Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: White House finalizes clean water rule, setting up clash with Congress

The White House on Wednesday finalized a rule intended to strengthen and clarify the Clean Water Act, setting up a clash with Republicans in Congress and the agriculture industry.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

New federal rules on stream protection hailed, criticized

New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands – and the drinking water of 117 million Americans – are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Hopes rise for a strong El Niño to ease California drought

Across Southern California, this month has been decidedly cooler and wetter. San Diego had its wettest May in 94 years, and Los Angeles saw nearly four times its average rainfall.

Aquafornia news ProPublica

Killing the Colorado: How Arizona cotton is fueling the West’s water crisis

State Route 87, the thin band of pavement that approaches the mostly shuttered town of Coolidge, Ariz., cuts through some of the least hospitable land in the country. … Then Route 87 tacks left and the dead landscape springs to life.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Water Company to allow extra drought allocations for larger families

Silicon Valley’s largest water company is changing how it will roll out some of the state’s strictest water conservation rules to address complaints that the new per-household allocations unfairly penalize large families.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Many have questions about new rules for Chico water use

Starting Monday, Chico water customers are expected to use 32 percent less water than they did in the same months in 2013.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Pot talk in Garberville with Congressman Huffman and Lt. Gov. Newsom

Rep. Jared Huffman and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will hold a public marijuana policy forum in Garberville on Friday to discuss possible legalization, and meet with local stakeholders, including government officials, marijuana advocates, law enforcement, environmentalists, and regulators to look at policy options for an expected post-legalization future in California.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

First William Shatner, now Moby: Celebrities’ ideas for tackling California drought

Move over Capt. James T. Kirk. Now Moby wants to boldly go forward with a plan to ease California’s drought.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Radio for Northern California

Oakland startup tries to change the value of water (with audio)

Gov. Jerry Brown and state regulators are trying to get people to cut back with mandates and fines — the stick approach. But a startup in Oakland called MeterHero is trying to change the value of water a different way — with carrots. … [Alice] Green’s Berkeley cohousing community, which is like a hippier version of a condo complex, has signed up for MeterHero.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Southern California immigrants face the drought with conservation habits learned long ago (with audio)

It doesn’t take much water to wash dishes — not in Jess Cullen’s kitchen, at least.  … Cullen is one of a multitude of Southern California residents who grew up in countries where water wasn’t unlimited.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Regional Water Board: SMART must pay for Novato area levee cleanup

A regional water board says the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency is responsible for cleaning up after a levee break near Novato that flooded sensitive wetlands.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Cleanup efforts underway after globs of tar wash ashore in the South Bay

Crews worked overnight to clean up tar balls that washed ashore Wednesday along nearly nine miles of coastline from El Segundo to Redondo Beach.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

San Joaquin Valley to see temperatures soar through weekend

Goodbye spring, hello summer.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Separating earthquake fact from fiction in ‘San Andreas’

In the film, opening this Friday, a previously unknown fault near the Hoover Dam in Nevada ruptures and jiggles the San Andreas. … U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough accompanied The Associated Press to an advance screening of the film.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: Let’s restore California to — today

What should be the “baseline” year for the California environment? What year should we pick as representing the ideal environment that will satisfy activists wishing to impose their vision for allocating our water distribution between fish, farmers and home use?

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: A dry run for a dry future

During times of extreme water scarcity it is hard to find the silver lining. Yet the severity of this drought, including its record warm temperatures, is benefiting us in one way: it is a window into what droughts may look like in the future and gives us something to plan for—a target, if you will.

Aquafornia news The Mono-logue by the Mono Lake Committee

Blog: Mono Lake’s wet May keeps on keeping on

A week ago, at mid-month, we excitedly were tallying up the already-record-making Mono Basin precipitation totals for May and the rise in Mono Lake. Who would have thought that it would keep raining and snowing—especially during the driest year of one of the worst droughts on record?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought angst shrivels Californians’ views of state

A new poll shows Californians’ perceptions of the state have soured in recent months as Gov. Jerry Brown and others imposed new conservation mandates.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Southland water importer OKs $350-million boost in lawn-removal rebates

Responding to a surge of interest in removing grass amid California’s worsening drought, the Metropolitan Water District agreed Monday to spend an additional $350 million to help homeowners and businesses replace the turf.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought

California has turned to the world’s driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record. … But Californians may find Australia’s medicine tough to swallow.