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Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

2018 Election: Voters reject stricter rules for oil, gas, and mining

Losses by green groups in Alaska, Colorado, and Montana contributed to a 2018 election in which water-related policies and funding were on the ballot in at least a dozen local and state initiatives. In two other high-profile decisions, voters in Baltimore backed a first-ever municipal ban on privatization of a city water utility while Californians uncharacteristically rejected an $8.9 billion bond for water projects.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Pope: Safe drinking water is a human right, not merchandise

Pope Francis has affirmed that access to clean water is a human right and that it’s “enormously shameful” that millions of people get sick and die each year for lack of it.

Aquafornia news Eugene, Oregon, Register-Guard

Government again asks appeals court to dismiss youth-led climate lawsuit

For the fourth time, the Trump administration is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to order dismissal of a youth-led climate case that could go to trial in Eugene. Government attorneys filed an emergency motion with the appeals court late Monday.

Aquafornia news NPR

5 major crops in the crosshairs of climate change

Climate change is coming like a freight train, or a rising tide. And our food, so dependent on rain and suitable temperatures, sits right in its path. The plants that nourish us won’t disappear entirely.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Climate change and the elections: Five takeaways

The results of Tuesday’s elections could have a significant influence on how the United States deals with global warming in several ways.

Aquafornia news The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Measure G failed. Here’s what that means for SLO County’s future

A local initiative to ban fracking and new oil and gas wells in unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County has failed.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Norma Sierra Galindo re-elected to Imperial Irrigation District board

Imperial County voters re-elected Norma Sierra Galindo to the Imperial Irrigation District’s board of directors, rejecting a bid from Carlos Zaragoza, who was backed by a handful of farmers seeking greater control over the region’s Colorado River water. Galindo’s victory assures a continued majority of IID board members who have pledged to fight a lawsuit from local farmer Mike Abatti.

Aquafornia news NPR

Gillfish nets used to catch swordfish may soon be phased out in California

Ocean activists seem to be on the eve of winning a long battle against a controversial type of fishing gear that has been banned in most of world’s oceans. But many fishermen are not ready to let go of what has been a reliable method for catching valuable swordfish. A federal court ruling last week could lead to strict limits on using drift gillnets in California, one of the last places where the gear is still allowed.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Live-streaming a marshland for fun – and science

If a tree falls in the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary, it doesn’t matter if there’s no one around. You can hear it anyway. That’s because researchers have hidden dozens of wireless sensor nodes, microphones and cameras among the cattails and cedars of this Plymouth, Massachusetts nature preserve.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Bolivian observatory collects data as glaciers melt

The snow appears to be pristine on the Andean peaks that loom above Bolivia’s capital, but even here ash and smog reach up to a remote plateau that is home to the world’s highest atmospheric observatory. It’s an ideal site for a team of international scientists who collect data on pollution that has contributed to the rapid disappearance of Andean glaciers.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Commentary: Declining Tahoe clarity may harm property values

The results of the 2017 clarity report for Lake Tahoe showed that it declined to an all-time low of less than 60 feet. This should be alarming to Tahoe Basin property owners. It continues a stair-step trend of decreasing lake clarity that started in the 1960s.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Commentary: Inaction hurts funding for Bay Area trails, parks

A wildly successful federal program with an unprecedented legacy for protecting the environment and creating recreation opportunities for Americans and visitors in all 50 states lapsed on Sept. 30 because Congress did not act in time.

Aquafornia news California State Water Resources Control Board

News Release: State Water Board funds to be used for vital erosion control after record-setting Mendocino Complex Fire

With erosion threats to Clear Lake looming following the largest wildfire in California history, the State Water Board and Lake County Resource Conservation District (RCD) are poised to jump-start native plant restoration and limit the environmental damage. The State Water Board’s $605,000 grant will pay for erosion control work in strategic locations within the 459,000 acres ravaged by the Mendocino Complex Fire, including the charred landscape in watersheds tied to Clear Lake, the primary drinking water source for thousands of residents. An additional $70,000 in Water Board funds will pay for laboratory analysis of creek water flowing to Clear Lake.

Aquafornia news US Environmental Protection Agency

News Release: EPA settles with Salinas, Calif., company to protect Monterey Bay from industrial stormwater discharges

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached a settlement with American Cooling, Inc. over Clean Water Act violations at its refrigerated warehouse and storage facility in Salinas, Calif. The agreement requires the company to pay a $28,900 penalty to resolve violations associated with unauthorized stormwater and wastewater discharges between August 2013 and June 2018.   “Pollutants in industrial stormwater runoff can harm local water bodies,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker.

Aquafornia news UCLA

News Release: Fellowship co-led by UCLA prepares ethnic media to better cover California water issues

For the past six months, more than a dozen journalists from ethnic media outlets across California have covered news about water pollution, stormwater management, endangered species recovery and river revitalization — topics they might have not investigated before. The stories, which appeared in newspapers, on television, and in online publications, were produced with support from a fellowship and training provided by UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies and Ethnic Media Services, a San Francisco-based nonprofit.

Aquafornia news Fund for Environmental Journalism

Now taking proposals: U.S. Drinking Water and Stormwater

November 15, 2018 (midnight local time) is the application deadline for FEJ grants up to $5,000 for journalism projects covering U.S. drinking water or stormwater issues. Made possible by a grant from Spring Point Partners.  

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

BREAKING NEWS: Brown, Newsom wade in to delay plan to withhold water from cities, farms

A river restoration plan that would restrict the water supplies of California cities and farms, including San Francisco, was put on hold Wednesday after Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom joined Gov. Jerry Brown in requesting more time for negotiations over the controversial initiative.

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Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Brown, Newsom send State Water Board letter requesting to delay Wednesday’s vote

Those who depend on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers for agriculture and drinking water may have received a reprieve Tuesday night. The State Water Resources Control Board was set to adopt a proposal to double the amount of water allowed to flow unimpeded down the rivers and out to the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta on Wednesday.

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

$9 billion California water bond trailing in early returns

Californians were leaning against borrowing $9 billion for water projects Tuesday in a state where water scarcity often pits city dwellers, farmers, anglers and environmentalists against one another.

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Aquafornia news CALmatters

The 2018 election is over, let the governing begin
Also awaiting Newsom? Delta tunnel politics

Nine Democratic legislators representing the the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta are calling on the Trump administration to deny California’s request for a $1.6 billion loan to help pay for the twin tunnel project championed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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