Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Poll finds Californians back smaller water bond

A slim majority of likely California voters support an $11.1 billion water bond slated for the November ballot, but public support would grow if the bond comes with a smaller price-tag, according to survey results released late Wednesday.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Water restrictions backed by 75 percent of Californians, new poll says

Few local water agencies have forced customers to cut their water use amid the ongoing drought, but a new poll shows a large majority of Californians support mandates to turn off the tap.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Major California reservoirs below 50% capacity as drought wears on

Most of California’s major reservoirs are now less than half-full — or at what officials call a “seriously low” level — but that’s still nowhere near the historic lows set in 1977, the state’s driest year on record.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Fire season in West so far is below expectations

Widespread drought across the West had forecasters expecting an above-average wildfire season this summer, which so far has not lived up to expectations.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

No name change for Delta

In a survey conducted by the Delta Protection Commission, 73 percent of respondents chose “Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta” over the “California Delta.”

Aquafornia news The Center for Investigative Reporting

Why the California drought affects everyone

California Gov. Jerry Brown has asked restaurants not to serve water unless diners ask for it. He’s letting lawns at the state Capitol turn brown. Farmers in the Central Valley are getting just a trickle of the water they usually do. Conspicuous water wasters – commercial and residential – face fines of $500 a day. Even Lady Gaga is pleading with Californians to conserve.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise Record

Judge clears way for anti-fracking petition to move forward

An initiative drive aimed at banning hydraulic fracturing in Butte County has received judicial sanction to move forward.

Aquafornia news Imperial Valley Press

IID officials discuss water use

A deceptively simple question was raised at the Imperial Irrigation District’s Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Flood of frustration

Five years after officials began writing a comprehensive billion-dollar flood protection plan for Stockton, the federal government said this week it will miss a December target to complete the document.

Aquafornia news Bakersfield Californian

Bakersfield to close spray parks early, consider tiered rates

The taps at nine Bakersfield spray parks will be turned off Aug. 1, more than a month ahead of schedule, as part of the city’s latest efforts to grapple with the ongoing drought, the municipal Water Board learned Wednesday. The city will also upgrade to a Stage 3 drought condition, and while Bakersfield police could begin citing water wasters, they won’t yet.

Aquafornia news The Argus

Fremont: Water district drought surcharge adopted

Starting this week, the Tri-City-area’s heaviest water users will pay more.

Aquafornia news

Weekend Wrap-Up: Drought; Legislation

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Welcome back! Here’s the Weekend Wrap-Up on Aquafornia: 

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

California’s New Water-waste Penalty Also Applies to Government, But Who Will Enforce It?

From The Sacramento Bee:

In a little-noticed provision of the regulations adopted Tuesday, the State Water Resources Control Board declared that public agencies – in addition to individuals and businesses – can be prosecuted for a criminal infraction and fined $500 per day for certain categories of water waste.

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Agriculture Chief Visits Water-starved Families

From the Associated Press:

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

High-bidding Farmers Battle in Water Auctions

From the San Jose Mercury News:

One of the worst droughts in state history is pushing water prices to record levels — fraying nerves, eroding bank accounts and stress-testing the state’s “water market,” an informal and largely hidden network of buyers and sellers.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Drought Takes Toll on San Joaquin County Groundwater

From the Stockton Record:

Hundreds of tiny red arrows spread like star constellations across a map of San Joaquin County tell the story: The drought is drawing down our valuable groundwater “savings account.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Drought Drying Up Small Central Valley Farmers’ Future

From The Fresno Bee:

This time of year, May Vu’s farm in Sanger should be carpeted with blooming flowers and a bounty of vegetables. But a failing irrigation pump and a nearly empty well have dried up Vu’s farm and with it, her source of income.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Drought Will Only Get Worse, Experts Say

From the Los Angeles Times:

California is probably headed into a deeper drought this summer, making it harder to escape in the future, an expert says.

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Drought Hinders State’s Emissions Goals

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

No state has done more than California to fight global warming. But a deepening drought could make that battle more difficult and more expensive.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Q&A: Persuading Delta Residents that Twin Tunnels Would Be Good

From The Sacramento Bee:

Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, offered The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board his view of California’s plumbing system last week.

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