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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 Valley Public Radio

Audio: The Friant-Kern Canal is sinking. Thirty-mile parallel canal proposed

The Friant-Kern Canal, which delivers water to farms and communities on the east side of the Valley, is literally sinking in some areas due to groundwater pumping. And with one week to go before the California legislature wraps up its 2019 session, many hope the state will help fund the canal’s repair.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Will Lake Tahoe’s invasive shrimp become the next mass-market health supplement?

UC Davis researchers have seized on a new explanation for the continued dinginess of Lake Tahoe’s blue waters — tiny invasive shrimp. … To make Tahoe shrimp-free, the researchers are proposing to remove the crustaceans with trawlers and to mass market Omega-3 fatty acids extracted from the catch.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Karuk climate plan makes ally of fire

“We never were a people that would fight fire,” said William Tripp, the Karuk Tribe’s eco-cultural restoration specialist. “We worked with fire. Fire was inevitable and still is and forever will be on this landscape and many landscapes like it.” That’s why the Karuk Tribe is making the use of fire a central component of its climate adaptation plan.

Aquafornia news Paradise Post

Paradise Irrigation District approves water study, easement access for PG&E

The board easily approved a cooperation agreement with Butte County and the California Water Service Company on an Intertie feasibility study. … The intertie helps Paradise Irrigation District restore revenue lost when the Camp Fire destroyed about 90 percent of its customers.

Aquafornia news Voice of San Diego

New state bill would require union-friendly terms for Pure Water project

To end a labor dispute that’s halted work on one of the largest and most important water projects in San Diego history, Assemblyman Todd Gloria rolled out a bill Friday to require union-friendly terms for work on the project.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Salinas Valley Basin draft plan proposes millions in projects

More than $670 million in water projects … are options under a draft plan for helping get the Salinas Valley Basin to sustainability by 2040. A draft Salinas Valley Basin groundwater sustainability plan includes 13 projects ranging from Salinas River invasive species eradication … to a seawater intrusion barrier using a series of wells to head off saltwater contamination …

Aquafornia news Western Farm Press

Dairy lagoon water successfully blended in subsurface drip systems

Using dairy lagoon water to irrigate silage corn is standard practice. Running the thick, nutrient-rich water through subsurface drip systems could someday be just that as two California dairy farms, an irrigation company, and an environmental organization are working together to solve the challenges involved in the water thrifty practice.

Aquafornia news Valley Public Radio

Another iconic valley in Yosemite? Report estimates tourism benefits of a restored Hetch Hetchy

A recent analysis by ECONorthwest, an economic consulting firm based in Portland, Ore., estimates that a restored Hetch Hetchy Valley, drained of its water and offering recreation options and infrastructure in the same vein as Yosemite Valley, could attract orders of magnitude more visitors.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

San Geronimo homeowners open land to salmon restoration

As homes along San Geronimo Creek face the threat of erosion and coho salmon face the threat of extinction, a series of projects nearly a decade in the making is working to find a win-win solution.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte County’s yellow-legged frog under threat

If you see something hopping around in Big Chico Creek, chances are it could be the foothill yellow-legged frog. This frog is currently being evaluated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to possibly be placed on the state’s endangered species list.

Aquafornia news Torrance Daily Breeze

Lomita drains its $13 million water reservoir because of cancer-causing chemicals

Lomita has stopped using a 5 million-gallon emergency reservoir that blends local groundwater and more expensive imported water, another fallout from the discovery of cancer-causing chemicals in the water supply…

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

UC San Francisco researcher gets grant to study water contamination after Camp Fire

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has agreed to fund a study of possible contamination of the indoor plumbing of homes that survived the Camp Fire in Paradise and Magalia.

Aquafornia news KPFA

Audio: Valley growers pin hopes on far-reaching San Joaquin Valley Blueprint

Valley farmers and water districts will be facing a new reality of pumping less water and are worried about the land that will be taken out of crop production. But the water and agriculture industries are drafting a large-scale plan to fill the gap with more dams and water deliveries from the Delta. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Aquafornia news Arizona Public Media

Audio: Using computer models to predict the effect of climate change on groundwater in the West

Utilities typically turn to groundwater to make up for surface water depleted by drought. University of Arizona hydrology professor Laura Condon is using computer models to predict what climate change will do to the availability of groundwater. She is exploring a series of “what if” scenarios on how to respond to water shortages.

Aquafornia news The Ukiah Daily Journal

Ukiah’s wastewater no longer being wasted

The city of Ukiah made its first delivery of recycled water through its extensive Purple Pipe system this week, putting about 2 million gallons of water reclaimed from local sinks, showers and toilets into an irrigation pond just south of the Ukiah Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Aquafornia news Torrance Daily Breeze

Lake Elsinore fish survey aims to preserve ‘jewel of the city’

The study, expected to be completed by early 2020, builds on the last such fish survey conducted more than a decade ago. “We’re hoping to find an improvement in the fishery,” Lake Elsinore Mayor Steve Manos said, “and to identify ways in which we can continue to improve the fishery.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Navy awards $154-million contract to modernize Seal Beach base

A contractor could start dredging Anaheim Bay toward the end of the year, kicking off a $154-million endeavor by the Navy that will allow larger ships to dock at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.

Aquafornia news The Record Gazette

Water meters in Banning are getting smarter

The city council approved paying Zenner USA … $1.6 million to purchase automatic metering infrastructure, water meters, communications equipment and software and hardware at its Aug. 27 meeting. The meters themselves will be made in Banning. … The city is in the process of converting from manual meter reading to relying instead on automatic meter reading…

Aquafornia news Klamath Falls Herald & News

Lower Klamath refuge to start getting water

This delivery, on top of water already being provided, comes at a critical time for fall waterfowl migration, and has become available through extensive coordination and efforts by Klamath Project irrigators.

Aquafornia news Arizona Daily Star

Ancient watering hole in Southern Arizona at risk from border wall construction

An ancient spring near Lukeville has slaked the thirst of desert travelers for centuries, but its days may be numbered as groundwater is pumped to build a 30-foot border wall.

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