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Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

Summer of slime

Algae blooms explode, muck up waterways across state

Algae has turned the water green in the Stockton Marina and fouled the air with the swampy odor of decay. RANDALL BENTON / Sacramento Bee

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Sacramento Bee

Surrounded by barren brown hills and cracked, dry clay, San Luis Reservoir was so empty this week that the nearly milelong, meandering path from the old high-water mark to the waterline could have doubled as a set in the post-apocalyptic "Mad Max" films. The problems are emblematic of a troubling number of unusually large blue-green algae blooms that have formed in waterways across California and the United States this summer.

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Fresno water complaints hidden from city officials

Fresno Bee

A former Fresno water plant operator used a private email server and cell phone to hide complaints of discolored or tainted water from his bosses, city officials said Thursday. Officials said they had no access to the server and the complaints, numbering about 150 to 200 per year. The complaints were never shared with them, nor given to the state Water Resources Control Board as required by law.

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Does the new La Niña forecast mean a dry winter?

KPCC Pasadena

According to a new forecast from the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center, it's likely that the La Niña weather pattern will show up this winter. La Niña can be tied to cooling waters, and is better known for keeping things drier in the southern part of the state. But if the past year has proven anything, it's that nothing's for certain.

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