Aquafornia https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia Water news you need to know en Beavers can help fight drought and fire say Central Coast experts at CA Beaver Summit https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/beavers-can-help-fight-drought-and-fire-say-central-coast-experts-ca-beaver-summit <blockquote> <p> April 7 is International Beaver Day and the San Luis Obispo Beaver Brigade is celebrating this year by participating in the first free, virtual California Beaver Summit. Beavers are native to California. San Luis Obispo County has populations in the Salinas River and Arroyo Grande Creek. Beavers also live in the Arroyo Seco River in Monterey County and in the Santa Ynez River in Santa Barbara County. Audrey Taub is the founder of the SLO Beaver Brigade, a beaver advocacy group that is participating in the California Beaver Summit April 7 and April 9. The purpose of the summit is to educate the public about the benefits beavers bring to the environment. </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.kcbx.org/post/beavers-can-help-fight-drought-and-fire-say-central-coast-experts-ca-beaver-summit#stream/0">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/beavers-can-help-fight-drought-and-fire-say-central-coast-experts-ca-beaver-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Ecosystem Home Aquafornia Topic: Watershed Fri, 09 Apr 2021 22:12:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77409 at https://www.watereducation.org Blog: SWRCB adopts resolution approving state wetland definition and dredge and fill procedures https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-swrcb-adopts-resolution-approving-state-wetland-definition-and-dredge-and-fill <blockquote> <p> On April 6, 2021, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) approved the application of the State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State (Procedures) as a water quality control policy, carefully avoiding the scope of a recent court order.&nbsp; This resolution will allow the Board to directly apply the water Procedures to waters of the State as an exercise of its policy-making authority rather than the water quality control planning process. </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://somachlaw.com/policy-alert/state-water-resources-control-board-adopts-resolution-approving-state-wetland-definition-and-dredge-and-fill-procedures/">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-swrcb-adopts-resolution-approving-state-wetland-definition-and-dredge-and-fill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Bay Delta Aquafornia Topic: Ecosystem Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Leaders and Experts Topic: Suisun Marsh Topic: Growth Topic: Wetlands Fri, 09 Apr 2021 22:01:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77408 at https://www.watereducation.org Blog: Saving clean drinking water…with math! https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-saving-clean-drinking-waterwith-math <blockquote> <p> Nearly every resident of California has experienced an earthquake. Even the youngest schoolchildren have the safety procedure drilled into them: duck under a table, hold on, and pray that it’s only a small one. Barring a truly catastrophic quake, the situation usually ends there. You go on with your day as if nothing had happened, the near catastrophe completely forgotten. Most people assume that the danger ends after the last remnants of the tremor share the ground. But there is a much more sinister side effect of earthquakes that affects daily life around California and much of the rest of the world: contaminating the groundwater supply.&nbsp; </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://viterbischool.usc.edu/news/2021/04/saving-clean-drinking-water-with-math/">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-saving-clean-drinking-waterwith-math" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Central Coast Topic: Drinking Water Aquafornia Topic: Aquifers Home Aquafornia Topic: Pollution Topic: Earthquakes Topic: Safe Drinking Water Act Topic: San Francisco Bay Infrastructure Topic: Groundwater Topic: Water Quality Topic: Southern California Topic: Water Supply Fri, 09 Apr 2021 21:58:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77407 at https://www.watereducation.org Blog: California is greenlighting oil wells linked to groundwater pollution https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-california-greenlighting-oil-wells-linked-groundwater-pollution <blockquote> <p> Throughout 2020 and early 2021, California issued more than 300 permits to oil and gas companies for new underground injection wells — an intensive form of oil production and wastewater disposal. But the actual number of new injection wells is likely higher, owing to the state’s opaque approval process that has drawn scrutiny from auditors and environmentalists. Some of these undercounted wells may be polluting groundwater used for public drinking and agricultural purposes, according to regulatory filings reviewed by Capital & Main. The impact of injection wells on groundwater in California is understudied, regulators say.