Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Poll finds Californians back smaller water bond

A slim majority of likely California voters support an $11.1 billion water bond slated for the November ballot, but public support would grow if the bond comes with a smaller price-tag, according to survey results released late Wednesday.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Water restrictions backed by 75 percent of Californians, new poll says

Few local water agencies have forced customers to cut their water use amid the ongoing drought, but a new poll shows a large majority of Californians support mandates to turn off the tap.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Major California reservoirs below 50% capacity as drought wears on

Most of California’s major reservoirs are now less than half-full — or at what officials call a “seriously low” level — but that’s still nowhere near the historic lows set in 1977, the state’s driest year on record.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Fire season in West so far is below expectations

Widespread drought across the West had forecasters expecting an above-average wildfire season this summer, which so far has not lived up to expectations.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

No name change for Delta

In a survey conducted by the Delta Protection Commission, 73 percent of respondents chose “Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta” over the “California Delta.”

Aquafornia news The Center for Investigative Reporting

Why the California drought affects everyone

California Gov. Jerry Brown has asked restaurants not to serve water unless diners ask for it. He’s letting lawns at the state Capitol turn brown. Farmers in the Central Valley are getting just a trickle of the water they usually do. Conspicuous water wasters – commercial and residential – face fines of $500 a day. Even Lady Gaga is pleading with Californians to conserve.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Flood of frustration

Five years after officials began writing a comprehensive billion-dollar flood protection plan for Stockton, the federal government said this week it will miss a December target to complete the document.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise Record

Judge clears way for anti-fracking petition to move forward

An initiative drive aimed at banning hydraulic fracturing in Butte County has received judicial sanction to move forward.

Aquafornia news Bakersfield Californian

Bakersfield to close spray parks early, consider tiered rates

The taps at nine Bakersfield spray parks will be turned off Aug. 1, more than a month ahead of schedule, as part of the city’s latest efforts to grapple with the ongoing drought, the municipal Water Board learned Wednesday. The city will also upgrade to a Stage 3 drought condition, and while Bakersfield police could begin citing water wasters, they won’t yet.

Aquafornia news Imperial Valley Press

IID officials discuss water use

A deceptively simple question was raised at the Imperial Irrigation District’s Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Argus

Fremont: Water district drought surcharge adopted

Starting this week, the Tri-City-area’s heaviest water users will pay more.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Property Taxes Could Pay for $25 Billion Delta Tunnels Without Public Vote

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Major water districts in California are quietly considering using property taxes — and possibly raising them without a vote of the public — to help fund Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County Supervisors Order Agencies to Scale Back Water Use

From the Los Angeles Times:

Los Angeles County’s board of supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to order restrictions on water use for its government operations, following a state directive to Californians to curb water usage during one of the worst droughts in decades.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Groundwater Level in California Basin Hits Historic Low

From the Los Angeles Times:

The groundwater level in the San Bernardino Basin area is at its lowest point in recorded history, officials say.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

State, Feds Unveil Central Valley Salmon Restoration Plans

From The Sacramento Bee:

State and federal wildlife agencies Tuesday unveiled ambitious plans to restore endangered salmon and steelhead fish in California’s Central Valley, including returning them to some habitats where they were shut out decades ago by dams and other development.

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Aquafornia news

Aquafornia Website Goes Mobile-Friendly, Allows for App-Like Feature

The Aquafornia website is now mobile-friendly so feeds to the free Aquafornia App from iTunes will be discontinued.

Starting tomorrow, users can go to on their mobile device and simply add it to the home screen where it will act much like the existing Aquafornia App.

For iPhone Users:

To create a shortcut for a webpage on your home screen, go to the Aquafornia home page using the Safari browser, then tap the square with the arrow pointing up that sits at the bottom center of the screen.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

First Lady Tells America to ‘Drink Up’ More Water

From the Associated Press:

Michelle Obama is expanding her push for America to drink more water, as the White House claims partial responsibility for helping to boost nearly $1 million in bottled water sales among consumers since the national “Drink Up” campaign launched in September.

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Aquafornia news Salinas Californian

Study: Farmers Tap Into Groundwater Reserves

From The Salinas Californian:

Unbridled pumping of well water along the Central Coast and in the Central Valley could have dire consequences for the agricultural economy, according to a new study released by the University of California, Davis.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

San Joaquin County Officials Give Nod to New Framework for Water-conservation Measures

From the Stockton Record:

San Joaquin County officials gave the nod to a new framework for mandatory water-conservation measures to tighten up outdoor water use as California continues to weather a third year of drought and state rules push for more enforcement to prevent wasting water.

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Fresno to Tighten Down All Yard Watering to Twice a Week

From The Fresno Bee:

Fresnans will soon have less time per week to legally water their yards.

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