Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Gov. Jerry Brown touts water bond measure at Stanford summit

Gov. Jerry Brown pitched his plan Monday for a water bond and a rainy-day fund at a Stanford University water conference. … He called his water plan a “four-term effort.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown takes the long view on water

Battles over water rights, wet years flowing into dry ones, Jerry Brown gubernatorial tenures – in California, some storylines recur.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Amid California’s drought, a bruising battle for cheap water

The signs appear about 200 miles north of Los Angeles, tacked onto old farm wagons parked along quiet two-lane roads and bustling Interstate 5. “Congress Created Dust Bowl.” “Stop the Politicians’ Water Crisis.” “No Water No Jobs.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

198 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become

It doesn’t take much to understand why California is so worried about drought. … Watch the 10 second snap-shot here.

Aquafornia news UT San Diego

San Diego adopts mandatory water restrictions

San Diego is cracking down on water waste, after the city council voted unanimously Monday to invoke mandatory water restrictions.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

SSJID wins global award for farm water conservation

Irrigation experts from around the world think highly of a water-saving project on Ripon-area farmland. The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, meeting last month in Gwangju, South Korea, presented its annual WatSave Technology Award to the South San Joaquin Irrigation District.

Aquafornia news The Hamilton Project

Report: In Times of Drought — Nine Economic Facts about Water in the United States

This Hamilton Project memo presents nine economic facts that provide relevant background context to the water crisis in the United States. … We examine these issues through the lens of economic policy, with the aim of providing an objective framing of America’s complex relationship with water.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Rain hits Bay Area, but sun to return soon

Another front, however, could arrive by the end of the week, when the San Francisco Giants are scheduled to return home from Kansas City for as many three back-to-back World Series games.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Dixon’s landmark corn maze the world’s largest – again

Cool Patch Pumpkins’ epic corn maze has been certified once again as the world’s largest, according to Guinness World Records.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Large numbers of young western grebes wash ashore due to recent storms

An abnormal influx of young, emaciated sea birds known as western grebes have shown up on several North Coast beaches over the last week, with a local care center working to restore them back to full health.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: In the end, water bond will undermine small farmers

Mas Masumoto, that Fresno County farmer who grows peaches on the Kings River fan, has become an invaluable regional voice. Through his books and his monthly column in The Bee, he has spoken the truths of rural, small-farm life for people like him, small farmers who largely mark their daily joys and long-term sufferings in silence.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: It’s all about water reliability for Fresno’s water future

Recharge Fresno, launched in September, includes the city’s concentrated effort to provide a transparent process for all members of the community to review and discuss the future direction of our water supply system.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Blog: Breaking down the numbers on that Temperance Flat Reservoir plan

Readers asked a very good question last week about the proposed $2.6 billion reservoir project that would more than double the capacity of Millerton Lake.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern CA

Blog: Drought-stressed crops may be better for you

Tiziana Centofanti carefully hand-waters some pomegranate trees with a tiny bucket. … Centofanti is a research scientist affiliated with the Center for Irrigation Technology at Fresno State.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Report — U.S. water systems, deteriorated and slow to change, need new strategy – and money

The venerable water utilities of the United States, the essential guardians of public health and enablers of economic growth for more than two centuries, are showing signs of significant wear.

Aquafornia news UT San Diego

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Battle lines drawn over California water bond

California voters will decide this fall whether to approve a $7.5 billion water bond aimed at easing future droughts such as the one that’s gripped the state for three years in a row.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Proposition 1 could lessen future water shortages, but at what cost?

Step by step, sewage flows through the city’s Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in the San Fernando Valley. Ultimately, the cleaned effluent flows into lakes and rivers. … Mayor Eric Garcetti, who prefers the term “showers to flowers” instead of “toilet to tap,” also lobbied for groundwater cleanup funds. 

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Fracking ban on the ballot in tiny San Benito County has big statewide implications

When President Ronald Reagan was pushing for offshore oil drilling on the edges of Monterey Bay in the mid-1980s, Santa Cruz voters fought back, approving a ballot measure that banned construction of all storage tanks, pipelines and other oil equipment in the city. … Now, nearly 30 years later, the same David vs. Goliath tactic is being used farther from shore.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Brown pursues lasting policy legacy in California

After sidelining opponents and steadying the state’s finances, the quirky 76-year-old Democrat [Gov. Jerry Brown] is looking to put his stamp on the state’s water and transportation infrastructure and playing statesman on global climate change, recently addressing a UN Climate Change conference.