Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California’s federal reservoirs even lower than last year

In the latest indicator of the severity of the drought, the federal government’s main reservoirs serving California have begun the new “water year” at just a quarter full and in worse shape than last year.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Study: No fracking bonanza for California’s Monterey Shale

A U.S. Geological Survey report out Tuesday downgrades the fracking potential of California’s vast Monterey Shale oil deposits.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Radio for Northern California

Could Israeli ingenuity (and seawater) help California slake its thirst? (with audio)

Along a picture-postcard stretch of coast in Carlsbad near San Diego, fishermen cast their lines into an emerald seawater lagoon. In a few short weeks, the lagoon will also be feeding a steady supply of water into what will be the largest operating desalination facility in North America.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: In Bel-Air, someone is using 1,300 gallons of water — per hour

This much we know: California’s champion water hog lives somewhere in Bel-Air, guzzling more gallons per year — 11.8 million — than any other homeowner in the state. … I [Steve Lopez] thought I’d take a drive to Bel-Air and see if I could locate the culprit.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Lucy Jones, Southern California’s ‘earthquake lady,’ wins ‘Oscar’ for government service

Lucy Jones, Southern California’s “earthquake lady” and a driving force behind Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s ambitious seismic safety plan, was awarded the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in Citizen Services, officials announced Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Board decides against sending water theft letter

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to withhold sending a letter to Caltrans regarding last month’s incident in which one of the agency’s subcontractors allegedly stole thousands of gallons of water from a Miranda fire hydrant.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Pleasanton water rates going up 6.7 percent

The water increase, effective Oct. 15, followed the city’s [Pleasanton] first extensive analysis in five years of its rate structure.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Desert Water Agency candidates talk conservation during rotary forum

Candidates for the Desert Water Agency Board of Directors met Tuesday to take questions from the Cathedral City Evening Rotary club and share their stories. The forum lasted 60 minutes and touched on topics that are particularly important in a drought.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

USDA grants aid apricots, bees and other north San Joaquin Valley ventures

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $148 million nationwide in the latest round of grants from five programs. Some of them will aid major crops in the San Joaquin Valley through research on water, pests, fertilizers, marketing and other needs. 

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Valley fire 100 percent contained, but mop-up work still to be done

The Valley fire, a destructive inferno that killed four people and scorched almost 120 square miles in Lake, Sonoma and Napa counties, was declared 100 percent contained Tuesday, Cal Fire officials said.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Steve Lopez looks for California’s biggest residential water hog (video)

Steve Lopez looks for the biggest residential water hog in California …

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Editorial: Water vigilance must continue

San Joaquin County residents, for the most part, attacked the historic drought with dedication and fervor during the hot summer months.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: Water conservation for the birds

People who save water like to know their conserving is doing some good, such as sustaining economic growth, building municipal reserves for longer droughts or supporting the environment.But many urban residents are concerned their water savings will go to uses they value less — such as supplying more wasteful customers, new urban development or agriculture — rather than meeting the needs of fish, waterbirds and other wildlife, which they value more.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Blog: Kidney stone of a summer, but it has passed

It was a long, strange summer in the most brutal of the four drought years. In early October, it’s a good time to look back briefly, but only if you also try to look forward.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

News Release: U.S. EPA orders Kern County public water system to reduce arsenic in drinking water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently settled with Arvin Community Services District (ACSD), located in Arvin, Calif., for arsenic violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. ACSD has agreed to provide residents with alternative water until they are found to be in compliance and will pay a penalty of $14,750. 

Aquafornia news U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

News Release: USGS estimates 21 million barrels of oil and 27 billion cubic feet of gas in Monterey formation of San Joaquin Basin

The Monterey Formation in the deepest parts of California’s San Joaquin Basin contains an estimated mean volumes of 21 million barrels of oil, 27 billion cubic feet of gas, and 1 million barrels of natural gas liquids, according to the first USGS assessment of continuous (unconventional), technically recoverable resources in the Monterey Formation.

Aquafornia news National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

News Release: NOAA awards $1.1 million to support coastal communities facing changing sea levels and coastal flooding

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science has awarded more than $1.1 million for research to give coastal communities new ways to incorporate natural infrastructure, such as restored wetlands, into their coastal resilience planning for sea level rise and coastal flooding. Coastal communities and their ecosystems are threatened by rising seas and coastal flooding that take away land, alter habitats, and make people, homes and businesses more vulnerable to coastal storms. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: BLM decision set backs Cadiz plan to sell Mojave groundwater

In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management says Cadiz cannot use an existing railroad right-of-way for a new water pipeline that would carry supplies from the project’s proposed well field to the Colorado River Aqueduct.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Marijuana growers are new drought target

Pot growers have been put on notice by state regulators that they will have to follow the same rules as the rest of the agriculture industry in protecting the state’s drought-stricken water supply.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Biological opinion slows Oroville Dam facilities relicensing process

What’s holding up the relicensing of Oroville Dam facilities? Fish. Specifically, an opinion on how three threatened species might be affected, according to local Department of Water Resources officials.