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Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association

Blog: Improving conditions for salmon: The Sacramento Valley Salmon Recovery Program

Efforts continue in the Sacramento Valley to complete projects and improve science to promote recovery of salmon and other species of fish in the region. A new document shown below summarizes the program and highlights the seventeen (17) projects that have been completed as part of the program in the past four years.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: Camp Fire poses no threat to Oroville Dam

There is no threat to Oroville Dam. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is taking precautionary measures detailed below to ensure the safety of other water infrastructure including power plants and power lines. DWR is just one of several state agencies and departments with employees and contractors personally impacted by these most recent wildfires.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Report: California’s Water

Managing water remains one of the great challenges for California. Population growth, a shifting climate, and declining ecosystem health are putting pressure on the state’s water supply and flood management systems. New policies are needed to address these challenges.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Camp Fire: Oroville Dam officials keep close watch on approaching blaze

Employees of the state Department of Water Resources, with the help of firefighting crews, were cutting brush and watering down landscapes around Lake Oroville to prevent the 117,000-acre blaze from damaging the reservoir’s infrastructure, including the 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

As autumn rain in California vanishes amid global warming, fires worsen

This is a wet place by California standards. It averages about 55 inches of rain a year, thanks to its prime location in the verdant foothills of the Sierra Nevada, which wrings rain out of Pacific storms. But when the Camp fire sparked last Thursday, Paradise was parched. … Across California, the lack of autumn rain is having dire consequences.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

Both nature and humans share blame for California’s devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump’s claims, fire scientists say.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

As toll mounts from Malibu to Thousand Oaks, how did the Woolsey fire become a monster?

The blaze came on the heels of one of the hottest summers on record for the region, after years of drought that left the woodlands in the Santa Monica Mountains bone dry.  … During the firefight, Los Angeles County Waterworks District No. 29, which serves Malibu, saw a significant loss of pressure in its water distribution system, something that didn’t go unnoticed by residents.

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Trump OKs disaster aid for California, but no word on whether he’ll visit

President Trump, who toured Southern states after deadly hurricanes in recent months, has not scheduled a visit to California as the state battles deadly fires. But he did issue a declaration late Monday clearing the way for federal aid to flow to fire victims.

Aquafornia news Bloomberg Environment

House Natural Resources Committee pivoting to tougher oversight

The House Natural Resources Committee, soon to be under Democratic control, is gearing up to hold the Trump administration accountable on environmental issues.

Aquafornia news Herald and News, Klamath Falls

Klamath Tribes drop Endangered Species Act lawsuit against Bureau of Reclamation

The Klamath Tribes on Thursday announced they have withdrawn a lawsuit regarding lake levels in Upper Klamath Lake against the Bureau of Reclamation. The lawsuit was awaiting a court date in Portland, after being moved from a federal court in San Francisco court in July by U.S. District Judge William Orrick.

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Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Monterey Peninsula Water Management District candidates to be vetted Monday

Seven candidates are poised to make their case next week to replace retiring Monterey Peninsula Water Management District director Bob Brower Sr., a position that could play a key role in influencing the future of the water district’s public buyout effort involving California American Water’s Monterey-area water system as mandated by Measure J.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin Municipal Water District taps new manager

The Marin Municipal Water District Board of Directors has selected Bennett Horenstein, a longtime Bay Area water and wastewater official, to become its new general manager.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Monarch butterflies return to Santa Cruz, delighting sightseers

Eyes peeled and necks craning, underneath the eucalyptus trees people milled about in a mutual quest to see the migrating monarchs, their voices uniting in a chorus of oohs and aahs as a flurry of brightly colored wings took to the sky. Monarch season at Santa Cruz’s Natural Bridges State Park has officially arrived.

Aquafornia news The Colorado Sun

Across Colorado, taxpayers granted Gallagher tax relief to a record number of fire protection districts

More than 120 special districts — including several metropolitan, a few library and a couple of ambulance, hospital, housing, cemetery, water and recreation districts — asked voters for relief under Colorado’s Gallagher Amendment.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Three-day tanker strike reveals water tensions in Chennai, India

Prompted by a court ruling restricting their access to groundwater, private water tankers in Chennai went on strike in October, a move that shut down hotels, IT firms, and other businesses and affected thousands of households that rely on water delivered by the trucks.

Aquafornia news News Deeply

For first time in decades, Liberia’s taps are no longer running dry

Until 2014, handwashing facilities were scarce across much of Liberia. The 14-year conflict that ended in 2003 wiped out the country’s water pipe infrastructure, even in the capital, Monrovia. Most of LIberia’s 4.7 million people were left without access to running water, and the taps of hospitals and health facilities ran dry.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Editorial: Congrats to DWR for having dam construction done; hoping accountability also addressed

The Department of Water Resources announced last week that they had met their goal of reconstructing the main spillway at Oroville Dam by Nov. 1. They’re prepared for the upcoming winter, spokespersons for DWR said.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Eastern San Joaquin Valley and other California drinking water supplies at risk in the next drought

During the 2012-2016 drought, the state received more than 2,500 domestic well failure reports, the majority of which were in the Central Valley (DWR 2018). This left thousands of people without a reliable source of drinking water for months and, in some cases, years. The crisis drew national attention as well as local and state investment and intervention in many communities.

Aquafornia news jfleck at inkstain

Blog: Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan: “Arizona will figure it out.”

At Colorado Mesa University’s Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum this week in Grand Junction, a distinguished panel of the Colorado River Basin brain trust cheerfully dodged an audience question about what the basin states’ Plan B is if Arizona can’t come to the internal agreement needed to sign on to a Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan.

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Aquafornia news The NM Political Report

Blog: EPA, state agencies want public input on drilling wastewater report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of New Mexico released a draft report on Friday about the possibility of someday reusing or recycling wastewater from the oil and gas industry. According to the draft white paper compiled by the EPA and three state agencies, “Given that drought is no stranger to New Mexico, decisions about water are growing ever more complicated and meaningful.”

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