building Again in Natomas is Too Risky

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Bruce Maiman:

Growth is returning to Natomas, but a troubling question is going to be ignored or dismissed by those with the power to address it: Is building in a floodplain a good idea?

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Aquafornia news Manteca Bulletin

Manteca Share of Levee Study: $863K

From the Manteca Bulletin:

If 200-year flood protection isn’t secured — or at least a financial and implementation plan in place by July 1, 2016 — development of the Great Wolf Resort and family entertainment zone, The Trails at Manteca, and other residential projects in southwest Manteca won’t take place.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

National Park Service Calls Development Plans a Threat to Grand Canyon

From the Los Angeles Times:

Looking eastward from the canyon’s popular South Rim, visitors could soon see a hive of construction as workers build restaurants, hotels and shops on a distant mesa on the Navajo Indian reservation. … That project and a second, unrelated development proposed for just south of the canyon have set off alarms at the National Park Service, which sees them as the most serious threat the park has faced in its 95-year history.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Acts to Speed Up Quake Fault Mapping

From the Los Angeles Times:

With Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval, California officials are reviving an ambitous plan to study dangerous earthquake faults and create zoning maps that could restrict development.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Developers Seek End to Federal Protections for California Gnatcatcher

From the Los Angeles Times:

Developers citing new scientific evidence are pressing to end federal protections for the California gnatcatcher, whose status as a threatened species has barred development in many areas of prime Southern California coastal real estate for two decades.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Developers Seek End to Federal Protections for California Gnatcatcher

From the Los Angeles Times:

Developers citing new scientific evidence are pressing to end federal protections for the California gnatcatcher, whose status as a threatened species has barred development in many areas of prime Southern California coastal real estate for two decades.

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Blog: High Population Growth Shifts from California to Other States

From The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog, in a post by Dan Walters:

“California cities once led the nation in urban population growth, but sharp declines in migration and birthrates have slowed the state’s human expansion to well under 1 percent a year, a third of what was happening during the go-go 1980s.”

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Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Interior Secretary: Contra Costa Conservation Efforts are a Model for Nation

From the Contra Costa Times:

“Making her second visit to East Contra Costa in less than two months, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday lauded the region as a model for the nation in the area of habitat conservation.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Population Grew By 1% in 2013, Reaching 38.3 Million

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Led by growth in the San Francisco Bay Area, California’s population increased by nearly a full percentage point in 2013, adding 356,000 residents to bring the number of people in the nation’s most populous state to 38.3 million.”

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area is Fastest-growing Region in State

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“The Bay Area is the fastest-growing region in the state, with San Jose’s population surpassing 1 million and home construction placing Dublin among the fastest-growing cities in California, according to population estimates released Wednesday by state officials.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

U.S. District Court Upholds Tahoe Regional Plan

From Capital Public Radio:

“A federal court has ruled in favor of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in a dispute over development around Lake Tahoe.”

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