&nbsp; </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://capitalandmain.com/california-is-greenlighting-oil-wells-linked-to-groundwater-pollution-0408" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-california-greenlighting-oil-wells-linked-groundwater-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Drinking Water Aquafornia Topic: Aquifers Topic: Central Valley Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Pollution Topic: Safe Drinking Water Act Topic: Energy and Water Leaders and Experts Infrastructure Topic: Fracking Topic: Groundwater Topic: Water Quality Topic: San Joaquin Valley Topic: Southern California Fri, 09 Apr 2021 21:55:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77406 at https://www.watereducation.org New research: Scientists map “pulse” of groundwater flow through California’s Central Valley https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/new-research-scientists-map-pulse-groundwater-flow-through-californias-central <blockquote> <p> Groundwater is a key resource for water users in California’s Central Valley, a major agricultural hub with an economic output of tens of billions of dollars annually. Surface deformation in the Central Valley has long been linked to changes in groundwater storage, but the timing and movement of water flow beneath the surface has been poorly understood due to a lack of reliable data.&nbsp;Now, for the first time, scientists at the University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and School of Global Policy and Strategy, as well as the U.S. Geological Survey are using advanced satellite data to map the “pulse” of groundwater flow through the San Joaquin Valley, the southern portion of the Central Valley. </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://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/scientists-map-pulse-of-groundwater-flow-through-californias-central-valley">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/new-research-scientists-map-pulse-groundwater-flow-through-californias-central" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Agricultural Conservation Topic: Drinking Water Aquafornia Topic: Agricultural Drainage Topic: Aquifers Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Leaders and Experts Topic: Groundwater Topic: San Joaquin Valley Topic: Water Supply Fri, 09 Apr 2021 21:51:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77405 at https://www.watereducation.org California slips further into drought status https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/california-slips-further-drought-status <blockquote> <p> The state is slipping further into more serious levels of drought as it enters the second year for dry conditions and the records the third driest rainy season on record.&nbsp;The US Drought Monitor&nbsp;has downgraded areas in far Northern California, the Central Coast, and Southern California to reflect recent drought data.&nbsp;The top level “Exceptional” (D4) drought remains at 5% in the Owens Valley and Mohave Desert. Extreme (D3) drought now covers 35% of the state, an increase from 32% last week.&nbsp;Most of the direct impacts from various stages of more severe drought impact agriculture and grazing areas. Many areas have only seen 50% of normal rain or less. Areas that receive snow have seen well below average snowpack levels. </p> <p> Related articles:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>KSRO:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.ksro.com/2021/04/08/calistoga-moves-towards-water-conservation-as-state-grapples-with-the-issue-issue/"><strong>Calistoga Moves Towards Water Conservation As State Grapples With The Issue&nbsp;</strong></a> </li> <li>Fresno Bee:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article250540959.html"><strong>California Legislation Would Help Drought-stressed Farmers</strong></a> </li> <li>Agri-Pulse: <a href= "https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/15662-newsom-is-not-planning-to-declare-a-drought-emergency"> <strong>Newsom is not declaring a drought emergency</strong></a> </li> <li>Hanford Sentinel:&nbsp;<strong><a href= "https://hanfordsentinel.com/news/hurtado-seeks-district-ideas-to-shape-response-to-drought/article_8c553ef1-22e8-5aee-ad86-12e68b433eca.html">Hurtado seeks district ideas to shape response to drought</a>​</strong> </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="http://www.abc10.com/article/weather/california-drought/california-drought-situation/103-0b693f08-12ed-4b35-a310-b8c856f6bc56">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/california-slips-further-drought-status" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Climate Change Aquafornia Topic: Colorado River Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Nevada Topic: Hoover Dam Infrastructure Topic: Lake Mead Topic: Lake Powell Topic: Sierra Nevada Topic: Watershed Topic: Water Supply Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:19:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77423 at https://www.watereducation.org Friday Top of the Scroll: California unveils sweeping wildfire prevention plan https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/friday-top-scroll-california-unveils-sweeping-wildfire-prevention-plan <blockquote> <p> After the worst fire season in California history and as drought conditions raise fears of what’s to come, Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders unveiled a $536-million proposal Thursday to boost efforts at firefighting and a variety of prevention measures, including vegetation management and the construction of fire-resistant structures across the state. The proposal, which the Legislature could send to the governor’s desk as soon as Monday, marks an early agreement by the governor and lawmakers to spend more than half of the $1 billion in wildfire funding Newsom called for in his state budget proposal in January. The gravity of the issue became clear last week after state officials reported the water content in the Sierra Nevada snowpack stood at 59% of the average for early spring. </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>The Guardian:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/08/california-wildfire-plan-gavin-newsom"><strong>California pledges half a billion dollars to battle the threat of wildfire season</strong></a> </li> <li>The Hill:&nbsp;<a href= "https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/environment/547320-california-to-spend-500-million-to-fight-off"><strong>California to spend $500 million to