DAILY DIGEST: Drones, algae and fish ears: what we’re learning before the world’s largest dam-removal project — and what we could miss; Vape litter is becoming an environmental disaster; Decisive week for federal spending bills; The Week in Water Podcast; and more …

In California water news today, Drones, Algae and Fish Ears: What We’re Learning Before the World’s Largest Dam-removal Project — and What We Could Miss; Winter floods are coming: Here’s how to ‘Be Flood Ready’; Your Vape Litter Is Becoming an Environmental Disaster; Appropriations: Decisive week for spending bills as impeachment looms; The Week in Water Podcast; and more …

On the calendar today …

In the news today …

Drones, algae and fish ears: what we’re learning before the world’s largest dam-removal project — and what we could miss:  “Laurel Genzoli is trying to psych herself up to change into shorts, grab her kayak and head to the banks of the Klamath River. But it’s cold — somewhere in the 40s. Summer has swung quickly to fall, and the sun is fighting a losing battle with the thick morning mist that has blotted out the triangle tops of the pine trees.  But cold or not, it must be done. It’s late September, and Genzoli, an aquatic ecologist, is wrapping up a last day of “summer” research on the Klamath River in Northern California. The day’s task, which begins at a campground in the small town of Happy Camp, is collecting dissolved oxygen sensors that she’s covertly left at seven different locations along more than 100 miles of river, which have been gathering data all season. ... ”  Continue reading at The Revelator here: Drones, Algae and Fish Ears: What We’re Learning Before the World’s Largest Dam-removal Project — and What We Could Miss

Winter floods are coming: Here’s how to ‘Be Flood Ready’:  “The California Department of Water Resources is encouraging Californians to prepare for a wide variety of potential flooding in the coming months, as the winter storm season quickly approaches.  More than seven million Californians in rural communities, urban areas and along the coast are at risk of flooding. Flooding can occur throughout the state and Californians need to be aware and understand the potential risks of flooding in their communities, the department said in a recent press release. … ”  Read more from the Chico Enterprise-Record here: Winter floods are coming: Here’s how to ‘Be Flood Ready’

Your Vape Litter Is Becoming an Environmental Disaster:  “Anyone who’s participated in a beach cleanup is familiar with the classic cup of cigarette butts. The collection of nasty, soggy, chemically remains of cigarettes is the top item—often numbering in the thousands per cleanup—found in the sand in many parts of the U.S. along with other bits of plastic pollution.  But habits are changing, and so too is the waste that goes with them. While people participating in beach cleanups across the U.S. this summer still found butts, they also noticed that pods from Juuls and other vapes are becoming a new menace. ... ”  Read more from Earther here: Your Vape Litter Is Becoming an Environmental Disaster

Appropriations: Decisive week for spending bills as impeachment looms:  “Congress hopes to make progress on spending bills this week even amid concern that the growing rancor over impeachment could leave agencies operating at current levels well into next year.  The Senate is on track to back an Interior-EPA spending bill by largely sidestepping potentially contentious fights over environmental and land policies.  The chamber will continue debate today on a four-bill spending package that contains the fiscal 2020 Interior-Environment, Commerce-Justice-Science, Transportation-Housing and Urban Development, and Agriculture measures. More than 150 amendments have been filed, but only a handful are likely to receive votes. … ”  Read more from E&E News here: Appropriations: Decisive week for spending bills as impeachment looms

The week in water podcast …

This week in water: New study warns of blackouts, disease, thirst, and starvation without serious investment in infrastructure; 600,000 US bridges threatened by rising temperatures; E-cigs and pods could be an enviro issue; and just in time for Halloween, a fish with sharp teeth that can walk on land and survive out of water for up to four days is now found in 14 states. (Source).

In regional news and commentary today …

Coleman National Fish Hatchery gets closer to wrapping up salmon spawning operations:  “Spawning operations will be wrapping up soon at Coleman National Fish Hatchery and it appears to be a successful year.  Plenty of fish in Battle Creek means plenty to spawn.  On Friday night, we took a look at the process itself that attracts thousands of hatchery visitors every fall. … ”  Read more from KRCR here: Coleman National Fish Hatchery gets closer to wrapping up salmon spawning operations

Vallejo declares water emergency:  “The City of Vallejo issued a water emergency Sunday on the heels of two fires near the Zampa Bridge and the California Maritime Academy.  Outdoor water use “is prohibited” and residents are asked to reduce indoor use — including bathing, said Joanna Altman, assistant to City Manager Greg Nyhoff.  Because of the power outage that includes City Hall, the pumping station is unable to treat water, thus limiting the amount of available water to residents, Altman said, adding that because of the outage, “we don’t have access to well water until the power can get turned on.” … ”  Read more from The Reporter here: Vallejo declares water emergency

Commentary: Corcoran Residents Deserve Better in an Effort to Repair Drinking Water Source, says

Commentary: Is Ventura water project worth it? asks Burt Handy:  He writes, “The Ventura City Council green-lighted Ventura’s Pure Water Project on Oct. 14, 2019, at the council meeting. Ventura Water says the project will start with indirect potable reuse. Ventura Water wants to ultimately go directly from toilet to tap and will be the second water department in the United States to go to direct potable reuse. ... ”  Read more from the Ventura County Star here: Commentary: Is Ventura water project worth it? asks Burt Handy

More news and commentary in the weekend edition …

DAILY DIGEST, weekend edition: Santa Barbara water agencies say no to state water tunnel project; Trump plan could bring growers more water. But will it harm salmon?; Farmland owners look to solar as groundwater restrictions loom; and more …

Also on Maven’s Notebook today …

NEWS WORTH NOTING: Delta Design and Construction Authority chooses Delta Stakeholder Engagement Committee members

CALENDAR EVENTS: Localizing California Waters Conference; Mountain Counties symposium: CA’s watersheds/water conservation legislation update; Science symposium: Thresholds and Ecosystem Restoration; ACWA Fall Conference: Partnerships in Action

UPCOMING BOARD WORKSHOP: PFAS in California: Past, Present, and Future

SEEKING APPLICANTS: Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Advisory Group / Grupo Asesor para el Fondo de Agua Potable Segura y Asequible

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: EPA Announces Requests for Applications for the 2020 Environmental Education Grants Program

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About the Daily Digest: The Daily Digest is a collection of selected news articles, commentaries and editorials appearing in the mainstream press. Items are generally selected to follow the focus of the Notebook blog. The Daily Digest is published every weekday with a weekend edition posting on Sundays.

 

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