Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Tribe fights Coachella Valley water agencies for aquifer rights

In drought-ravaged California, the vast freshwater aquifer beneath the Coachella Valley is a rare bright spot. … But there is growing concern by some that local water agencies are drawing too much out of the aquifer, which supplies water for more than 260,000 people.

Aquafornia news The Washington Post

What severe drought in the Colorado River Basin looks like

Lake Powell, one of the nation’s largest reservoirs, is now below 45 percent of its capacity. … Getty photographer Justin Sullivan explored Lake Powell this weekend.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: California drought is not lifting

Pressured by a relentless drought that produced the lowest winter snowfall in history and shows no signs of lifting, California’s local and state government administrators are responding with emergency measures that reflect their concern that the state is actually running out of water.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: The California drought of 2015 — A preview

The drought’s impacts are worsened by record heat, which has dried out soils and raised the demands for irrigation, and the historical high levels of California’s population, economy, and agricultural production, and historical low levels of native fish species. … No “Miracle March” this year. … Snowpack is a little worse than last year, perhaps the driest on record statewide.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Blame the drought for poor taste in EBMUD water

The drought is leaving a poor taste in the mouths of some East Bay residents, and it has nothing to do with their bills.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Sour water — a new normal in the East Bay?

East Bay residents first noticed a bitter taste in their tap water on Saturday. … It turns out the taste, and a foul odor associated with it, comes from algae in the Pardee Reservoir, which supplies most of the drinking water for East Bay Municipal Utility District customers.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco seeks tech fix to leaky pipes

He’s [John Bess of Baltimore] searching for water leaks in the city’s [San Francisco] underground pipelines with a special microphone and earpiece that enables him to hear escaping water from the street — rather than having to dig down and find it.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Despite flush reservoirs, Sonoma County water officials stress need for conservation

As California confronts its fourth year of drought and the window for any significant spring rainfall closes, the North Coast has more water in storage than a year ago and is in better position than much of the state to meet its supply needs during the traditionally warm, dry months ahead.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Morada could see water-rate hike

Residents of an especially thirsty neighborhood here will be asked once again to agree to a water-rate hike.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Marysville not cutting back on water use

While Yuba City residents are looking at the likelihood of mandatory water restrictions for the rest of this year, Marysville citizens aren’t facing the same water challenges. … Q&A: Marysville’s Water Supply

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

California drought demands more water spending, officials say

California’s water infrastructure is in crisis, and even billions of dollars in state funding won’t be nearly enough to solve the problem, local and national water leaders said at a conference in Indian Wells on Monday. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

‘Kids Don’t Float Program’ launches two months early

The American River Parkway Foundation is rolling out its “Kids Don’t Float” program Tuesday — a full two months early.

Aquafornia news NBC News

As drought worsens, restrictions on pools rise in California

Pools have been part of California’s lifestyle for decades, but as the state struggles through its fourth year of a worsening drought, communities are putting bans on filling pools or restricting new pool construction.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Monterey Downs EIR: Not enough water for entire project

A long-delayed draft environmental impact report for the 710-acre Monterey Downs race track and equestrian-themed development on Fort Ord confirms what has been known for some time; there’s only enough water for part of the massive proposal until new water supply projects are completed.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

San Bernardino County’s national parks face huge repair backlog

Three areas run by the NPS [National Park Service] that are in at least partially in San Bernardino County have a combined $351 million backlog, says a recent NPS report on its collective deferred maintenance.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

National parks, including Lassen, starting to show their age

Like other national parks squeezed by budgets, nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park has had a list of must-do items on hold, mostly linked to the park’s age. … Projects like the crumbling boardwalks at steaming Bumpass Hell, a variety of trails work, replacing the wastewater system at the park headquarters, and burying power lines have been among the projects delayed at Lassen.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Two Mercury News reporters win national award for coverage of California’s historic drought

Paul Rogers and Lisa M. Krieger will receive the Edward J. Meeman Award for their enterprise stories on the politics, science and history behind the state’s devastating dry spell.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Water: What you need to know about keeping hydrated

For two decades, we’ve been encouraged — some might say hounded — into making drinking water a habit. We carry it in plastic bottles, reusable canisters, on our backs to suck through elaborate tubing.

Aquafornia news The Oregonian

Oregon drought fuels unease about state’s long-term water security

A historically warm winter has Oregon facing its fourth straight year of drought, prompting worry that the extended warm spell fueling California’s statewide water crisis is about to hit Oregon.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Commentary: Desalination looks better as water prices rise

As the price of water goes up, desalinating Pacific waters becomes ever more enticing and it will become more so if the price of taking salts and other impurities out of salt water falls.