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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Earth Day Look Back

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

“As millions around the world celebrate what is labeled the biggest secular holiday, Earth Day, local leaders say the successes since 1970 are many, but the problems — particularly the 800-pound gorilla of global climate change — have grown into a daunting challenge.”

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Workers Discover Part of L.A.’s First Municipal Water System

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:59 am

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Workers excavating the site of a $100-million Chinatown development have discovered a 100-foot section of Los Angeles’ first municipal water system, an ancient maze of brick and wooden pipes and conduits that once fed the city.”

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Drought Declared in Imperial County

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:58 am

From the Imperial Valley Press:

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Imperial County a primary natural disaster area due to drought.”

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Tri-Valley Water Suppliers to Consider Drought Rates Soon

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:57 am

From the Contra Costa Times:

“Water suppliers for Livermore, Dublin and part of San Ramon have proposed drought rates on homes and businesses that would sharply increase bills for customers who fail to slash their water use by 30 to 35 percent.”

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California Drought: Food Banks Drying Up, Too

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:56 am

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“The effects of California’s drought could soon hit the state’s food banks, which serve 2 million of its poorest residents.”

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Views on Food: Outsmarting the Drought

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:55 am

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The fear of scarce water is really the fear of scarce food.

“In its third year, the drought has already forced California growers to leave 800,000 farm acres unplanted this year, says Dave Kranz of the California Farm Bureau.”

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American River Flow to Rise for Salmon

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:54 am

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Water flows in the American River are scheduled to increase through the Sacramento region starting tonight to help salmon and steelhead.”

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Public Gets OK to Weigh in on Water District Strategic Plan

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:52 am

From U-T San Diego:

“Helix Water District customers will be able to give insight, information and input at a May workshop as the district prepares to unveil its first strategic plan.”

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Modesto’s Sewage System Getting a Lift

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:51 am

From The Modesto Bee:

“Modesto is spending more than $3 million to rehab its Emerald Lift Station, a pumping facility that ensures wastewater from homes and businesses reaches the city’s treatment plant.”

Read more from The Modesto Bee

Copies of the Water Education Foundation’s Layperson’s Guide to California Wastewater are available. This 28-page comprehensive guide is an excellent source of information about California wastewater. It includes a history of wastewater treatment; explains how wastewater is collected, conveyed and treated; outlines the legal and regulatory primer for wastewater treatment and discharge permits; and discusses the current challenges facing the industry such as aging infrastructure, constituents of emerging concern, climate change and public education.

 

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West Marin Projects Score Half Million to Help Endangered Coho

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:50 am

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“Four coho salmon restoration projects for West Marin are collecting more than a half-million dollars in state grant money to help the endangered species.

“The money comes from the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration grant program.”

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Earth Day Event to Focus on Water Issues

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:49 am

From The [Nevada County] Union:

“The Placer County Water Agency, Sierra College and two major Sierra College student organizations are sponsoring a special forum on water issues.”

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UC Merced Celebrates Conservation on Earth Day

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:49 am

From the Merced Sun-Star:

“Whether it’s starting a composting pile in the backyard, thinking up ways to recycle or cutting back on watering the lawn, there is no shortage of ways for residents to participate in Earth Day.”

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Editorial: Feinstein Bill Risks Further Damage to Delta

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:48 am

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s willingness to do Big Ag’s bidding at the expense of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is increasingly alarming. Last week she released a revised drought bill that has environmentalists up and down the state fuming — with good reason.”

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Editorial: Saving Water is a Goal We Must All Share

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:47 am

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“Both the Marin Municipal and North Marin water districts are asking customers to voluntarily reduce their water use in hopes of holding off rationing as long as possible. Those voluntary measures remain in force and should, for good reason.”

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Commentary: Take Earth-friendly Precautions

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:46 am

From the Marin Independent Journal, in a commentary by Terri Fashing and Gina Purin:

“In a survey taken last year by the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP), 43 percent of Marin residents who responded indicated they don’t shop for pesticides.”

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Blog: Mercury-tainted Fish in High-country Yosemite Lake

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:45 am

From The Fresno Bee in the Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:

“Federal scientists studied mercury contamination in 21 Western national parks for years and last week announced bad news for Yosemite National Park — the worst-tainted fish in the entire study was in a lake not far from Tioga Road.”

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News Release: Historic Upper Klamath Basin Agreement Signed Along Banks of Spring Creek

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

From the U.S. Department of the Interior:

“[Oregon] Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Undersecretary of the Department of Commerce Kathryn Sullivan, California Resources Secretary John Laird, Klamath Tribal Chair Don Gentry, and members of the Klamath Basin Task Force gathered today [April 18] along the banks of Spring Creek at Collier Memorial State Park for the official signing of the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement.”

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News Release: New Mexico Streamgage Marks 125 Years of Running Strong

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:43 am

From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS):

“The first USGS streamgage in the country is turning 125 years old, and the U.S. Geological Survey, along with many partner agencies, is commemorating the event on Tuesday, April 22, with a celebration at the Embudo streamgage near Espanola. New Mexico State Engineer Scott Verhines and USGS Acting Director Suzette Kimball will join a number of federal, state and local officials at a ceremony to recognize the device that set the foundation for modern water management.”

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News Release: Gov. Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring John Muir Day

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:42 am

From the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.:

“Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today [April 21] issued a proclamation declaring Monday, April 21, 2014, as ‘John Muir Day’ in the State of California.”

Read more from the proclamation

The Water Education Foundation’s Aquapedia features a bio on John Muir in the online water encyclopedia’s Historical Water People section.

 

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DWR Spotlight: Gearing Up for Mussel ‘Season’

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“As we enter California’s warmer months, DWR is increasing monitoring for invasive quagga and zebra mussels at 19 locations within the State Water Project (SWP).”

