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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.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Kauai’s Hanalei Colony Resort to remain shut through Sept. 1 because of highway’s flood damage

Work continues after a massive storm that stalled over the North Shore dropped 28 inches of rain in 24 hours from April 14 to 15. The only road through the area, the westernmost stretch of Kuhio Highway, was severely damaged by flooding and mudslides.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Speaking of Water — Water conflict chronology

“Speaking of Water” host Eileen Wray-McCann spoke with the Pacific Institute’s co-founder and President Emeritus, Dr. Peter Gleick to discuss the connections between resource issues, environmental issues, and the broad area of international security and conflict.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Fly over Feather River in Northern California on a beautiful June day (video)

The Feather River is the main tributary of the Sacramento River, originating in Lake Oroville.

Aquafornia news Mojave Valley Daily News

Agencies to host joint drought briefing in Tempe

Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project are inviting the public to a briefing on the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan and Arizona’s Colorado River Water Supply. … Keynote speaker Commissioner Brenda Burman of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will discuss the extended drought and increased risk of crisis in the Colorado River Basin.

Aquafornia news KUNC Community Radio for Northern Colorado

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Colorado River reservoirs expected to be less than half full, headed toward historic low

Reservoirs that store water along the Colorado River are projected to be less than half full later this year, potentially marking a historic low mark for the river system that supplies water to seven U.S. states and Mexico. Forecasters with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expect the river’s reservoirs — Lakes Mead and Powell among them — to be at a combined 48 percent of capacity by the end of September.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Global warming cooks up ‘a different world’ over 3 decades

We were warned. On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn’t approaching — it had already arrived. The testimony of the top NASA scientist, said Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, was “the opening salvo of the age of climate change.”

Aquafornia news Brookings

Report: Renewing the water workforce: Improving water infrastructure and creating a pipeline to opportunity

At a time when many Americans are struggling to access economic opportunity and many of the country’s infrastructure assets are at the end of their useful life, infrastructure jobs offer considerable promise. … The country’s water infrastructure is emblematic of this significant opportunity.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Decades-old project to raise Lake Mendocino dam gets a boost

Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, got the Coyote Valley Dam project — in one 13-word sentence — on a list of feasibility studies for some 30 Corps projects from Alabama to Alaska to be expedited by the Secretary of the Army. Tucked into the 122-page Water Resources Development Act of 2018, the list was approved two weeks ago on a lopsided 408-2 vote in the House and was forwarded to the Senate.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Could West Sacramento be forced to pay up if river floods? Mayor and residents disagree.

The West Sacramento City Council voted 4-1 last month to begin a process that would convert an independent district in charge of levee management into a subsidiary of West Sacramento, and allow the council to replace the district’s board of directors with appointees or the council members themselves. Reclamation District 900 has operated independently since 1911, managing 13.6 miles of levees that provide flood protection along the Sacramento River.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville almost triples state water saving rate

Water conservation took a dip in April statewide, but locally the numbers were much stronger. Oroville saved water at almost three times the statewide rate in April, with Chico and Paradise more than doubling it, according to numbers released last week by the state Water Resources Control Board.

Aquafornia news POLITICO

Poison pills banished from Senate spending bills

The Senate’s stack of finished bills includes one with a notorious track record for poison pill riders: The measure that funds the EPA. That Interior-Environment bill was tripped up by partisan riders during the entire span of former President Barack Obama’s tenure, and it hasn’t reached the Senate floor since 2009.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

California farmers, politicians won’t feel full impact of Trump tariff wars until fall

David Phippen’s almond orchards in Manteca are a few months away from harvest, the nuts still green on the trees. That gives him some breathing room before China’s tariffs on almonds — California’s largest agricultural export — and other crops really bite.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Many coastal properties may be flooded out by 2045, climate report warns

That oceanfront property in Stinson Beach you’ve dreamed about may not be so perfect after all. A report published Monday finds that nearly 4,400 homes in Marin County might not make it beyond a 30-year mortgage because of encroaching seawater.

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Review-Journal

Southern Nevada Water Authority says it can supply water if Las Vegas footprint expands

The Southern Nevada Water Authority says it has more than enough water to supply new homes and businesses that could be built one day on thousands of acres of federal land just outside the Las Vegas Valley. The challenge will be getting the water there and making sure it is used — and reused — as efficiently as possible, said water authority chief John Entsminger.

Aquafornia news Capital Press

Reclamation chief revitalizes agency’s infrastructure mission

The Trump administration is ringing in a new era at the Bureau of Reclamation, one that harkens back to earlier days of ambitious water-storage projects. The administration and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are “very focused” on infrastructure, and Reclamation wants to partner with water users to bring new projects forward, Brenda Burman, Bureau of Reclamation commissioner, said during the Idaho Water Users Association water law conference on Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico lawmakers want Navajo San Juan Settlement Agreement set aside

A massive 2010 settlement that awarded San Juan River water rights to the Navajo Nation is facing fresh legal challenges that raise issues concerning who has the authority to make water deals in New Mexico.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Ancient river could flow again in Tucson, thanks to recycled wastewater

Recycled wastewater is gaining wider acceptance to boost drinking water supplies across the arid West. Now a project in Tucson could mark another milestone: The city wants to use recycled effluent largely for ornamental purposes. Tucson proposes to use a portion of the metro area’s treated urban wastewater to make the Santa Cruz River flow through downtown again for the first time in 70 years.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Oregon capital battles algal toxins in drinking water

Having detected toxins in its water distribution system since Memorial Day weekend at levels that occasionally exceeded state and federal health guidelines, officials in Salem are warning children, the elderly, and those with liver and kidney disease not to drink the tap water. A bloom of cyanobacteria, also called blue-green algae for its colorful, scum-like appearance, formed in Detroit Reservoir, the manmade lake on the Santiam River that is the Oregon capital’s drinking water source.