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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming

A vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and the U.S. Southwest for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage could trigger cutbacks as soon as the end of 2019, officials said Wednesday.

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Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

State water board won’t vote next week on controversial river flow plan

The State Water Board is making it clear that it won’t vote next week on a much-disputed proposal to require higher river flows for improving water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta. Felicia Marcus, who chairs the water board, said in a letter Wednesday to the California Natural Resources Agency that final action will be taken at a board meeting later.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

SFPUC starts repairs to Moccasin Dam, which almost failed last March

Repair and renovation work at the Moccasin Reservoir and dam in Tuolumne County is under way nearly five months after a punishing rainstorm pushed it to the brink of failure, prompting the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

The promise and challenge of safe, clean drinking water for all is focus of Sept. 20 Summit panel

More than 260 California water suppliers — many of them small systems in disadvantaged communities — don’t meet safe drinking water standards. One solution to getting those communities clean water is as simple — and as complicated — as connecting them to a larger supplier nearby.  At the Foundation’s 35th annual Water Summit Sept. 20 in Sacramento, Camille Pannu, director of the Water Justice Clinic at UC Davis’ Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies, will discuss the complexities of water system mergers and a program underway in the Central Valley that has facilitated more than a dozen such mergers.

Aquafornia news Ventura County Star

Parents urge Simi council not to allow groundwater for residential use

About 20 parents and others urged the Simi Valley City Council this week not to let the city use groundwater as drinking water for residences, arguing it is contaminated by the nearby Santa Susana Field Laboratory and is likely cancer-causing.

Aquafornia news Cronkite News/Arizona PBS

Environmentalists want Glen Canyon Dam removed, but is that possible?

The Bureau of Reclamation finished Glen Canyon Dam in 1963, obliterating one of the most spectacular red-rock canyons in the Southwest and altering the flow of the mighty Colorado River.

Aquafornia news Visalia Times-Delta

Tulare County sheriff deputies, local agencies clean up Tule River

Over the weekend, sheriff’s deputies with help from California Highway Patrol, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Forest Service held a “proactive enforcement detail” in the Tule Canyon area located east of Springville on Highway 190 — between Springville and Camp Nelson in Giant Sequoia National Monument. 

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada-California desert ‘half empty’ of birds after population collapse

Bird populations have collapsed in the desert along the Nevada-California border, and climate change could be to blame, according to a new study by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley. Over the past century, the number of bird species has fallen by an average of 43 percent at survey sites across an area larger than New York state.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Once almost extinct, Kern’s wood ducks taking flight

Once threatened with near extinction, one of California’s most beautiful waterfowl is making a comeback along the Kern River thanks to farsighted environmental management, hunting regulations and citizen volunteers. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, extinction of the wood duck was described as imminent.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Bird rescue group inundated with starving, injured seabirds

It’s shaping up to be another rough year for aquatic birds, as witnessed by the nonprofit International Bird Rescue headquartered in Fairfield. So far this year, the waterbird rescue organization has treated more than 2,500 aquatic birds at its San Francisco Bay-Delta Wildlife Center in Fairfield and at its second rehabilitation unit in Southern California.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Why California’s largest fire in history is so difficult to contain

Conditions have been ripe for the erratic fire behavior that has led to explosive growth of the Ranch fire, which along with the River fire makes up the 364,145-acre Mendocino Complex. The days are so hot and dry that whatever gains firefighters see overnight when the humidity goes up quickly fade when the sun hits the fuels and sucks the moisture out.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

The Super Bowl of beekeeping

Every February, white petals blanket first the almond trees, then the floor of the central valley, an 18,000-square-mile expanse of California that begins at the stretch of highway known as the Grapevine just south of Bakersfield and reaches north to the foothills of the Cascades.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Fecal contamination detected at 3 Monterey County beaches

High levels of indicator bacteria, which test for fecal contamination, showed up in samples taken on Monday at Monterey Municipal Beach, Asilomar State Beach and Carmel Beach.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Keeping the marsh clean

Humboldt Pet Supply staffers and local volunteers will be working together Saturday to help reduce the community’s environmental paw print by cleaning up abandoned pet waste at the Arcata Marsh.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

A rising concern? After straws, balloons get more scrutiny

Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons be deflated? The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Chico water tanks to be preserved

The old water tanks at East Third and Orient streets won’t be taken down as planned, the California Water Service Co. announced Wednesday. The elevated tanks, built in 1905 and 1913, are empty and not in use.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Drakes Estero can cleanse, renew your senses

The Estero Trail provides one of the prettiest, easy walks at Point Reyes National Seashore — one that can can be done in short (2.5-mile), medium (5-mile) or long (8-mile) treks. Each provides a special payoff.

Aquafornia news High Country News

On one of Oregon’s wildest rivers, mining protections lapse

In tight, deep canyons and past tree-trimmed sandbars, the Chetco River runs nearly 56 miles from a remote area of southern Oregon’s coastal mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Many of the river’s miles lie in stretches of national forest crossed by few roads or inside the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, accessible only by a steep walk.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: How ranchers are getting by with less water across the West

In the summer, all we talk about is rain. Walk into a diner or a barn, or just run into someone at the store, and the first question anyone asks – even before, “How are you?” – is, “Did you get any rain?” It’s the same in New Mexico as in Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona and California.

Aquafornia news jfleck at inkstain

Blog: Colorado River shortage looming because Lower Basin is using too much water

Today’s [Aug. 15] release of the Bureau of Reclamation’s August 24-month study is what in my old newspaper days we would have called “a  great news peg”. It’s been clear for a while that we’ll likely have a first-ever federal shortage declaration in the Lower Colorado River Basin in 2020, and that chance is growing. But in the interests of never letting a good Colorado River shortage news peg go unused….