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Weekend Wrap-Up: Drought; Legislation

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

California’s New Water-waste Penalty Also Applies to Government, But Who Will Enforce It?

From The Sacramento Bee:

In a little-noticed provision of the regulations adopted Tuesday, the State Water Resources Control Board declared that public agencies – in addition to individuals and businesses – can be prosecuted for a criminal infraction and fined $500 per day for certain categories of water waste.

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Agriculture Chief Visits Water-starved Families

From the Associated Press:

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

High-bidding Farmers Battle in Water Auctions

From the San Jose Mercury News:

One of the worst droughts in state history is pushing water prices to record levels — fraying nerves, eroding bank accounts and stress-testing the state’s “water market,” an informal and largely hidden network of buyers and sellers.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Drought Takes Toll on San Joaquin County Groundwater

From the Stockton Record:

Hundreds of tiny red arrows spread like star constellations across a map of San Joaquin County tell the story: The drought is drawing down our valuable groundwater “savings account.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Drought Drying Up Small Central Valley Farmers’ Future

From The Fresno Bee:

This time of year, May Vu’s farm in Sanger should be carpeted with blooming flowers and a bounty of vegetables. But a failing irrigation pump and a nearly empty well have dried up Vu’s farm and with it, her source of income.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Drought Will Only Get Worse, Experts Say

From the Los Angeles Times:

California is probably headed into a deeper drought this summer, making it harder to escape in the future, an expert says.

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Drought Hinders State’s Emissions Goals

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

No state has done more than California to fight global warming. But a deepening drought could make that battle more difficult and more expensive.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Q&A: Persuading Delta Residents that Twin Tunnels Would Be Good

From The Sacramento Bee:

Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, offered The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board his view of California’s plumbing system last week.

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Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

ACWA’s Tim Quinn Discusses New State Regulations on PBS News Hour

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

The recent mandatory water restrictions put in place by the state were the topic of an interview on July 16 by Judy Woodruff during the PBS News Hour of Timothy Quinn, ACWA Executive Director, and Craig Miller of KQED. Much of the focus of the interview was on just how serious the drought is and why the regulations are necessary right now.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Lake Morena Caught in Crosshairs of San Diego’s Water Policy

From the Los Angeles Times:

[Lars] Mitchell, 52, a contractor, has succinctly hit upon twin facts that have driven San Diego County water policy for 70 years: the region does not own most of its water supply, and water is often a zero-sum business — for every winner there must be a loser.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

American River Parkway Fires Bigger and More Frequent

From The Sacramento Bee:

The American River Parkway is the crown jewel of Sacramento … It is also bone dry, and causing unprecedented headaches for area firefighters this year.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Abundant Algae Fouling San Joaquin River Potentially Toxic

From the Stockton Record:

A state official confirmed Friday that a potentially toxic form of blue-green algae is blooming in the San Joaquin River. It’s unknown whether this is the same algae greening up the waterfront area only a few miles away.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Cap-and-Trade Could Aid Preservation of California Farmland

From The Sacramento Bee:

In signing this year’s budget, Gov. Jerry Brown dedicated $832 million from California’s burgeoning cap-and-trade program to affordable housing and mass transit, including his embattled high-speed rail project. Also tucked into the legislation are directions to set aside agricultural land on the periphery of cities.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Influx of Young Women Changes Face of California Farming

From The Sacramento Bee:

The number of women farming in California has steadily increased over the past three decades. … These new farmers are embracing different delivery methods that don’t involve bulk commodity sales to food processing companies.

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Is California Dreaming of a 6-way Split-up?

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The mind-boggling idea of splitting up California into a half dozen competing empires is now more than just fantasy – it’s real politics.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Spending on the Delta a Sticking Point in the Water Bond

From The Sacramento Bee:

If Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers want voters to weigh in this year on a multibillion-dollar water bond – a big if – they will need to compromise on what may seem like an arcane point: Who controls the money earmarked for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta?

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Hydroelectric Power: Aquafornia Water Word of the Week

Aquafornia’s Water Word of the Week from sister site Aquapedia, the Water Education Foundation’s vetted, online water encyclopedia, is Hydroelectric Power.

According to an Aquapedia excerpt, “Hydroelectric power is produced when water turns a turbine connected to a generator. This water is stored behind a dam at elevation. Gravity causes water to drop toward a turbine propeller.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Is California Up for a Grizzly Homecoming? That’s a Reality that Bites

From The Sacramento Bee:

The idea that the grizzly bear might someday roam California’s Sierra Nevada again warms the heart a little. … But like so many romantic notions, the reality, well, it’s a bear.

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Commentary: Coalition Forms to Manage California’s Groundwater

From the Los Angeles Times, in the Capitol Journal column by George Skelton:

So let me get this straight: The state government is telling us we can’t hose down the driveway and should feel guilty about watering the lawn. But it’s OK for somebody to pump all the groundwater he wants?

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