Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Jerry Brown launches pitch for Props. 1 and 2

Gov. Jerry Brown launched a statewide campaign Friday — not for his own re-election, but for a pair of state ballot measures that he said were critical for both California’s economic and environmental future. … He called Prop. 1 “the first real integrated water plan” to come before voters since his late father, Edmund “Pat” Brown, was governor in the 1960s.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California harvest much smaller than normal across crops

It’s harvest time in much of California, and the signs of drought are almost as abundant as the fruits and nuts and vegetables.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Daily water allocation could be the next California drought strategy

You probably know your Social Security number, your driver’s license number and perhaps the latest wrinkle in mattress marketing, your sleep number. But do you know your drought number?

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Some tout ideas of canals, pipelines to the Salton Sea

During a long congressional career from 1963 to 1999, the late Congressman George E. Brown, Jr., called for solutions to the Salton Sea’s growing problems and once raised the idea of building a canal to connect the salty lake to the Sea of Cortez.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Huge California fire mostly spares infrastructure

Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Many firefighters sent home as rain helps contain King fire

The King fire burning in the Sierra Nevada near Placerville has largely stopped growing, thanks in part to weekend rains, and thousands of firefighters have been sent home.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California Burning: Northern Californians prepare for megafires

The 2013 Rim Fire was the largest wildfire ever in the Sierra Nevada, scorching 257,000 acres.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California Burning: Southern California homeowners left to defend

Wildfires behave differently in southern California than in northern forests. 

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Rains ramp up flows in Eel River

The Eel River received a small boost following record rainfall this past week, with higher flows expected to continue due to rains in Mendocino County.

Aquafornia news Calaveras Enterprise

Sierra forests, meadows in need of healing

Mattley Meadow is an alpine paradise with deep scars. And those scars – actually gullies – are not just ugly, but are also a problem for humans and wildlife that need the water Mattley Meadow could provide.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Sunset Strip expected to fully reopen Monday after water main break

Traffic lanes on the Sunset Strip are expected to be fully reopened Monday after a water main rupture flooded the streets of the famous thoroughfare known for its nightclubs and boutiques. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Water-main break floods Hollywood’s Sunset Strip

A water-main break Friday sent churning, muddy water flowing down West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, forcing authorities to close a section of the busy street to traffic as hotels and other businesses sought to keep their properties dry.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Beetle remains an obstacle to fixing levees

Small half-inch to 1-inch beetles — or at least the bushes where they live — will continue to be a costly obstacle for those who maintain or fix Yuba-Sutter levees.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

More than 700 earthquakes swarm Mammoth Lakes: Map tells the story

Mammoth Lakes continued to rumble Sunday with small earthquakes, but the swarm that has produced more than 700 temblors in the last four days appears to be bottoming out.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Another drought casualty: No chance to make key air standard

California’s freakishly dry 2013-14 winter dealt the San Joaquin Valley more than a crippling blow to the farm economy.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Glen Canyon Dam marks 50 years as power source

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other officials on Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of power generation by Glen Canyon Dam, a structure that helped usher in a new era in the Southwest.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Editorial: Salt River project a model of compromise

Decades in the making, restoration efforts now in progress on the Salt River provide an example of the best Humboldt County politics has to offer.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Prop. 1 — Bond won’t address drought

Proposition 1 (the state water bond) is a bad investment for California and a $14 billion burden to taxpayers. It does not mitigate the effects of drought, and it does nothing to establish long-term water self-sufficiency.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Groundwater legislation marks turning point to achieve reliable water supply

California made history recently when Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Its passage marks a once-in-a-century achievement, for it was 100 years ago that California enacted the first comprehensive legal framework for managing surface water.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: We allowed forest mega-fires and we can end them

It’s time to put a stop to the forest mega-fires. … The ongoing drought in California is a factor, but not the cause.