Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Western drought causes Earth’s surface to rise as groundwater drops

A year and a half of drought has depleted 63 trillion gallons of water across the Western United States, according to a new study that documents how the parched conditions are altering the landscape.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California drought continues to take heavy toll on reservoirs

The severe drought gripping nearly all of California eased ever so slightly this past week, but the state’s reservoirs remain “seriously low,” according to the latest figures released Thursday.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Tribes travel to capital to voice concerns of Klamath-Trinity fish kills

Hundreds of North Coast tribal members and river advocates trekked to Sacramento on Tuesday to voice their frustration and try to persuade the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to reconsider its cessation of pre-emptive water releases for fish on the drought-stricken Trinity and Klamath rivers.

Aquafornia news NPR

California drought has wild salmon competing with almonds for water

The ongoing California drought has pitted wild salmon against farmers in a fight for water.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

190 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become

The Drought Monitor, which collects data from 50 different weather indicators, have shown an increasingly red California since 2011, the last time the drought map was clear. Watch the 10 second snap-shot here.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Water regulations tightened further

The Eastern Municipal, Lake Hemet Municipal and Beaumont-Cherry Valley water districts, and San Bernardino and Ontario city departments, all announced tougher water-saving rules in the past week.

Aquafornia news Sierra Sun

More Tahoe-Truckee agencies mandate water conservation

As California’s drought worsens, additional restrictions on water usage are in place for most residents in the Truckee-Tahoe region.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Folsom Dam Improvements Ahead Of Schedule, Causing More Emissions

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing the $900 million project to add another spillway to prevent future flooding.

Aquafornia news Manteca Bulletin

Tougher Manteca water rules?

Manteca is working on more severe water conservation measures that are expected to be considered by the City Council in 30 to 45 days just as the highest water use period of the year ends.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Colonel tours Tahoe

A high-ranking official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers visited several restoration sites in the Lake Tahoe Basin on Monday to see the product of agency funds first-hand.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Central Basin Municipal Water District director Art Chacon, who has no license, driving

Security videos obtained by this news organization show Central Basin Municipal Water District Director Art Chacon behind the wheel of a Mercedes he drove on district property earlier this month.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Glenn County supervisors approve action to dredge Sacramento River boat launches

Glenn County approved Tuesday the immediate dredging of two boat launch sites to extend out into the main Sacramento River channel in order to address concerns that silt and debris were hampering water rescue operations.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Grape crush kicks off early at UC Davis

This summer’s drought and high temperatures moved up the harvest and crush seasons for many area wineries, said UC Davis winemaker and facility manager Chik Brenneman, as he directed his student employees to shovel newly harvested chardonnay grapes onto a conveyer belt.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Court ruling means tougher sewage rules in Sacramento County

Rules governing the Sacramento region’s treated sewage may have to get a little tougher following a court ruling this week.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: California needs to manage its groundwater

Fifty years ago, the rapidly subsiding groundwater throughout the West brought urgent calls for action. Arizona responded. So did Colorado, Oregon, Texas — yes, Texas — and others. But not California.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Editorial: Geothermal bill is steamy deal for public

The steam fields in the Mayacmas Mountains northeast of Santa Rosa have been the world’s largest producer of geothermal energy since the 1970s. They can meet 60 percent of the electricity demands from the Golden Gate to the Oregon border, according to Calpine Corp., and they’re recharged with wastewater that used to be dumped in the Russian River.

Aquafornia news UT San Diego

Commentary: California’s water bond will mark biggest investment in state’s water infrastructure in decades

Last week, the California Legislature came together to pass bipartisan, landmark legislation that will mark the biggest investment in our state’s water infrastructure that we have seen in decades!

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: Yes — Water bond measure includes billions for new water storage

Two years ago, I introduced a measure to replace the doomed pork-laden water bond from 2009 with a trim, focused and non-controversial bond that could win voter support and address California’s critical water needs, without threatening the delta region by funding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan or the delta tunnels.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: No — Dams provide old-school remedy

The Bee’s editorial praising bipartisanship on the updated water bond (“A summer miracle: Finally, bipartisan water agreement,” Aug. 15) rightly saluted state Sen. Lois Wolk for her good work in trying to keep bond funds away from the ill-conceived delta tunnels.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: New DWP head Marcie Edwards is ready to tackle conservation challenges

The DWP [Los Angeles Department of Water and Power] that Marcie Edwards started working for as a teenager is a different creature now, because California has become a different place.