Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta tunnel plan called a fish death sentence by key group

The state’s plan to build a pair of 35-mile tunnels under the delta would cause the extinction of winter-run chinook salmon, steep declines in dozens of other species and devastate water quality in San Francisco Bay, an environmental group said Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Public comment on huge water project in California ends

Hundreds of people who oppose a plan to build two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to southern California held a rally at the State Capitol Tuesday. The event was timed to protest the plan as the official public comment period on the more than 30,000-page draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan comes to an end.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

North American waterfowl are newest casualty of California’s drought

Add another casualty to California’s prolonged and punishing drought: Wildlife officials warned this week that dry conditions in the state’s Central Valley could have a devastating effect on North American waterfowl.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Salmon will only get more water if die-off starts

A federal agency said Wednesday it will release extra water into Northern California’s Klamath and Trinity rivers once salmon start dying from drought-related disease, but not before.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Water-use restrictions take effect in California; daily fines possible

Tough new statewide regulations restricting outdoor water use took effect Tuesday, the same day millions of gallons of water gushed from a ruptured water main near the UCLA campus. 

Aquafornia news NPR

Groundwater is drying up fast under Western states, study finds

The Colorado River Basin, which supplies irrigation and groundwater for most of the West, is drying up faster than expected.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Six workers injured at UCLA while pumping floodwater

Two workers are recovering after they were hospitalized Wednesday for inhaling exhaust fumes from a generator while pumping floodwater out of a building at UCLA, officials said.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Councilmen call for Los Angeles DWP report on water main break near UCLA

In response to the pipeline rupture that flooded UCLA, City Councilman Paul Koretz made a motion Wednesday with Council President Herb Wesson for an immediate report from the Department of Water and Power on what caused the break.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

UCLA flood from water line rupture is red flag for L.A. infrastructure

As UCLA tallied the damage from rampant flooding triggered by the rupture of a 90-year-old city water line, Los Angeles city leaders on Wednesday were once again confronted with the consequences of deferred maintenance on the city’s aging infrastructure.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Los Angeles pipe rupture: a look at the numbers

A torrent of water spewed from a nearly century-old pipe that burst in Los Angeles, shutting down a section of Sunset Boulevard and inundating the campus of UCLA.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Sorting out the claims after pipe break: who pays?

The cost of the damage hasn’t been pegged from the rupture of a pipeline that spewed more than 20 million gallons of water, but officials Wednesday were beginning to assess its soggy aftermath at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

UCLA flood: yes, it could happen here

A lot of Inland residents watching the catastrophic water main break that drowned UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday probably wondered if the same thing could happen here. The answer is yes.

Aquafornia news San Luis Obispo Tribune

Group proposes plan to refill evaporating Atascadero Lake

Atascadero Lake has nearly dried up, and a group of residents wants it back. An official plan emerged earlier this month when Friends of Atascadero Lake sought and gained approval from the Atascadero Mutual Water Co., the nonprofit water utility that distributes water to Atascadero, to divert private well water to the withered lake bed.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Annenberg Foundation donating $500,000 to assure water for center

The Annenberg Foundation said it will donate $500,000 to keep the water flowing at a home for developmentally disabled adults in the Santa Clarita area.

Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Osprey expand nesting areas to San Francisco Bay shoreline

The osprey, a fierce and powerful fishing bird, used to be just another San Francisco Bay shoreline visitor, flying over and feeding without setting down roots. These days, however, the acrobatic divers are becoming natives, constructing elaborate stick nests on cranes, poles or other man-made structures.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Water-wise flavor: Even in dry years, garden and fallow places will yield edibles that add flavor, interest to the plate

It’s always a dry summer here in California, but this year is particularly challenging with local water restrictions in effect after record-setting winter drought. Fortunately, even in dry years, there are edibles to be found in our gardens and fallow places that can add flavor and interest to any meal.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: With UCLA flood, Los Angeles pays the price for a geyser of neglect

If Los Angeles leaders needed any reminders about the city’s aging infrastructure and the ever-increasing backlog of maintenance, they got it Tuesday in the form of a 30-foot geyser spouting from Sunset Boulevard.

Aquafornia news California WaterBlog

Blog: Why utilities shy from mandatory water saving during a drought

The State Water Board’s recent decision to outlaw some water-wasting activities under penalty of $500 fines helps alert urban residents and businesses to the seriousness of the drought. These water conservation actions, though, are fairly mild compared with the water rationing and other mandatory restrictions that Santa Cruz and a few other California communities have imposed this year.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Blog: Drought shaming comes to your neighborhood

With California’s severe dry spell and a push for a crackdown on water hogs, people seem to be in a drought shaming mood, at least according to many stories I’ve read.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

DWR California Water Plan eNews

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes: Legislature receives CII report on water use best management practices; Multiple scenarios worth considering for natural resource planning; NASA’s satellite images offer insight to drought impacts; Climate action team opens draft research plan to public comment; PPIC one-page fact sheet provides a picture of California’s water use; and Research foundation adds IWM to list of water focus areas.