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Aquafornia news KUNC

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Everyone knows the Colorado River’s top agreement is flawed. Why not fix it?

Colorado River water managers have plenty to argue about. But there’s one thing on which nearly everyone who relies on the southwestern river can agree. The foundational document that divvies up the water — the Colorado River Compact — has some big flaws. Discussion on how to fix the compact’s problems is where that consensus breaks down, often with the invocation of one word: renegotiation.

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

California fires: Why more disasters like Paradise are likely

Forecasters say rain might arrive by Thanksgiving to clear away the smoke and mercifully reduce fire danger. But the optimism is tempered by a grim reality. … California has warmed roughly 3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1980 during the autumn months of September, October and November. Rainfall in those months has fallen by about one-third over the same time.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Tahoe ski season opens with man-made snow, escape from fires and smoke

There wasn’t a flake of real snow anywhere in the Sierra, but that didn’t matter to Andy Melendes, who was first in line Friday for opening day at the Alpine Meadows ski resort. … Forecasters say the dry weather, which has increased the fire danger across California, is likely to end Wednesday, but the snowfall next week is not likely to make up for the lack of precipitation this fall.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

2019 water tour dates and locations announced


Our slate of water tours for 2019 will include a new tour along the Central Coast to view a river where a dam was removed, check out efforts to desalt ocean water, recycle wastewater and manage groundwater and seawater intrusion. We’ll also take a new route for our Headwaters Tour to check out a pilot project for thinning the forest in the Yuba River Watershed.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Delayed South Monterey County Interlake Tunnel project pact on white bass back for review

Five months after Monterey County officials signed off on an agreement on how to handle non-native, predatory white bass through the Interlake Tunnel project, a final agreement may finally be coming to fruition.

Aquafornia news KQED Science

California firefighters use supercomputers to forecast wildfires

The deadly blazes burning in California have put a spotlight on the crucial role of evacuation. To save lives and property, firefighters must predict where a fire will spread within moments after it starts. Now, California firefighters are getting some help from a powerful new tool: supercomputers.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Imperial Beach taking on sea-level rise with help from Scripps scientists

Imperial Beach is surrounded by water. It has the Pacific Ocean to the west, San Diego Bay to the north, and the Tijuana Estuary to the south. Because of this, the city is particularly vulnerable to sea-level rise.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Officials had $1 million for beach access at Hollister Ranch — where did it go?

Coastal officials knew decades ago it would take money to open Hollister Ranch to the public. So they entrusted Santa Barbara County with $1 million to someday be spent on land acquisition, trails and bike paths while they duked it out with powerful property owners over access to some of California’s most coveted surf breaks and beaches.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Fishing the North Coast: Coastal anglers — and salmon — waiting on rain

The arduous wait for rainfall continues to drag on. For coastal salmon anglers waiting to drift the Smith, Chetco or Eel, it seems like a lifetime ago when the rivers last had enough flow for salmon to maneuver upriver. Hardly a drop has hit the ground since late October, when enough rain fell in the Smith Basin to put the Smith on the rise.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Carr Fire: Old Time Holiday moves from Whiskeytown to Shasta state park

Staff at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area won’t let the Carr Fire snuff out their holiday spirit. … The fire did serious damage to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area’s Oak Bottom Marina and other parts of the park. It destroyed buildings and infrastructure, including a wastewater treatment plant, power lines, parts of the N.E.E.D. Camp environmental school and the Tower House Historic District. 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Data era changes approach to fighting fires

When Rick Hutley begins his discussion of the horrific wildfires in Butte County, he starts by taking his listener back several centuries. “If we go back into the 1700s, 1600s and before, the economic value of the world was driven by how well you could manage animals and plants. We were farmers,” Hutley, a 63-year-old professor of data science at University of the Pacific, said last week.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Camp Fire: What to expect from FEMA

A disaster like the Camp Fire, which has destroyed thousands of homes and killed dozens of people, invariably requires the assistance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 to help state and local governments handle disasters.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

World Toilet Day highlights global sanitation crisis

Poor countries around the world are facing a dangerous shortage of toilets that puts millions of live at risk, according to campaigners marking World Toilet Day by urging governments and businesses to invest more in sanitation.

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Denver suburb taps into inactive gold mine for water supply

A Denver suburb has finalized an unusual deal to acquire water from an inactive gold mine. Aurora city officials said Friday the $34 million deal gives the city the rights to about 1,400 acre-feet of water a year from the London Mine outside Alma, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) to the west.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Alkaline water makes a big splash

In our never-ending quest for the ultimate form of hydration, alkaline water has emerged as the eau du jour, touted as “energizing,” “detoxifying” and a cure-all for ailments that seem to afflict people who congregate at yoga studios and juice bars.

Aquafornia news CALmatters

Commentary: Outgoing Gov. Brown tries to forge big water deal

As the Civil War raged, William Brewer, a young botanist from upstate New York, spent five years cataloging California’s natural attributes for its Legislature. As he and his crew traversed the state by mule in their annual sojourns, living off the land, Brewer found much to commend. But in letters to his brother, decades later assembled into a must-read book (Up and Down California), Brewer also wondered whether its climate would impede its development.

Aquafornia news Pacific Institute

Q&A with Sarah Diringer: A multi-benefits approach to water management

Earlier this week, Pacific Institute Communications Manager Rebecca Olson sat down with Pacific Institute Senior Researcher Dr. Sarah Diringer to talk about the challenges and promises of a multiple benefits approach to water management.

Aquafornia news Weather West

Blog: In wake of California’s worst wildfire catastrophe, significant rain finally on the horizon

It’s a refrain that Californians have heard all too often in recent years: yet another extremely destructive, fast-moving wildfire has torn through multiple communities, leaving widespread destruction in its wake. But this time, the numbers and details are staggering even by comparison to recent disasters in the fire-weary Golden State. The Camp Fire, which ignited in a wooded area in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Butte County and quickly overran the town of Paradise last Thursday, has been responsible for over 70 deaths.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Striped bass in the San Francisco estuary: Insight into a forgotten past

Striped bass are well known throughout California as a hard-fighting game fish, excellent table fare, and a voracious predator on other fish. Striped bass were introduced into the San Francisco Estuary in 1879 and are often cited as a major cause of native species decline. Historically they were valued as a strong indicator of estuary health, as well as a very important game fish. In fact, key ecological monitoring programs in the estuary were established in the 1950s and 60s to keep track of striped bass populations.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Video: Water priorities for California’s next governor

California’s many water challenges are complex, with many possible solutions and even more opinions about best approaches. How can a new governor forge a path forward in this critical area? The PPIC Water Policy Center assembled a group of 16 experts this week for a half-day workshop in Sacramento to discuss how the new administration can promote water policies and practices that benefit the state’s people, economy, and environment.