Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Hundreds of illicit oil wastewater pits found in Kern County

Water officials in Kern County discovered that oil producers have been dumping chemical-laden wastewater into hundreds of unlined pits that are operating without proper permits. … The pits — long, shallow troughs gouged out of dirt — hold water that is produced from fracking and other oil drilling operations.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

San Juan Capistrano case challenges legality of tiered water rates

In drought-ridden California, many water bills are calculated using a basic principle: The more water a customer uses, the higher the rate. It’s a strategy water districts employ to boost conservation.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno council votes 6-1 to approve $429 million water project

The Fresno City Council approved Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s historic water project Thursday night, assuring a secure supply of the liquid gold well into the 21st century. The 6-1 vote was actually for a five-year rate plan.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Californians growing more concerned about drought, poll finds

Dread over the water shortage in California has grown to the point that at least half the state’s residents are willing to relax environmental regulations and allow construction of water supply facilities in federal parkland, a statewide Field Poll has revealed.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

94% of Californians agree: The drought is serious. Now what do we do about it?

A Field Poll released Thursday found 94 percent of registered voters in California consider the state’s more than three-year water shortage to be at least “serious,” with a full 68 percent considering the situation “extremely serious.”

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Storm heading into Northern California won’t dent the drought

A storm system heading to Northern California may bring only a fraction of an inch of rain to the Bay Area, but skiers and snowboarders turned desperate by the drought are stoked after learning that nearly a foot of fresh powder could fall in some parts of the Sierra.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Storm headed for Southern California expected to bring rain over the weekend

A storm out of the Pacific Northwest headed toward the Southland today, packing the potential to generate showers, snowfall as low as 3,500 feet, and hazardous travel conditions on roads in or near the San Gabriel mountains, forecasters said.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Snow watch for mountains above Palm Springs

National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch from 4 p.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Monday, saying heavy snow may fall above 5,000 feet in the mountains around Palm Springs.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Is drought the new normal for Southern California?

Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is altering Earth’s most important atmospheric weather cell, drawing more moisture into the deep tropics and broadening areas of drought at higher latitudes, according to a new study.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Radio for Northern California

Warm, dry weather threatens way of life at Lake Tahoe

This is the fourth lousy winter season in a row for the ski industry, and it has been economically devastating for the area. Some of the smaller resorts are barely hanging on, while larger players are carving out new ways to turn a profit.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

San Diego officials revisiting proposed local bag ban since state ban on hold

San Diego officials are revisiting a proposed local bag ban now that a statewide ban on plastic bags is on hold pending a referendum.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sonoma Clean Power inks deal for floating solar panel project

Sonoma County’s new public electricity supplier is turning to the sun and water — the airspace over treated sewage ponds, specifically — to generate power for local homes and businesses.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Bees still on the decline, almond production safe this year

Almond bloom is crunch time for the bee industry.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

World’s biggest bee pollination event taking place in Central Valley (with audio)

For the bees almond blossoms are a major food source. But before and after the blooming period, forage to feed the bees can be scarce.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Science documents firmer evidence on climate change. Will lawmakers act?

A panel of scientists, including several from the Bay Area, have pinpointed levels of a key heat-trapping gas long blamed for wild swings in the weather. … The fresh facts have an important role to play.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Commentary: California must choose oil or water

As California enters its fourth year of drought, water users around the state are beginning to do some soul searching.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Amid drought, a turf war between residents and homeowners associations

Rancho Pacifica, a gated community of spectacular multimillion dollar homes in the hills east of Del Mar, is not immune to the ravages of the California drought.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Blog: Sierra snow on the way — Slope Dope helps you navigate another dry year

Snow’s a comin’ to the Sierra this weekend, which is news in this, our fourth winter of droughty discontent.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation releases draft environmental documents on Trinity River project

As part of the Trinity River Restoration Program, the Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study for the Trinity River Channel Rehabilitation Site: Limekiln Gulch. A public meeting will be held to receive comments on Wednesday, March 11, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Douglas City School, Douglas City, Calif.  

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Continued drought creates worries, poll finds

In what could be a fourth year of drought, virtually all Californians say the state’s water situation is serious — but the majority still favors voluntary rather than mandatory restrictions, a new Field Poll released Thursday found.