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Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Fields and Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

From NPR:

“As droughts have worsened in recent years, federal authorities have released less and less water from a web of reservoirs and canals in northern California that feeds farms and cities in the arid south. For the first time in six decades, most farmers on the east side of this valley have been told they will get no federal irrigation water.”

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California’s Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:59 am

From NPR:

“Cannon Michael runs an 11,000-acre farm in California’s Central Valley. His family has been farming in the state for six generations.”

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Comment Period Opens for Proposed Clean Water Act Rule

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“On April 21 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register the proposed rule revising the definition of ‘waters of the United States’ under the federal Clean Water Act. This formalizes the proposed changes released in draft form on March 25 and marks the beginning of a 90-day comment period that ends July 21, 2014.”

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Senate Committee Advances Groundwater Bill

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“Legislation aimed at addressing groundwater sustainability cleared the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee today [April 22].”

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City of San Diego Calls for Limits on Water Use

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:56 am

From U-T San Diego:

“Less outdoor watering, limiting vehicle washing and using recycled water whenever practical is being urged by a San Diego City Council panel in response to the region’s ongoing drought.”

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Cal State University Playing a Critical Role in Water Conservation

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:55 am

From the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

“As water agencies wrestle with California’s drought emergency, and lawmakers pass bills seeking relief from a third consecutive dry year in the state, another institution, the public university system, is continuing to play a critical role in water conservation.”

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Water Q&A: Do Mountain Towns Like Truckee have to Conserve Water?

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:53 am

From The Sacramento Bee:

“As with all things water-related, it depends where you live and where your water comes from. A “we get it first” presumption does not necessarily apply.”

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No California Tsunami Alerts After 6.7 Canada Earthquake

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:52 am

From the Los Angeles Times:

“A 6.7 magnitude earthquake was reported off Canada’s Vancouver Island on Wednesday night. But there were no tsunami concerns for the Pacific Coast, including California.”

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OMG, What is in Your Drinking Water?

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:51 am

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“In Portland, Ore., city authorities decided to drain a 38 million-gallon reservoir because someone had been reportedly peeing in it. Portland is not like California; it does not lack water.”

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Biologists Watching Fish Runs After Deadly Slide

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

From the Associated Press:

“Fisheries biologist Pete Verhey waded through the cold, clear creek that feeds into the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, scanning riffles and side channels looking for evidence of fish eggs.”

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Commentary: On Fracking, Can’t California Get Half a Loaf?

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:48 am

From the Long Beach Press-Telegram, in a commentary by Thomas D. Elias:

“When a city like Carson, home to one large oil refinery and next-door neighbor to another, hard by the junction of two major freeways and site of both a Cal State campus and a Major League Soccer stadium, slaps a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing because of environmental questions, you know fracking of California’s vast oil and gas reserves is no sure thing.”

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Commentary: Tackling Aquifer Overdraft as a Team

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:48 am

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, in a commentary by Lisa Lurie:

“Formed in 2010, a collaborative group of landowners and growers, as well as business and community leaders — known as the Community Water Dialogue — has been working to find solutions to the groundwater deficits that have been threatening the [Pajaro] valley for years.”

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Commentary: Fly-fisher Fay’s Influence Still Impacts Sacramento River

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:47 am

From the San Francisco Chronicle, in the Outdoors column by Tom Stienstra:

“At the bottom of the canyon in Dunsmuir, I watched Ted Fay, the old master, thigh-deep in the river with his fly rod. Ted was like Rembrandt with a brush as he painted the river with short casts.”

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Blog: In California Drought, Desperation May Make Water Flow Uphill

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:46 am

From the KQED Science Blog:

“Desperate times call for desperate measures, and California’s severe drought is already inspiring a few.

“Water districts in the San Joaquin Valley are proposing a drought tactic that’s never been tried: they want to reverse the state’s plumbing by running the California Aqueduct backwards.”

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DWR California Water Plan eNews

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:45 am

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:

  • With the makeover complete, wraps are taken off new and improved IRWM Web site
  • Four workshops remain for environmental goals and policy report
  • Task force develops list of ways for improving groundwater basins
  • GRA planning two-day event to address groundwater issues
  • How increased forest management can pay off in reduced wildfire risk
  • Public input sought for development of Delta’s science action agenda
  • Registration still available for next month’s water technology conference

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State Water Board Updated Drought Website

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:45 am

From the State Water Resources Control Board:

“The State Water Board has updated its Drought Website to include information about the potential for curtailment of water rights in specific watersheds.”

