Aquafornia https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia Water news you need to know en Add sand, lose sand, repeat. The climate conundrum for beaches. https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/add-sand-lose-sand-repeat-climate-conundrum-beaches <blockquote> <p> Rebuilding beaches after hurricanes is costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars more than expected as the Army Corps of Engineers pumps mountains of sand onto storm-obliterated shorelines. Congress approved more than $770 million since 2018 for emergency beach “nourishment” projects after five megastorms struck Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Those costs shattered government expectations about the price of preventing beaches from disappearing through decades-old programs that in many cases were created before the dangerous effects of climate change were fully understood. Four of those storms — Michael, Maria, Irma and Ian — were among the most powerful to make landfall in the United States, raising questions about the rising costs of pumping, dumping and spreading sand onto beaches that are increasingly jeopardized by the effects of climbing temperatures. </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.eenews.net/articles/add-sand-lose-sand-repeat-the-climate-conundrum-for-beaches/">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/add-sand-lose-sand-repeat-climate-conundrum-beaches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Central Coast Topic: Climate Change Aquafornia Topic: Ecosystem Home Aquafornia Topic: North Coast Infrastructure Topic: Southern California Tue, 16 Apr 2024 14:33:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95375 at https://www.watereducation.org After 100 years, Lake Tahoe is seeing an old friend – the Sandhill Crane https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/after-100-years-lake-tahoe-seeing-old-friend-sandhill-crane <blockquote> <p> Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. And this season, Tahoe is witnessing its own rebirth in the form of a species of bird that had been previously driven out of the region. Sandhill cranes are making an unexpected return to the Lake Tahoe basin after a century long hiatus caused by overhunting. The birds stand at about 4 feet tall with a wingspan of 7 feet and boast a signature red patch on their head. The sandhill cranes are often compared to dinosaurs by those lucky enough to witness them due to their large size and loud croaks. </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://laist.com/news/climate-environment/lake-tahoe-sandhill-cranes-return">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/after-100-years-lake-tahoe-seeing-old-friend-sandhill-crane" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Ecosystem Home Aquafornia Topic: Endangered Species Act Topic: Lake Tahoe Topic: Watershed Tue, 16 Apr 2024 14:30:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95374 at https://www.watereducation.org Opinion: Bleak future if state prioritizes Delta ecosystem over human needs https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/opinion-bleak-future-if-state-prioritizes-delta-ecosystem-over-human-needs <blockquote> <p> The governance of San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water quality falls under the authority of the State Water Quality Control Board. Among other duties, the Water Board is responsible for adopting and updating the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary (Bay-Delta Plan).&nbsp; The Bay-Delta Plan’s purpose sets forth measures and flow requirements to safeguard various water uses within the watershed, including municipal, industrial, agricultural, and ecological needs. Comprising five political appointees with extensive powers, the Water Board plays a pivotal role in shaping California’s water management policies.<br> <em>-Written by&nbsp;Cary Keaten,&nbsp;the general manager of the Solano Irrigation District.&nbsp;​</em> </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.dailyrepublic.com/opinion/commentary-bleak-future-if-state-prioritizes-delta-ecosystem-over-human-needs/article_5da3b1e8-f8ee-11ee-9bd6-b70daab44c1c.html">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/opinion-bleak-future-if-state-prioritizes-delta-ecosystem-over-human-needs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic List: Agriculture Topic: Acre Foot Topic: Bay Delta Aquafornia Topic: Ecosystem Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Endangered Species Act Topic: Water Rights Topic: Sacramento River Topic: San Joaquin River Topic: Water Supply Tue, 16 Apr 2024 14:25:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95372 at https://www.watereducation.org Blog: SWOT satellite helps gauge the depth of Death Valley’s temporary lake https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-swot-satellite-helps-gauge-depth-death-valleys-temporary-lake <blockquote> <p> California’s Death Valley, the driest place in North America, has hosted an ephemeral lake since late 2023. A NASA-led analysis recently calculated water depths in the temporary lake over several weeks in February and March 2024, demonstrating the capabilities of the U.S.-French Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite, which launched in December 2022. The analysis found that water depths in the lake ranged from about 3 feet (1 meter) to less than 1.5 feet (0.5 meters) over the course of about 6 weeks. This period included a series of storms that swept across California, bringing record amounts of rainfall.&nbsp; </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>Washington Post:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2024/04/13/death-valley-super-bloom/"><strong>Death Valley is alive this year. A super bloom is the latest sign.