Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Jerry Brown OKs $1 billion to tackle drought, other water issues

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation with more than $1 billion in spending on water projects.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Historically small Sierra snowpack, seen up close, another bad sign in California drought (with video)

The water frozen in snow throughout the Sierra Nevada is 8% of average — less than a third the size of the smallest on record. On Wednesday when this disappointing wet season ends, the headlines will be the next alarm bell in the state’s damaging, four-year drought.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Federal funding in short supply for rural water projects

During the widespread drought, officials are struggling to finish large-scale water infrastructure projects while populations are growing, drinking water resources are dwindling, and federal dollars are diminishing.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta flows may be diminished again

State and federal water agencies again are seeking permission to bypass water-quality rules in the Delta in order to hold back more water in upstream reservoirs while pumping a limited amount south from the estuary.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

State pilot program targets Shasta County marijuana grows for impacts on environment

Shasta County is ground zero for a new state program aimed at cracking down on illegal marijuana grows polluting streams and endangering wildlife in Northern California. Two state agencies have teamed up not to cut down marijuana plants but instead to go after growers, property owners and even contractors involved in work that threatens the environment, wildlife and water quality. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California’s hydro power dries up as drought worsens; utility customers paying more

The drought is drying up California’s once-plentiful supply of cheap hydroelectricity, and utility customers are paying for it.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

California agriculture industry could lose $1 billion in two years because of drought

California agriculture is in line for $1 billion in losses this year and next, on the heels of a drought-induced $1.5 billion hit in 2014, UC Davis scientists said.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Turlock Irrigation District staff urges 18-inch cap on water

The [Turlock Irrigation] district board will consider the 2015 allotment Tuesday morning, as well as a proposed April 9 start to the irrigation season. That is later than usual, part of the effort to conserve water in a four-year-long drought.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Community farming struggles to take hold in Palm Springs

The Coachella Valley is one of the largest agricultural producers in America, but [Phil] Noble runs the only CSA [Community Supported Agriculture] that distributes in the desert and it’s running out of money.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Drought prompts truck and release of salmon smolts in Rio Vista

In a bid to save some of the 12 million juvenile Chinook salmon from near-certain death, federal wildlife officials in California are trucking fish to the Delta for release.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Drought threatens American River fish

Endangered steelhead about to hatch in the American River could soon be killed by low flows and warm temperatures caused by the drought, a sign of the ongoing struggle over scarce water supplies.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

New campaign of levee work planned along Sacramento River

A massive new round of levee improvements is ahead for Sacramento over the next decade, this time focusing primarily on the Sacramento River south of downtown. … The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency unveiled the package of projects recently and are planning a series of public meetings in April.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

What’s in the water that comes from Los Angeles taps?

Every city, suburb and rural community has specific contaminants of concern.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Utility officials say wipes pose sewer threat (with audio)

Sacramento utility officials say a common household item has the potential to create havoc on local sewer lines.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Skiers, snowboarders flock to slopes for final fling

The ski season in Southern California came to a sun-splashed and slushy conclusion this weekend, as Bear Mountain and Snow Summit wrapped up winter operations Sunday, March 30.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

In store for visitors to Yosemite: a drier, browner park

Yosemite National Park is bracing for its driest year on record, with visitor bureaus downplaying the allure of the park’s most famous waterfall and instead touting the park as a destination for hiking, bicycling and photography.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

National parks call on Americans to ‘find your park’

With its centennial approaching in 2016, the park service will launch a major campaign Thursday in New York City to raise support and introduce a new, more diverse generation of millennials and children to “America’s best idea,” the national parks.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Toshio Shibata’s mesmerizing photographs of water

The Japanese photographer Toshio Shibata is fascinated by water — in particular, the way it interacts with man-made structures.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Taking a deeper look at safety of fracking

When Sen. Fran Pavley pushed the toughest fracking regulations in the nation through the Legislature in 2013, she insisted on requiring a statewide environmental impact review of the practice.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Where to store water? Above ground or below ground?

Last year, with support from more than two-thirds of the voters, Californians passed Proposition 1, the state water bond. … The California Water Commission has been entrusted with this investment to help meet the state’s water needs in the future and takes this charge from voters with utmost seriousness.