Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: EPA official — Work remains to provide clean water

A top regional official of the Environmental Protection Agency visited a community center in Thermal on Tuesday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, saying much work still needs to be done to provide clean water for everyone in the country.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California’s water deficit: 11 trillion gallons

NASA satellites that have been tracking California’s troubled water supplies from space generated a first-ever estimate of how much water the state needs to recover from the drought — an astonishing 11 trillion gallons. In other words, a whole lot.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Organic farmers to get a break on agriculture fees

An organic farming seed planted in the latest farm bill sprouted Tuesday, broadening exemptions from conventional crop promotion fees. From almonds to watermelons, the proposed new fee exemptions cover myriad organic crops across different U.S. regions.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Debris flow forces freeway closure as new storm hits Southern California

A debris flow has forced the closure of a major Inland Empire freeway after trapping numerous drivers as a new storm barreled into Southern California Wednesday morning.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Rain could spell trouble for California water conservation

After California’s driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state’s first heavy downpours in years.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Another week of wet weather covers California

California remains deep in a drought, but a steady string of wet weather that is expected to continue Wednesday is making it look and feel replenished.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin officials declare storm damage emergency

Marin County officials declared a state of emergency Tuesday, saying last week’s storm caused more than $1 million in damage to county roads and levees.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Storm to blanket mountains with snow

The current storm will bring brief but intense rain to the valleys, while the mountain resorts are apt to be blanketed by 4 to 8 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Humboldt County supervisors hear potential plans for Mad River water exports

The last Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting of 2014 on Tuesday focused on many aspects of the Mad River, with a local water district presenting outlines to potentially transport water out of the county and increase flows for native species, and the board approving an update to its environmental review of current mining operations along the waterway.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

State Water Board appoints Michael George as new Delta watermaster

The State Water Resources Control Board announced yesterday that it has appointed Michael George to serve as the new Delta Watermaster. George, who is only the second Watermaster to be appointed since the position’s inception in 2009, will replace outgoing Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson and serve a four-year term.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Endangered tricolor blackbird’s fate entwined with dairy industry

Tricolored blackbirds, once one of the most abundant birds in California, now depend largely on Central Valley dairy farmers for their survival. Millions of the gregarious birds used to build their nests in wetlands.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Why the Bay Area fell apart during the storm

While the Bay Area’s “storm of the decade” left many residents shrugging about its strength (San Francisco got less than 3.5 inches of rain), our infrastructure tells a different story. Local school districts and businesses closed their doors in droves. … Power outages throughout the Bay Area, and overwhelmed sewage systems in different places, including San Francisco, showed how stressed our infrastructure has become.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Commentary: California drinking water plan can do more

This week we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act knowing more Americans enjoy safe drinking water than ever before. Nowhere can you find more protective drinking water regulations than in California.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Fracking undercuts climate change, water advances

Gov. Jerry Brown and the other West Coast leaders – Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark – who have pledged to solve global warming deserve a heartfelt “thank you” from the people of California and around the world, especially as Congress stalls on climate change.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Commentary: The water OID sells is not the water it pumps

If I have sugar in my pantry and flour in my cupboard, does that make me a baker? No. But The Bee continues to assert that since the Oakdale Irrigation District pumps groundwater and sells surface water that makes it guilty of pumping and selling groundwater out of the county.

Aquafornia news Davis Enterprise

Commentary: Cloudy — yet safe — tap water adds to negative health effects

Cloudy tap water may have a greater effect on California’s rural immigrants than merely leaving behind a bad taste, according to a new policy brief released by the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Groundwater adjudication hearing, part 3

Groundwater adjudications, notoriously expensive and time consuming, emerged as an issue during the development and ultimate passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, and the Brown Administration has made it a priority to consider possible reforms.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Environmental Data Summit — Accessing information that informs decision making

Data, believe it or not, are critical in our lives and influence a broad range of decisions from personal through global significance. The management and use of environmental data, to support science and policy, is not a simple once size fits all issue.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

News Release: Federal agencies support Virginia’s innovative market-based approach to improving water quality in Chesapeake Bay

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today [Dec. 16] joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack, Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a private investor and an Appomattox, VA, farmer to recognize an innovative, market-based nutrient trading program run by Virginia to improve the water quality of Chesapeake Bay.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Earthquake could imperil L.A.’s water supply

Los Angeles gets 88% of its water from three major aqueducts, flowing from the Colorado River, Owens Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. … Officials have long warned that a massive temblor on the San Andreas could destroy key sections of the aqueducts, cutting off the water supply for more than 22 million people in Southern California.