fight off wildfires</strong></a> </li> <li>Mercury News:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/04/09/wildfire-threat-likely-to-get-worse-experts-say/"><strong>California wildfire threat likely to get worse, experts say</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/california/story/2021-04-08/california-wildfire-prevention-536-million-newsom-lawmakers" 0="s:13:&quot;s:6:&quot;a:0:{}&quot;;&quot;;">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/friday-top-scroll-california-unveils-sweeping-wildfire-prevention-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Central Coast Topic: Climate Change Topic: Legislation — California and Federal Aquafornia Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Leaders and Experts Topic: Sierra Nevada Topic: Southern California Topic: Watershed Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:33:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77421 at https://www.watereducation.org SF Baykeeper sues Biden administration to list local longfin smelt as endangered species https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/sf-baykeeper-sues-biden-administration-list-local-longfin-smelt-endangered-species <blockquote> <p> A tiny silver fish few people in the Bay Area have heard of could be a new symbol of the state’s continuing battle over water resources. San Francisco Baykeeper sued the Biden administration on Thursday to list the local population of longfin smelt as an endangered species. The environmental group’s legal action comes nine years after the federal government first declared that the fish warranted that status. Once an important source of food for marine mammals, birds and chinook salmon, the local population of the longfin smelt has dropped by 99.9% since the 1980s. Scientists and environmentalists say that reduction is a direct result of too much water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin river system being diverted to farms and other water users rather than flowing through the bay to the Pacific. </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.sfchronicle.com/local/environment/article/SF-Baykeeper-sues-Biden-administration-to-list-16087586.php" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/sf-baykeeper-sues-biden-administration-list-local-longfin-smelt-endangered-species" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Bay Delta Topic: Legislation — California and Federal Aquafornia Topic: Bay Delta Conservation Plan Topic: Central Valley Topic: Ecosystem Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Delta Issues Topic: Drought Topic: Endangered Species Act Topic: Delta Smelt Topic: Sacramento San Joaquin Delta Topic: Sacramento River Topic: Suisun Marsh Topic: San Joaquin Valley Topic: San Joaquin River Topic: Southern California Topic: Watershed Topic: Wetlands Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:12:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77419 at https://www.watereducation.org Blog: California is ramping up its efforts to address sources of pyrethroid concentrations in its watersheds https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-california-ramping-its-efforts-address-sources-pyrethroid-concentrations-its <blockquote> <p> In June 2017, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Central Valley Region&nbsp;adopted a Basin Plan Amendment for the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River Basins for the control of pyrethroid pesticide discharges. The amendment establishes controls for pyrethroid discharges, including prohibition of discharges of pyrethroid pesticides above certain concentrations, total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for pyrethroid pesticides, recommendations for agency regulation of pyrethroids and potential monitoring requirements. Synthetic pyrethroids are the most common forms of commercially available urban pesticides for ants, termites and flying insects… </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.estormwater.com/are-ants-and-termites-nibbling-their-way-ms4-program-pocketbooks" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-california-ramping-its-efforts-address-sources-pyrethroid-concentrations-its" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Drinking Water Aquafornia Topic: Agricultural Drainage Topic: Central Valley Topic: Ecosystem Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Pollution Topic: Safe Drinking Water Act Topic: Sacramento Valley Topic: Sacramento River Topic: Water Quality Topic: San Joaquin Valley Topic: San Joaquin River Topic: Watershed Topic: Wetlands Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:03:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77390 at https://www.watereducation.org In the West, signs in the snow warn that a 20-year drought will persist and intensify https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/west-signs-snow-warn-20-year-drought-will-persist-and-intensify <blockquote> <p> Lack of monsoon rainfall last summer and spotty snowfall this winter combined to worsen the Western drought dramatically in the past year, and spring snowmelt won’t bring much relief. Critical April 1 measurements of snow accumulations from mountain ranges across the region show that most streams and rivers will once again flow well below average levels this year, stressing ecosystems and farms and depleting key reservoirs that are already at dangerously low levels.&nbsp; As the climate warms, it’s likely that drought conditions will worsen and persist across much of the West. Dry spells between downpours and blizzards are getting longer, and snowpack in the mountains is starting to melt during winter, new research shows.