Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Struggle to save endangered Santa Ana sucker may reach U.S. Supreme Court

A 20-year struggle to protect a rare bottom-feeding fish from extinction appears headed toward resolution as Inland Empire cities and water agencies are asking the court of last resort to intervene.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Funding will help farm workers hurt by the drought (with audio)

New state and federal funding will provide relief for farm workers hurt by California’s drought. The U.S. Department of Labor is providing $18 million, and the state is providing $7.5 million.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Salt worries building in Delta waters

Normally, rivers from interior California help push back that saltier water and keep the Delta fresh, which is important for people and fish alike. But this year the rivers are low, which allows the Bay water to move toward the east and invade portions of the tidally influenced estuary.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Worse than ‘97-8?! New El Niño growing into monster

New computer models suggest that the current El Niño formation brewing in the Pacific could become the strongest in recorded history.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Water, and hope, run dry for East Porterville woman caught in drought

[Donna] Johnson is known as the water angel. … The 72-year-old is her town’s biggest advocate, sitting in on drought funding meetings with county and state leaders, shepherding reporters from around the globe so no one forgets East Porterville.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Deadly fish parasite found on Klamath River fish

The deadly signs were expected to surface on the lower Klamath and Trinity rivers this summer, but not this early.

Aquafornia news Sierra Sun

Increasing evaporation influencing historic changes at Lake Tahoe

While Lake Tahoe’s iconic blueness and clarity often garner all the attention during annual State of the Lake reports, it was the lake’s increasing rate of evaporation in 2014 that most surprised the report’s author this year.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California wildfires occurring at higher elevations (with audio)

A new study shows wildfires are increasingly occurring at higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada. … In the early 20th century, fires rarely burned above 8,000 feet in the Sierra.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Nearly 1 in 10 gallons of water disappears in Sacramento

Almost half of the city [of Sacramento] utility’s nearly 126,000 residential connections don’t have meters tracking and tallying how much they use. Because of this, there’s no way of precisely knowing how much water goes missing because of leaky pipes, loose connections, theft or at city hydrants.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area water agencies start strong, hit conservation targets

Whether driven by threats or an abiding virtue, Bay Area residents are showing a knack for saving water, meeting and even exceeding new state conservation targets that carry big fines for communities that fall short.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

There’s little incentive for Los Angeles renters to take shorter showers

In the fourth year of drought, Californians are under orders to reduce their water consumption by 25%, but a new study suggests that apartment dwellers may not be doing their share.

Aquafornia news KVPR Valley Public Radio

The ‘Almond Doctor’ says salt is slowly crippling California’s almond industry (with audio)

High salinity levels in groundwater used for agriculture on the Westside of Central California is commonplace, but this year the issue is compounded.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Study outlines ways to reduce El Niño flood risk while protecting natural habitat

With El Niño conditions increasing the likelihood of extreme weather in California the rest of the year, a team of scientists from UC Santa Cruz and the Nature Conservancy has published a study that provides a method for the state to reduce the risk of flooding, save coastal buildings and structures, and preserve habitat.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Los Altos water customers notified of bacteria risk, issued boil water alert

Cal Water issued a boil water alert on Sunday, July 26, for customers in a portion of Los Altos, a Cal Water spokeswoman said. … Company officials said tests indicate that water in the affected area has E. coli and total coliform, bacteria that can make people sick.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Almond harvest looks early this year, rice may mature early as well

Almond farmers who planned a mid-summer getaway may need to put those plans on hold. Already the nuts are at the phase of hull split, which comes just before its time to shake the trees. Butte County Agricultural Commissioner Richard Price said all crops are early this year.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Citizens measure water quality at Loch Lomond

Greg Pepping likes getting people involved with the health and future of the San Lorenzo River.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Giant holes in the ground part of environmentally friendly project (with audio)

Contractors have dug the holes around storm drains and will prepare them for special runoff  filtration systems before the water enters the American River.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wildfire watching: Rangers in towers are out, cameras are in

For decades, forest rangers in wooden towers across the West scanned the horizon with binoculars for smoke that could signal the start of a wildfire.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento doubles penalty for neglected weeds in fire season

The city of Sacramento has doubled the fine for property owners who don’t obey city weed removal orders after a grass fire in a vacant lot damaged several homes last month in south Sacramento.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Trees shouldn’t suffer just because lawns do

Watering cutbacks forced by drought conditions have a lot of people looking downward, focused on yellowing lawns. It’s much more important to look upward, examining trees to see if they’re suffering from the lack of water.