Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Neither rain nor snow nor heat sways views on climate science

Freaky seasons and drastic weather anomalies do little to convince most people that climate change is real – political ideology does much more, according to a study published online Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Aquafornia news Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Measuring the cost of Claremont’s water take over

As the city [Claremont] begins its effort to acquire a water system from Golden State Water Company one question looms: at what cost? … On Nov. 4, voters overwhelmingly backed a bond measure that allows the city to borrow up to $135 million to acquire the system, which serves more than 11,000 customers.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Blog: It’s nitty-gritty time for Temperance Flat funding

The San Joaquin Valley campaign for Temperance Flat Reservoir may have moved forward on federal drawing boards, and it may have gotten a shot of adrenaline when the $7.5 billion water bond past this month. But the public money is not committed here yet.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Rainfall deficit: Recent storms help, but won’t end drought

With rain falling in Humboldt County and winter fast approaching, there’s a natural tendency for people to breathe a sigh of relief, forget about the ongoing drought and turn their attention to other pressing issues. But even with intermittent showers and some moisture still hanging in the air, the drought in California continues, and it’s unlikely to end any time soon.

Aquafornia news Whittier Daily News

Central Basin Water District to pay interim general manager $20K per month

The Central Basin Municipal Water District Board of Directors Monday agreed on a unanimous vote to pay Kevin Hunt, its newly named interim general manager, $20,000 a month.

Aquafornia news Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Upland man facing possible jail time for failure to water lawn

A jury could decide Monday if resident Fernand Bogman will get jail time or a fine for failing to water his lawn. The homeowner is being charged with two misdemeanors for failing to properly maintain his front yard and parkway space.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Indio passes additional water use restrictions

The city of Indio has passed additional measures to regulate water use during the state’s severe drought.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Environmental group to sue San Jose for sewage spills and trash pollution

In a move that could force the city of San Jose to spend millions modernizing its sewage system, cleaning up trash and removing homeless encampments, an environmental group announced Monday it will file a lawsuit under the Clean Water Act charging the city with failing to stop pollution from washing into creeks and San Francisco Bay.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Fish warnings for Lode reservoirs

For the first time, state regulators have announced that certain fish commonly caught in two local reservoirs — Camanche and New Melones — are not safe for some people to eat because of high mercury levels. … Mercury was unleashed into rivers and streams during the Gold Rush, since it was used to remove gold from other minerals.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Chronicle food writers critique San Francisco’s new tap water

In a tasting that could have evoked the joie de vivre of a Napa Valley showroom if it weren’t for the stiff office chairs at the water department and the inherent blandness of the fare, five Chronicle food writers — amid boozy gurgles and talk of soft finishes — were introduced to what will soon be San Francisco’s new tap water.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Hidden video camera provides a close-up look at condor living – LA Times

While home alone and waiting for his parents to return with carrion for dinner, an energetic young male California condor played games on the floor of the cave … Scientists watching through a hidden video camera were smitten.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

In the Hamptons, a fight over land is also one over water

The Town of East Hampton, which includes Amagansett, has made it a priority to preserve land within the aquifer, and it has spent tens of millions of dollars buying up more than 100 acres over the past two decades.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Getting our money’s worth from $7.5 billion water bond

Whether Prop. 1 delivers on its promise, however, depends on what happens next. One danger is that Prop. 1 will lull Californians into believing that we have solved our water troubles. We haven’t. Nothing that Prop. 1 can do will redress the current drought.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Coca-Cola gave Los Angeles residents ‘free’ rain barrels. What’s the catch?

I like recycling. I like innovative solutions to California’s drought. … But while you’re hosing down those corn syrup barrels, why don’t you also put some thought to how you can phase out bottled water operations in California and other water-stressed areas?  

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: State Water Project contract negotiations set to begin over proposed BDCP amendments

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today [Nov. 24] it will begin negotiations with State Water Project (SWP) Contractors in December on proposed amendments that would modify SWP water supply contracts.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Orange County recycled water system shows importance of collaboration

For those who believe technological leaps will rescue society from a collapsing ecological house, the cluster of monochrome industrial buildings next to the Orange County Water District headquarters holds wonders.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: How engineers see the water glass in California

How do engineers see the water glass in California? The same as they did two years ago when this blog was first posted, though with today’s drought the glass is perhaps down to a quarter full — or three-quarters empty. 

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

News Release: Still time to apply for the Water Leaders’ Program

Time is running out to apply for our yearlong Water Leaders program that educates young professionals about water issues. Applications are due Dec. 12. The class begins January 2015. Since the program began in 1997, about 20 people have been selected each year to participate in the program named for William “Bill” Gianelli, a past president of the Foundation’s board of directors.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: At drought talks on Capitol Hill, behind-the-scenes maneuvering

Late Thursday morning, while the Capitol Hill spotlight was pointed elsewhere, three Northern California congressmen paid a quiet call on the state’s junior Democratic senator, Barbara Boxer. They wanted to talk water.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Feinstein’s sweeping water bill collapses at 11th hour

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s abrupt decision to yank a water bill she had spent more than four months negotiating came just as the California Democrat and Central Valley Republicans appeared on the brink of a deal.