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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: State to deliver more water, but not from Lake Oroville

Customers of the State Water Project will be getting more water this year, the Department of Water Resources announced Monday, but none of the extra water will come from Lake Oroville.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California to carry out 3rd snowpack survey

The California Department of Water Resources on Tuesday will carry out the winter’s third survey of the Sierra Nevada’s snowpack, which shows no signs of recovery.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Oil company sues to overturn San Benito County fracking ban; could affect other counties

An oil company has sued to block San Benito County’s voter-approved fracking ban in a move that could affect the growing trend of California cities and counties’ efforts to stop the controversial oil drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Record winter warmth not helping with drought

Temperatures across the Bay Area soared to record highs this winter, forecasters said Monday, the same day that a team of Stanford researchers warned that the historic heat is helping drive California’s crippling drought — with little sign of letting up.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

More water deliveries through State Water Project (with audio)

The announcement increases the water allocation from 15 to 20 percent and is enough to meet the needs of about 400-thousand households for a year.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Water and eminent domain: a volatile mix

A Southern California city has launched eminent domain proceedings to take over the private water agency that has served the community for more than 80 years – an unusual move, even in California, where fights over water are common.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Santa Barbara working to reactivate mothballed desalination plant

California’s four-year drought created the statewide mantra: “Conserve, conserve, conserve.” But this coastal city can soon add another word to its water-related lexicon: desalinate.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

A new, stronger tunnel to bring Hetch Hetchy water to Bay Area

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has opened a new 3.5 mile-long tunnel in Sunol Valley, a few miles east of Fremont, that will transport 265 million gallons of water a day, on average, to customers of the Hetch Hetchy water system.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Scientists explain how climate change helps fuel California drought

Climate change is increasing the risk of severe drought in California by causing warm periods and dry periods to overlap more often, according to a new study.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Oakdale Irrigation District considers drought surcharge

If irrigation leaders decide later to sell water to Fresno-area buyers, terms of the purchase deal agreed on in January could change.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

DNA tool helping biologists find elusive or invasive species

When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave behind traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Attention, all scientists: Do improv, with Alan Alda’s help

Mr. [Alan] Alda started suggesting to university presidents that they teach scientists how to present their research to the public. … The ability to describe science effectively could prove key to winning research financing in the future. 

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Morning storms dropped rain across San Diego

For the 72-hour period ending at 7 p.m. Monday, Lake Cuyamaca received the most rainfall with 2.7 inches. Julian got 2.3 inches and Descanso reported 2.28 inches.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Southern California beach turned white by hail from storm

The beach at Southern California’s “Surf City” has been turned white by a dumping of hail from a fast-moving storm.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Bigger consumer demand can help save a West Coast fishery

How can eating a particular fish protect it? Let me tell you the story.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: This just in … DWR raises State Water Project allocation to 20%

Few storms have graced California so far this winter, but those that did – in mid-December and early February – will allow the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase water deliveries to most customers of the State Water Project (SWP) by an additional 204,000 acre-feet (AF).

Aquafornia news Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Switchboard

Blog: Who’s to blame for oil waste in Californians’ drinking water? Part II

Recently it was revealed that oil and gas operators in California have been granted more than 2500 permits to inject oil and gas wastewater and other fluids into federally protected drinking water aquifers. What do we know about the stuff that’s being injected into Californians’ drinking water?

Aquafornia news Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Switchboard

Blog: Who’s to blame for oil waste in Californians’ drinking water?

New information from the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) reveals that decades of poor record-keeping, lax oversight, and – in some cases – outright defiance of the law has allowed oil and gas operators to inject potentially toxic oil and gas wastewater into federally protected drinking water aquifers.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Blog: What if winter skipped February? It just did

If you were starting a suntan, February was a great month. Winter skipped the shortest month of the year.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Water shortages a near certainty for this summer as feds announce low deliveries

In a clear indicator that California is descending into a fourth year of drought, the federal government on Friday announced that the Central Valley Project — California’s largest water delivery system — will provide no water again this year to most Central Valley farmers and only 25 percent of the contracted amount to urban areas such as Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties.