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Aquafornia news KUNC Community Radio for Northern Colorado

Water is leaving Colorado farmland for the city — but will it ever return?

An old water cliché tells us that “water flows uphill toward money.” It’s an adage born out of people’s frustrations about who benefits when water moves around in the Western U.S., popularized by author Marc Reisner’s 1986 book, “Cadillac Desert.”

Aquafornia news Science X

To forecast winter rainfall in the Southwest, look to New Zealand in the summer

El Niño was long considered a reliable tool for predicting future precipitation in the southwestern United States, but its forecasting power has diminished in recent cycles, possibly due to global climate change. In a study published today in Nature Communications, scientists and engineers at the University of California, Irvine demonstrate a new method for projecting wet or dry weather in the winter ahead.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

‘Like dominoes’: Utah homes burn as wildfires menace US West

A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the Utah tourist town of Moab, while more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming fled multiple wildfires scorching the drought-stricken U.S. West on Wednesday.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Q&A: Scripps scientist worries how Antarctic climate change may affect San Diego

Helen Fricker is worried. She says cities throughout the world, including San Diego, could be affected by the climate change that’s unfolding in the Antarctica.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: California, the world’s fifth-largest economy, has a Third World drinking water problem

Even in times of drought, California’s natural and human-made arteries run with the nation’s cleanest, most accessible water. So fundamental is the stuff to the state’s identity and to its residents’ daily lives that California law recognizes a human right to “safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Water pollution and the California Legislature… (cartoon)

Jack Ohman cartoon: Water pollution and the California Legislature…

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Book Review: A community cracked open by fracking

[Eliza] Griswold, a journalist and a poet, paid close attention to a community in southwestern Pennsylvania over the course of seven years to convey its confounding experience with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a process that injects water and chemicals deep into the ground in order to shake loose deposits of natural gas.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Comment period opens for draft list of awards for Statewide Flood Emergency Response Grant Program

The California Department of Water Resources is pleased to announce a 15-day public comment period for the Statewide Flood Emergency Response Grant Program Round 3, Draft List of Awards. After careful review of the applications received from the 2018 solicitation, DWR is proposing to provide funding for 25 grants as detailed in the draft list of awards.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Inspector general: 2 US dams at risk of ‘insider threats’

Two dams critical to U.S. national security are at high risk for “insider threats” that could impair operations because of poor computer security practices such as too many employees having access to administrator accounts and failures to routinely change passwords, according to a new inspector general report.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Senate GOP drops ‘poison pills’ from key spending bill

Tuesday’s move by Sen. Lisa Murkowski extends an olive branch to Democrats and could allow the first floor debate on a key spending bill for the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency since former President Barack Obama’s first year in office. It’s all part of an effort to avoid a catchall “omnibus” spending bill.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Radical plan to split California into three states earns spot on November ballot

California’s 168-year run as a single entity, hugging the continent’s edge for hundreds of miles and sprawling east across mountains and desert, could come to an end next year — as a controversial plan to split the Golden State into three new jurisdictions qualified Tuesday for the Nov. 6 ballot. … Critics have long wondered how citizens of a state where the majority of water supplies exist in one region would react if negotiations over new interstate compacts to share the resource turned contentious.

Aquafornia news E&E News

EPA: Pruitt aide wanted to fast-track hire of Obama official

Scott Pruitt’s top aide wanted to use special authority to hire a former Obama administration official to scrutinize climate science. The EPA administrator’s chief of staff, Ryan Jackson, suggested last year that Steven Koonin, a theoretical physicist and an Obama Energy Department appointee, could quickly get on EPA’s payroll.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Marysville Ring Levee project progressing

In a few years, Marysville might become the impromptu destination when flood waters start to rise in Yuba-Sutter rivers. Despite the fact the city is shaped like a bowl, work on the Marysville Ring Levee will make the city one of the safest throughout the valley once improvements are completed, experts say.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

A river runs through it: Water allowed to flow through Bakersfield to accommodate dam repairs upstream

Water flowing from Isabella Lake serves as a refreshing reminder that the Kern River does run through Bakersfield — sometimes, anyway, and not always because there’s been a recent abundance of rain or snowfall. … It may be worth noting that the Kern is running not because this has been a particularly wet year (it hasn’t been), but because of work the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is doing to shore up a dam upstream.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Judge’s ruling allows Fresno water fees for new development

A Fresno Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the city of Fresno and upheld new water fees that ensure new homes will have enough water after some of Fresno’s largest developers filed a petition against the fees.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Measure Z supporters call for Monterey County to reconsider, appeal court ruling

Backers of Measure Z led by Protect Monterey County urged the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to reverse course and join an appeal of a Monterey County Superior Court ruling striking down much of the voter-approved initiative that sought to establish some of the nation’s toughest restrictions on oil and gas operations.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Coachella Valley Water District won’t raise domestic rates in upcoming fiscal year

For the second consecutive year, the Coachella Valley Water District will not be increasing domestic water rates for its customers. The CVWD Board of Directors voted on the issue during their meeting Tuesday morning and decided to maintain current rates for the upcoming fiscal year.

Aquafornia news Calaveras Enterprise

Calaveras County Water District implements rate increases

Calaveras County Water District ratepayers will soon experience an increase in their bills that will vary in percentage terms for different ratepayer classifications and levels of water usage. … Approximately 30 people attended the meeting, many of whom went to the podium when public comments were permitted and expressed their disapproval of the proposed rate structure.

Aquafornia news WIRED

LA is doing water better than your city. Yes, that LA.

The frantic phone calls to the Community Water Center began in the summer of 2014. In the 7,000-strong unincorporated community of East Porterville, nestled against California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, homeowners’ wells were failing amid a historic drought.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

From earthquake’s destruction, a new San Francisco rises three decades later

On the ground once marked by devastation, a new city is rising. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake battered the gritty South of Market district, damaging the Embarcadero Freeway that walled off downtown San Francisco from the bay and left city leaders with a choice: Do they repair and retrofit it, or envision something bolder?