Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California survey finds Sierra snowpack far below normal

California received a double dose of bad drought news on Tuesday, with state officials saying the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is far below normal and that residents again aren’t coming close to meeting Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for a 20 percent cut in water use.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Water conservation efforts faltered in January

Water consumption statewide declined just 8.8 percent in January compared with the same month of 2013 – far below the state’s goal of 20 percent – according to data presented to the State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California orders 12 oil-field wells shut to protect groundwater

California officials, responding to concerns about groundwater contamination, are closing 12 wells in the Central Valley used to dispose of chemical-laden water from oil and gas production, regulators announced Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Merced supervisors approve first steps of groundwater ordinance

Merced County’s proposed groundwater ordinance is one step closer to becoming law. 

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Residential water conservation dwindled in California during driest January on record

Residential water conservation dwindled in California during the driest January on record, state water regulators announced Tuesday.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California snow levels reach historic lows

Snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are at or below what they were during the driest years in California’s recorded history, surveyors said Tuesday, dashing hopes that last weekend’s storm would begin to pull the state out of its increasingly frightful drought.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Fish vs. people frustration rages at Oakdale Irrigation District meeting

State and federal officials favoring fish habitat are to blame for the Oakdale Irrigation District’s tentative plan to drain Tulloch Lake this summer, OID leaders told dozens of anxious lake-area residents.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Ag economist: Water will matter more than ever in California

Tightening water supplies in California will reinforce its shift to almonds, walnuts and other high-value crops, an economist told a Modesto audience.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Your Los Angeles DWP bill will be climbing soon because of the dry winter

The typical Los Angeles Department of Water and Power residential customer will see a $2.61 monthly billing increase by July, as this winter’s low snow-pack means the agency has to buy more expensive imported water.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz looks at water conservation, costs

[Santa Cruz] City officials kicked off an effort on Tuesday to encourage water users to conserve water, going beyond the planned static water rate increases planned for the coming five years. 

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Pacific Grove eyes approving design-build for water project

Hoping to save money and time, the Pacific Grove City Council on Wednesday will consider adopting an ordinance that allows using a design-build approach on its local water project.

Aquafornia news Siskiyou Daily News

Klamath salmon numbers strong in 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has issued its 2014 Ocean Salmon Fisheries review, showing a healthy year for Klamath River fall run Chinook salmon.

Aquafornia news Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Los Angeles filmmaker documents Rancho Cucamonga man’s Salton Sea walk

On a whim, Blake Alexander traveled from his Los Angeles apartment to the Salton Sea last May. It was the first time after a four-year absence of visiting when he discovered what had happened to one of the world’s largest lakes. 

Aquafornia news ABC 7 News

World’s first Airborne Snow Observatory gives California water officials unique look at Sierra snowpack (with video)

When state water officials measure the Sierra snowpack on Tuesday, they’ll do it the same way they’ve been doing it for more than a century. … But new technology is giving them a view they’ve never had before and ABC7 News got an insider’s look at it.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

At Salton Sea, dredging makes way for large boats

Doug Veirs remembers boating on the Salton Sea more than 30 years ago, fishing for corvina and enjoying the calm waters. 

Aquafornia news High Country News

The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics

For more than a year, the Southwest’s top water bosses had been shuttling between airport hotels all over the region.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Editorial: Sites Reservoir planning long overdue

It was disappointing last year when a bill that would have sped up the long-awaited Sites Reservoir project stalled in Congress. Democrats and Republicans just couldn’t agree on their approaches to drought issues.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Editorial: Garcia bill a boost to New River, Salton Sea

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia is pressing the fight to clean up the New River. … The push to clean up the New River should also be seen as a boost to efforts to restore the Salton Sea. 

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Editorial: Water supply — Modified Cease and Desist Order is best option

The Monterey Peninsula has struggled for decades to find solutions to its water supply problems. After a few misfires over the years, progress is now being made.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger

Legal Commentary: California Supreme Court makes critical CEQA ruling regarding categorical exemptions

In a victory for public agencies and developers, the California Supreme Court issued its heavily anticipated ruling in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley, reversing the Court of Appeal.