Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Jerry Brown defends Delta tunnel plan

[Gov. Jerry] Brown, meeting with this newspaper’s editorial board, also said he plans to proceed with his twin-tunnel plan for the Delta whether or not the public votes on it, and suggested that comprehensive reform of the California Environmental Quality Act, long one of his top priorities, is all but dead.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

‘Severe’ drought covers nearly 99.8% of California, report says

Drought conditions may have leveled off across California, but nearly 100% of the state remains in the third-harshest category for dryness, according to the latest measurements.

Aquafornia news Reno Gazette-Journal

Climate focus of Tuesday’s Tahoe Summit

The 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit is themed “Drought, Wildfire and Invasive Species: Confronting the Effects of Climate Change on Lake Tahoe.” Keynote speaker is California Gov. Jerry Brown.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Less shake from artificial quakes, Fed study says

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Stinson Beach water board approves rationing plan

The water district board in Marin County’s Stinson Beach has approved a rationing plan months in the making that would give residents in the vacationers’ haven an edge over owners of seasonal rental properties.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles takes gentle approach to conserving water during drought

For all the tough talk about cracking down on water wasters, Los Angeles and other California cities are choosing gentle coaxing over costly fines. … New state rules allow fines up to $500 per day for water wasters, and local authorities have their own penalties.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Mission Springs Water District latest to toughen rules

The Mission Springs Water District on Monday became the latest in the Coachella Valley to impose mandatory water restrictions.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

DWP’s drought busters return to Los Angeles streets

A team of inspectors known as the drought busters is hitting the streets to find violators of Los Angeles’ water conservation measure.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles dramatically increases ‘water cops’ staffing as drought worsens

The [Los Angeles] DWP said Monday it now has four water-wasting inspectors, but officials emphasized that their job will be more educational than enforcement.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

City program helps Amy’s Kitchen cut water use

With the help of a city-funded water audit and ideas solicited from its 800-strong workforce, Amy’s has been able to reduce its water use by 30 percent with minimal investment.

Aquafornia news UT San Diego

Boil water alert lifted for all but 60 customers in Escondido’s Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District

The boil alert for 6,300 water customers in Escondido has been lifted for all but about 60 connections.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

OID to consider irrigation water rate increases

Water rate increases will be discussed – and possibly approved – Tuesday morning by the Oakdale Irrigation District’s board of directors. 

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Rancho California Water District in escrow to buy Vail Lake property

A Temecula Valley water provider expects to close escrow by Friday on a $49.77 million purchase of land wrapped around a Southwest Riverside County lake popular with boaters, campers and people who like to fish.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Man vs. trout vs. drought

In the turf war between man and trout, man inevitably wins. … But in the Santa Ana Mountains, the fish – with a powerful ally – have struck back.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Lake Tahoe researchers seek donations to expand data collection efforts

The Lake Tahoe Environmental Research Center is embarking on its most detailed near-shore data collection effort ever and it’s looking for help from the public.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

13,000 evacuation calls in California wildfire

Authorities have sent evacuation orders to some 13,000 phone numbers as an out-of-control wildfire bears down on a foothill community near Yosemite National Park in Central California.

Aquafornia news Imperial Valley Press

Editorial: Final version of water bond good for Salton Sea

While not mentioned specifically, the Salton Sea would be in a prime position to qualify for up to $475 million in restoration funds if the water bond going before the voters is passed in November. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Water bond compromise is a good deal for Delta

Two years ago, I introduced a measure to replace the doomed pork-laden water bond from 2009 with a trim, focused and non-controversial bond that could win voter support and address California’s critical water needs, without threatening the Delta region by funding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan or the Delta tunnels.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Dams are not the answer to long-term water woes

The new bond, like the one it replaced, is written to enable extraordinarily expensive dams that will provide negligible benefit to the public, won’t resolve our water supply problems and will irreparably damage the environment.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Commentary: Goodbye cows, hello money trees

Agriculture statistics recently released show that almonds have surged well past milk products as the No. 1 farm commodity for Stanislaus County.