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Aquafornia news Bloomberg Environment

Environmental review of water wells goes before California high court

The California Supreme Court will weigh in on whether environmental review is required for each new water well project. The issue of groundwater extraction heightened during California’s prolonged drought.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

West Coast crab fisherman sue 30 fossil fuel companies, citing economic losses due to climate change

The day before commercial fishermen were due to bring the first of the season’s Dungeness crab to Bay Area docks, they made other news. On Wednesday, West Coast crab fishermen filed a lawsuit alleging that 30 fossil fuel companies are to blame for the past several years of delayed seasons and disastrous economic losses due to ocean warming.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Experts from NASA JPL and Scripps to discuss improving long-range weather forecasts at Dec. 5 workshop in Irvine


Forecasters are usually on the mark when predicting what tomorrow’s weather will bring. But can we ever get accurate precipitation forecasts — critical for managing water supplies — weeks to months in advance? At Water Year 2019: Feast or Famine, a one-day workshop Dec. 5 in Irvine, scientists from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Western Regional Climate Center and the California Department of Water Resources will offer insights into the latest research on improving long-range weather forecasting and what it means for water management.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise

The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy. The plan, part of a $10.6 billion Coast Guard budget authorization bill, includes provisions sought by environmentalists as well as the cargo shipping industry.

Aquafornia news E&E News

Lawmakers angle for energy, environment slots

The 116th Congress doesn’t start for six weeks, but members are already eyeing committee seats that will open up with retirements and GOP losses.

Aquafornia news KBAK Bakersfield Now

Study: Absent major changes, new groundwater rules will cost Kern 24,000 jobs

Absent major changes to farming practices and an increase in water supply, Kern County’s farming juggernaut will have to shrink considerably to meet aggressive new targets for conservation.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Fires ruin some outdoor-recreation sites, other sites unscathed

A review of the damage to recreation sites from major wildfires this year in the Sierra Nevada and Northern California show a crazy-quilt pattern of destruction. Some sites were incinerated, and yet others nearby escaped all harm, according to district rangers, fire specialists and field scouts on site.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Pollution warning and other items concerning the Camp Fire

Del Oro Water Co. and CaWaterBoards are advising customers and/or emergency responders to boil water for drinking and cooking purposes in the following districts: Paradise Pines, Magalia, Lime Saddle, Stirling Bluffs and  Buzztail.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Southern California fire scorches huge swath of public lands

The massive burn scar encompasses more than 30 square miles (80 square kilometers) within the recreation area that stretches from beaches inland to mountains straddling Los Angeles and Ventura counties. It’s the largest urban national park in the nation, with more than 30 million visitors every year.

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Aquafornia news KQED Forum

How climate change helped create California’s ‘fire siege’

Last year was California’s most destructive fire season. That is, until this year. And while climate change cannot be blamed for individual fires like those currently burning at both ends of the state, scientist Daniel Swain says climate change is a “threat multiplier,” creating conditions that will lead to more large, fast-moving and dangerous wildfires.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Newport Beach reaches settlement over sewage spills into ocean, bay

In response to the threat of a lawsuit over sewer spills, Newport Beach agreed Wednesday to make improvements to its sewage system, its spill reporting process and its infrastructure monitoring process. It also agreed to pay $50,000 in legal and expert analysis costs to California River Watch, which had threatened the suit.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Point Reyes ranches listed on National Register of Historic Places

Inclusion of several Point Reyes National Seashore ranches on the National Register of Historic Places will play a role in the ongoing review of the future of these ranches in the park, according to park officials. … The designation comes as the park is preparing an environmental review on how it should manage tule elk and the leases that allow ranchers to operate in the park.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

HSU to acquire 884-acre forest for research purposes

Humboldt State University is on the verge of receiving an 884-acre forest near campus, which will be used for research and field experiences. … “This is a big moment for Humboldt State University,” said HSU President Lisa Rossbacher. “The new forestland will provide amazing opportunities for our students, while also helping to protect an important watershed. 

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

How Ellen DeGeneres is adding to success of Blue Diamond’s annual report

Ellen DeGeneres loves Nut Thins, the crackers made with Blue Diamond almonds, growers meeting in Modesto heard Wednesday. The company reported $1.57 billion in net sales in the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, up from $1.48 billion the previous year. Leaders credited this, in part, to marketing that featured the talk show host and other traditional and social media.

Aquafornia news The Center for Public Integrity

Drilling overwhelms agency protecting America’s lands

Wayne Smith was hardened to a certain level of chaos here [Carlsbad, New Mexico], on land the American public owns. But even he was incredulous as he surveyed an area he leases for grazing, now cleared of grass and cluttered with above-ground pipelines, a drill pad for multiple wells and other oil and gas infrastructure. “I still pay a grazing lease right there,” Smith said in May, pointing to a government map showing there should be no more than 17 acres of development on the site instead of the 125 acres he saw in front of him. “Now, what’s my cow going to eat?”

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Aquafornia news Bridge Magazine

Michigan waited years to heed warnings on PFAS dangers, expert says

Robert Delaney says his discovery of widespread PFAS chemicals in Michigan’s environment shook him to the core. Testifying Tuesday, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Superfund specialist said he believed federal laws were enough to protect the public health and track thousands of chemicals from the moment manufacturers release them to the public.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Some giraffe populations critically endangered, while others recover

Giraffes, once plentiful throughout Africa, have plummeted close to extinction in some regions. In others, populations of the graceful treetop browsers actually have grown through conservation efforts. That’s the latest and mixed assessment from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, released Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up

After facing near-extinction, mountain gorillas are slowly rebounding. On Wednesday, the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature updated mountain gorillas’ status from “critically endangered” to “endangered,” a more promising, if still precarious, designation.

Aquafornia news Arizona Republic

Commentary: Arizona’s water supply depends on the next few weeks

The next few weeks could make or break Arizona’s water future. That’s not hyperbole. Lake Mead – which supplies 40 percent of our water – has a one in five chance of falling to catastrophically low levels by 2026, requiring cuts that will hurt every water user in this state.

Aquafornia news High Country News

Commentary: A judge just dealt a potentially fatal blow to Keystone XL

After a slew of climate-friendly ballot initiatives went down in flames on Election Day in Arizona, Colorado and Washington, greens needed something to cheer them up. Days later the good news came in the form of a possibly deal-killing setback to a controversial oil pipeline: A federal judge sent the Keystone XL proposal back to the drawing board because it failed to comply with federal environmental regulations.