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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: BLM decision set backs Cadiz plan to sell Mojave groundwater

In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management says Cadiz cannot use an existing railroad right-of-way for a new water pipeline that would carry supplies from the project’s proposed well field to the Colorado River Aqueduct.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Marijuana growers are new drought target

Pot growers have been put on notice by state regulators that they will have to follow the same rules as the rest of the agriculture industry in protecting the state’s drought-stricken water supply.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Biological opinion slows Oroville Dam facilities relicensing process

What’s holding up the relicensing of Oroville Dam facilities? Fish. Specifically, an opinion on how three threatened species might be affected, according to local Department of Water Resources officials.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Court orders EPA to revise ship ballast dumping regulations

A federal appeals court ordered the government Monday to rewrite its regulations on ballast water discharges from ships, one of the leading culprits in the spread of invasive species across U.S. waterways.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Comments urged on twin tunnels plan

Delta advocates urged the faithful on Monday to write letters to state officials before Oct. 30, when the window of opportunity to formally comment on Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels proposal is expected to close.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

A shifting approach to saving endangered species

When the Obama administration announced last month that it would not add the greater sage grouse to the endangered species list, some conservation groups predictably criticized the ruling.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Could lake water from Alaska be shipped to Los Angeles, Long Beach ports?

California needs water. Blue Lake in Sitka, Alaska, has a lot. So a company that holds the rights to up to 9 billion gallons of the lake’s water is pitching an idea that would send some of it — via tanker ship — to the Golden State as it endures the fourth year of severe drought.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Lemoore gets state relief on water mandate

California water officials have issued an alternative compliance order for Lemoore, which means the city will not have to meet the state’s mandate for cutting 32 percent of its water consumption. 

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Drought woes in California town highlight thirsty poultry industry

Residents of Livingston, California have sharply reduced their water usage during the state’s severe drought, now in its fourth year. But this summer, when state officials ranked how water suppliers had done meeting mandated conservation goals, the blue-collar town of 13,800 came in dead last.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Fort Bragg orders restaurants to use disposable plates, cups

Things are bad everywhere in California, but the big dry has gotten so severe in the coastal city of Fort Bragg that fancy restaurants are now being ordered to plop their filet mignons on disposable plates and pour wine into plastic cups to avoid washing dishes.

Aquafornia news Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Rancho Cucamonga reduces water use by 40 percent

Saving water doesn’t always translate to financial savings as city staff have learned while trying to meet state mandates for reduction.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Clovis council rescinds water fines on customers

Clovis City Council members will stop fining residents at the end of this month for using too much water. … The fines were prompted by state rules that require Clovis to reduce water consumption by 36 percent.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Santa Clara Valley Water District board begins process to remove CEO

The board of Silicon Valley’s largest water agency is moving to oust its CEO, who is under fire over his performance on a variety of issues, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta water tunnels plan and a district attorney’s investigation into no-bid contracts. … The [Santa Clara Valley Water] district is a public agency that provides water and flood control to 1.9 million people in Santa Clara County.

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Professor: Historic outhouses underappreciated in Southwest

At a time when life could be harsh in the American Southwest, outhouses served more than one important role. They provided structure, protected water resources and created important social norms, a New Mexico professor says.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: Stressful times for drought-stricken Delta

The Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta is one of the West’s most important estuaries, and a critically important water source for millions of Californians. … We interviewed Phil Isenberg, vice chair of the Delta Stewardship Council and a member of PPIC’s board of directors, about the state of the Delta.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Agencies release environmental data ‘Vision Document’

From the Delta Stewardship Council: Streamlining the collaboration of huge amounts of environmental data between various State and federal agencies is the goal of Enhancing the Vision for Managing California’s Environmental Information, a white paper synopsis of the lessons learned at the Environmental Data Summit held in June 2014.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Voices on Water

Blog: Drought shows value of investments, need for statewide solutions

The latest conservation figures from the State Water Resources Control Board show Californians are continuing to heed the call to cut back on outdoor watering this summer. In addition to letting their lawns go “California golden” and taking shorter showers, … ACWA member agencies report a surge in interest in turf rebates, water-wise house calls and incentives to install water-efficient appliances and fixtures in place of thirstier models.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Will El Niño ‘solve’ drought? Not if the rain falls in Southern California

In recent weeks, conditions have gelled for what forecasters say could be one of the strongest El Niño weather patterns in recorded history. Will it substantially ease California’s historic drought?

Aquafornia news KSL Broadcasting Salt Lake City, Utah

Pilot program to offer cash to frugal Colorado River water users

Protracted drought over the last four years and nagging uncertainty over how Lake Powell will fare in 2016 are prompting a cash-for-conservation program to test how much water can be saved in the Colorado River.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

A sunny outlook for jobs in the Golden State

When Gov. Jerry Brown announced sweeping mandatory reductions in water use last spring, some questioned whether the California dream was over. But since then, cities across the state have adapted to the drier new reality by reshaping the way they operate.