Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Congressman seeks to end California water wars with wastewater recycling, desalination

Northern California Rep. Jared Huffman came to Southern California to push his $1.4 billion drought bill and find some common ground in what he called the state’s water wars being waged in the halls of Sacramento and Washington.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Water-independent Riverside fights 28% reduction order

The city sued the state this month after it learned it would be rejected for inclusion in a special reduction tier that allows suppliers to reduce water use by just 4% if they do not import water and have at least a four-year supply.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

13 states sue over rule giving Feds authority on state water

Thirteen states led by North Dakota filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

On the depleted Kern River, rafting companies look to ride out the drought

Dismal snowpack levels in the southern Sierra Nevada have forced rafting companies up and down the 165-mile Kern River to make tough business decisions this year. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Drought leads to significant drop in Sacramento Valley breeding waterfowl

Breeding waterfowl populations have suffered a 19 percent drop in the Sacramento Valley this year and a steeper decline statewide due to the drought and poor habitat conditions, according to the latest annual survey released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Oakdale Irrigation fires back at ‘water-wasting’ critics

Farmers criticizing the Oakdale Irrigation District’s relationship with a recently annexed almond company are water wasters upset at having to make do with less than an unlimited supply, General Manager Steve Knell recently told a regional growth-guiding panel in a stinging rebuke of “a small group of disgruntled landowners.”

Aquafornia news The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Are San Luis Obispo’s city leaders doing their part to save water?

With the declaration of a local drought emergency, a slew of drought-response strategies and stepped-up water patrols, San Luis Obispo officials have been hammering a point home to residents: Conserve.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Drought trips up real estate development backed by CalPERS

It looked like the perfect real estate investment, a sparkling suburban development that would provide thousands of weary Bay Area refugees with a more affordable place to live.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Department of Water Resources awards millions to Fresno, Reedley and Orange Cove

The state Department of Water Resources has awarded more than $2 million for a San Joaquin Valley project to benefit Fresno, Reedley and Orange Cove.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Lake Fire: Lack of snowpack aided stunning climb

Not only has the Lake fire spread far and wide through parched and packed forest, its monster fingers have reached high into Southern California’s loftiest mountains, fire maps show.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

A look at wildfire hotspots around the West

Wildfires chased residents from neighborhoods in Washington state, where 24 structures burned, and in California, where flames raged uncomfortably close to a historic mission.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

San Joaquin Valley in for a long string of 100-degree days

The Valley’s respite from triple-digit temperatures didn’t last long — and now it’s in for a long string of searing-hot days.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Heat to reach a dangerous level this week

An “excessive heat watch” has been issued for the northern Sacramento Valley from Wednesday afternoon into Friday morning.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: Distractions about drought continuing

Earlier this month we got a handful of calls wondering why we hadn’t reported that Chico is running out of water. … We haven’t reported that Chico is running out of water because it isn’t.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Commentary: Let’s fix our national parks, not add more

In Yosemite National Park, officials need roughly $19 million to upgrade an aging sewer system to prevent spills like the one that leaked thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the Merced River 15 years ago.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Commentary: Plans would help energy hogs, hit water wasters

The Public Utilities Commission is scheduled next month to overhaul how households pay for electricity. Meanwhile, the state Water Resources Control Board will ponder a similarly radical upending of how millions of people pay for water.

Aquafornia news Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard

Blog: Underwater and under review — Stakeholders comment on environmental impacts of National Flood Insurance Program

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is $24 billion dollars in debt and the impacts of the program are currently being reassessed as part of Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS). The question is: who suffers from the poor implementation of this program?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: Water tax gets a hearing

He [Sen. Bob Wieckowski] has a press conference at noon today in advance of the bill’s hearing on Wednesday before the Assembly Local Government Committee.

Aquafornia news U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

News Release: New screening tool protects streams, wetlands, and residences from landfill risks

A new screening tool to assess the potential risk posed by contaminated groundwater moving from landfills to nearby streams, wetlands and residences has been developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.  The recently published article in Waste Management Journal presents the innovative method to assign “levels of concern” to landfills based on a new modeling method.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Lawsuits over California water rights are a fight a century in the making

The lawsuits hit the courts within days of the state mailing notices to some Central Valley irrigation districts: They were to stop diverting from rivers and streams because there wasn’t enough water to go around.