&nbsp; </p> <p> Related articles:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>Tucson.com:&nbsp;<a href= "https://tucson.com/news/local/the-droughts-getting-worse-particuiarly-in-the-southwest-says-new-study/article_11da8517-bb47-5912-a20b-6d37a0c75414.html"><strong>The drought’s getting worse, particularly in the Southwest, says new study</strong></a><strong>​</strong> </li> <li>Durango Herald:&nbsp;<a href= "https://durangoherald.com/articles/371617-water-supply-wildfire-concerns-loom-over-spring-summer"><strong>Water supply, wildfire concerns loom over spring, summer</strong></a> </li> <li>Aspen Journalism:&nbsp;<a href= "https://aspenjournalism.org/drought-and-dry-soils-again-will-diminish-colorados-spring-runoff/"><strong>Drought and dry soils again will diminish Colorado’s spring runoff</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://insideclimatenews.org/news/09042021/west-snowpack-water-drought-climate-change/" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/west-signs-snow-warn-20-year-drought-will-persist-and-intensify" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Climate Change Aquafornia Topic: Colorado River Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Nevada Topic: Hoover Dam Infrastructure Topic: Lake Mead Topic: Lake Powell Topic: Sierra Nevada Topic: Watershed Topic: Water Supply Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:59:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77418 at https://www.watereducation.org Rancho Water receives $3.5M grant for Vail Dam rehabilitation  https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/rancho-water-receives-35m-grant-vail-dam-rehabilitation <blockquote> <p> The Rancho California Water District received a nearly $3.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency which will fund up to 75% of Phase 1 of the Vail Dam Hazard Mitigation Project. Phase 1 has already begun and includes pre-construction activities such as design, environmental compliance and permitting to upgrade the dam at Vail Lake, located east of Temecula. Vail Lake, a reservoir with water storage capacity of approximately 45,000 acre-feet or 14.7 billion gallons of water, was acquired by Rancho Water in 1978 and is an component of Rancho’s diversified water supply portfolio for providing water supplies to over 150,000 urban and agricultural water users in the cities of Temecula and Murrieta, and the surrounding areas.&nbsp; </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://myvalleynews.com/blog/2021/04/08/rancho-water-receives-3-5m-grant-for-vail-dam-rehabilitation/">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/rancho-water-receives-35m-grant-vail-dam-rehabilitation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Acre Foot Topic: Climate Change Topic: Drinking Water Aquafornia Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Water History Topic: Water Rights Topic: Flood Management Infrastructure Topic: Southern California Topic: Water Supply Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:39:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77415 at https://www.watereducation.org City of St. Helena fails drinking water standard https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/city-st-helena-fails-drinking-water-standard <blockquote> <p> The city of St. Helena’s water system recently failed a drinking water standard, city officials said Thursday evening. … The city routinely monitors its distribution system for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Testing results received for Nov. 10, 2020, and March 9, 2021, showed the system exceeded the standard or maximum contaminant level —MCL — for haloacetic acids, or HAA, [Jo Ann Burkman, acting chief operator for the city's water division]&nbsp;said. The standard MCL for haloacetic acids is 60 ug/L; the running annual average for the LSWTP Distribution System in the fourth quarter of 2020 measured 68 ug/L… </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://patch.com/california/napavalley/city-st-helena-fails-drinking-water-standard">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/city-st-helena-fails-drinking-water-standard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Drinking Water Aquafornia Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Safe Drinking Water Act Topic: North Coast Rivers Topic: San Francisco Bay Infrastructure Topic: Water Quality Topic: Water Supply Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:22:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77412 at https://www.watereducation.org California appoints analyst to study Salton Sea water importation https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/california-appoints-analyst-study-salton-sea-water-importation <blockquote> <p> California remains far behind its targets for addressing exposed playa around the Salton Sea, according to data released in the 2021 Salton Sea Management Program annual report. But&nbsp;state officials expressed optimism in a public workshop that they are finally beginning to catch up to those goals. The state was supposed to implement dust suppression projects or build wetlands habitat across 3,500 acres of exposed playa by the end of 2020 to tamp down dust that’s imbued with a century’s worth of salts, pesticides and other agricultural runoff.