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News Release: EPA Announces $5 Million in Grants to Restore S.F. Bay Water Quality and Habitats

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 24, 2014 at 8:44 am

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld today [April 22] announced nearly $5 million in EPA grants to state and local agencies to restore water quality and wetlands throughout the San Francisco Bay watershed at a ceremony held at Breuner Marsh (Richmond, Calif.)—one of the sites to receive federal restoration grant funding. The ceremony was attended by U.S. Representative George Miller, senior officials from the East Bay Regional Park District, and representatives from various state and federal elected officials.”

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Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: EBMUD Taps Sacramento River Water for First Time to Avoid Rationing

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

From the Contra Costa Times:

“The East Bay’s largest water district decided Tuesday to use voluntary conservation and tap a new water supply from the Sacramento River to get through the year without rationing.”

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East Bay to Tap Sacramento River Water

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 23, 2014 at 8:59 am

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The East Bay Municipal Utility District this month will begin diverting water from the Sacramento River for the first time ever, a clear sign that the drought is literally causing ripples across the state.”

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Santa Cruz Council Gives Final OK for Water Rationing

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 23, 2014 at 8:58 am

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“The Santa Cruz City Council unanimously affirmed Tuesday a February decision to enact water rationing for residential customers beginning May 1, thus finalizing the first mandatory cuts in nearly 25 years.”

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Future of MID Farm Water Transfers is Uncertain

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 23, 2014 at 8:57 am

From The Modesto Bee:

“Plans to combat drought by allowing water transfers among farmers could be in jeopardy, growers and Modesto Irrigation District leaders learned Tuesday at a meeting tinged with uncertainty and accusations of unfairness.”

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Agencies Keep Water Data Secret, Cite Privacy

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 23, 2014 at 8:56 am

From The Desert Sun:

“The largest public water agencies in the Coachella Valley have begun withholding information about how much water is pumped from wells by businesses including farms, golf courses, housing developments and resorts.”

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Los Angeles DWP to Change Chemical Treatment for San Fernando Valley Tap Water

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 23, 2014 at 8:56 am

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

“In the works for more than a decade, the move is designed to meet new Environmental Protection Agency water quality standards limiting disinfectant byproducts, some of which are potentially toxic.”

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Major Restoration of Breuner Marsh Wetlands Begins

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 23, 2014 at 8:55 am

From the Contra Costa Times:

“Local and federal officials gathered along with more than 100 people Tuesday for a ceremony marking the beginning of the restoration of 150 acres of wetlands at Breuner Marsh on Richmond’s shoreline. …

“Tuesday’s event was part of an announcement, held on Earth Day, of nearly $5 million in EPA grants to state and local agencies to restore water quality and wetlands throughout the San Francisco Bay watershed.”

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Trucking of Hatchery Salmon Resumes

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 23, 2014 at 8:54 am

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Chinook salmon have resumed their long truck trip from a federal hatchery near Red Bluff to San Pablo Bay, near Vallejo, an emergency measure to protect the fish during drought.”

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Bucket Brigade Seeks to Revive Dry Creek with Salmon Pellets

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 23, 2014 at 8:53 am

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

“They’re less slimy, and certainly less smelly, than a fish carcass would be. But the dry, brown pellets that biologists distributed Tuesday in a backwater channel of Dry Creek may prove to be the vitamin that once-prolific North Coast salmon streams need.”

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New Map Could Refocus State’s Pollution Battles

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 23, 2014 at 8:52 am

From the Los Angeles Times:

“The California Environmental Protection Agency has released a statewide list of census tracts most burdened by pollution, providing a first-of-its-kind ranking certain to pressure regulators to clean up neighborhoods with long-standing health risks.”

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Drought Shuts Down Splash Fountains at Modesto Parks

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 23, 2014 at 8:52 am

From The Modesto Bee:

“The city of Modesto will not be turning on the spigot for any of its park splash fountains, those random spurts of water kids run through giggling.”

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Video: Earth Day Visit to San Clemente Dam

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 23, 2014 at 8:51 am

From the Monterey County Herald:

“The San Clemente Dam, owned by California American Water, in Carmel Valley, is slated for removal this summer in what officials call the largest dam removal project in California history.”

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Editorial: Breaking the Dam on Groundwater

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 23, 2014 at 8:50 am

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

“Today’s subject is groundwater. For years, the subject was all but verboten in California. The mere mention unleashed hurricane-force protests.”

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