Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Continued drought creates worries, poll finds

In what could be a fourth year of drought, virtually all Californians say the state’s water situation is serious — but the majority still favors voluntary rather than mandatory restrictions, a new Field Poll released Thursday found.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Field Poll — More Californians want mandatory water rationing (with audio)

Support for rationing swelled to more than a third of voters in the latest statewide Field Poll, a rise of 7 percentage points since last spring. … Pollsters also found growing concerns about water storage and supply facilities. 

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

California has entered fourth year of drought, water experts say

Rainfall, snowpack and runoff estimates are way below average, indicating the state will continue in drought-emergency mode throughout the year, state and regional water experts told a gathering of 120 water managers Wednesday at a forum sponsored by the Southern California Water Committee and the National Water Research Institute.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

State officials send warnings on eve of Fresno’s big water vote

Top officials with the State Water Resources Control Board and the state Department of Water Resources took different approaches to emphasize that public health and safety will be the key issue when the [Fresno] City Council on Thursday evening debates the mayor’s plan.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Grievances with Cal Am, Monterey County deal over failed desal plant are aired

The meandering circus that evolved from Monterey County’s failed desalination plant efforts made another stop Wednesday at a hearing before state utility regulators.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Oakdale Irrigation District water exports up in the air

Drought and a legal threat have combined to stall the Oakdale Irrigation District’s controversial idea of selling water to out-of-county buyers.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Low stream flows prompt restrictions on Sonoma, Mendocino, Marin county fishermen

New regulations designed to protect spawning steelhead and salmon during exceptionally low stream-flow conditions already are putting a crimp in the fishing season, prompting closures of most coastal freshwater fisheries in Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties beginning today, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Reservation gets federal aid for storm damage

A December storm that pelted the San Jacinto Valley with rain hit the Soboba Reservation especially hard, severely damaging homes and roadways on the property near San Jacinto.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Dixon sets vote on sewage rate increase, then sues to block it

The city of Dixon is suing a taxpayers’ group, trying to block an electoral challenge to a sewage rate increase in a growing rift over how to pay for $23 million or more in state-mandated improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Preventive fire in Northern California burns out of control

About 100 firefighters were battling a 200-acre blaze Wednesday in Northern California that started when a prescribed fire blew out of control, authorities said.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Editorial: Costly sewer battle needs to end

A court ruling determining that the Ross Valley Sanitary District has a right to sue over losing San Quentin State Prison as a ratepayer should bring both sides together to settle this longstanding and costly legal fight.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: 21st Century Delta — Dutch lessons on levee design, prioritization

In any lowland, levees define how humans live and how they disrupt native habitats. This is as true for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as it is for coastal Louisiana, Vietnam and the Netherlands. Flood safety in the Delta is a statewide concern because the region serves as a hub for delivering water to most Californians and supports native fish.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: More Tulloch talk

Some tidbits that didn’t make the cut in today’s [Feb. 25] story about the possible draining of Lake Tulloch, east of Stockton:

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Blog: Klamath sees healthy salmon return in 2014

So much for last year being a down year on the Klamath. Turns out the number of fall Klamath River adult kings returning to the river was much higher than originally predicted.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Blog: Applying EPA research to the Underworlds

Flushing a toilet eliminates waste, but when we flush information about our health circles down the pipes too. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists have launched the Underworlds project to study community health by monitoring sewage.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: DWR receives National Climate Leadership Award

DWR has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In announcing the award on February 24, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said that “DWR exemplifies the dedication and accomplishments that make a difference in the fight against climate change and sets a high standard for other organizations to follow.”

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: New social media channel for Reclamation’s Central Valley Project

The Bureau of Reclamation has launched a new Twitter account for its largest water project – the Central Valley Project in Northern California. Follow @ReclamationCVP for the latest information about water operations, storage status and breaking news about the CVP’s 19 dams and reservoirs, 11 powerplants, and 500 miles of major canals and related facilities.

Aquafornia news PBS

Earth – A New Wild; Episode Five: Water

Both humans and wildlife depend on water for survival. This episode explores how a misuse of water can lead to unparalleled destruction; however, sharing our water with wildlife does not only benefit the wild, it may also be a crucial step in our own survival.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Second drought nightmare will become official after federal water forecast

We’re late in another desperately dry winter, waiting for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s February forecast of irrigation deliveries for this summer in the San Joaquin Valley. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California lawmakers will examine ways to capture stormwater (with audio)

Recycling stormwater runoff could help provide more water during the drought.