Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Reserves narrowing for California water wholesaler

The giant wholesaler that provides drinking water for half the California population has drained two-thirds of its stored supplies as the state contends with a punishing drought, officials said Monday.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Salton Sea: Fish and Wildlife Service approves restoration plan

Federal officials have approved plans for the restoration of the Salton Sea wetlands over the next 15 years.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Containment of King fire grows as crews limit growth but wind poses threat

Crews have made good progress on the King fire overnight even though the wild land blaze continued to spread.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Forest Service thinks California’s drought caused a massive mudslide

Government scientists say exceptionally hot, dry conditions and a lack of insulating snowpack primed Mt. Shasta for the massive mudslide that rumbled down over the weekend after a pulse of water burst out from under an alpine glacier. That a severe drought could cause flooding is the latest expression of a three-year dry spell that is afflicting California with increased wildfires, crop losses, water shortages and spikes in air pollution.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Heat, drought cited in massive Mount Shasta mudslide

Glaciers are not known as fast-moving objects. Yet on Saturday, things started happening very quickly at a glacier high on the slopes of Mount Shasta.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California wildfires send waves of smoke, particulates as far as Canada

Smoke from wildfires raging in Northern California has reached far beyond the state’s borders to affect Utah, Michigan and even Canada, according to NASA.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise Record

Big salmon streaming past Feather River Fish Hatchery observation windows

Huge salmon have found the fish ladder at Fish Barrier Dam that leads to the Feather River Fish Hatchery, and are streaming past the observation windows by the hundreds.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

No shortage of public input as West Marin ranch plan moves ahead

More than 3,000 comments poured into the Point Reyes National Seashore on a plan that addresses the future of ranches on National Park Service land in West Marin.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Survey: California wine industry adapting to aging baby boomers, foreign competition, drought

In the latest surveys, respondents said California’s massive wine industry will hold its own in the global marketplace despite shifts in consumer demographics, drought, competition from imported wines and the rising popularity of craft beers and cocktails.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Amid drought, a water damage bill for Stockton

Perhaps only in Stockton might the City Council be asked to declare a Stage 1 Water Shortage Emergency and simultaneously have to shell out nearly $50,000 to repair City Hall rainwater damage at the very same meeting.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Fewer scorchers, but summer’s average temperature was warmer than usual

For the fifth year in a row, Stockton has escaped the summer season with relatively few 100-degree days.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes

Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Businesses and investors pressing for green policy

Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

On a warmer planet, which cities will be safest?

Scientists trying to predict the consequences of climate change say that they see few safe havens from the storms, floods and droughts that are sure to intensify over the coming decades.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Let’s make a climate deal, California

It has been almost 25 years since the United States joined much of the world in Rio de Janeiro and tentatively agreed to do something to reduce the pollutants associated with global warming and other climate disruption. Since then, though, the U.S. has been a laggard in taking major action.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Challenges for gardeners in an unforgiving season

We’re all mindful of the need to conserve water in what’s shaping up as the hottest and driest year in California history. That can make dousing a garden with water seem wasteful and vaguely subversive.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: Jerry Brown burnishes climate change credentials at UN summit

Gov. Jerry Brown, who has positioned himself as a climate-change leader in California, is taking his message to the international stage with a pair of speaking engagements today at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Blog: Fractured Mount Shasta glacier triggers flood

A small Mount Shasta community is on flood watch Monday after a chunk of the Konwakiton Glacier, high on the flank of the 14,179-foot volcano, broke off over the weekend and sent high, muddy flows careening down slope toward Highway 89 and into the renowned McCloud River.

Aquafornia news U.S. Department of the Interior

News Release: Secretary Jewell to visit California desert to mark renewable energy and landscape-level conservation milestone

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop clean domestic energy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Tuesday will visit the Palm Springs area to celebrate an important renewable energy and landscape-level conservation milestone. Secretary Jewell will be joined by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), U.S.

Aquafornia news U.S. Department of the Interior

News Release: New report predicts climate change will significantly impact California’s Central Valley

A new report released today [Sept. 22] by the Department of the Interior’s Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor finds that projected changes in temperature and precipitation, combined with a growing population, will have significant impacts on water supplies, water quality, fish and wildlife habitats, ecosystems, hydropower, recreation and flood control, in California’s Central Valley this century.