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Aquafornia news Merced Sun-Star

Toxic grow damaged forest near Yosemite, officials say

A man from Mexico pleaded guilty Monday to growing marijuana in a way that was toxic to the Sequoia National Forest, according to federal officials. … A large amount of ammonium nitrate and other fertilizers were found at the site, as well as insecticide containers and trash.

Aquafornia news KQED Science

Measure G: San Luis Obispo green groups push for ban on new drilling

If voters pass Measure G, oil production will be limited to existing wells and fracking will be banned on county land. Charles Varni, co-founder of the Coalition to Protect San Luis Obispo County, says the initiative was spearheaded in response to a planned expansion of oil extraction in the county’s Arroyo Grande Oil Field near Pismo Beach. The plan would add 481 wells to the field.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

South Lake Tahoe water providers hosting meeting to update community on toxic groundwater plume

Local water providers will host a meeting Wednesday to update the community on a toxic  underground plume near the Y in South Lake Tahoe. The groundwater contaminant tetrachloroethylene, or PCE as it is commonly known, was first found in drinking water wells near the Y in 1989.

Aquafornia news Sierra Sun

Truckee River Trail restoration completed

The Tahoe City Public Utility District and Placer County officials celebrated the reopening of Truckee River Trail after a summer-long reconstruction project. ”Trails are beloved by our community, both our visitors and our residents and it’s so critically important to our community,” said Cindy Gufstason, chief executive officer of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Judge blocks feds’ effort to shrink red wolf territory

Federal authorities violated a federal law aimed at preserving endangered species by planning to shrink the territory of the only red wolves living in the wild, a federal judge ruled in blocking a move that environmentalists said would hasten the animal’s demise.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Lifeguards help rescue massive sea turtle hooked by angler off San Clemente Pier

A green sea turtle got a helping hand from lifeguards on Sunday after it was accidentally hooked by an angler off the San Clemente Pier. San Clemente Marine Safety Officer Ian Burton said a bystander alerted the tower guard of the incident on the south side of the pier, and lifeguards responded with a collapsible lobster hoop net to pull the estimated 3-foot-long turtle up from the water.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Point Reyes tule elk might face culling effort

The National Park Service is asking the public to weigh in on a controversial proposal that could potentially allow the Point Reyes National Seashore to relocate or use lethal means to manage tule elk herds. The park is also considering extending the leases for existing historic ranches and dairies within the park.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Redding rancher, BLM tussle over road

For decades Arnold Sargent and his family used Simmons Road to get to and from their ranch west of Redding. The road was there when his parents bought the 375 acres in 1955.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

With poo on a pedestal, Bill Gates talks toilet technology

Placing a jar of feces on a pedestal next to him, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates made a plea Tuesday for the safe disposal of human waste as he kicked off a “Reinvented Toilet” Expo in China.

Aquafornia news E&E News

Every president since 1961 was warned about climate change

John F. Kennedy was warned about “climate control” in February 1961, becoming perhaps the first American president to learn about people’s impact on planetary temperatures. The warnings never stopped.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

After hurricanes, pollution hazards for private water wells in the Southeast

Major hurricanes that drenched the Southeast this fall caused bacteria counts in private wells to rise, according to state testing in Georgia, North Carolina, and other areas. Nearly half of well-water samples received by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services tested positive for E. coli or total coliform or both, which are indicators of contamination by fecal waste that can cause diarrhea and other illnesses.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

See four months of Oroville Dam spillway construction in one minute

The California Department of Water Resources has released a time-lapse video showing four months of daily construction progress from June 26 through October 31.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: San Francisco must do better in sharing water

San Francisco needs to protect and share California’s most precious and vital resource. That means working with the State Water Board to reduce the amount of water the city takes from the Tuolumne River at certain times of the year in order to help restore the San Joaquin River, ensure the survival of our iconic West Coast salmon and the health of the San Francisco Bay, as well as maintain predictable water deliveries.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: San Joaquin water plan is good for the Delta and Valley

It’s fitting that the Bay Area was named after Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment. After all, the San Francisco Bay Delta was historically one of the most biologically productive ecosystems on Earth. Sadly, the estuary is now on the brink of ecological collapse.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Buying a myth on California water impedes real-world solutions

The same black-and-white perspective that overshadows nearly all discussion on the water of the San Francisco Bay-Delta unfortunately briefly became San Francisco policy last week when the Board of Supervisors reflexively labeled the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission as being against restoring the health of the bay-delta’s ecosystem.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Blog: A water budget for the environment

California’s freshwater ecosystems—and many native species that rely on them—are in decline and becoming increasingly vulnerable to drought. Allocating water to these ecosystems is contentious because it often conflicts with urban and agricultural uses. There may be a way to meet environmental needs that reduces conflict. My [Jeffrey Mount] recent presentation before the Delta Science Program outlined an alternative approach to managing water for the environment that is detailed in a 2017 PPIC report. 

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Delta Cross Channel gates to close weekdays starting November 5

Until further notice, the Bureau of Reclamation plans a cycle of closing the Delta Cross Channel gates during weekdays beginning 10 a.m. Monday, in order to meet the Sacramento River at Rio Vista flow standard. The gates are expected to reopen Fridays around 10 a.m. to facilitate weekend recreation.

Aquafornia news US Geological Survey

News Release: USGS working to restore streamgages

The USGS continues to make progress on restoring all of its gages. As of 3 p.m. Monday, November 5, less than 1 percent of USGS streamgages are still not transmitting due to an issue with the satellite telemetry system that records and transmits  data. The list of affected gages has been updated.

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