Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Dry January starts familiar feeling of dread among farm water leaders

Facing a fourth drought year and maybe the driest January on record, farm water leaders hope storms are on the way, but they saw a dry January last year and got no water from the federal Central Valley Project. … In late February, the bureau [of Reclamation] makes a forecast of summer water delivery.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Agency to invest in treating water for chromium-6

The Coachella Valley Water District is about to embark on its costliest infrastructure project ever, designing water treatment plants to remove a potentially hazardous heavy metal from the water supply in places from Rancho Mirage to Thermal. … The water district, like many others across the state, is taking steps to comply with a new safe drinking water limit for chromium-6 set by the California Department of Public Health.

Aquafornia news Ukiah Daily News

Marijuana grows inspected near Eel River

A multi-agency partnership, involving state and local agencies, this week finished inspections of 14 private properties with active marijuana grow operations along Sproul Creek within the Eel River watershed.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

State Board warns of water curtailments if dry conditions persist

The State Water Resources Control Board advised water rights holders today [Jan. 23] that water diversions may be curtailed in critically dry watersheds again this year if conditions do not improve over the coming months.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Lack of snowstorms sends Sierra ski season off course

Skiers struggled this week to keep their spirits up as dark patches of dirt and grass poked through what should be long, smooth, white ski slopes near Truckee.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State awards $2 million to Cachuma Lake pumping project

Santa Barbara County water agencies announced Friday that they will receive $2 million in state funding for a pumping project at Cachuma Lake — a source of drinking water for 220,000 people on the southern central coast — where water levels have dropped precipitously low.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Soquel Creek district to roll out voluntary conservation budgets

Although Soquel Creek Water District officials pulled the plug last year on a $3 million mandated conservation program, the agency soon will roll out some components of the initiative designed to reverse groundwater overdraft.

Aquafornia news Reuters

Lake Tahoe’s tiny creatures dying at dramatic rate, scientists say

The smallest critters who occupy the bottom of the cold, clear waters of Lake Tahoe are dying off at an alarming rate and scientists are trying to find the cause to protect the fragile ecosystem of the lake high in the Sierra Nevada range.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commercial growers, Sacramento-area gardeners face possible headaches from warm afternoons, lack of rain

Sacramento-area residents have been down this winter weather road before: cold, foggy mornings giving way to warmer-than-usual afternoons . . . and no rain.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Robots could have a new job on the farm (with audio)

A team led by [UC Davis Professor David] Slaughter received a $2.7 million grant recently from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a prototype for weed control.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sneaky leaks can be draining, Placer County homeowner finds

Judy Henry knew she couldn’t be using that much water. … Her water use spiked so much, it got the attention of the Placer County Water Agency, too.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

New plan pitched to enhance Bolinas Lagoon

[Marin] County parks officials are eyeing restoration work to the north end of Bolinas Lagoon, one of the world’s most biologically diverse bodies of water.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Elkhorn Slough: An outdoor weekend getaway just down the coast

If it were anywhere else but in Northern California, with its abundance of natural wonders, Elkhorn Slough would be a national treasure.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Event hopes to slip and slide into Sacramento region

An upstart company wants to bring a massive inflatable waterslide to the Sacramento area this summer.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Editorial: Salton Sea neighbors should back restoration

The Imperial Irrigation District is calling on all stakeholders in the 2003 water transfer deal to come together to finally find a solution to the piece of that puzzle that has remained elusive ever since: the promised restoration of the Salton Sea.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Editorial: We must challenge the state’s water grab

The State Water Resources Control Board is telling some statistical whoppers as it tries to justify its impending water grab.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Reform CEQA to help live with drought

California took enormous steps to address our water future by passing a water bond and landmark groundwater laws last year, but there’s more to be done. Lawmakers should look to reform the California Environmental Quality Act to ensure we are using water efficiently and sustainably.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Floods are coming, plan now to cope with the deluge

Even though Californians remain gripped in a brutal drought, high waters will inevitably come again. The past is prelude to the future, and exactly 50 years ago, residents of towns and homes along every stream and river in Northern California were reeling from the most damaging flood we’ve ever seen.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Commentary: Meetings to understand new water regulations

The San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition has developed an extensive program for water quality in our region. … Last March the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board approved the waste discharge requirements for the irrigated lands here in the San Joaquin and Delta area.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Food revolution creates opportunities for artisans

Food is hot. From the fields and farms of our Central Valley to the tables in some of the nation’s best restaurants, from home kitchens to trendy food trucks, from cooking contests to elaborate parties and social gatherings with food as a centerpiece, a revolution in food is unfolding before us.