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Commentary: A boondoggle on the last wild river in New Mexico

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hen Aldo Leopold first came to the Southwest as a forest ranger in 1909, there were six mountainous areas in New Mexico and Arizona with more than half a million largely untracked acres at their core. A decade later all but one — the headwaters of the Gila River — had been fragmented by roads.

Source: California Water News feed

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Should utilities turn off electricity when wildfire risk is high?

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With the number of fires in the West growing due to climate change, and a recent decision by the state Public Utilities Commission to require that a utility — not ratepayers — pick up the costs for fires caused by its power lines, it’s likely that Californians are going to see more deliberate, pre-planned power outages when there is extreme wildfire risk, experts say. … Among the problems from planned blackouts … Water pumps may not work.

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California’s abalone fishery to be closed next year to protect crashing fishery

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In a blow to abalone hunters and a host of North Coast businesses that rely upon their patronage, the state Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to suspend the harvest of red abalone in 2018, shutting down the last viable abalone fishery in California for at least a year.

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Water district OKs $19.5 million plan to eliminate stench that plagues Rancho Mission Viejo neighborhood

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The Santa Margarita Water District board has approved a $19.5 million plan to eliminate the foul smell from the Chiquita Ridge Treatment Plant that has plagued residents of Rancho Mission Viejo’s Esencia neighborhood for more than a year. … Board members acknowledged the odor issue and assured residents they are committed to doing what is necessary to fix the problem before voting unanimously to approve the plan.

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North San Joaquin County conservation board seeks public input on groundwater program

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To help fund a project to bring water from the Mokelumne River to replenish groundwater supplies on lands south of the river, the North San Joaquin County Water Conservation District Board is seeking public input on how to proceed with the project, according to board president Joe Valente.

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Santa Cruz innovators track stormwater for cities

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Taxpayers may not realize it, but they foot the bill as their city or county complies with new state regulations to improve the health of local streams and waterways. Nicole Beck, 49, a UC Santa Cruz alum with a doctorate in aquatic chemistry, is marrying science and software to help city and county staff get information to make better decisions on where to focus their limited resources.

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