&nbsp; </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.desertsun.com/story/news/environment/2021/04/08/california-appoints-analyst-study-salton-sea-water-importation/7078859002/">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/california-appoints-analyst-study-salton-sea-water-importation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Climate Change Aquafornia Topic: Agricultural Drainage Topic: Colorado River Topic: Ecosystem Topic: Nitrate contamination Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Pollution Topic: Water History Topic: New River Topic: Water Rights Topic: Salton Sea Topic: Water Quality Topic: Recreation Topic: Southern California Topic: Watershed Topic: Wetlands Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:17:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77411 at https://www.watereducation.org Announcement: Updated Layperson’s Guide to the Central Valley Project hot off the press https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/announcement-updated-laypersons-guide-central-valley-project-hot-press <blockquote> <p> Our Layperson’s Guide to the Central Valley Project has just been updated to reflect the latest developments affecting California’s largest surface water delivery system. The 24-page guide explores the history of the Central Valley Project, from its roots as a state water project that stalled amid the Great Depression to its development as a federal project that stretches from Shasta Dam in far Northern California to Bakersfield in the southern San Joaquin Valley.&nbsp; </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="/announcement/updated-laypersons-guide-central-valley-project-hot-press" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/announcement-updated-laypersons-guide-central-valley-project-hot-press" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Acre Foot Topic: Bay Delta Aquafornia Topic: Central Valley Topic: Central Valley Project Topic: Ecosystem Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Water History Topic: Water Rights Topic: Sacramento San Joaquin Delta Topic: Sacramento Valley Infrastructure Topic: Sacramento River Topic: San Joaquin Valley Topic: Recreation Topic: San Joaquin River Topic: Southern California Topic: Surface Water Topic: Water Supply Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:09:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77381 at https://www.watereducation.org Taiwan’s drought pits chip makers against farmers https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/taiwans-drought-pits-chip-makers-against-farmers <blockquote> <p> Chuang Cheng-deng’s modest rice farm is a stone’s throw from the nerve center of Taiwan’s computer chip industry, whose products power a huge share of the world’s iPhones and other gadgets. This year, Mr. Chuang is paying the price for his high-tech neighbors’ economic importance. Gripped by drought and scrambling to save water for homes and factories, Taiwan has shut off irrigation across tens of thousands of acres of farmland. … Officials are calling the drought Taiwan’s worst in more than half a century. And it is exposing the enormous challenges involved in hosting the island’s semiconductor industry, which is an increasingly indispensable node in the global supply chains for smartphones, cars and other keystones of modern life.&nbsp;Chip makers use lots of water to clean their factories and wafers, the thin slices of silicon that form the basis of the chips.&nbsp; </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.nytimes.com/2021/04/08/technology/taiwan-drought-tsmc-semiconductors.html">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/taiwans-drought-pits-chip-makers-against-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Agricultural Conservation Topic: Climate Change Aquafornia Topic: Agricultural Drainage Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Desalination Topic: Energy and Water Infrastructure Topic: Growth Topic: Water Equity Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:08:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77410 at https://www.watereducation.org Utah’s Great Salt Lake is drying up. That’s bad for economy, public health https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/utahs-great-salt-lake-drying-thats-bad-economy-public-health <blockquote> <p> If you skip a rock across the surface of the Great Salt Lake, it will skim and ricochet across the far-reaching, glassy face for what seems like a mile. It’s as if the waters were never introduced to the laws of gravity. Or if they were, it didn’t matter. The lake’s salinity — and in turn, its density — has increased since the mid-1800s. Today, the tourmaline-colored water in the north arm is eight times saltier than the ocean. Rocks, those daring enough to swim and reflections of flushed sunsets are held at the surface of the water — suspended and unable to be lost. But in a cruel illustration of irony, we are losing those waters. As historian Dale Morgan put it in 1947, “It is a lake of paradoxes.” Today, the Great Salt Lake’s volume has dropped nearly 50%. The largest saline lake in the Western Hemisphere is drying up. </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.deseret.com/utah/2021/4/7/22370024/the-water-that-couldnt-save-great-salt-lake-utah-water-conservation-drought-crisis-california">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/utahs-great-salt-lake-drying-thats-bad-economy-public-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Climate Change Aquafornia Topic: Colorado River Topic: Ecosystem Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Water History Topic: Recreation Topic: Surface Water Topic: Watershed Thu, 08 Apr 2021 15:24:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77403 at https://www.watereducation.org Blog: How I got beyond the concrete and learned to love Ballona Creek https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-how-i-got-beyond-concrete-and-learned-love-ballona-creek <blockquote> <p> A year ago, when stay-at-home orders were a newly disorienting fact of life, I started taking long walks through my neighborhood on L.A.’s Westside. Wandering south from Palms into Culver City, I realized I live near a huge concrete channel — a creek, trapped in place — with a bike path along the water, and a view of oil pumpjacks rising and falling atop the Baldwin Hills. There were beautiful murals, too, showing a healthy, thriving waterway. They were hashtagged #KnowYourWatershed. And the more I admired them, the more I realized that I did not, in fact, know my watershed, despite growing up not far from here.