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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Take a beautiful flight over the Sacramento River at Mill Creek in Tehama County (video)

Mill Creek is a large stream and tributary of the Sacramento River. The creek begins in Shasta County, California, and flows into Tehama County, California.

Aquafornia news Sea Change Radio

Shel Horowitz on enlightened self-interest (audio)

Shel Horowitz, a profitability and marketing consultant for green and sustainable businesses, thinks that moving forward, more and more of us will be doing our own legwork when it comes to making well-informed purchasing decisions. … Then, we dig into the Sea Change Radio archives and speak with Maya Van Rossum to learn about her organization, the Delaware Riverkeepers, and her book, the Green Amendment.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: ‘Water tax’ debate continues after California budget passage

The California budget doesn’t include it, but Gov. Jerry Brown is not done pushing for a new charge on water users, which would fund clean drinking water in rural areas of the state that currently have unsafe tap water.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

At a meeting about brown water pouring from taps, congresswoman says people were paid to speak out in favor of water district

At a town hall Monday, Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán alleged that people were paid to pose as residents to speak out in support of an embattled water district, marking a strange twist in the ongoing controversy over discolored water pouring out of taps in Compton and Willowbrook.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Slicing and dicing a three-way split

If Californians approve splitting themselves up into three new states this November, and the remaining political obstacles can somehow be overcome, the details will indeed become devilish. … Lawsuits revolving around California’s complex system for distributing water would be inevitable.  Gov. Jerry Brown’s delta tunnel project and his high-speed rail plan would, at the very least, become more complicated.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: New tool will help save water by measuring plant health from space

Next week, a new instrument designed to measure plant stress will be plugged into the International Space Station. Once operating, the device will deliver unprecedented data about drought conditions and water conservation all over the planet. The device was designed and built by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Dam could fail, Washoe County emergency officials say

The emergency manager’s office for Washoe County in Nevada says an earthen dam at the north end of Washoe Lake could fail. The Nevada Department of Water Resources identified problems with the dam during a routine inspection, according to Aaron Kenneston, the emergency manager’s officer for Washoe County.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Looking for signs of global warming? It’s all around you.

David Inouye is an accidental climate scientist. More than 40 years ago, the University of Maryland biologist started studying when wildflowers, birds, bees and butterflies first appeared each spring on this mountain.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California lawmakers debate creating regional electric grid

A contentious proposal to link oversight of California’s electric grid with other western states faces a crucial test Tuesday in a state Senate committee. … California has greatly expanded the use of renewable energy sources, particularly wind and solar, but that’s brought new challenges for grid operators to manage supply and demand as weather patterns and sunlight vary.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

With wildfire season at hand, California on slightly safer footing this year

The National Interagency Fire Center is expecting above-average fire potential for much of California through fall. Late-season rains this spring have spawned a bounty of combustible brush and grass, and the summer is expected to be hot and dry, according to the federal forecast.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Report: Marin rated most vulnerable to coastal flooding

Amid accelerating sea level rise from climate change, Marin County has the highest number of households in California vulnerable to coastal flooding, according to a report released Monday. In the worst case scenario, there are a possible 4,377 Marin homes at risk of being inundated with chronic flooding by 2045, the Union of Concerned Scientists reported.

Aquafornia news Ventura County Star

Golden State Water Company customers in Simi may get lower rates

Thousands of Golden State Water Company customers in Simi Valley and elsewhere may be getting lower rates. In a filing with the California Public Utilities Commission, the company is asking for permission to lower the rates to pass savings through to customers from a new lower federal corporate income tax requirement.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

SUV sheers hydrant, is swallowed by sinkhole near LA

Authorities say an SUV knocked over a fire hydrant and damaged a water main, unleashing a torrent that caused a sinkhole on a suburban street near Los Angeles.

Aquafornia news NPR

As carbon dioxide levels rise, major crops are losing nutrients

As the level of carbon dioxide in the air continues to rise because of climate change, scientists are trying to pin down how the plants we eat are being impacted. Mounting evidence suggests that many key plants lose nutritional value at higher CO2 levels, and scientists are running experiments all over the world to try to tease out the effects.

Aquafornia news Santa Fe New Mexican

Feds, state rights clash in Navajo water dispute

State Engineer Tom Blaine and his predecessor as New Mexico’s chief water administrator, Tom Turney, are among those challenging state Court of Appeals approval of a deal awarding San Juan River water rights to the Navajo Nation, one of the largest such settlements in state history.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA shifts oversight of coal waste to a state for 1st time

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved the first state permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants, a switch from federal oversight that the coal industry had sought. … Environmental groups had argued against the transfer of oversight of coal ash disposal to states, arguing that state inaction had already contributed to widespread groundwater contamination.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

A renewed view of some of the world’s oldest trees

John Muir, the naturalist who was most at home sleeping outdoors on a bed of pine needles in the Sierra Nevada, called giant sequoias the “noblest of God’s trees.” For three years, some of the most striking examples of these towering marvels were off limits to visitors in Yosemite National Park.

Aquafornia news High Country News

Aspen may stockpile water under its golf course

Following a dry winter, Colorado’s already low snowpack is rapidly dwindling and extreme drought has been declared in a third of the state. Many communities, not only in Colorado, but also in other parts of the West, are wondering about their future water security.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Protest of water shutoffs leads to arrests in Detroit

About two dozen demonstrators were arrested for blocking a light rail line in downtown Detroit to protest the treatment of poor people including water service shutoffs.

Aquafornia news The Japan News

Gas, drinking water remain suspended after Osaka, Japan, quake

Gas and water supplies remained suspended in some areas in Osaka Prefecture on Tuesday, a day after a major quake with its focus in the northern part of the prefecture.