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Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Court Rules for Environmentalists in Water Fight

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

From the Associated Press:

“An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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Judges Overturn Rulings on Sacramento River Contracts

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

From the Los Angeles Times:

“A decision by a federal appeals court Wednesday could allow for changes in water deliveries to irrigation districts that hold senior rights to Sacramento River supplies.”

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Two McNerney Water Bills Introduced to Senate

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:58 am

From the Stockton Record:

“Two water bills proposed by Rep. Jerry McNerney have been introduced to the U.S. Senate.”

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San Joaquin River Salmon Restoration Saga Rolls On with Truck Ride from Friant Dam

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:57 am

From The Fresno Bee:

“Biologists this week helped 54,000 Northern California salmon become San Joaquin River inhabitants — launching the river’s largest experiment to rejuvenate a long-dead salmon run.”

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Learn more about the San Joaquin River during the Water Education Foundation’s San Joaquin River Restoration Tour (Field Trip) November 6-7. Also check out the San Joaquin River entry on the Foundation’s Aquapedia, a vetted, online water encyclopedia.

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Residents Tackle Water Rationing in Santa Cruz

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:56 am

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“If the region’s drought seemed abstract, it’s about to hit home for Santa Cruz residents. As part of city leaders’ response to two years of meager rain, water rationing will start May 1 and fines will be levied monthly against households that use more than their allotted amount of water.”

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Pajaro Valley Board Adopts Water Plan

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“Four years ago, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency leaders pulled together a task force to develop a long-term plan to preserve groundwater supplies and halt saltwater intrusion along the coast.”

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Some Yosemite Fish High in Mercury

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

From the Stockton Record:

“Some of the fish in Mildred Lake in Yosemite National Park have high enough concentrations of mercury in their tissues to be a danger to your health.”

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Drakes Bay Oyster Case: Marin Judge Faults State Commission, Calls for Environmental Review

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:53 am

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“A preliminary ruling by a Marin Superior Court judge Tuesday found the state’s Coastal Commission “abused its discretion” when it issued cease-and-desist orders against the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. that would require dismantling of the operation.”

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Marin Superior Court Waits to Make Final Ruling on State Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Case

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:53 am

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“After two hours of arguments Wednesday morning, a Marin Superior Court judge said he will consider evidence before submitting a final ruling on a lawsuit addressing the state’s Coastal Commission cease-and-desist orders against the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.”

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How to Grow Vegetables in a Drought

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:52 am

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Some gardeners are having second thoughts about having a vegetable garden during the drought, but there are ways to conserve water and still have a robust garden.”

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Graphic: Southern California Rivers

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:52 am

From the Orange County Register:

“Focus: Why our rivers are bound by concrete.”

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Portland Plans Reservoir Flush After Teen Cited

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:51 am

From the Associated Press:

“Call it the Big Flush 2, and this time the sequel promises to be much bigger than the original.”

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Editorial: Dianne Feinstein’s Water Bill is an Overreach

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:50 am

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s drought bill, introduced in February, was an improvement over the water grab bill that passed in the House.”

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Commentary: Living in the Delta Would Help Solve Two of Brown’s Problems

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:49 am

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Joe Mathews:

“When you’re faced with two different thorny problems, sometimes the best way to make progress is by combining them. I’m talking to you, Jerry Brown.” 

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Commentary: We Got the Rain, So Where’s the Water?

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:48 am

From The Modesto Bee, in a commentary by John Michelena:

“I have mixed feelings when I see those blue ‘Pray for Rain’ signs along our country roads. Though I thank the Almighty for sending rain, I think our state and federal governments have been lying to us about California’s drought and water.”

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Commentary: Even Car Washes Finding Ways to Save Water Amid California’s Drought

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:48 am

From The Modesto Bee, in a commentary by Evan Porges:

“For some of us in the car wash industry, the drought provides an opportunity to share a story that is just the opposite of what many people might assume. … We have been proactively saving water from the time we opened our first car wash in 1991.”

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Blog: Revival in the Face of Drought — Return of Spring-run Chinook Salmon to San Joaquin River

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:47 am

From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff Switchboard blog, in a post by Monty Schmitt:

“Despite California’s drought, today [April 17] the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP) is releasing 54,000 juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon to the San Joaquin River.”

