Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Farmers’ ’senior’ water rights under siege

A 143-year-old piece of paper proves that Rudy Mussi has a legal right to water from the gently meandering Middle River that nourishes his family farm.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Senate committee passes bill making well data public

Despite opposition from agriculture groups, the state Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation Thursday that would make data on water wells available to the public like is done in all other Western states.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Assembly OKs artificial grass for homeowner associations

A bill that would allow Californians who live in homeowner associations to replace their lawns with artificial turf, without fear of fines, was resoundingly approved by the state Assembly on Thursday.

Aquafornia news The Washington Post

California’s largest lake is slipping away amid an epic drought

The Salton Sea needs more water — but so does just about every other place in California. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Brown makes case for tunnels project to business, civic leaders

Calling it a “challenge we have to respond to,” Gov. Jerry Brown told hundreds of business owners and others Thursday that the state needs to push forward with his administration’s plans for two water diversion tunnels to protect its economy.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Rebates drive grass removal frenzy during California drought

There’s a torrent of Californians taking advantage of rebates for ripping out water-guzzling lawns during the drought, and that’s providing a big boost to landscapers.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

New protections for greater sage grouse bring protests from energy interests

The Obama administration Thursday released a long-awaited plan to help save the greater sage-grouse, a ground-dwelling bird that lives in several Western states.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Some water officials save, some don’t

Thirty-seven public officials who set the region’s water policy have collectively cut back 11 percent on their home use so far this year, falling short of the 20 percent reduction sought by state officials amid a historic drought.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Announcement: Go deep into California’s water hub on Bay-Delta Tour

Join the Water Education Foundation on its annual Bay-Delta Tour from June 24-26 for a rare opportunity to visit the heart of California’s water supply, see infrastructure vital to managing water in the state and speak to the experts who operate the projects. You will also learn from key stakeholders representing a broad diversity of specialties including farming, ecology, history and land management.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Hundreds turn out to oppose San Jose Water Company’s strict drought rules

More than 350 people turned out, and nearly all in opposition, to voice their concerns at the only public hearing on strict new water conservation rules that will affect 1 million people across Silicon Valley starting June 15.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sonoma County homeowners ditching lawns for drought-friendly options

And lawn, whether real or synthetic, is not the only surface safe for play. As homeowners turn away from water-guzzling, time-sucking lawns, they’re looking at other grounds materials, from decomposed granite and bark to shredded tires.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Cash For Grass expands in Sacramento County (with audio)

The Sacramento Suburban Water District has adopted new outdoor watering restrictions that started Thursday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento could restrict watering to once a week

Sacramento city residents could be limited to once-a-week watering starting in July if the city is unable to meet its state-mandated conservation goals, under a proposal outlined by city officials. Currently, city residents are limited to twice-a-week outdoor watering.

Aquafornia news The Daily News, Bay Area News Group

Stanford: Fountains to flow briefly for commencement

As a record-breaking drought continues to grip California and much of the West, Stanford University is planning to temporarily turn on 18 of its 21 fountains for commencement.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Stanislaus farmland preservation flap may be resolved soon

Mayors of Stanislaus County’s nine cities will reconvene July 8 to resolve the divisive question of removing one of their own from a regional growth-guiding panel.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Could Texas deluge be a sign to drought-ravaged California?

Several dry years left water supplies short and farmland buried in dust. Some called it the worst drought in a generation.

Aquafornia news Smithsonian

What will really happen when San Andreas unleashes the Big One?

A giant earthquake will strike California this summer. Skyscrapers will topple, the Hoover Dam will crumble and a massive tsunami will wash across the Golden Gate Bridge. Or at least, that’s the scenario that will play out on the big screen in San Andreas. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Writer chucks political blog to cover, in print only, weird and wild of the desert

Ken Layne is driving past Wonder Valley — an unincorporated community he calls the “weird cousin” of Joshua Tree. … For six years he ran the absurdist — and vicious — political blog Wonkette.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: A new way to exploit the California drought — immigrant bashing

Last year, a study of water rights by scholars at UC Davis and Merced warned that the long-term decline in California’s water supply portended a new era of “social conflict.” 

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Amid California drought, oil industry wastewater attracts new scrutiny

In the fourth year of an unrelenting drought emergency, every use of water in California is being put under the microscope. Watering a lawn, filling a pool, washing a car, growing food — all are familiar practices now viewed with a more critical eye. The same is true of California’s oil industry, the nation’s third largest.