Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: New statewide water waste prohibitions take effect

It is now illegal for any Californian to hose down a driveway or sidewalk, or allow landscape irrigation to flood off their property.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

House approves changes to Endangered Species Act despite veto threat

The House passed a bill Tuesday that would require the government to disclose all data it relies upon when determining whether a species is endangered.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Citrus growers, legislators push for putting water bond on ballot

Standing near a water-starved citrus grove in east Fresno County, farmers, legislators and agriculture leaders on Tuesday urged public support for a multibillion-dollar water bond to build new reservoirs.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding

The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some eight million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school’s storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

UCLA flooding is latest black eye for L.A.’s aging water system

The water main break that flooded parts of the UCLA campus Tuesday marks the latest in a series of problems for Los Angeles’ aging water delivery system. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the pipe involved was installed in 1921.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles DWP defends response to UCLA flood, says crews had to find valve

A top Los Angeles utility official faced tough questions Tuesday night about the response to a massive pipe break that flooded UCLA and surrounding areas with millions of gallons of water and threatened the near-term use of Pauley Pavilion.

Aquafornia news NBC News

Drought-shaming apps target California water wasters

In parched California, not everyone is taking the state’s record drought seriously. That has led “water cops” to roam the streets, public shaming on social media and a host of apps meant to cut down on wasted water.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Agencies accelerate drought response

Inland water districts are ramping up their drought response plans and considering higher rates on water used for irrigation and swimming pools.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Enforcement questions surround desert water use rules

Strict new water restrictions began taking effect across California on Tuesday, but most Coachella Valley residents shouldn’t expect to be fined for wasting water anytime soon.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State craft brewers fear drought could alter business, and the beer

When Lagunitas Brewing Co. fills its beer bottles, Northern California’s Russian River provides the main ingredient. Lagunitas has become one of the fastest-growing stars of California’s booming craft beer scene. But the Russian River is shrinking after three years of punishing drought.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Fire near Yosemite turns up heat on California wildfire season

For the second year in a row, flames in Yosemite National Park are turning up the heat on California’s wildfire season, fueled by one of the most severe droughts in decades.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

30-day fracking study puts off public vote to 2016

A decision to do a 30-day study on what an initiative banning hydraulic fracturing would mean to Butte County will effectively keep the measure off the ballot until June 2016.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Habitat restoration at San Geronimo golf course to aid salmon

With the local salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act, environmentalists say the best place to focus recovery efforts is in the area that has the largest endangered population.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz sewer work completed early

Crews replacing a major sewer line on the Westside using a method that minimizes digging completed their project a day early Tuesday. … The pipe carries sewage from UC Santa Cruz and most of the upper Westside at 1,000 gallons per minute.

Aquafornia news NPR

Pop-up books make environmental science easy-peasy for kids

For the average school kid, weighty, wonky topics like conservation, climate change and the circular economy might sound off-putting, if not downright dull. Yet Christiane Dorion has sold millions of children’s books about these very concepts.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Ban on fracking would cost jobs

Bans against oil extraction techniques such as hydraulic fracturing would force California to rely more on energy from other states or foreign countries.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Why almonds cover California

California produces more than 80 percent of the world’s almonds, accounting for an export gross of more than $2.5 billion. … But there’s a big problem with these new plantings in the San Joaquin Valley.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Oil companies should conserve water, too

This crisis demands that we seize every opportunity to conserve freshwater. There is one practice that consumes large amounts of water in some of the most parched areas of the state and merits further attention: oil production.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Copper paint rules are reasonable

I would like to set the record straight on inaccuracies and misconceptions in a recent Viewpoints article (“A plan to prevent copper pollution is fatally flawed,” July 19) that takes issue with a water quality regulation issued by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board that would require a reduction in harmful levels of copper discharged to Marina del Rey.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: California lawmakers prepare final push for groundwater regulation

A group of water policy leaders and California lawmakers will publish draft groundwater legislation for public review this week, possibly by Tuesday. The release kicks off a sprint finish for lawmakers and advocates hoping to use California’s historic drought to catalyze reform of the state’s lax groundwater laws.