Aquafornia news Associated Press

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought’s hardest-hit sectors may need years of support

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office also urged officials to study the effectiveness of the state’s more than $3 billion in drought programs to learn lessons for managing the next drought.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Feds sharply increase flows from Folsom Lake

Just two months after Folsom Lake hit historically low depths, federal officials have increased water releases from the lake for flood control.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Erin Brockovich, Stockton ‘freak out’ over water treatment

Stockton is not the first city to attract controversy for the use of chloramines, with flare-ups in Vermont, Washington and San Luis Obispo County, among other places. … Federal, state and local authorities, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all say chloramines are safe at levels used in drinking water.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

State fire prevention fee money to fund Sierra dead tree removals

Money from a controversial “fire prevention” fee paid by many California foothill and mountain residents will be used to cut down trees that are dead or dying because of the drought and bark beetle infestation.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Bill seeks to improve, preserve American River Parkway (with audio)

A bill (AB 1716) introduced in the California state Assembly would protect and improve the American River Parkway in Sacramento County. 

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Analyst urges California lawmakers to back Gov. Brown’s drought measures

A report released Friday by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) — a non-partisan fiscal and policy adviser to the California Legislature — says that the ongoing drought necessitates continuing support.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Mercury, DDT and other contaminants in fish are at a four-decade low

Fish in today’s oceans contain far lower levels of mercury, DDT and other toxic substances than at any time in the last four decades, according to a major review by scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Dry February could bring problems for drought-stricken Valley

El Niño has given Central California a wet – and welcome – start to the rainy season, raising water levels in foothill reservoirs and blanketing the Sierra with snow. But the tap has been turned off for the foreseeable future.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Warm temperatures, up to 70 mph winds expected in Los Angeles, Ventura counties

Strong winds could top 70 mph for parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties Monday, increasing the risk of potentially volatile fire conditions.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Power of persuasion — Traveling consultant preaches against chloramines

The Tulsa City Council meeting was already an hour and a half old when out-of-town water consultant Bob Bowcock stepped to the podium and gave his spiel on the dangers of chloramines in the drinking water.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Brockovich brings controversy

She received a hero’s welcome in Stockton, was lauded on social media and gave a passionate speech before a huge crowd. … But as good as she is at rallying the people, some critics say [Erin] Brockovich falls short when it comes to science.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

El Niño raises concerns about coastal erosion

As San Diego County spends tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to prevent coastal erosion, concerns have ramped up about how best to slow the potential loss of beaches, homes and highways.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

City Atty. Mike Feuer, turf rebate recipient, steers clear of Los Angeles DWP records lawsuit

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has spent months fighting to keep certain information about its turf removal rebate program from being released, arguing in court that customers’ names and addresses should remain confidential.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Coachella Valley cuts water use by 35 percent

While California’s efforts as a state to save water seem to be stalling, the Coachella Valley saw great success combating the drought in January. 

Aquafornia news KQED News

California’s rainy, snowy January in 2 minutes (with video)

The Bay Area is getting a break from the rain after a four-week series of storms that brought above-normal precipitation to virtually the entire state.

Aquafornia news Bay Area Monitor

How restoring wetlands will prepare us for sea level rise

Droughts interspersed with drenchings are nothing new for us — these extremes are part of our normal weather cycle — and periodic wet years are nothing we can’t handle. But that’s about to change. In coming decades, sea level rise will amplify the storm surges and ultra-high “king” tides that send waves crashing over levees.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wildlife and suburbia mingle in Natomas Basin

The [Natomas Basin] conservancy’s main tools are its engineered marshes and flooded rice fields. Its central mission is to provide habitat for giant garter snakes and Swainson’s hawks, both threatened with extinction, and 20 other covered species.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California saves $12 million in new energy market

California’s participation in a growing network of power utilities and operators in the western U.S. called the Energy Imbalance Market yielded savings of $12 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, state power officials said Monday.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

As Flint fought to be heard, Virginia Tech team sounded alarm

The [Virginia Tech] team began looking into Flint’s water after its professor, Marc Edwards, spoke with LeeAnne Walters, a resident whose tap water contained alarming amounts of lead. Dr. Edwards, who years earlier had helped expose lead contamination in Washington, D.C., had his students send testing kits to homes in Flint to find out if the problem was widespread.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA: Mine spill dumped 880,000 pounds of metals in river

A 3 million-gallon spill from a southwestern Colorado gold mine last year may have dumped more than 880,000 pounds of metals into the Animas River, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday.