Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Little hope for wet winter

A winter outlook released Thursday by the National Weather Service suggests drought is likely to continue in many parts of California for a fourth straight year. Although that prediction is early and marked by some uncertainty, it’s enough to keep water officials on edge.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Business Journal

New website explains water bond funding

The California Water Foundation has released an informative site on the various projects that would be funded under this year’s $7.5 billion water bond proposal.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Temperance Dam plan is flawed, critics say at Fresno forum

About 100 people listened at a public meeting in Fresno to sometimes passionate statements from speakers who faulted everything from the feasibility analysis to the notification for the hearing on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for Temperance Flat Reservoir.

Aquafornia news The Washington Post

The West is bone dry. Here’s how to help

Drought is rampant these days in many parts of the American West, so consider this a pretty sweet gift: You’ve just been given the rights to some water. … Your job is to turn around and use that resource in the most valuable way possible.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

25 years later, could Bay Area take another quake?

It’s been 25 years since a massive quake rocked the Bay Area just before a World Series game … There have been about $30 billion worth of upgrades made to roads and water and telecommunications systems.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Napa earthquake prompts readiness in Marin on 25th anniversary of Loma Prieta

Twenty-five years after the Loma Prieta earthquake, people in Marin are getting more serious about being prepared — and the Napa temblor that sent a jolt through the county this summer helped.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruzans drink up water source solutions

Even ideas are being conserved as Santa Cruz continues its hunt for alternative water supply solutions. … The so-called ideas convention was hosted by the city’s 14-member Water Supply Advisory Committee.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

‘Avoid water contact’ warnings issued at three West Marin recreation sites

Recent tests of water quality give Chicken Ranch Beach and most other Marin County locales a clean bill of health, but raise red flags at White House Pool county park, Samuel P. Taylor State Park and Lawson’s Landing, where visitors are advised to “avoid contact with the water.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California almond industry moves to protect vital bee colonies

The importance of honeybees is now written across a first-ever set of public guidelines for almond growers and beekeepers, released Thursday by the California Almond Board.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

EPA awards two Bay Area companies for green chemistry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored two Bay Area chemical companies Thursday for products and processes that reduce or eliminate hazardous substances and may save water and reduce greenhouse gases too.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Solar power: Bird deaths in plant’s ponds investigated

Federal wildlife officials are investigating the deaths this week of as many as 60 birds in water evaporation ponds at the Genesis solar plant in eastern Riverside County.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Fighting walnut theft, new program aims to safeguard sales

Northern California is seeing a crackdown on walnut theft. With new rules last year on walnut sales and more improvements this year, the hope is that thieves will no longer see walnuts as easy money.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: It’s time to get extremely serious about conserving water

The message that California is in severe drought is being heard. But more must be done.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Lessons of Loma Prieta, 25 years later

The Bay Area is booming, building and growing. But its 7 million residents live under a shadow: a future earthquake that could devastate the region as much as — or more than — the Loma Prieta tremor 25 years ago.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Californians can save a lot of water by retrofitting wasteful older homes

The reduction of water use in new homes has long been a focus of California’s homebuilding industry. … The good news is the state has a golden opportunity to use the emergency drought funds available to retrofit older homes to comply with current building standards – potentially saving hundreds of billions of gallons a year.

Aquafornia news California WaterBlog by UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Modernizing drought water allocations

The State Water Resources Control Board recently solicited public comments on how to improve its drought curtailment of water rights. Here is a summary of insights and recommendations from a group of seven California water experts.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

News Release: Learn about groundwater and take a cruise on Lake Shasta

The Water Education Foundation’s popular Northern California Tour features a diverse group of experts talking about groundwater, flood management, the drought, water supplies, agricultural challenges, and the latest on salmon restoration efforts. The tour also includes a houseboat cruise on Lake Shasta. … The tour travels the length of the Sacramento Valley with visits to Oroville and Shasta dams.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

News Release: Holiday shopping? Support water education while you shop online

The Water Education Foundation is now participating in the AmazonSmile Foundation program, which allows Amazon customers to designate a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to receive 0.5% of purchase price of products bought. … Donations help us to continue our mission to raise awareness of water issues in California and the West.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Los Angeles’ earthquake ‘czar’ Dr. Lucy Jones outlines doomsday scenarios

A massive earthquake in Southern California could economically cripple the Los Angeles region, earthquake “czar” Dr. Lucy Jones warned City Council members during a hearing Wednesday. … A seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Jones is working for the city for free for 12 months, helping craft a report on earthquake preparedness in building safety, water issues and communication systems.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Plan to save endangered frog hopping along

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed Wednesday as part of a lawsuit settlement to establish a recovery plan for the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog.