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Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Water Leaders program pairs class members with experts in policy, management and science


Our one-year Water Leaders program gets you out of the office and into the field – whether it’s on one of our water tours to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta or the lower Colorado River, or meeting with your assigned mentor. Mentors play an important role in the program as they conduct a shadow day with class members and help to shape ideas for the class project on a key water topic.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco’s Embarcadero seawall measure wins easily

A ballot measure that would give San Francisco the money to start rebuilding the Embarcadero seawall was approved by voters Tuesday by a comfortable margin. Proposition A, which needed a two-thirds vote to pass, had nearly 82 percent support, with 206,446 ballots tabulated.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Measure J: Public takeover bid of Cal Am grabs lead

A second bid to force a public buyout of California American Water’s Monterey district water system took a sizable early lead in Tuesday night’s returns from Monterey County elections. The public takeover ballot initiative had captured 55 percent of the 25,000 votes counted by late Tuesday night.

Aquafornia news Ventura County Star

Election results 2018: Casitas Municipal Water District

Challenger Angelo Spandrio and incumbent Mary Bergen are vying for a seat on the Casitas Municipal Water District. … In the race for Division 4, the drought and shrinking water supply have been the focus and those issues have generated more than usual attention to campaigns.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Incumbents prevail in Marin County water district races

Four incumbents seeking to retain their governing positions in Marin County’s two water districts held off their challengers, according to preliminary election results on Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Contrasting early results in water district races

Early results Tuesday showed the challengers in the lead in the San Lorenzo Valley Water District race, based on absentee voting. A slate of three challengers sought to unseat three incumbents in the San Lorenzo Valley Water District, though the ballot listed the six names in random order.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Predicting San Diego rainfall cause to rejoice

Correlation is not the same as causation. But it can be fun to play with correlation, especially when causation starts to grow cloudy. As the deadline nears for entry in the Union-Tribune’s 17th annual Precipitation Prediction Contest, here’s some correlation to chew on, if you haven’t already entered:

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Lake Tahoe weather: Sunshine, colder temperatures in forecast

“A cooling trend is expected through much of the upcoming week, with temperatures remaining near seasonal averages through next weekend,” states the weather service. As for precipitation, there doesn’t appear to be any in sight for the foreseeable future.

Aquafornia news Al Alert, The Weekly Newspaper for California Agriculture, California Farm Bureau Federation

Programs work to bring veterans into agriculture

You’ve heard of turning swords into plowshares. How about turning soldiers into farmers? Private groups and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have launched programs intended to recruit former service members into the agricultural ranks. One private group, the Farmer Veteran Coalition, is based in Davis

Aquafornia news Reno Gazette-Journal

Rejected: Washoe County voters oppose tax for Truckee River flood control

Voters in Washoe County appeared to reject WC-1, the countywide measure to fund flood control projects along the Truckee River. With 58 percent of votes counted, the measure was losing 32 percent to 68 percent.

Aquafornia news Sea Change Radio

All creatures great and small: The vanishing vaquita

This week on Sea Change Radio, we focus on two people doing what they can to protect endangered species around the globe. First, we speak to Brooke Bessesen, an author and wildlife researcher whose new book about a small, rare type of porpoise in the Sea of Cortez called the vaquita is facing possible extinction.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. And make it permanent.

For more than 50 years, fees on offshore oil and gas drilling have provided billions of dollars for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund to protect redwood forests, Joshua trees, beaches, mountains, parks, trails and other natural treasures in California — and similar assets around the nation. But the fund’s authorization expired at the end of September, and Congress left for its autumn recess without renewing it.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Trump is weaponizing California’s water issues

Few political issues have been more contentious in the West than water. A century ago, politicians like Delph Carpenter, an attorney who helped write and promote the Colorado River Compact, openly waged political war against California, declaring it Colorado’s “greatest water enemy.”

Aquafornia news Arizona Republic

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Controlled flood of the Grand Canyon begins a four-day exercise on the Colorado River

Octavia Patno and her mom, a federal hydraulic engineer, stood on a narrow walkway at the base of Glen Canyon Dam Monday morning, their heads covered with hard hats. The Colorado River flowed below. Red-rock canyon walls towered above. The dam’s hydropower turbines hummed.

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Aquafornia news Visalia Times-Delta

Proposition 3 pours money on Central Valley water projects, faces opposition

Voters across the Central Valley have been flooded with water initiatives this election season. President Trump’s Western Water Memo sought to “ease regulatory burdens” that he says keeps water out of Valley farms, while Proposition 3 will appropriate billions of dollars to Valley water projects.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Trial date set for Oroville Dam lawsuits against DWR

A trial date has been set to hear several lawsuits against the state Department of Water Resources over the Oroville Dam crisis. The court scheduled the trial for June 1, 2020 during the second case management conference Friday in the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Aquafornia news Herald and News, Klamath Falls

Tense Klamath Basin water year comes to a close

The 2018 water year in the Klamath Basin was as wild as a rollercoaster ride by some accounts, with a collective sigh of relief coming at the end of the season by many in the Ag community. While water orders continue through November for Tulelake Irrigation District, water in the Klamath Project was turned off on Oct. 15, bringing possibly the most disruptive water year since 2001 to a close.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

The river is running through it

In the process of removing the San Clemente Dam in 2015, workers created a pristine route for the Carmel River, complete with step pools and nicely arranged boulders. Winter floods have since transformed the river route into anything but pristine, but the “messy” course has been good for the native steelhead.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Impacts of water projects under review Santa Cruz County-wide

Preparing to begin spreading the wealth of its riverwater to neighboring agencies, the Santa Cruz Water Department is set to study the impacts of changing it water-sharing rules. In an initial report outlining the areas the city plans to study for environmental impacts, a city notice of preparation lays out the potential to share its unused water supply with Soquel Creek Water District, Scotts Valley Water District, San Lorenzo Valley Water District and Central Water District.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Environmentalists want more marshland in Mission Bay to fight sea level rise

San Diego’s proposed redevelopment of Mission Bay Park’s northeast corner could include significantly more marshland if city officials embrace new proposals from local environmentalists concerned about sea level rise.