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Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought expands in California, Nevada with dry January

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows that the intensity level of drought has increased in California and Nevada, as some areas of both states head toward one of the driest January’s on record.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Measuring Sierra snowpack is a lot more complex than it looks

As California caps what may be its driest January on record, Frank Gehrke will lead a bevy of surveyors on Thursday to a predetermined spot on Echo Summit in an exercise that has become a monthly downer in the documentation of the state’s historic drought.

Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento

Larger salmon releases planned in Sacramento River near Redding

Officials plan to more than triple the number of endangered winter-run Chinook salmon released into the Sacramento River following a massive die-off last year.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Water cutbacks on horizon if snow stays stingy (with audio)

On the eve of the January snowpack survey of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, water management officials said Southern California’s largest water wholesaler may need to institute stricter water limits if winter precipitation does not improve.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Satellite mission poised to help farmers and water managers, NASA says

The Soil Moisture Active Passive project is expected to provide crucial information to Central Valley farmers and water resource managers dealing with the multiyear drought.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

NASA moisture satellite launch scrubbed due to winds

NASA has scrubbed the launch of an Earth-observing satellite because of wind conditions over California.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

County supervisors tie support for Fresno mayor’s water plan to growth talks

Fresno County supervisors turned a routine review of Fresno City Hall’s water rates into a remarkable look at the role of trust in politics.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz water demand flat even after healthy rainfall

After receiving nearly 160 percent of normal rainfall in November and December — thus causing Santa Cruz to suspend mandatory water rationing for residential customers — the driest January on record stands as a stark reminder of how vulnerable the water supply is to nature’s mood swings.

Aquafornia news NBC Southern California

Families worry over foul-smelling tap water (with video)

Families in a Southern California neighborhood worried by black and foul-smelling water pouring from their faucets, toilets and showers say their water company is not doing enough to fix the problem.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

Historic groundwater legislation highlighted

The benefits and mechanics of California’s historic move toward sustainable, locally-driven groundwater management were reviewed by DWR Deputy Director Gary Bardini at a January 27-28 workshop at Stanford University.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Cleaning up water by running it through dirt

Storm runoff can be toxic to aquatic life, but a new study suggests a simple and relatively inexpensive solution …

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

MBARI testing the waters with open source camera

Ocean research can be a costly voyage.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Cash For Grass in Roseville (with audio)

The City of Roseville is swapping grass for drought-resistant landscaping at Crestmont Park, Roseville Electric Utility and the Roseville Corporation Yard.  

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Quake early warning system (interactive graphic)

A sensor network that gathers seismic data could also give the public as much as a minute of warning before a big earthquake is felt.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Winter snow cover must be weighed against springtime lack, scientists say

News outlets pegged it as the “historic” blizzard of 2015.

Aquafornia news NPR

Why dump treated wastewater when you could make beer with it?

Just when we thought craft beer couldn’t get any zanier, we learn that Oregonians want to make it with treated wastewater.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Commentary: Delta plan — New coalition supports the governor’s twin tunnels

As part of the newly formed Californians for Water Security, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group has joined a coalition of farmers, businesses and labor, environmental and water leaders to support the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Gov. Jerry Brown’s bold strategy to fix the state’s deteriorating water distribution system.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: Not as much water on the brain

A new PPIC poll released tonight [Jan. 28] shows that 59 percent of California adults consider water to be a “big problem” — a high number, but coming down from a record-high 68 percent in October.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Blog: The dam mirage

California is working on a checklist to ease the pain of three-year drought and make sure the state isn’t caught short in the future. One of the items is “water storage,” better translated as more dams.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Feinstein hosts 7 California reps in closed-door water bill talk

The never-sending search for a California water bill showed, perhaps, a little progress Tuesday as seven Democratic House members met for over an hour with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.