Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: State water board issues revised drought regulations for Californians

In response to numerous complaints, state regulators Saturday issued a revised plan for California’s first-ever mandatory water cuts, emphasizing the need for urgent action as summer looms.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Drought relief legislation starts slowly in Washington (with audio)

Drought relief legislation this year has gotten off to a slow start on Capitol Hill — unlike last year, when bills were floated in both the House and the Senate.

Aquafornia news NPR

As Lake Mead levels drop, the West braces for bigger drought impact (with audio)

The historic four-year drought in California has been grabbing the headlines lately, but there’s a much bigger problem facing the West: the now 14-year drought gripping the Colorado River basin.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Valley rice farmers say they will grow less due to drought

Rice farmers from north of Sacramento said Friday that further water cutbacks this year will force them to shrink their acreage even more than they did in 2014.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Governor urges unity in drought fight during visit to Sonoma County’s Iron Horse Vineyards

Gov. Jerry Brown used an Earth Day celebration at Sonoma County’s Iron Horse Vineyards on Sunday to applaud California’s environmental leadership and reassure residents the state will survive its historic four-year drought by tapping its reservoirs of innovation and creativity.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Desalination could provide Orange County an infinite water supply, but at a steep cost

Desalination promises a world with no limits. … That promise is driving the $1 billion desalination plant that Poseidon Water is set to open in Carlsbad this November. And it has brought Poseidon within one permit of building a plant in Huntington Beach.

Aquafornia news Reno Gazette-Journal

Drought cuts flow from Boca, Truckee River to drop

In a further sign of a drought of historic intensity, flow from a diminished Boca Reservoir into the Truckee River halted Thursday. … The Truckee River Basin’s snowpack Thursday was measured at 15 percent of normal for this time of year. The Carson River Basin’s was at 1 percent.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

California water saving mandate shrinks cuts for some cities

In an acknowledgment that some areas have done a better job of conserving water during California’s severe, and worsening drought, state water officials on Saturday rolled out a revised water-reduction plan that eases required cutbacks for some communities while increasing mandatory targets for others.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Water managers announce mandatory cuts

Dead lawns and dirty cars may be the future for California under mandatory water reductions of up to 36 percent rolled out Saturday by state water officials.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

What you need to know about the state’s proposed water restrictions

The state water board has modified its proposed conservation regulations  in an attempt to incorporate feedback from urban water suppliers, interest groups and members of the public who had roundly criticized its framework.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Most Sacramento communities get even bigger water cuts under revised mandates

The revised conservation mandates unveiled by state water regulators Saturday would require most Sacramento-area communities to make even bigger cuts in water use than originally proposed, disappointing area leaders who argue the state should take into account the region’s hot weather and large lot sizes.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville hit hard by new water conservation targets

New water conservation targets released by the state Saturday hit Oroville hard, while other north state water agencies saw limited changes.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Almonds get roasted in debate over California water use

As California enters its fourth year of drought and imposes the first mandatory statewide water cutbacks on cities and towns, the $6.5 billion almond crop is helping drive a sharp debate about water use, agricultural interests and how both affect the state’s giant economy.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Salad bowl of the world: At what cost?

For four generations, Dirk Giannini’s family has used water from the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin, along with hundreds of other growers, to transform land above it into one of the most valuable agricultural regions in the world.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

On the hunt for water wasters

For a city in the midst of an epic drought, San Diego seems to be all wet. Just ask Chris Gehrki.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

News worsens for rare Delta fish

The survey earlier this month is the bleakest showing yet for the smelt, an imperiled finger-long fish whose poor health reflects on conditions in the Delta as a whole as the drought drags on.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

California to require golf courses to cut water use

Under the draft regulations released by the State Water Resources Control Board, golf courses and other commercial properties that rely on an “independent source of water supply” would be required to limit irrigation to two days a week or achieve a 25 percent reduction in water use. That could mean big changes for many of the Coachella Valley’s 122 golf courses, a majority of which rely on private wells.

Aquafornia news NPR

In record drought, California golf course ethically keeps greens green (with audio)

In drought-stricken California, golf is often seen as a bad guy — it can be hard to defend watering acres of grass for fun when residents are being ordered to cut their usage and farmers are draining their wells.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Sacramento River to close above Hwy 44 bridge

In a move to protect salmon, a state commission has voted to close the Sacramento River to fishing above the Highway 44 bridge for the summer. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tiny plastics likely polluting Sacramento River, UC Davis researcher says

A UC Davis researcher is studying whether tiny bits of plastic used in face washes, toothpaste and other consumer products are accumulating in Sacramento-area rivers and flowing out to the Pacific Ocean. … Their small size also means they don’t get filtered out of the wastewater that flows from homes to sewage-treatment plants.