Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Official — California water savings take a dip in October

The State Water Resources Control Board is expected Tuesday to reveal how much water cities conserved in October.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Oakdale Irrigation District did not skirt law with outside water sale, attorney says

Irrigation leaders complied with California open-meetings law when they agreed to sell Stanislaus River water to Fresno-area buyers at a Tri-Dam meeting in Manteca, an attorney representing the Oakdale Irrigation District said in a written response to a customer’s formal complaint.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Groups seek fast ruling in suit to halt Nestle water use

Three environmental groups who sued the U.S. Forest Service in federal court to keep Nestle from piping water out of a national forest filed a motion Monday to get a fast ruling in the case.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California Christmas tree farmer: ‘90 percent of what I planted died’

Christmas trees are the latest casualties of California’s devastating drought. Northern California tree farmers are reporting that this year’s crop is suffering due to the water shortage. 

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Catalina Island aims to avoid more water rationing with new desalination plant

The new desalination plant has been built through a partnership between Los Angeles County, the city of Avalon and Southern California Edison.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California’s top court sends Newhall Ranch project back to the drawing board

Situated on nearly 12,000 acres along the Santa Clara River, the planned community would house 58,000 people and offer stores, golf courses, schools and recreational centers. … But the plans hit a major roadblock Monday when the California Supreme Court rejected the environmental report …

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Will El Niño be able to flush fish invaders out of the Los Angeles River?

Pushing seine nets ahead of them like vacuum cleaners, biologists and a dozen volunteers on Friday launched the first inventory of fish in the Los Angeles River to determine the effects of the coming El Niño-fueled rainy season.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin coastal waters under review as part of state program

A new report, “State of the California North Central Coast,” will be the subject of three hearings this week, including one at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bodega Bay Grange Hall, 1370 Bodega Ave.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern CA

Fort Bragg restaurants serve on paper plates to conserve water

Today, and for the last six weeks, tables here [Eggheads] are set with paper napkins and plastic forks. And $23 crab omelets are served on paper plates.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Restoring California meadows could help combat climate change and increase water supply (with audio)

This is Bean Meadow in Mariposa County in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The [Sierra Foothill] Conservancy has embarked on a project to return 39 acres back to what it once was, before people built roads and ditches and turned it into ranchland in the 19th century.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Cold front brings record lows to Northern California; Southland to warm up

A chill that ran through Northern California slashed records Monday as temperatures dipped into the 20s.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Snow and near-record lows come to North Bay

A storm that sent temperatures tumbling to near-record lows throughout Sonoma County also brought small amounts of hail, sleet and even snow to the area Monday.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

San Joaquin Valley citrus growers welcome weekend freeze

California Citrus Mutual, a nonprofit trade association of growers, said that the conditions have been ideal early in the navel orange season because the chill improves fruit color and flavor.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Editorial: El Niño should not bring an end to California’s watering limits

With some in these parts seemingly seeing every overnight drizzle as a harbinger of vast El Niño downpours, perhaps it’s understandable that Southern Californians dream of soon being freed from drought-induced watering restrictions.

Aquafornia news San Diego Union-Tribune

Commentary: A picture of desalination in California and Australia

Congratulations to San Diego for finally completing your 50 million-gallon-per-day Carlsbad desalination plant, scheduled for opening Dec. 14. When project developer Poseidon and the San Diego County Water Authority started this journey 18 years ago, Australia had no major seawater desalination plants.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Commentary: Despite winter temps, locals urged to tap into Tahoe beaches

While hitting the slopes at Lake Tahoe this winter, scientists from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center are encouraging people to hit the beach, too — and record what they see there on the “Citizen Science Tahoe” mobile app.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Earth is a wilder, warmer place since last climate deal made

This time, it’s a hotter, waterier, wilder Earth that world leaders are trying to save. … Some differences can be measured: degrees on a thermometer, trillions of tons of melting ice, a rise in sea level of a couple of inches.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Drought squeezes duck hunters – that could be bad news for fowl

Largely lost in the statewide discussion about fallowed crops, depleted reservoirs and brown lawns, is the impact of California’s drought on hunting. The succession of four dry years has dried up many of the natural marshes and rice fields used by the estimated 55,000 people who hunt waterfowl in California.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California’s hard-hit water districts will get a chance to ask regulators for relief

Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest executive order provisionally extends California’s drought restrictions into next fall and calls on the State Water Resources Control Board to consider adjusting the rules in the coming weeks.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

More California farmland could vanish as water shortages loom beyond drought

California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, set to take effect in 2020, will limit how much groundwater can be extracted over the long haul. While details of what constitutes “sustainable” pumping are still being fleshed out, water policy experts say many farmers will gradually have their water supplies curtailed – and the nation’s leading agricultural state will farm fewer acres.