Daily Digest: Eleven experts to watch on water rights; Study: Chemicals from fire-fighting foam found in drinking water; Hetch Hetchy’s Mountain Tunnel to close for repairs; and more, plus surfers catch the perfect wave in LeMoore

In California water news today, Eleven experts to watch on water rights; Study: Chemicals from fire-fighting foam found in drinking water; Low supply, high costs lead to 110 North Yuba water shutoffs; Researchers ask public for old photos of Lake Tahoe algae; Hetch Hetchy’s Mountain Tunnel to close for repairs; Del Rio challenges Modesto over water rate increase; Drought blamed for Santa Maria Park fish die-off; Study links global warming to rise in waterborne illnesses; and lastly, Catching waves in LeMoore?  Pro surfers ride the perfect wave in the middle of the Central Valley

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Eleven experts to watch on water rights:  “The widely used quote, “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over,” often attributed to Mark Twain, has been used by politicians from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Dianne Feinstein to describe California’s battles over water rights. The quote itself may in fact be bogus, but it does illustrate why water rights are a difficult, but critical, topic in California.  At the end of July, California’s State Water Resources Control Board started public hearings on the California WaterFix – Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to create two tunnels under the Delta that will deliver water from northern California to the State Water Project and Central Valley Project. The first set of hearings focuses on water rights, making the tunnels just one more topic stirring the fierce debate over rights in the state. ... ”  Read more from Water Deeply here:  Eleven experts to watch on water rights

Study: Chemicals from fire-fighting foam found in drinking water:  “A study by UC Berkeley and Harvard University researchers finds a firefighting foam containing highly fluorinated chemicals is contaminating drinking water supplies around many of the nation’s military bases, airports and industrial sites.  In humans, the chemicals have been linked to kidney and testicular cancer, high cholesterol, and obesity.  Study co-author Arlene Blum says 6 million or more people may be drinking water contaminated with the highly fluorinated chemicals, including people in California’s Central Valley. ... ”  Read more from Capital Public Radio here:  Study: Chemicals from fire-fighting foam found in drinking water

Low supply, high costs lead to 110 North Yuba water shutoffs:  “Some 110 irrigation customers in the North Yuba Water District had their water shut off July 24, prompting farmers to look for alternatives during irrigation season.  “When we reached the moment where supply was exhausted, the board suggested to contact customers and provide them with what the cost would be moving forward,” said Jeff Maupin, NYWD district manager.  Irrigation customers said the quote for proportional shares of water from the district was too high and was unaffordable. … ”  Read more from the Appeal-Democrat here:  Low supply, high costs lead to 110 North Yuba water shutoffs

Researchers ask public for old photos of Lake Tahoe algae:  “With all their modern scientific equipment and state-of-the-art computer models, researchers trying to better understand the effect of algae growth in Lake Tahoe are searching for new tools to aid in their mission — old photo albums.  Experts at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center said in an annual report last week that the mountain lake is still getting warmer, regional winters are still getting shorter and snowfall is still on the decline.  Water quality also has worsened a bit.  What is less clear, however, is the trend in long-term algae growth. … ”  Read more from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat here:  Researchers ask public for old photos of Lake Tahoe algae

Hetch Hetchy’s Mountain Tunnel to close for repairs: In a remote stretch of Tuolumne County, down a steep road choked with poison oak and manzanita, lies one of the most crucial pieces of Hetch Hetchy’s water infrastructure.  The Mountain Tunnel runs 19 miles and connects the Kirkwood Powerhouse to the Priest Reservoir, just north of the town of Moccasin. Millions of gallons of water funnel through the granite tunnel daily en route to faucets across the Bay Area. But the tunnel — built by miners nearly a century ago — is at risk of catastrophic collapse, which would affect the more than 2.6 million residents and businesses that depend on it for water. ... ”  Read more from SF Gate here:  Hetch Hetchy’s Mountain Tunnel to close for repairs

Del Rio challenges Modesto over water rate increase:  “Modesto is facing a legal challenge over its proposal to raise water rates.  An attorney representing the Del Rio Property Owners Association sent a letter to the city Monday asking it to postpone a City Council public hearing scheduled for Tuesday to raise rates for Modesto’s roughly 73,000 water customers, including the few hundred in Del Rio, the affluent community a few miles north of Modesto. The delay is requested to give the city and the association time to resolve their differences. ... ”  Read more from the Modesto Bee here:  Del Rio challenges Modesto over water rate increase

Drought blamed for Santa Maria Park fish die-off:  “A disturbing reality about the ongoing drought on the Central Coast has caught the attention of park-goers in Santa Maria. Scores of dead fish are floating along the water’s edge at James “Jim” May Park in northeast Santa Maria, the city’s only municipal park with a man-made lake.  Mother Nature and the public come together in a peaceful, beautiful setting at Jim May Park in northeast Santa Maria. … ”  Read more from KEYT here:  Drought blamed for Santa Maria Park fish die-off

Why Santa Ana enthusiasts are in hot water with residents: The street parking fills up early on weekends. Parents and children, dressed in shorts or swimsuits, walk down a dirt path carrying coolers, umbrellas and tables to set up for the day.  Their destination isn’t a beach.  It’s an embankment along the Santa Ana River in Jurupa Valley near the Paradise Knolls Golf Course. It’s one of a few access points to the river and has become a popular wading spot for those seeking relief from the summer heat. … ”  Read more from the Riverside Press-Enterprise here:  Why Santa Ana enthusiasts are in hot water with residents

Study links global warming to rise in waterborne illnesses: Rising global temperatures are clearly linked to increasing waterborne food poisoning, particularly from eating raw oysters, along with other nasty infections, a new study shows.  About a dozen species of vibrio (VIB’-ree-oh) bacteria make people sick from eating raw or undercooked seafood or drinking or swimming in tainted water. It also causes cholera, although that was not the focus of the research. ... ”  Read more from AP here:  Study links global warming to rise in waterborne illnesses

And lastly …

Catching waves in LeMoore?  Pro surfers ride the perfect wave in the middle of the Central Valley: Late last year a world famous surfer announced he created the perfect manmade wave. At this point no one knows exactly how he did it and the site where he built it isn’t open to the public. But Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero found that wave site in the most unlikely of places.  Eleven time world champion surfer Kelly Slater dropped a bomb last December when he released a video of an 8-foot manmade wave in what looks like an old ski pond nowhere near an ocean. … ”  Read more from Valley Public Radio here: Catching waves in LeMoore?  Pro surfers ride the perfect wave

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