&nbsp;<br> <em>-Written by Sammy Roth, a Los Angeles Times staff writer.</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.latimes.com/environment/newsletter/2021-04-08/how-i-got-beyond-the-concrete-and-learned-to-love-my-watershed-boiling-point" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-how-i-got-beyond-concrete-and-learned-love-ballona-creek" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Ecosystem Home Aquafornia Topic: Pollution Topic: Stormwater Topic: Flood Management Topic: Wastewater Infrastructure Topic: Water Quality Topic: Recreation Topic: Southern California Topic: Watershed Topic: Wetlands Thu, 08 Apr 2021 15:16:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77400 at https://www.watereducation.org Markets, water availability prove key in land values https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/markets-water-availability-prove-key-land-values <blockquote> <p> Despite market unknowns created by the pandemic and lower commodity prices, California agricultural land values remained largely stable, an indication buyers have confidence in the long-term land market in the state: This was a key takeaway from a virtual business conference held by the California Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. The conference also discussed impacts of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act on California land values. Even though record supplies of the state’s highest-value crops led to lower prices for farmers last year, appraisers said the softer prices also helped move those products.&nbsp; </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.agalert.com/story/?id=14860">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/markets-water-availability-prove-key-land-values" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Agricultural Conservation Aquafornia Topic: Aquifers Topic: Central Valley Home Aquafornia Topic: Water Rights Topic: Sacramento Valley Topic: Groundwater Topic: San Joaquin Valley Topic: Surface Water Topic: Water Marketing and Banking Topic: Water Rates Topic: Water Supply Thu, 08 Apr 2021 15:07:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77398 at https://www.watereducation.org Opinion: California needs comprehensive groundwater management https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/opinion-california-needs-comprehensive-groundwater-management <blockquote> <p> While California’s landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act promised comprehensive protection of the state’s groundwater, significant gaps remain in its coverage.&nbsp; The Department of Water Resources now has an opportunity to reduce or eliminate those gaps and should seize the moment. We know all Californians will experience another year of water shortages and warmer, drier conditions that will require conservation and which are likely to fuel destructive wildfires in our forests and around our communities. We are all in this together. Groundwater is critical for California, particularly in dry years when it provides up to 60% of the water supply for farms and people.&nbsp;<br> -<em>Written by&nbsp;Jeanette Howard,&nbsp;director of The Nature Conservancy’s freshwater science team;&nbsp;Melissa M. Rohde,&nbsp;a groundwater scientist at The Nature Conservancy; and Barton H. Thompson, senior fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment, and faculty director of Water in the West at Stanford University.</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://calmatters.org/commentary/my-turn/2021/04/california-needs-comprehensive-groundwater-management/" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/opinion-california-needs-comprehensive-groundwater-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Climate Change Topic: Drinking Water Aquafornia Topic: Aquifers Topic: Central Valley Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Water Rights Leaders and Experts Topic: Groundwater Topic: Growth Topic: San Joaquin Valley Topic: Watershed Topic: Water Conservation Topic: Water Supply Thu, 08 Apr 2021 15:03:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77397 at https://www.watereducation.org The water fight over the shrinking Colorado River https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/water-fight-over-shrinking-colorado-river <blockquote> <p> Scientists have been predicting for years that the Colorado River would continue to deplete due to global warming and increased water demands, but according to new studies it’s looking worse than they thought. That worries rancher Marsha Daughenbaugh, 68, of Steamboat Springs, who relies on the water from the Colorado River to grow feed for her cattle. …&nbsp;Recent reports show that the river’s water flows were down 20% in 2000 and by 2050 that number is estimated to more than double. </p> <p> Related article: </p> <ul> <li>Las Vegas Sun: <a href= "https://m.lasvegassun.com/news/2021/apr/08/any-serious-water-conservation-solution-deserves-t/"> <strong>Editorial – Any serious water conservation solution deserves to be considered in Las Vegas&nbsp;</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.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56608180" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/water-fight-over-shrinking-colorado-river" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Climate Change Aquafornia Topic: Colorado River Topic: Ecosystem Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Mexico Topic: Water History Topic: Nevada Topic: Water Rights Topic: Hoover Dam Infrastructure Topic: Growth Topic: Lake Mead Topic: Lake Powell Topic: Recreation Topic: Southern California Topic: Surface Water Topic: Watershed Topic: Water Conservation Topic: Water Supply Thu, 08 Apr 2021 14:51:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 77396 at https://www.watereducation.org