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A collection of top water news from around California and the West compiled each weekday by veteran journalist Matt Weiser.

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Aquafornia news Bakersfield Californian

State orders Chevron to ‘take all measures’ to prevent further leaks of oil, water near McKittrick

California’s top oil regulator, losing patience with Chevron’s response to the uncontrolled release of thousands of barrels of oil near McKittrick, has ordered the company to “take all measures” to make sure petroleum, water and steam do not resume rising to the surface after previous efforts to stop the flow there proved temporary.

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Aquafornia news KCRA TV

California bill would make levee encampments illegal

Assembly member Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, authored AB 137, which would prohibit people from altering the stability of levees or bypasses, as well as prohibit people from living and camping on the structures. The legislation would make it a misdemeanor charge.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Plan to sustain Santa Cruz County drinking water unveiled

Keystone projects for the midcounty planning effort, mandated by the state for all groundwater-dependent agencies, include stormwater runoff management, Soquel Creek Water District’s Pure Water Soquel advanced water treatment plant, and the city of Santa Cruz’s ongoing efforts to develop a supplemental water supply that would primarily make use of unused winter river runoff, likely through new storage options.

Aquafornia news Voices of Monterey Bay

Monterey County gives Cal Am the green light

Monterey County supervisors voted Monday to let California American Water start construction on its desalination plant even before the state Coastal Commission makes a decision on the technology involved.

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Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Larry N. Olinger, vice chair of Agua Caliente tribe, dies at age 80

Larry N. Olinger, the tribal council vice chairman and a former chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, died Monday morning, the tribe said. He was 80 and lived in Palm Springs. … While on the tribal council, Olinger worked to resolve a longstanding dispute between the tribe and the Coachella Valley Water District and the Desert Water Agency.

Aquafornia news CALmatters

Opinion: California refuses to enlist clean, cheap hydropower in fight against climate change. It makes no sense

For years, the people of the Northern San Joaquin Valley have been trying to get hydropower recognized for what it is: the original source of clean electricity. Our efforts have been stymied by people who feel entitled to decide what is, or isn’t, green enough. That’s why I have begun the process of modifying our state Constitution to recognize safe, abundant, carbon-free hydropower as a reliable source of renewable energy in our fight against climate change.

Aquafornia news NOAA Fisheries

Blog: First reintroduced salmon return to California rivers in a critical step towards recovery

More than 25 threatened spring-run Chinook salmon have returned to the San Joaquin River so far this year, the first spring-run salmon to swim up the river in more than 65 years. On Battle Creek to the north, at least 50 endangered winter-run Chinook salmon reintroduced in 2018 have also returned — the first to return to the creek since dams built in the early 1900s blocked and damaged their habitat.

Aquafornia news The Confluence

Blog: Researching California’s extreme weather, storm-by-storm

Tashiana Osborne is a PhD student with the Scripps Institution for Oceanography at UC San Diego where she works within the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes on atmospheric river research: As a graduate student, you already have an incredible amount of experience, including working as a storm chaser and intern at NASA. Can you tell us a little more about your current research?

Aquafornia news KQED Science

Monday Top of the Scroll: Administration sidelines federal biologists who could stand in way of more water for Calif. farmers

Just days before federal biologists were set to release new rules governing the future of endangered salmon and drinking water for two-thirds of Californians, the administration replaced them with an almost entirely new group … to “refine” and “improve” the rules, according to an email obtained by KQED. Environmental groups said the Department of  Interior is interfering with the science…

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Chevron spills 800,000 gallons of oil and water in Kern County canyon

The seep, which has been flowing off and on since May, has again stopped, said Chevron spokeswoman Veronica Flores-Paniagua, with the last flow Tuesday. … Chevron reported that 794,000 gallons of oil and water have leaked out of the ground where it uses steam injection to extract oil in the large Cymric Oil Field about 35 miles west of Bakersfield.

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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Climate change threatens freshwater fish

Fish die-offs in freshwater lakes are an increasing threat in California, and experts say climate change is to blame. … In a 2014-2017 report, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife found that high summer temperatures were not only worsening the quality of the water, but drying out freshwater bodies that hosted endangered species.

Aquafornia news Arizona Republic

A hike through Sedona with Bruce Babbitt into the Oak Creek wilderness

In the 1990s, he played a central role in some of the country’s biggest environmental decisions. … He could have chosen to wrap up his career when he left office at the end of the Clinton administration in 2001. But Babbitt has remained actively engaged in issues he cares about.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

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Like all nonprofits, the Water Education Foundation is mission-driven but revenue-dependent. You can support our mission to raise awareness of water issues in California and across the West in several ways…

Aquafornia news NBC San Diego

San Diego to hire third party to take over smart water meter program

After years of delays, and millions in cost overruns, San Diego will hire a third-party company to take over the city’s troubled conversion to smart water meters. The announcement was made after the city auditor released a new report highlighting management and staffing issues inside the city’s water department.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Lake Tahoe fills to the top as massive winter snows melt

If you visit Lake Tahoe this summer, the beaches might seem a little smaller than they were a few years ago. It’s not an optical illusion. Large sections of them really are underwater.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

New strawberry varieties on the way – tastier, cheaper, better for the planet, UC Davis says

They’ll use less water, less fertilizer and fewer pesticides – and they will probably be cheaper. The Public Strawberry Breeding Program at UC Davis just announced five new strawberry varieties that will be on the market in the fall and are expected to benefit farmers, sellers and consumers alike.

Aquafornia news Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Rafting adventures on California’s rivers

Your perfect river might be one where you float gently along on inner tubes, or maybe your style is to careen through raucous rapids in an eight-person inflatable raft. No problem. California has got it all when it comes to river rafting, from gentle half-day float trips for first-timers and mellow family adventures to adrenaline-pumping, white water, multi-day thrillers.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

State looks for alternate plans for Franks Tract restoration

Faced with mounting opposition to its $315 million plan to restore the tidal marshland on Franks Tract in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the state has begun seeking input from residents, boaters, fishermen and others on possible alternatives.

Aquafornia news Sonoma West Times & News

Grand Jury Part 2: Water, mental heath and neglect of county properties

The Grand Jury’s main critique was that the water district’s prediction that water service could be restored within three days is too optimistic. The report suggests that two weeks to six months without reliable water service is a more realistic estimate in the aftermath of a major earthquake.

Aquafornia news Pasadena Star-News

Montebello to unload its water system for nearly $18 million

The Montebello City Council agreed Wednesday to sell the city’s tiny water system to San Gabriel Valley Water Co. for about $17.8 million, four years after its voters rejected the idea.

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