</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/swot-satellite-helps-gauge-the-depth-of-death-valleys-temporary-lake" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-swot-satellite-helps-gauge-depth-death-valleys-temporary-lake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Home Aquafornia Topic: Floods Topic: Southern California Topic: Watershed Topic: Wetlands Tue, 16 Apr 2024 14:02:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95370 at https://www.watereducation.org Shasta Lake nears capacity for second year in a row, still plenty of room left to fill https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/shasta-lake-nears-capacity-second-year-row-still-plenty-room-left-fill <blockquote> <p> Shasta Lake is near its capacity for the second straight year, but officials say there still is plenty of room left to fill. As of Monday, California’s largest reservoir is just seven feet from its max capacity of 1,067 feet. This marks the first time in over a decade that Shasta Lake has remained nearly filled in back-to-back years, according to the Bureau of Reclamation’s Don Bader. While less than 10 feet of room may not sound like a lot, the reservoir still has plenty of storage space. </p> <p> Related articles:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>Newsweek: <a href= "https://www.newsweek.com/california-largest-reservoir-lake-shasta-water-levels-almost-full-1890763"> <strong>California’s Largest Reservoir Is Almost Completely Full</strong></a> </li> <li>Drought.gov:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.drought.gov/drought-status-updates/california-nevada-drought-status-update-2024-04-15"><strong>California-Nevada Drought Status Update</strong></a> </li> <li>Newsweek: <a href= "https://www.newsweek.com/yosemite-falls-surging-getting-bigger-1890362"> <strong>Yosemite Falls Surging and ‘Only Getting Bigger’</strong></a>&nbsp; </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/shasta-lake-nears-capacity-for-second-year-in-a-row-still-plenty-of-room-left-to-fill" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/shasta-lake-nears-capacity-second-year-row-still-plenty-room-left-fill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Central Valley Project Home Aquafornia Topic: Shasta Dam Topic: Water Supply Tue, 16 Apr 2024 13:50:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95368 at https://www.watereducation.org News release: Reclamation announces 2024 initial Klamath Project water supply allocation and additional funding for drought resiliency, ecosystem enhancement https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/news-release-reclamation-announces-2024-initial-klamath-project-water-supply <blockquote> <p> The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the initial 2024 water supply allocations for the Klamath Project along with $8.5 million in immediate funding for the Klamath Basin communities to support drought resiliency and $5 million for Klamath Basin tribes impacted by drought. In partnership with the Klamath Project Drought Response Agency, Reclamation has secured $8.5 million for administration of specifically authorized drought resiliency programs targeted for project contractors who receive a reduced water allocation. Reclamation is announcing this funding together with an additional $5 million from separate program sources which will be disbursed through technical assistance agreements with Klamath Basin Tribal Nations for drought and ecosystem activities. </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>California Fisheries Blog:&nbsp;<a href= "https://calsport.org/fisheriesblog/?p=4562"><strong>Blog -&nbsp;Klamath River salmon and steelhead recovery – the future</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/news-release/4797" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/news-release-reclamation-announces-2024-initial-klamath-project-water-supply" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic List: Agriculture Topic: Acre Foot Aquafornia Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Klamath River Topic: Water Rights Topic: Water Supply Tue, 16 Apr 2024 13:32:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95367 at https://www.watereducation.org ‘Water is more valuable than oil’: the corporation cashing in on America’s drought https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/water-more-valuable-oil-corporation-cashing-americas-drought <blockquote> <p> One of the biggest battles over Colorado River water is being staged in one of the west’s smallest rural enclaves.Tucked into the bends of the lower Colorado River, Cibola, Arizona, is a community of about 200 people. …&nbsp;Nearly a decade ago, Greenstone Resource Partners LLC, a private company backed by global investors, bought almost 500 acres of agricultural land here in Cibola. In a first-of-its-kind deal, the company recently sold the water rights tied to the land to the town of Queen Creek, a suburb of Phoenix, for a $14m gross profit. More than 2,000 acre-feet of water from the Colorado River that was once used to irrigate farmland is now flowing, through a canal system, to the taps of homes more than 200 miles away. </p> <p> Related articles:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>jfleck at inkstain: <a href= "https://www.inkstain.net/2024/04/what-happens-if-there-is-no-agreement-on-post-2026-colorado-river-operations/"> <strong>Blog -&nbsp;What happens if there is no agreement on post-2026 Colorado River operations?</strong></a> </li> <li>Salt Lake Tribune:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2024/04/16/heres-one-solution-save-water/"><strong>Weber County’s Layton Canal will get federally funded solar panels to provide electricity and conserve water</strong></a> </li> <li>Reuters:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.reuters.com/legal/native-american-group-seeks-overturn-us-court-ruling-rios-arizona-copper-mine-2024-04-16/?utm_source=Sailthru&amp;utm_medium=Newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=Sustainable-Switch&amp;utm_term=041624&amp;user_email=0c044d987918ebe966e3d3662595c9e9fb"><strong>Native American group seeks to overturn US court ruling on Rio’s Arizona copper mine</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/16/arizona-colorado-river-water-rights-drought" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/water-more-valuable-oil-corporation-cashing-americas-drought" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Colorado River Home Aquafornia Topic: Growth Topic: Water Marketing and Banking Topic: Water Equity Topic: Water Supply Tue, 16 Apr 2024 13:00:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95365 at https://www.watereducation.org Tuesday Top of the Scroll: Dam’s damaged infrastructure poses water risks for Southwest https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/tuesday-top-scroll-dams-damaged-infrastructure-poses-water-risks-southwest <blockquote> <p> Federal officials have discovered damage inside Glen Canyon Dam that could force limits on how much Colorado River water is released at low reservoir levels, raising risks the Southwest could face shortages that were previously unforeseen. The damage was recently detected in four 8-foot-wide steel tubes — called the river outlet works — that allow water to pass through the dam in northern Arizona when Lake Powell reaches low levels. Dam managers spotted deterioration in the tubes after conducting an exercise last year that sent large flows from the dam into the Grand Canyon. To reduce risks of additional damage, federal Bureau of Reclamation officials have determined that flows should be reduced in the event of low reservoir levels. </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>8 News – Las Vegas:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/new-lake-mead-lake-powell-projections-a-breakdown-of-changes-in-aprils-24-month-study/"><strong>New Lake Mead, Lake Powell projections: A breakdown of changes in April’s 24-month study</strong></a>&nbsp; </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2024-04-16/glen-canyon-dam-damaged-colorado-river" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/tuesday-top-scroll-dams-damaged-infrastructure-poses-water-risks-southwest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Home Aquafornia Tue, 16 Apr 2024 12:57:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95364 at https://www.watereducation.org Streams that supply drinking water in danger following 2023 Supreme Court decision that stripped wetlands protections https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/streams-supply-drinking-water-danger-following-2023-supreme-court-decision-stripped <blockquote> <p> A Supreme Court decision that stripped protections from America’s wetlands will have reverberating impacts on rivers that supply drinking water all over the U.S., according to a new report. The rivers of New Mexico are among the waterways that will be affected most by the May 2023 Supreme Court decision in Sackett v. EPA, which rolled back decades of federal safeguards under the Clean Water Act for about half of the nation’s wetlands and up to four million miles of streams that supply drinking water for up to four million people, according to the report, titled “America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2024.” … [The report, issued by the advocacy group American Rivers,&nbsp;also cited the Trinity River in California and the Tijuana River in California and Mexico as among the ten most endangered rivers.] </p> <p> Related articles:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>USA Today: <a href= "https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2024/04/16/american-rivers-asks-public-to-protect-most-endangered-rivers/73327298007/"> <strong>America’s ‘most endangered rivers’ list: Sewage, toxic algae, construction feed the crisis</strong></a> </li> <li>American Rivers:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.americanrivers.org/2024/04/most-endangered-rivers-of-2024-spotlights-threats-to-your-clean-water/"><strong>America’s Most Endangered Rivers® Of 2024 Spotlights Threats To Your Clean Water</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/US/streams-supply-drinking-water-danger-2023-supreme-court/story?id=109139758" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/streams-supply-drinking-water-danger-following-2023-supreme-court-decision-stripped" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Ecosystem Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic List: Rivers Topic: Watershed Topic: Wetlands Tue, 16 Apr 2024 12:53:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95363 at https://www.watereducation.org Los Angeles will get $139 million for groundwater replenishment over 25 years https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/los-angeles-will-get-139-million-groundwater-replenishment-over-25-years <blockquote> <p> As part of a $250 million commitment to support four water supply projects in Southern California, Los Angeles will receive $139 million over 25 years for its Groundwater Replenishment Project in the San Fernando Valley, officials announced on Monday, April 15. Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Board of Directors approved separate agreements with water agencies, including the city of Los Angeles, as part of its Local Resources Program. The Metropolitan Water District is a state-established wholesaler that provides water for 19 million people in six counties. The Local Resources Program aims to provide economic incentives for water developed and produced from groundwater clean-up, water recycling and seawater desalination throughout the agency’s six-county service area. </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>Stormwater Solutions:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.stormwater.com/stormwater-management/groundwater/video/55017871/understanding-the-connection-between-groundwater-and-stormwater"><strong>Video -&nbsp;Understanding the connection between groundwater and stormwater</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.dailynews.com/2024/04/15/los-angeles-will-get-139-million-for-groundwater-replenishment-over-25-years/" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/los-angeles-will-get-139-million-groundwater-replenishment-over-25-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Home Aquafornia Topic: Desalination Topic: Groundwater Topic: Southern California Tue, 16 Apr 2024 12:50:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95362 at https://www.watereducation.org New PFAS lawsuit cites EPA’s ‘forever chemicals’ drinking water rules https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/new-pfas-lawsuit-cites-epas-forever-chemicals-drinking-water-rules <blockquote> <p> A new lawsuit filed by public drinking water systems in California against manufacturers of toxic “forever chemicals” is among the first to cite new Biden administration regulations that set strict limits for the chemicals in drinking water. The Orange County Water District and more than a dozen other California water utilities filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court on Friday against seven manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, including Dynax America Corp. and Arkema Inc. The lawsuit accuses the manufacturers of negligence and of creating a nuisance by contaminating water with PFAS, and seeks money to remediate that contamination. </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>Bakersfield.com: <a href= "https://www.bakersfield.com/news/cal-water-ids-22-bakersfield-water-wells-that-may-require-treatment-for-forever-chemicals/article_e97a1ad2-fb7c-11ee-a036-9f0e842990ed.html"> <strong>Cal Water IDs 22 Bakersfield water wells that may require treatment for ‘forever chemicals’</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.reuters.com/legal/litigation/new-pfas-lawsuit-cites-epas-forever-chemicals-drinking-water-rules-2024-04-15/" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/new-pfas-lawsuit-cites-epas-forever-chemicals-drinking-water-rules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Drinking Water Aquafornia Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Pollution Topic: Safe Drinking Water Act Topic: Southern California Tue, 16 Apr 2024 12:46:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95361 at https://www.watereducation.org Blog: Mornings at the Duck Pond https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-mornings-duck-pond <blockquote> <p> Each morning is similar, but different. As we approach the pond on the wooden catwalk, you can hear the birds calling, eventually you start to smell the freshness of the ecosystem, the glitters and splashing ahead gives some indication of bird activity on the water. Sometimes an alligator lizard scoots past along the floorwork – occasionally even two. Steam rises from my coffee cup, to varying degrees, depending on how quickly we got out the door. And then there are my three kids, also ever changing. Each day, one to three are in-tow, usually chatting it up about geology, Egypt, space, or the day’s most pressing sports news. And so it goes on most mornings, ideally when the mist is still fresh or the winter fog lingering, the Rypel family ventures to the “the duck pond” aka Julie Partansky Pond in north Davis. </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://californiawaterblog.com/2024/04/14/mornings-at-the-duck-pond/">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-mornings-duck-pond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Ecosystem Home Aquafornia Topic: Sacramento Valley Topic: Recreation Topic: Wetlands Mon, 15 Apr 2024 22:43:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95337 at https://www.watereducation.org Lawsuit: Feds continue violating Clean Water Act for failing to control border sewage crisis https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/lawsuit-feds-continue-violating-clean-water-act-failing-control-border-sewage-crisis <blockquote> <p> The International Boundary and Water Commission is again being sued over water-quality permit violations that have led to rampant sewage polluting San Diego County’s southernmost shoreline. The San Diego Coastkeeper and Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation on Thursday filed a lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. arm of the IBWC and its contractor Veolia Water North America-West, alleging violations of the Clean Water Act.