Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Obama declares Napa earthquake major disaster

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in California on Thursday because of last month’s Napa Valley earthquake, releasing emergency federal funding for the state.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

McNerney bill would bar federal money from Delta plan

U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, has introduced a bill to block any federal money from being used for the state’s twin tunnels project.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Pesticide levels in waterways have dropped, reducing the risks to humans

The development of safer pesticides and legal restrictions on their use have sharply reduced the risk to humans from pesticide-tainted rivers and streams, while the potential risk to aquatic life in urban waters has risen, according to a two-decade survey published on Thursday.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Business forecast projects modest growth; Drought will have minimal impact

The University of the Pacific’s latest Business Forecast shows California to continue growing at a modest rate of 2 to 3 percent for jobs and economic output. The forecast predicts the drought will have only a minimal impact on the economy.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County heat alerts declared; cooling centers to open

Dozens of cooling centers are opening across Los Angeles County as a potentially record-setting heat wave settles over Southern California.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Triple-digit days on the way for Inland area

Even as summer on the calendar pushes toward fall, a burgeoning high pressure system is pushing into Southern California and will likely bring the hottest temperatures of the year to the Inland area this weekend.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Southern California’s water usage drop not as steep as rest of state

Southern Californians are reducing their water use amid a historic drought, but they’ve cut back at the lowest rate in the state, the Water Resources Control Board announced this week.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Drought Task Force hears list of water problems in Glenn County

Wells going dry, numerous requests for new agricultural well permits, green algae and brown water were all reported to the Glenn County Drought Task Force Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Water cops watching for waste in Santa Rosa

Water wasters in Santa Rosa beware — the water cops are on patrol.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Los Gatos nudist camp accused of stealing water from open space district

Rangers from an open space district in the wooded hills above Los Gatos descended upon a neighboring nudist camp Thursday, accused its residents of stealing water and ripped out an upstream water line that has helped keep the resort open during California’s drought.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Yosemite wildfire crews also battling bears on fire lines

Crews battling a wildfire in Yosemite National Park have had to deal with steep terrain, dense forest brush, oppressive heat, and now, bears.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Northern California wildfire threatening 107 homes

Firefighters battling a seemingly constant string of wildfires in California were tackling a new blaze Thursday in the northern part of the state that threatened more than 100 homes.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Nation’s birds in peril, but Marin conservation efforts help, reports say

Two national reports out Tuesday show that bird species throughout the nation are facing challenges to survive, but local efforts — such as wetland restoration projects in Marin — can help by improving habitat.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Canyon Lake: Alum treatments resume at lake

Treatment of the lake with alum, which helps clear up the water through a process called flocculation, is scheduled to resume Sept. 22 through Sept. 26 for a third time within the last 13 months.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Petition seeks federal protections for butterflies

The monarch butterfly, an iconic insect known to winter at Natural Bridges State Beach and Pacific Grove, is endangered of becoming extinct.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Federal government should hold off on leasing public lands for fracking

It’s unfortunate that the federal Bureau of Land Management is using a new study to justify resuming leasing of federal lands for fracking in California, including 2,500 acres in Monterey County.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary (video): Will water bond measure have serious opposition?

California’s water bond measure is the most important issue on the November ballot, Dan says.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Why America’s wilderness matters

I grew up in New York City, which is probably why I care so much about wilderness. … I got into it early and as often as possible, becoming one of the first whitewater river guides in the Grand Canyon and elsewhere.

Aquafornia news U.S. Geological Survey

News Release: 20-year study shows levels of pesticides still a concern for aquatic life in U.S. rivers and streams

Levels of pesticides continue to be a concern for aquatic life in many of the Nation’s rivers and streams in agricultural and urban areas, according to a new USGS study spanning two decades (1992-2011). Pesticide levels seldom exceeded human health benchmarks.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Bureau of Reclamation and COMET release video series on water purification and desalination projects

The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with University Corporation for Atmospheric Research’s COMET Program, has released three video interviews with Frank Leitz, Senior Chemical Engineer at the Bureau of Reclamation. Leitz shares stories and lessons learned from more than 50 years of his work on water purification and desalination projects.