Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California officials delay massive Delta water tunnel project

Plans for two huge water diversion tunnels in the Delta are being delayed, state officials announced Wednesday, because the plans need more work.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State extends review of $25-billion Delta plan; 30,000 pages not enough

Apparently 30,000 pages of environmental reviews and draft plans are not enough when it comes to the proposal to build two massive water tunnels in Northern California.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Lawmakers approve groundwater management bill

Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Judge won’t stop water for Klamath salmon

A federal judge Wednesday denied a request by irrigation suppliers in California’s Central Valley to stop emergency water releases intended to help salmon hundreds of miles away in the Klamath Basin survive the drought.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Napa quake’s cost to homes, businesses: $300 million

The ripples of destruction left by a powerful earthquake came into sharp focus Wednesday when Napa officials estimated a $300 million hit to homes and businesses in that city alone – a figure that may bolster efforts to bring in federal disaster aid.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California environmentalists decry Feds’ fire plan

Federal forest officials say they were trying for a balanced approach in new plan to allow loggers to remove dead wood from a massive California wildfire, but environmentalists are calling it a travesty for trees.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fed drought relief loan applications due Sept. 15

The deadline for certain drought-affected businesses in 35 California counties (including all of the central San Joaquin Valley) and neighboring counties in Arizona and Nevada to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is Sept. 15.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Stanislaus County farmers agree to pay for groundwater study to settle environmental lawsuit

Environmental activists and a group of Stanislaus County farmers settled a lawsuit Wednesday over the drilling of groundwater wells to irrigate orchards.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

About 16,000 Menlo Park water customers socked with strict conservation measures

About 16,000 customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District must take stricter water conservation measures than what the state requires — at least over the next three months.

Aquafornia news The Cambrian

Cambria’s higher water rates take effect on Labor Day

Happy Labor Day, Cambrians: Starting Sept. 1, your municipal water will cost more.

Aquafornia news UT San Diego

Water officials didn’t all cut back

[San Diego] County water officials issued a “Drought Watch” alert in February, calling on the region’s residents to reduce water use, even beyond existing conservation efforts.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

6,000 Los Angeles DWP customers still don’t have up-to-date bills, executive says

Nearly a year after the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power installed a faulty new computer billing system, customers are still plagued with billing issues and lengthy wait times when they call with problems, utility executives said Wednesday. 

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

County stream protection rules back for debate

For decades, property owners, environmentalists and policymakers in Sonoma County have been split over how to protect 3,200 miles of streams and creeks outside city boundaries.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Officials extend Bidwell Canyon boat ramp for Lake Oroville access

Good news for boaters on Lake Oroville: There are now two gravel launchways available to the public, the Spillway Boat Launch and the Bidwell Canyon Boat Launch.

Aquafornia news San Luis Obispo Tribune

Conscious of drought, San Luis Obispo woman proposes Five Gallon Challenge

In the past month, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $88 million to help fund research for ALS — a neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — but some critics in drought-stricken California have said the trend, though for a good cause, is a waste of a disappearing resource: water.

Aquafornia news NPR

An icy solution to the mystery of the slithering stones

A century ago, miners working in California’s Death Valley reported seeing boulders on the desert floor with long trails behind them — as if the stones had been pushed across the sand. … Now scientists think they’ve solved the mystery of the “slithering rocks of Death Valley.”

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Iconic Klamath bucket moved from county building

Thirteen years after protesters put it on the steps of the county government building in Klamath Falls, [Ore.,] a 10-foot-tall bucket that was iconic for one side in the basin’s water struggle has been moved.

Aquafornia news The Cambrian

Drought keeps Harvey’s Honey Huts busy on parched North Coast

Welcome to how some people are entertaining on the North Coast, where water supplies are so short and penalties for using more than their share of water can be so steep that some plan-ahead folks are, indeed, renting porta-potties to help accommodate an overflow of guests.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Scientists dedicate themselves to keep mother navel orange tree alive

Riverside’s parent Washington navel orange tree – mother to millions of navel orange trees the world over – has lived well into old age thanks to decades of caretakers who have saved its life more than once.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Banning the plastic bag shouldn’t be this hard

Another year, another fierce lobbying campaign to block a much-needed ban on single-use plastic bags.