&nbsp; </p> <p> Related articles:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>SJV Water:&nbsp;<a href= "https://sjvwater.org/sewage-backup-in-east-orosi-renews-frustration-and-allegations-of-dysfunction/"><strong>Sewage backup in East Orosi renews frustration and allegations of dysfunction</strong></a> </li> <li>NBC – Bay Area:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/east-bay/feds-raw-sewage-violations/3508220/"><strong>Feds fine EBMUD, 5 East Bay cities for raw sewage violations</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/environment/story/2024-04-12/lawsuit-feds-continue-violating-clean-water-act-for-failing-to-control-border-sewage-crisis" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/lawsuit-feds-continue-violating-clean-water-act-failing-control-border-sewage-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Mexico Topic: Pollution Topic: Stormwater Topic: Wastewater Topic: Southern California Mon, 15 Apr 2024 14:44:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95358 at https://www.watereducation.org Another closure of salmon fisheries exposes state’s water politics https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/another-closure-salmon-fisheries-exposes-states-water-politics <blockquote> <p> For the second year in a row, there will be no commercial or recreational salmon fishing in California. …&nbsp;The Golden State Salmon Association supports the recommendation of the [Pacific Fishery Management Council], which works closely with federally recognized West Coast tribes, many who define themselves as “salmon people” and hold annual ceremonies to honor their return each year.&nbsp;Bates said $20.6 million has been allocated from the U.S. Department of Commerce to compensate for some of the losses caused by last year’s closure to charter fleets and commercial fleets, buyers and processors. But the fisheries are calling on the state to allocate water, not cash.&nbsp;Scott Artis, executive director of the Golden State Salmon Association, said big agriculture is not limited in their water use, but fisheries get hit with constraints. </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>CBS – Sacramento: <a href= "https://www.cbsnews.com/sacramento/news/solano-county-water-war/"> <strong>Solano County water war? Local leaders say state plans to take 75% of area’s supply</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://norcalpublicmedia.org/2024041295099/news-feed/another-closure-of-salmon-fisheries-exposes-state-s-water-politics" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/another-closure-salmon-fisheries-exposes-states-water-politics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic List: Agriculture Topic: Bay Delta Aquafornia Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Klamath River Topic: Sacramento River Topic: Salmon Topic: Oroville Dam Mon, 15 Apr 2024 14:29:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95356 at https://www.watereducation.org Opinion: Delivering water to the West https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/opinion-delivering-water-west <blockquote> <p> … The federal government’s current approach to this imbalance is the equivalent of trying to cure cancer with a Band-Aid. Instead of pursuing a long-term solution, Washington is using federal funds to pay states and tribal nations to leave water in the river instead of taking their full allocation. Mostly, that means paying farmers to stop farming. That is not a viable long-term solution, and strategically, we need to be encouraging MORE local farming and food production, not less. It does make sense to assist local farmers in switching to crops that require less water, but it does not make sense to put American farmers out of business and make us more reliant on food trucked or shipped thousands of miles before it arrives on our tables.<br> <em>-Written by Arizona Republican Kari Lake, who is running for the U.S. Senate.​</em> </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://tucson.com/opinion/column/arizona-opinion-delivering-water-to-the-west/article_803f9912-f7c5-11ee-b701-0716088dcb04.html">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/opinion-delivering-water-west" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic List: Agriculture Topic: Legislation — California and Federal Aquafornia Topic: Colorado River Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Water Rights Topic: Tribal Water Issues Topic: Water Conservation Mon, 15 Apr 2024 14:18:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95354 at https://www.watereducation.org Why the tiny Shoshone Power Plant’s matters for Colorado River water rights https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/why-tiny-shoshone-power-plants-matters-colorado-river-water-rights <blockquote> <p> … This year Western Slope leaders, led by the Colorado River District, struck a $99 million deal to buy a tiny hydro plant’s water rights from Xcel Energy and lease the water back to Xcel to generate electricity. As part of the deal, Shoshone’s rights would become the largest, most influential environmental water right in state history.&nbsp; The change would protect fish and habitat, but it would also beef up water security on the Western Slope by protecting reliable westward flows for farmers and tourist economies. …&nbsp;The Colorado River District’s plan has drawn hawk-eyed attention from water players around the state who are keen on protecting their supplies.&nbsp; </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>The Daily Sentinel: <a href= "https://www.gjsentinel.com/lifestyle/navigable-colorado-and-green-rivers-long-raised-hopes-of-western-explorers/article_1dab4d40-f69a-11ee-b287-bbfe7480084b.html"> <strong>Opinion -&nbsp;‘Navigable’ Colorado and Green Rivers long raised hopes of Western explorers</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://coloradosun.com/2024/04/14/shoshone-power-plant-colorado-river-environmental-water-rights/">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/why-tiny-shoshone-power-plants-matters-colorado-river-water-rights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Colorado River Home Aquafornia Topic: Water Rights Topic: Hydropower Topic: Tribal Water Issues Mon, 15 Apr 2024 14:12:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95353 at https://www.watereducation.org Blog: Antelope Valley abloom https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-antelope-valley-abloom <blockquote> <p> Near the western tip of the Mojave Desert and a few miles west