Read more from the DWR Spotlight, and view the images

Invasive Species, an Aquafornia Water Word of the Week, is included among sister site Aquapedia’s more than 200 definitions of water terms from A to Z.

 

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Weekend Wrap-Up: CVP, SWP Allocations

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

Welcome back! Here’s the weekend wrap-up:

At the top of the scroll: Updates to water supply allocations made news at the start of the weekend with Friday announcements by the California Department of Water Resources and Bureau of Reclamation. Included in the follow-up news coverage were these stories: “Water Supply Outlook Improves; Delta Channel Barriers Canceled,” The Sacramento Bee; “Feather River Farmers Receive Full Water Supply, and Plan Water Transfers,” Chico Enterprise-Record; “Spring Rain and Snow Bring Increased Water Allocations,” Capital Public Radio; “California Farmers to Get More Water,” Associated Press; and “State Water Project to Make Small Deliveries This Year,” Los Angeles Times.

Headlines also included “California’s Water Wars Reach ‘New Level of Crazy’ This Year,” an article in The Fresno Bee; “Drought — and Neighbors — Press Las Vegas to Conserve Water,” Los Angeles Times; and “California Drought: Food Banks Drying Up, Too,” San Francisco Chronicle. A Los Angeles Times editorial was “Does Fracking Cause Quakes? California Needs to Know.”

Water Education Foundation’s Anne J. Schneider Foundation Lecture Series: Stanford Law Professor Barton H. “Buzz” Thompson, Jr. will deliver the third annual Anne J. Schneider Foundation lecture at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. The title of his speech is “Thinking Big: Is It Time for Transformative Changes in California Water Policy?”Audience discussion will follow his lecture, and then a reception. Additional information, including how to register for this free event, is on the Foundation’s website.

Aquafornia Water Words of the Week: Sister site Aquapedia, the Foundation’s vetted, online water encyclopedia, includes a section of Useful Acronyms. Included among them are CVP and SWP, which were in the news over the weekend. Read the posts, “CVP: Aquafornia Water Word of the Week” and “SWP: Aquafornia Water Word of the Week.”

Last Week’s Top Stories: The most viewed story was “Court Rules for Environmentalists in Water Fight,” from the Associated Press. Excluding news articles, The Sacramento Bee’s “Water Question: How is the Drought Affecting Hydroelectric Production?” received the most views.

What’s on the Calendar? Among this week’s events are today’s Brown Bag Seminar titled “Rice in the Delta: the Potential to Mitigate Subsidence and Enhance Sustainability,” the fourth in a five-part series on The Delta Carbon Cycle; a State Water Resources Control Board meeting Tuesday, April 22; the Foundation’s Central Valley Tour (field trip) April 23-25; and the University of California Drought Summit: Managing Water Scarcity in California on April 25.

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Water Supply Outlook Improves; Delta Channel Barriers Canceled

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

From The Sacramento Bee:

“A wet March is yielding benefits for California’s water supply, as state and federal officials announced Friday that deliveries to some of their contractors will be increased.”

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Feather River Farmers Receive Full Water Supply, and Plan Water Transfers

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 21, 2014 at 9:08 am

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“After months of waiting, farmers with strong water rights along the Feather River received news that 100 percent of their contracted amount of water will be delivered. … Just a few weeks ago, these same irrigation districts were told they would only receive half of their water.”

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Spring Rain and Snow Bring Increased Water Allocations

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 21, 2014 at 9:08 am

From Capital Public Radio:

“The California Department of Water Resources says State Water Project deliveries that had been zero will increase to five percent. … The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says it is increasing Central Valley Project water allocations for North of Delta Settlement Contractors and wildlife refuges from 40 to 75 percent.”

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State Water Project to Make Small Deliveries This Year

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 21, 2014 at 9:08 am

From the Los Angeles Times:

“The State Water Project, which helps supply a majority of Californians, will make small deliveries this year, officials said Friday as they increased the system’s allocation to 5% from the historic zero announced in January.”

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California Farmers to Get More Water

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 21, 2014 at 9:08 am

From the Associated Press:

“Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more water as state and federal officials ease cutbacks due to recent rain and snow, officials announced on Friday.”

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California’s Thirsting Farmland

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 21, 2014 at 9:07 am

From The New York Times:

“This summer, Todd Allen’s only crop will be Pima cotton.

“He and his brother, Joel, usually also grow cantaloupes and, later in the season, winter wheat on about 600 acres or so. But this year, they and hundreds of others will get no water from the reservoirs that sustain farming in the Central Valley, where much of the nation’s fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables are grown.”

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California’s Water Wars Reach ‘New Level of Crazy’ This Year

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

From The Fresno Bee:

“From all over California, farmers, environmental lawyers, wildlife groups, cities and even the Fresno County sheriff have posted thoughts in a siege of protests to state officials about the use of this year’s puny snowpack and half-empty reservoirs.”

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Stanislaus Cities Among Those Exceeding New State Standard for Hexavalent Chromium in Water

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 21, 2014 at 9:05 am

From The Modesto Bee:

“A long debate over how much hexavalent chromium is too much in drinking water resurfaced last week as state health leaders produced the nation’s first drinking water standard.”

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Salinas Valley Water Project Moves Upstream

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 21, 2014 at 9:04 am

From The Salinas Californian:

“The final meeting of a panel exploring the next big Salinas Valley water project ended Thursday with a basic concept — move more water as far north as possible.

“The Regional Advisory Committee to the Monterey County Water Resources Agency has been meeting since last summer to devise a project that can address an important Salinas River water right that the state threatened to take away if a promised project was not constructed.”

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