Read more from the NRDC Switchboard blog 

Reserve your seat on the Water Education Foundation’s San Joaquin River Restoration Tour Nov. 6-7.

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News Release: Elevated Levels of Mercury Found in Fish in Western U.S. National Parks

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:46 am

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

Mercury has been discovered in fish in some of the most remote national park lakes and streams in the western United States and Alaska. Mercury levels in some fish exceeded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency health thresholds for potential impacts to fish, birds, and humans.

“The information about mercury, and its appearance in protected areas considered to be relatively pristine and removed from environmental contaminants, is in a recently published scientific report from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service.”

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News Release: Secretary Jewell to Kick Off National Park Week at Crater Lake, Highlight Recreational, Economic Benefits of Parks

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:45 am

From the U.S. Department of the Interior:

“On Saturday, April 19, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will kick off National Park Week with a visit to Crater Lake National Park, highlighting this year’s ‘Go Wild!’ theme that encourages people to connect with the nation’s natural, historic, and cultural heritage through events and programs at 401 national park units across the country. National Park Week runs from April 19 to April 27. …

“Following a press conference to kick off the week, Jewell will join students from the Network Charter School in Eugene, Ore., for an educational snowshoe hike along the Hemlock Trail.”

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Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: State Agency Unveils New Chromium-6 Limit in Drinking Water

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

From the San Bernardino Sun:

“California is gearing up to begin enforcement, on July 1, of the nation’s first standard for the cancer-causing chemical made famous in Hinkley and the film ‘Erin Brockovich.’”

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California to Set Chromium Limit for Drinking Water Supplies

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 16, 2014 at 8:59 am

From the Los Angeles Times:

“The state Department of Public Health is adopting the nation’s first-ever drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen found in water supplies across the state.”

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Poll: Californians Disagree On Reasons for Water Shortage

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 16, 2014 at 8:58 am

From Capital Public Radio:

“A new survey finds most California voters agree the state is experiencing a drought, but they don’t agree on why it’s happening.”

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Field Poll: Drought Responses Split California

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 16, 2014 at 8:58 am

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Californians agree their state is parched, but they diverge by region on how supplies dried up and what should be done about the drought.”

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Poll: 88 Percent of Californians Say There is ‘a Serious Water Shortage’ in State

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 16, 2014 at 8:57 am

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Nearly nine out of 10 Californians say the state is suffering from a ‘serious water shortage,’ according to a new poll that confirms widespread concern over the lack of rain, diminished Sierra snowpack and low reservoir levels after three years of drought.”

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Klamath Water Pact Protest

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 16, 2014 at 8:56 am

From the [Klamath Falls] Herald & News:

Tribal members staged a protest Friday claiming a vote by the Klamath Tribes approving a water agreement gave up too much in water rights. …

“A Klamath Tribes referendum approved the Proposed Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement on Wednesday.”

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Water Q&A: How is the Drought Affecting Hydroelectric Production?

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 16, 2014 at 8:55 am

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Hydroelectric energy production will definitely take a hit this year throughout California, not just at Folsom Dam.”

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Turlock-area Groundwater the Focus of Forum

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 16, 2014 at 8:54 am

From The Modesto Bee:

“An overflow crowd Tuesday night heard experts talk about the need to protect groundwater in the Turlock area – and about a resident’s experience when her own well failed.”

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Redding Council Approves Water Sale, Moving Public Comments

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 16, 2014 at 8:53 am

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

“The drought gripping California will likely wipe away profits for small family farms in a Glenn County water district. But its general manager breathed a big sigh of relief Tuesday night with the Redding City Council’s approval of a plan to sell water to the Kanawha Water District.”

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Napa Cabernets From a Cold, Wet Year

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 16, 2014 at 8:52 am

From The New York Times:

“Luminous days and warmth are of course an important element of the terroir in many California wine areas. … Yet even sunny California sometimes must reckon with the unexpected from mercurial nature. Such was the case in Napa Valley in the 2011 vintage, when rain and unaccountably cool temperatures gave Californians a taste of what the rest of us endure.” 

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Owens Valley Mobilizes Against Proposed Los Angeles DWP Solar Project

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 16, 2014 at 8:51 am

From the Los Angeles Times:

“One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels.”

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