Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: October begins water year with prospect of tighter restrictions

As the state ends the fourth-driest water year on record with no guarantee of significant rain and snowfall this winter, Californians face the prospect of stricter rationing and meager irrigation deliveries for agriculture.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Reservoirs at 19-year low

We’ve all had those years when we couldn’t wait to flip the calendar to January, put our troubles behind us and get a fresh start. That’s how California water managers must feel today.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat

Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that makes California the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

A look at California’s landmark plastic bag ban

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Deal would bring $20 million to Yuba County Water Agency

The price to buy Yuba County water could soon increase, bringing with it $20 million in upfront payments from southern water districts.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Drought has Yankee Hill mobile home park on the edge of bone dry

Help will soon be on the way for about 100 residents who live in the Big Bend Mountain Mobile Home Park in Yankee Hill. … Luckily, the park was added to a list for emergency water supply funds, with money recently approved by the state.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Farmers convince supervisors to postpone ag development freeze

Kern County supervisors, feeling heat from agricultural developers in the Indian Wells Valley, postponed an emergency ordinance that would have temporarily frozen ag development in the water poor desert region.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

IRS extends deadline for farmers forced to sell livestock due to drought

Farmers and ranchers forced to sell livestock due to the drought have an extended period of time to replace their livestock and defer tax on any gains from the sales, the Internal Revenue Service announced.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Deal to get financial records from Los Angeles DWP trusts goes to utility board

Los Angeles lawmakers are pressing ahead with a plan that could end the legal battles over two controversial trusts affiliated with the Department of Water and Power.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Firefighting at full strength despite budget woes

As the Inland Empire braces for autumn’s Santa Ana winds that can spread wildfires at freeway speeds, the state is already having to tap its reserve fund to bolster a firefighting budget that was exhausted just three months into the fiscal year by an abnormally busy summer.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Rain likely cause of fish killed in Yosemite Lake

Perhaps 200 fish died in Stockton’s Lake Yosemite following last week’s early-season rain, according to a report.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Judge upholds ban on new mining claims on 1 million acres

Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar did not abuse his discretion or violate any laws in prohibiting new hard-rock mining claims on one million acres near the Grand Canyon, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Congress should fund fires for what they are — disasters

Californians are all too familiar with the devastation forest fires bring. The state has already had more than 1,000 wildfires this year, and the worst of the fire season is just beginning.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Commentary: Farmers are dedicated water stewards

While the historic drought we are currently experiencing has only recently brought water conservation to the forefront for many Californians, it has been a way of life on farms and ranches for decades.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Californians with gold fever strike a legal lode

California explosively emerged as a place of importance – and quickly became a state – for one reason only: the 1848 discovery of gold in the American River.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Commentary: California is burning

California’s Central Valley is one of the most fascinating places in America.

Aquafornia news Water | Food | Environment — The Blog of David Guy

Blog: Thinking about the future of farming

On the heels of a successful Farm to Fork weekend in Sacramento, we have another opportunity to think about the future of farming. In the Sacramento Valley, the farmers are not only producing a commodity in the traditional economic sense, they are also the leading conservationists in the region, developing innovative 21st century projects and programs that will benefit salmon, migratory waterfowl and other birds, flood protection, as well as provide the pastoral settings that urbanites are craving in our increasingly frantic and busy environment we live.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Rebates for replacing lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping won’t be taxed

Rebates received by homeowners for replacing their lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping will not be counted as income, according to a bill authored by a Los Angeles lawmaker and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California’s water year ends as one of the driest on record

California’s water year ends Tuesday as one of the driest in state history — and water managers are warning the new water year may be just as bad.