Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: $1 billion water spending plan heads to California governor

A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Lawmakers send California drought aid package to governor (with audio)

The $1 billion emergency drought aid package announced by Governor Jerry Brown last week has cleared the California Legislature. But a late addition to one of the measures has Republicans and farmers upset.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State drought relief package falls short, conservation advocates say

Not only will the $1-billion spending plan approved by lawmakers Thursday provide little immediate relief to drought-stricken Californians, state leaders are missing an opportunity to take more decisive action to restrict water use, conservation advocates said.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Documentaries focus on Salton Sea, California drought

Two new documentaries about California’s struggles with dwindling water supplies will be shown back-to-back at the American Documentary Film Festival this weekend, one focusing on the state’s epic drought and the other examining the looming environmental problems of the shrinking Salton Sea.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Dredging projects underway

Dredging projects at Lake Tahoe’s South Shore have gotten underway this week, as those in the boating community find ways to deal with declining water levels.

Aquafornia news CNN

Should you be worried about arsenic in California wine?

A lawsuit that’s causing panic among drinkers of some California wine starts with a history lesson. The deaths of Napoleon Bonaparte, Simon Bolivar, King George III, King Faisal I and other prominent figures have been attributed to arsenic poisoning, the first paragraph of the 30-page complaint says.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Westlands Water District hires new political power

The politically muscular Westlands Water District of California is reinforcing its already estimable roster by hiring the chief of staff of a San Joaquin Valley congressman deeply involved with the region’s water issues. 

Aquafornia news Woodland Daily Democrat

Farmers gather at UC Davis to talk about drought

Now in its fourth year, the Climate and Agriculture Summit brought together farmers, ranchers, educators and policy makers to look for ways to deal with the drought, including conservation and management methods.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Progress at Vail Lake slow-going, officials lament

So what’s happening with Vail Lake? That’s a question the Rancho California Water District board would like answered sooner rather than later.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California mountain camps open early this year (with audio)

Dodge Ridge Ski Resort in Pinecrest in Tuolumne County closed skiing in January after just a month of operation because there was no snow.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Drought brings early opening of Pinecrest Campground

The dry, warm weather means people can already pitch their tents at one of this area’s most popular campgrounds.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Preserve and Tejon Ranch look for common ground for wildlife, public

Two of the largest private landowners in Southern California this week launched discussions on proposals to connect the Tejon Ranch Co. and adjacent Wind Wolves Preserve with wildlife corridors and public access.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Record-shattering heat expected in Fresno on Friday

The National Weather Service in Hanford forecast a high of 91 degrees in Fresno for Friday … 

Aquafornia news KUNC Community Radio for Northern Colorado

Colorado has its sights set on becoming the Silicon Valley of ag (with audio)

Boulder and Denver have become hubs for tech start-ups, and the northern Colorado region is dotted with widely respected scientific research institutions. But a new report [.pdf] from Colorado State University takes the idea a bit further, with an agrarian twist. 

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Take our weekly poll: Has Jerry Brown done enough to address the drought?

Should the governor use his bully pulpit to encourage to use water more wisely and to restrict water wasting agricultural and industrial practices …

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: California’s cracking down on urban water waste. What about the farmers?

California’s brutal drought has state officials looking for ways to conserve water.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Why almond growers aren’t the water enemy

Article after article in newspapers, magazines and online put nut growers in a bad light related to the drought. … I planted my almonds based on a contract with the federal government to deliver surface water from Northern California. 

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: DWR & Reclamation request State Water Board to modify Delta water quality requirements

The Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation have submitted a request to the State Water Board, asking for modifications to the revised March 5 Temporary Urgency Change Petition order. 

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: DWR report describes past and ongoing droughts

Severe droughts are nothing new to California, home to the highest variable precipitation in the United States.  In the midst of a fourth dry year, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released an in-depth report comparing the severity and impacts of California’s most significant droughts, which stretched from 1929 to 1934, 1976 to 1977 and 1987 to 1992.  The report also details the ongoing drought, which began in 2012.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: Caring about Delta levees during a drought

When the sun is shining and our rivers are low, we tend to forget about levees. However, you can’t ignore the 1,100 miles of levees in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. … This video is a simulation of what would happen if a severe earthquake hit the western Delta, causing widespread failure of levees.