Aquafornia news Office of the Governor

Gov. Brown announces appointments to Natural Resources Agency, DWR

Governor Brown announces appointments: Richard Stapler, Nancy Vogel, and Ed Wilson.

Stapler has been appointed deputy secretary for policy implementation at the California Natural Resources Agency. Vogel has been appointed deputy secretary for communications at the California Natural Resources Agency. Wilson has been appointed assistant director of public affairs at the California Department of Water Resources.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: House passes water bill, but drought solutions still under debate

The $35 billion bill includes money for the California status quo, ranging from Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta restoration to operations of the sprawling Central Valley Project. It also includes drought-related language, with directives to speed completion of water storage project studies.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Dozens of agencies seek to alter reports on how much water residents used

When California’s State Water Resources Control Board announced last month that it was basing its orders for mandatory water cutbacks on each community’s per capita water use, it elevated a somewhat obscure figure into the spotlight: residential gallons of water used per person per day.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Brown’s water fine proposal questioned (with audio)

California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to give local water agencies new authority to fine water wasters during the drought. That’s raising some concerns about possible government overreach.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California farms ordered to stop pumping water from rivers as drought continues

State officials say drought has forced them to order thousands of farms to stop pumping water from two Northern California river systems.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Dams & reservoirs: The ‘dinosaurs’ of California water storage?

With dead almond trees propped on the Capitol steps and school children clutching signs that read “We need water. Build storage now!”, advocates for new dams and reservoirs in California offered a striking set of visuals in Sacramento last week.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento water coalition works to avoid feared ‘dead pool’ at Folsom Dam

It happened last February, in year three of what state officials are now calling California’s millennial drought. … The [Folsom] lake was within months of becoming a “dead pool.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Central Valley’s growing concern: the mix of oil, water and crops

Here in California’s thirsty farm belt, where pumpjacks nod amid neat rows of crops, it’s a proposition that seems to make sense: using treated oil field wastewater to irrigate crops.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Coachella Valley golf courses pumping groundwater must cut use by 25%

Golf courses in the Coachella Valley and elsewhere that rely on private wells will have to reduce water use by 25% or limit watering to twice a week as part of the governor’s mandate for cutbacks. But the courses will not have to report their water usage, meaning compliance is largely on the honor system.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Officials: Stockton water safe to drink despite water-quality violation

Chalk it up as yet another consequence of the drought. The Stockton East Water District, which sells drinking water to Stockton, experienced a rare water-quality violation at its treatment plant east of town.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

String of quakes near Concord rattles Bay Area

East Bay Municipal Utility District crews were repairing a minor break to a 12-inch steel water main at North Main Street and Geary Road in Walnut Creek on Sunday night. The break was reported at 4:15 p.m., but repair crews could not immediately determine if the shaking caused the underground break to the 52-year-old water main, said EBMUD spokeswoman Tracie Morales-Noisy.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Wetlands help protect coastal Marin communities from threats, report finds

Marshes that rest along bayside Marin could protect communities from storms, flooding, erosion and sea-level rise, according to a new NOAA study. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study looked at different reports addressing how natural processes protect shorelines — which it turns out they do quite well.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Innovation by one crane-testing unit shows the drought-driven challenges businesses face

In the spirit of conservation, [David] Shultz commissioned Wilmington-based Coordinated Equipment Company to build a waist-high platform for stacking 26 metal weights ranging from 18,000 to 50,000 pounds. The idea was to use those weights, instead of water, to conduct the testing.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Worms help with waste at dairy farm near Hilmar

The farm is taking part in a research project using worms to consume nitrogen in manure-tainted water that irrigates its feed crops. The goal, in part, is to reduce the risk of pollution. But the process also has a byproduct – an especially rich fertilizer that can be sold to home gardeners and other users.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Catfish, anyone? Drought could change fish on California dinner plates

At Ken Beer’s fish ranch, thousands of white sturgeon and catfish thrash in round tanks or in long concrete raceways. … Luckily for Beer, he can tap groundwater from wells on his property to keep his business going.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Editorial: California water use numbers should flow freely

Unfortunately, we rarely know who the biggest water users are. Blame a huge loophole in California’s public records law that allows water agencies to decide disclosure.

Aquafornia news Bloomberg News

Commentary: California’s doomsday water cycle

Even as [Gov. Jerry] Brown rations water for urban lawns, computer manufacturing and toilets, California continues to dedicate enormous amounts of water to producing energy. This year, 1.3 billion gallons of water are being injected into oil fields to extract heavy crude — 320 gallons for every barrel of oil pumped. 

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Commentary: The End of California?

Of course, there is nothing normal about the fourth year of the great drought: According to climate scientists, it may be the worst arid spell in 1,200 years.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: California drought is dripping with irony

The present four-year California drought is not novel — even if President Barack Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown have blamed it on man-made climate change. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California droughts are both age-old and common.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Commentary: Bottled water is not contributing to California’s drought

As a company with a century-long history of operations in California and more than 1,500 employees across the state, Nestlé Waters welcomes the dialogue about our company’s water use in California. Some are understandably curious about our operations and the sources of the water we bottle.