Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Bill on water districts takes aim at corruption

A bill aimed at reining in political corruption occurring in near-invisible water boards like the Central Basin Municipal Water District made its way to the governor’s desk last week.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Santa Barbara offshore drilling ban fails

Legislation to slap a permanent ban on oil drilling in state waters off Santa Barbara died in the Assembly on Tuesday evening.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Tough choices for California water managers

A federal agency is releasing water from a northern California reservoir to help a salmon run on the Klamath River. The extreme drought conditions are making for tough choices.

Aquafornia news BBC News

Drilling deeper in the hunt for water

Taps are running dry in California’s Central Valley as the worst drought in more than a century forces farmers to drill ever deeper underground for water.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Grupe: Messing with Delta hurts all users

San Joaquin County cannot survive in isolation. So says farmer and prominent developer Fritz Grupe, who spent the past year quietly helping experts across the state develop a 15-year, $40 billion-plus plan to address California’s perpetual water problems.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Big water customers in San Francisco to see rates double for overages

Big water customers in San Francisco, such as universities, shopping centers and the city itself, will have to reduce their outdoor watering by 10 percent starting Oct. 1 or see their rates double for any overage, according to new penalties city utility officials approved Tuesday.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Jose declares water shortage, but won’t fine wasters

More than seven months into the California drought, San Jose has officially declared a citywide water shortage, asking the city’s 1 million residents to cut their water use by 20 percent — but there will be no new consequences for those who don’t.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Soquel Creek board weighs six supply options

Soquel Creek Water District leaders evaluated six options Tuesday for generating new supply in case the agency can’t build a suspended seawater desalination project with drought-stricken Santa Cruz.

Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Antioch adds new water restrictions to drought management plan

With no end to the statewide drought in sight, Antioch officials on Tuesday reaffirmed the city’s ordinance against squandering water.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Central Basin Water District asked D.A.’s office to investigate $16,000 court payment

The Central Basin Municipal Water District board of directors has asked the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to investigate the payment of $16,000 to a woman injured in a 2010 car accident caused by Director Art Chacon, according to documents obtained by this news organization.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Fracking matter to go to voters but not until June 2016

Voters will have their say on an initiative aimed at banning hydraulic fracturing in Butte County, but the measure won’t go on the ballot until June 2016.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Santa Rosa water line busts, makes sinkhole

A city water line burst open in northwest Santa Rosa on Tuesday afternoon, damaging a residential street and creating a small sinkhole. Public Works officials said the break wasn’t caused by Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake centered in Napa County, but the failure of corroded bolts securing a valve on the water main.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Southern California beach community sees flooding

A low-lying street in the Southern California coastal community of Seal Beach has been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico’s Pacific coast.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

NASA image shows north-south disparity of wildfires in California

A recent image captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite provides a stark reminder of how Northern California continues to grapple with a series of wildfires, many of them sparked by lightning, while the southern part of the state enjoys relative calm.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Ice Bucket Challenge in drought-stricken California? Use dirt, men say

Most everyone by now has heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, but two men in drought-stricken California are trying to push a message of water conservation by using dirt instead.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Water is California’s buried treasure that no one’s watching

California is pumping itself dry. … Two bills on the topic are before the Legislature in its final days of lawmaking. The measures require local water agencies to manage – not ignore – the underground water supplies and make sure the supply lasts for the future.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Napa quake a wake-up call for Southern California

Figuring out how to protect water mains must be a top priority, says seismologist Lucy Jones, whom Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed this year as his advisor for seismic safety.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: Glenn-Colusa water district cares about a healthy river

The Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District, which supplies water to farmers on the west side of the Sacramento River, is spending a significant amount of money to help salmon in the river. … It’s because the water district knows the value of a healthy river.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Editorial: Fire season — We’re not out of the woods yet

With the state withering through its third year of drought, fire officials have been bracing for a prolonged and disastrous wildfire season. So far, it hasn’t happened.

Aquafornia news The Salinas Californian

Commentary: Our past — A guide for future California water storage

Currently, the severity of California’s drought has made the failure in updating the state’s water infrastructure even more troubling. Failure to update our water infrastructure while our population and industries have grown and changed has forced an over-reliance on groundwater and our antiquated conveyance system.