Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Limits end on most California stream diversions

Thousands of water users across California can again draw water directly from streams after state officials Wednesday lifted restrictions on one of the last major blocks of water rights, imposed in June due to the drought.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Why are U.S. lawmakers making California water deals in secret?

California made extraordinary progress on water policy in this severe drought year, largely under the guiding hand of Gov. Jerry Brown.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA plans new toxin guidelines for drinking water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to come out with new guidelines that will give cities and water treatment plants a blueprint for dealing with the type of algae-borne toxin that contaminated the drinking water in Ohio’s fourth-largest city, a federal official said Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Humboldt County, tribes receive 2,400 donated drought kits for low-income households

In an effort to address the drought on the household level, California has teamed up with The Home Depot to distribute kits to low-income residents, with about 2,000 being given to North Coast tribes last month and now 400 more for drought-stricken communities in Humboldt County.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California almond growers welcome record revenue, rainy weather

It rained on hundreds of farmers heading into Blue Diamond Growers’ 104th annual meeting Wednesday at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Cal Water hit with $3 million penalty for fish-killing San Mateo pipe leak

State water regulators have slapped California Water Service Co. with a proposed record-setting $3 million penalty for an October 2013 leak of chemically treated drinking water that killed more than 270 fish in San Mateo and Polhemus creeks.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Well owners face decision

Already missing out on state money to address the drought, San Joaquin County officials will soon ask property owners if they’re willing to disclose to the state what some feel are sensitive details about their wells.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Novato deals with two days of rusty water

Novato faucets spouted some rust-colored water a couple times this week in incidents that affected up to 15,000 customers in the North Marin Water District.

Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento

Marina comes up with possible water hyacinth solution

The Village West Marina in Stockton recently came up with a possible solution to help weed out the growing water hyacinth problem, but the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department put an end to the plans for now, saying it breaks a harbor navigation code.

Aquafornia news UT San Diego

San Diego County fountain keeps spraying during drought

The county administration complex on San Diego’s downtown waterfront has been using 1.3 million more gallons of water per month since a popular new park and splashy water feature went in.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Light rain moves into Bay Area

The rain is here, but California could certainly use more. The first of three predicted small storms brought light showers to the Bay Area early Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sonoma, Mendocino coast sanctuaries expansion on track

The proposed expansion of adjoining national marine sanctuaries that would extend environmental and wildlife protections to the Sonoma and southern Mendocino coasts is on track for agency approval this winter, with suggested revisions that reflect public input, an official said Wednesday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Feinstein freezes out north state in water bill talks

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Republicans have been secretly negotiating drought relief legislation that could severely alter California water policy. She should know better.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Editorial: City of Fresno’s water plan is sound and worthy of approval

People opposed to the city of Fresno’s $410 million plan to reduce the relentless overdrafting of our aquifer offered their objections during four recent community forums.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Editorial: Planning for California desert’s renewable-energy and conservation future makes sense

It’s not surprising there are quite a few objections to and reservations about California’s massive Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Let water flow in bathroom faucets

The California Energy Commission will make a crucial mistake if it ignores a potential threat to the health and safety of Californians in favor of a proposal from investor-owned utilities.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Shopping for water — How the market can mitigate water shortages in the American West

In October of 2014, the Hamilton Project and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosted a forum, New Directions for U.S. Water Policy, which brought together government and agency officials with policy experts to discuss the release of new papers highlighting opportunities from improving water management in the West.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Delta science vision — Sustainable data integration for the Delta

In June of 2014, the Delta Science Program hosted an Environmental Data Summit, which brought together scientists, managers, and experts to discuss how to increase data and information sharing using new technologies.  A white paper will soon be released, which details the challenges, solutions, and strategies gathered from summit participants.

Aquafornia news Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard

Blog: Rejuvenation and celebration — The return of San Joaquin Fall-Run Chinook Salmon

The peace and quiet of the moment is suddenly broken by a splash in the middle of the river. It’s the sound of fall run Chinook salmon returning to the San Joaquin, bringing with them the foundation for new life and a cause for celebration.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Talks on drought bill underway on Capitol Hill

California’s water future is boiling below the surface this week. Only the chosen few have a clue about details.