of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, fields of wildflowers painted the landscape yellow in spring 2024. On April 9, the OLI (Operational Land Imager) on the Landsat 8 satellite acquired this image of fields of yellow wildflowers blanketing Antelope Valley amid solar and wind farms. The day after the image was acquired, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reported that wildflowers were “popping,” but the region’s famous poppies were not. Rangers at the reserve said they also saw very few small poppy plants maturing, suggesting an impressive poppy bloom is unlikely in the coming weeks. </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/152677/antelope-valley-abloom">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-antelope-valley-abloom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Ecosystem Home Aquafornia Topic: Recreation Topic: Southern California Topic: Watershed Mon, 15 Apr 2024 14:05:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95352 at https://www.watereducation.org 500,000 coho, chinook salmon to be released into Klamath River https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/500000-coho-chinook-salmon-be-released-klamath-river <blockquote> <p> The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be joined by Tribal leaders and fisheries experts to release over 500,000 salmon into the Klamath River Tuesday. According to CDFW, this will be the first major release of Coho Salmon into the river since the drawdown of Klamath River reservoirs as part of the dam removal currently underway.&nbsp; </p> <p> Related articles:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>Oregon Public Broadcasting:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.opb.org/article/2024/04/13/klamath-farmers-new-fish-wildlife-rule/"><strong>Klamath farmers say new Fish and Wildlife rule would threaten agriculture on refuges</strong></a>&nbsp; </li> <li>Del Norte Triplicate: <a href= "https://www.triplicate.com/opinion/in-my-view-short-term-pain-for-long-term-gain/article_2a3a8df8-f6ba-11ee-9a74-5bf6035f1c37.html"> <strong>Commentary -&nbsp;Short term pain for long term gain</strong></a> </li> <li>KOBI – Medford: <a href= "https://kobi5.com/news/ferc-requests-more-information-before-final-approval-for-iron-gate-dam-225885/"> <strong>FERC requests more information before final approval for Iron Gate Dam</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/500000-coho-chinook-salmon-to-be-released-into-klamath-river-226009/" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/500000-coho-chinook-salmon-be-released-klamath-river" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Home Aquafornia Topic: Klamath River Topic: Salmon Mon, 15 Apr 2024 14:02:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95351 at https://www.watereducation.org Opinion: California must create climate-resilient state parks https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/opinion-california-must-create-climate-resilient-state-parks <blockquote> <p> Four years ago, over 97% of Big Basin Redwoods State Park in Santa Cruz County burned during the state’s worst wildfire season in recorded history. Last year, unprecedented winter storms caused an estimated $190 million in damages to coastal parks. And at Seacliff State Beach, also in Santa Cruz County, storms flooded the campground and destroyed the beach’s historic pier. Climate change and the resulting severe wildfires, extreme storms and rising sea levels are increasingly threatening our beloved state parks. …&nbsp;To address this unprecedented threat, we need to create climate-resilient state parks that can prepare for, adapt to and recover from climate impacts.<br> <em>-Written by&nbsp;Rachel Norton,&nbsp;the executive director of the California State Parks Foundation.</em> </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article287331795.html">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/opinion-california-must-create-climate-resilient-state-parks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Central Coast Topic: Climate Change Aquafornia Topic: Ecosystem Home Aquafornia Leaders and Experts Topic: Recreation Topic: Sierra Nevada Topic: Watershed Mon, 15 Apr 2024 13:34:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95346 at https://www.watereducation.org L.A.’s water supplies are in good shape. But is the city ready for the next drought? https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/las-water-supplies-are-good-shape-city-ready-next-drought <blockquote> <p> California’s second wet winter in a row has left L.A’s water supplies in good shape for at least another year, but the inevitable return to dry conditions could once again put the city’s residents in a precarious position. After the state’s final snow survey of the season, officials with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced that Eastern Sierra snowpack is measuring 103% of normal, “providing ample supplies through the city’s most cost-efficient water supply from the Los Angeles Aqueduct.”&nbsp; </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>Washington Post:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2024/04/12/california-el-nino-wet-season-climate/"><strong>El Niño contributes to second straight wet, snowy winter in California</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2024-04-15/is-l-a-ready-for-the-next-drought" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/las-water-supplies-are-good-shape-city-ready-next-drought" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic List: Dams, Reservoirs and Water Projects Topic List: Regions Topic: Water Conservation Topic: Water Supply Mon, 15 Apr 2024 13:16:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 95343 at https://www.watereducation.org