Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Scientists question twin tunnels report

An independent team of scientists renewed its criticism of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan this week, saying that the massive documents justifying the project are “incomplete and opaque.”

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Cal Am desal test well to resume pumping

California American Water is expected to resume pumping from its stalled Monterey Peninsula desalination project test slant well operation by early November after the Coastal Commission gave its unanimous approval Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

This video shows how this year’s El Nino could compare to 1997

This visualization, which uses data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and images from the NASA Visible Earth Project compares the temperature of the ocean surface this year to the ocean surface in 1997. The result might be the scariest 49 seconds you’ll watch all year.

Aquafornia news Ventura County Star

Blog: Private poll shows strong statewide support for Delta tunnels

A survey of 1,500 registered voters conducted this month for the advocacy group Californians for Water Security,  shows fairly strong support statewide for the Bay-Delta project — including the construction of two large tunnels to divert Sacramento River water beneath the Delta so that it can pumped to other regions.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

El Niño update: Weakening trade winds could mean heavy SoCal rains

El Niño is gaining steam. That’s according to the latest forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released Thursday morning.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Land and Water Conservation Fund expires, sparking debate

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has had wide bipartisan support for 50 years. Its name may be little known outside Washington D.C., but many people are likely to have enjoyed the fruits of the fund — it has provided about $17 billion for everything from the expansion of iconic national parks and forests to more than 40,000 local recreation projects across the country. 

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte County deputies eradicate marijuana plantation in Plumas National Forest

Hundreds of yards of plastic irrigation pipe snaked between bushes and trees, diverting water from a nearby creek to the site and into a makeshift pond a few feet wide. Rolph [Sgt. Marty Rolph of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit] noted the effects large-scale marijuana gardens can have on the environment are clear.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Mojave Desert: Dispute may derail Cadiz plan to tap ancient aquifers

Federal land managers have dealt a blow to the controversial Cadiz project that would draw water from ancient aquifers in the Mojave Desert and pipe it to cities across California.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Restaurants object, Fort Bragg reconsiders strict water rules

Fort Bragg officials will be reconsidering some of the strict emergency water rules they implemented last week following a flurry of objections from restaurateurs, who say ordering them to use only paper plates and plastic utensils is expensive, counterproductive and unfair.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Helix water board votes for 5-year rate hike

At a nearly four-hour public hearing attended by more than 150 customers at the [Helix Water] district’s University Avenue headquarters, the board approved charging more to its nearly 270,000 customers through 2019-20.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

West Marin salmon activists bill county $917,000 for legal battle

A San Geronimo Valley fishery group wants the county to pay $917,000 to cover legal expenses mounted during a prolonged battle in which it won an appellate court order requiring officials to study the impact of potential development on endangered coho salmon.

Aquafornia news Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Southern California ski resorts hoping to benefit from El Niño

After a dismal season of little snow in Southern California mountains and as the state’s historic drought rages on, there hasn’t been much to cheer about for local ski resorts and the communities around them.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Psychology research supports UCSC water reduction practices

It’s nearly impossible to avoid the water conservation messages on the UC Santa Cruz campus. … It’s a campus-wide campaign to convince nearly 18,000 students to change their individual habits — and social psychology says it just might work.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Rainless Sacramento skies predicted for at least a week

Rain is not in the forecast for the next week in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

New recycled water lines will help East Bay schools save 6 million gallons of potable water annually

In response to the drought, many California schools have been forced to shut down their sprinklers and let athletic fields dry up, but Pittsburg officials have figured out a way to avoid that fate.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Nestlé Waters announces California-specific plan to boost recycling content in bottles

Nestlé Waters North America on Wednesday announced that it plans to significantly increase recycled content in the most popular sizes of its Arrowhead bottled water, including millions of bottles produced annually at its Sacramento facility.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Solar and wind power surge as drilling and mining falter

Texas leads the U.S. in wind power, with about 10 percent of its power from wind. California, Nevada and North Carolina are the nation’s top solar states and dominate the market.

Aquafornia news The Union

Conservationists attend Sierra Nevada Alliance conference

On Sept. 25-26, more than 120 Sierra conservationists attended the Sierra Nevada Alliance 21st Conference in Kings Beach, California. Attendees included local, state, and federal level agencies, technical experts, scientists, and representatives of the Alliance’s over 85 member groups.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Flint, Mich., officials are no longer saying the water is fine

All along, through months of complaints from residents of this city about the peculiar colors and odors they said were coming from their faucets, the overriding message from the authorities here was that the water would be just fine.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Commentary: Let’s modernize our environmental laws

Our major environmental laws are a generation or more out of date — written for conditions of the past, not the present. … The Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, has not been updated since 1987. The Endangered Species Act, passed in 1973, was last amended in 1982.