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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 Siskiyou Daily News

Water certification denial won’t stop Klamath dam removal

Klamath River Renewal Corporation Director of Communications Matt Cox said that the State Water Resources Control Board’s recent denial of the KRRC’s request for a water quality certification for the Lower Klamath Project will not affect the process to remove four dams along the Klamath River.

Aquafornia news NBC Bay Area

Marin County environmentalists remove ghost town to save salmon

The bulldozers came for the ghost town of Jewell in West Marin County, ripping out a dozen or so abandoned homes as part of an environmental effort to improve the survival chances for endangered coho salmon on the Lagunitas Watershed.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte County’s western pond turtle: A reptile in trouble

The western pond turtle in Butte County is currently shaking in its shell, due to habitat alteration and introduced species that are killing off the local reptile. … The turtle is being evaluated for listing as threatened or endangered, according to California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials.

Aquafornia news The Ukiah Daily Journal

Round Valley Tribes join two-basin solution effort for Potter Valley Project

The Round Valley Indian Tribes announced this week that they have signed an agreement to join with users of both the Eel River and Russian River to seek a “Two-Basin Solution” for the re-licensing of the Potter Valley Hydroelectric Project, which diverts water from the Eel River into the Russian River.

Aquafornia news GVWire.com

2018 was a record-setting year for Fresno County farmers

Fresno County farmers and ranchers shattered the yearly record for the value of what they produced by nearly a billion dollars in 2018. Despite below-average surface water supplies, their crops and livestock totaled $7.888 billion last year, according to the Fresno County Department of Agriculture’s annual report released Tuesday.

Aquafornia news ABC News San Diego

California professor awarded grant to harness water from fog

A California State University, Monterey Bay professor will receive a substantial grant from the Defense Department to find methods to harness fog. … The DoD is interested in the study … which may be useful for military personnel in remote foggy regions.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Opinion: Farmers are not to blame for Valley subsidence, but they can help solve it with water

Why do farmers pump the water under their land (which California law clearly states belongs to them) in the first place? Unfortunately, you’ll rarely read the answer to this question in the press, but it is the most important part of the story.

Aquafornia news Torrance Daily Breeze Matt Weiser

Wednesday Top of the Scroll: Southern California water agency approves $5 million for stormwater pilot

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Tuesday, Sept. 10, approved $5 million for a stormwater pilot project to determine the best and most efficient way to capture the tens of billions of gallons of rainwater that flow off roofs and pavement each year.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times Matt Weiser

Forest thinning projects won’t stop the worst wildfires. So why is California spending millions on them?

Saying the $32 million in projects were vital “to protect the lives and property of Californians” Newsom swept aside environmental reviews and competitive bidding requirements to speed the work. But the state’s recent fire chronicles are riddled with examples of how such fuel break projects don’t guard against the wind-driven infernos that have laid waste to communities the length of California.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun Matt Weiser

California regulators press Chevron for data on Cymric oil spills

Despite new California regulations banning surface spills in the state’s vast oil fields, at least eight spills connected to Chevron have occurred in just one Kern County oil field since the new rules took effect in April, state regulators say. The ”surface expression” spills have spewed more than 1.26 million gallons of oil and wastewater in five months, with some still not contained.

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Save the dates for next year’s Water 101 workshop and Lower Colorado River Tour

Dates are now set for two key Foundation events to kick off 2020 — our popular Water 101 Workshop, scheduled for Feb. 20 at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, and our Lower Colorado River Tour, which will run from March 11-13.

Aquafornia news The Hill Matt Weiser

Lawmakers grill manufacturers over ‘forever chemicals’ contamination

Members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee grilled company representatives over what they say was decades of awareness of the dangers of their products and their role helping spread fluorochemicals known as PFAS.

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Aquafornia news Capital Press Matt Weiser

9th Circuit revives Clean Water Act lawsuit over tile drains

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit that alleges tile drains in California’s Central Valley discharge pollutants in violation of the Clean Water Act.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record Matt Weiser

Is a pipeline from Paradise to Chico even possible? Supervisors approve study to find out

A major groundwater sustainability study was approved by the Butte County Board of Supervisors which will look at different aspects into future water allocations and conservation in Butte County, including the possibility of building a pipeline from Paradise to Chico.

Aquafornia news AgAlert Matt Weiser

State seeks comment on its Water Resilience Portfolio

In a new effort to balance California’s water needs, Gov. Gavin Newsom has directed state agencies to prepare a water plan known as the California Water Resilience Portfolio that includes “a comprehensive strategy to build a climate-resilient water system.”

Aquafornia news The Press Democrat Matt Weiser

Algae suspected in death of Santa Rosa dog that played in park pond

An 11-month-old Santa Rosa dog died a “horrible death” Monday, a day after she was in the water at a park where a city worker subsequently found a small patch of algae responsible for numerous public health warnings and two other dog deaths in recent years.

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Aquafornia news Associated Press Matt Weiser

Trash cleanup at Tahoe beaches provides lessons for future

The sixth annual Labor Day beach cleanup at Lake Tahoe did more than just remove 168 pounds (76 kilograms) of trash from the shoreline. It’s also apparently provided some clues to help design new strategies to keep the cigarette butts and other garbage from ending up there in the first place.

Aquafornia news Torrance Daily Breeze Matt Weiser

What is turning the ocean red in Manhattan Beach?

The blue ocean has turned a rusty red in Manhattan Beach — but what is causing this change in color? The red tide, as it’s called, is from an algal bloom, according to Valerie Hill, administrative and development director at the Roundhouse Aquarium off the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Aquafornia news U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Matt Weiser

News release: Reclamation and DWR to restore floodplain habitat for endangered salmon in the Yolo Bypass

The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the California Department of Water Resources, today announced its decision to move forward with a restoration project to improve fish passage and increase floodplain fisheries-rearing habitat in the Yolo Bypass.

Aquafornia news Davis Enterprise Matt Weiser

Opinion: Residential graywater for outdoor irrigation

Residential graywater offers up a huge potential for our city to offset potable water use. When the next drought rolls around, and it will, we could be sitting pretty with healthy trees and landscapes using less water from the Sierra than we do now.

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