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Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias reopens

Standing before a now-gone parking lot turned giant sequoia grove, Sue Beatty beams as she talks about a three-year restoration project in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The removal of nearly an acre and a half of asphalt to protect roots and help water better flow to ancient sequoias in Yosemite National Park is the highlight of her career as a restoration ecologist for the National Park Service.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

More palm trees at Doheny State Beach falling to massive ‘king tides’

Three palm trees, part of a remaining cluster planted decades ago by locals at Doheny State Beach, have been knocked down as massive king tides pummeled the beach in recent days. Park officials say they expect to lose at least three more palms by the end of the week as ‘king tides’ — large fluctuations from low to high tides — continue.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Colorado wildfire forces nearly 2,000 evacuations amid drought

The fire 13 miles (43 kilometers) north of Durango is in the Four Corners Region where Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah meet — the epicenter of a large U.S. Southwest swath of exceptional drought, the worst category of drought. Moderate to extreme drought conditions affect larger areas of those four states plus parts of Nevada, California, Oregon, Oklahoma and Texas, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Fly over construction progress at the Oroville Dam spillway (video)

Construction crews are hard at work at the Lake Oroville Dam.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: State Water Board plan would help restore the Tuolumne

To improve the quality of our water and the health of our rivers and the San Francisco Bay-Delta, the State Water Resources Control Board is updating the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The board is considering requiring higher in-stream flows between February and June, which are critical months for baby salmon growth and migration.

Aquafornia news jfleck at inkstain

Blog: At Glenwood Springs, the fourth driest Colorado River flows in a half century

Today’s [June 14] gauge-of-the-day is my [John Fleck] friend and colleague Eric Kuhn’s, at Glenwood Springs, Colorado. It’s just downstream from the junction with the Roaring Fork. Flows of ~3,600 cubic feet per second on June 13 were the fourth lowest since gauging at that spot began in 1967. Important to understand what this is telling us.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Blog: How much water is available for groundwater recharge?

The wet winter of 2017 brought an opportunity to test groundwater recharge—the intentional spreading of water on fields to percolate into the aquifer—as a tool for restoring groundwater levels and helping basins comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). This is especially important in the San Joaquin Valley, which has the biggest imbalance between groundwater pumping and replenishment in the state.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

California Water Plan eNews

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes: California Water Boards holding annual science symposium next week; Questions about the Delta? This beginner’s guide has many answers; Adaptation forum will take a close look at California action on climate change; Webinar to provide insight on San Diego county wildfire damage and recovery; Details of Northwest Forest Plan to be discussed at forest service symposium; Urban sustainability solutions on the agenda for Meeting of the Minds summit; Water sustainability, jobs, and housing on agenda for economic summit

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought, heavy rains leave Lake Tahoe with historically bad water clarity: Study

Water clarity in Lake Tahoe reached a record low annual average in 2017 due to a historic drought, record-breaking precipitation and warmer-than-usual lake temperatures, according to a new study.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Study: 2014 Napa quake may be linked to groundwater changes

Research suggests the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that rocked California wine country in 2014 may have been caused by an expansion of Earth’s crust because of seasonally receding groundwater under the Napa and Sonoma valleys.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Groundwater overpumping boosts arsenic in California aquifer

In California’s agricultural heartland, the San Joaquin Valley, excessive pumping of groundwater has resulted in subsidence, damaging crucial infrastructure, including roads, bridges and water conveyance.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte DA’s suit against Department of Water Resources moves forward

A lawsuit filed by Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey against the state Department of Water Resources over environmental damages resulting from the Oroville Dam spillway crisis is moving forward in court. Butte County Superior Court Judge Stephen Benson overruled DWR’s demurrer, which is essentially a plea to have a case dismissed, through a written ruling filed on May 31.

Aquafornia news KDRV

California water authorities consider removal of Klamath River dams

The California Water Boards are in the early stages of considering the decommission and removal of four dams along the Klamath River in Siskiyou and Klamath counties.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Legionella found during water tests at VA hospital in Loma Linda

Legionella bacteria was discovered Wednesday, June 13 at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, a facility at the center of a federal whistleblower complaint from a group of worried physicians and nurses. Hospital officials learned of the Legionella through quarterly water safety testing, according to Wade J. Habshey, spokesman for the Pettis Medical Center.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

6 California bills aimed to curb plastic pollution and litter — where are they now?

A package of six state bills aimed at reducing plastic and cigarette-butt litter — with an emphasis on trash that ends up in the ocean — has met with a mixed fate, with half advancing and half dying in their legislative chamber of origin.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Longtime Scott Pruitt ally Sen. James Inhofe says it may be time for EPA chief to ‘leave that job’

Even Scott Pruitt’s most loyal friends are starting to give up the fight. The perpetual ethics problems of the Environmental Protection Agency chief have moved some conservatives who were firmly in his camp to reconsider.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Senate panel OKs farm bill, but House wants work provisions

The legislation, approved by a bipartisan 20-1 vote, would renew farm safety-net programs such as subsidies for crop insurance, farm credit, and land conservation. It also would extend the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, widely known as food stamps, which helps feed more than 40 million people.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Judge shows skepticism to New York climate change lawsuit

New York City’s attempt to hold five of the world’s biggest oil companies responsible for damage from global warming didn’t seem to impress a judge during oral arguments Wednesday to determine if a lawsuit can proceed. … The January lawsuit came after similar litigation was filed by the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Cruz in California.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Former Oakdale Irrigation District member refused to take part in FPPC investigation

State election law enforcers recommend a $16,000 penalty against former Oakdale Irrigation District board member Al Bairos for violating campaign finance requirements and failing to cooperate with investigators.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Three Californias: Which landmarks would end up in each?

I’ll trade you a piece of Yosemite Valley and all of the Napa wine country for Disneyland and the Santa Monica Pier. … And don’t even get us started with probable battles over how the state’s precious water reserves would be distributed since California is currently criss-crossed with an insanely complex grid of aqueducts, dams, levees and channels.