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Breaking News: Jerry Brown orders historic 25 percent mandatory water use reduction

California imposed its first ever mandatory water cutbacks of 25 percent for residents and businesses after the state recorded its lowest snowpack ever amid the worsening drought.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced the historic order on Wednesday under a sunny sky in the Sierra Nevada.

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Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Jerry Brown to attend snowpack measurement near Lake Tahoe

Gov. Jerry Brown will be on hand Wednesday morning near Lake Tahoe when officials measure the state’s drought-depleted snowpack, his office announced.

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Lawsuit could lower costs, bring more water to San Diego

With vast amounts of water and tens of millions of dollars at stake, the second phase of a long and bitter lawsuit between San Diego and Los Angeles water agencies started on Monday.

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Tri-Valley’s path eased for water acquisition

The Dublin San Ramon Services District says its path toward buying surplus Yuba County water is clearer after the Tri-Valley’s wholesale water supplier — Alameda County Zone 7 Water agency — withdrew its earlier protest against the transfer.

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Should California water wasters face jail? A drought debate

State water officials bolstered existing emergency regulations this month in response to another year of drought. … But unlike during water crises of the 1970s and 1990s, there was no mention of sending water wasters to jail.

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$140 million project means more water in drought

With the Inland housing market on the rebound and California in the fourth year of a punishing drought, local water officials need a reliable source of fresh drinking water now and in the future.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento sets record for driest start to new year

The start of 2015 is the driest start of a calendar year in Sacramento since weather experts started keeping record books.

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Seattle’s Bullitt Center is flush with green features, including toilets

Most building tours do not highlight the sewage system. … There is no bragging about the path traveled by what are delicately known as biosolids.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Editorial: West Marin creek alliance a better approach

A constructive alliance has been forged, bringing the San Geronimo Golf Course and the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network together to improve natural habitat in the creeks that cross through the course.

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Legal Commentary: Two California appellate court rulings demonstrate groundwater pumping fees are in the ‘eye of the beholder’

One Holds that the Fee is Subject to Prop. 26 and Another that it is a Property-Related Fee Subject to Prop. 218 — Two California Appellate Court decisions handed down this month address whether or not a local water agency’s groundwater pumping charges are property-related fees, and reach different conclusions. The distinction is important because of the restrictions imposed for property-related fees under Proposition 218 — as well as the exemptions for fees that are considered taxes under Proposition 26.

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Commentary: Delta decisions must be made in the open

[The Delta Counties] Coalition leaders have met with policymakers, local governments, and water and environmental stakeholders to discuss alternatives to building a taxpayer-funded, multibillion-dollar twin tunnels project that has been negotiated without broad input, violates state and federal environmental law, and won’t deliver a single drop of new water. As a result, we have developed a statewide solution that genuinely meets the criteria of the 2009 law that established co-equal goals of water supply reliability and restoring the Delta ecosystem.

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Commentary: State needs new dams, reservoirs

Surface storage is the first and most important part of a comprehensive water solution. Even the areas of the state with the greatest potential to recharge groundwater require a steady supply of water to fill the underground aquifers.

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Commentary: Staying focused on Marin’s greatest threat — wildland fire

The greatest threat to life and property in Marin is wildland fire. The good news is that Marin’s fire departments get it. … Marin was able to snatch a $207,000 “drought augmentation” grant from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to install state-of-the art movable cameras aimed at almost all of the county’s wildlands.

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Blog: Record-low Sierra snowpack will drive home drought impacts

We are officially in uncharted territory. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California’s water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: Drought Watch — The end of the rainy season

Most years, 85% of the wet season’s rain and snow has already fallen by late March. While rain often falls in April and May, it is rarely enough to make a big difference in the overall water picture, and the forecast is now quite dry. That means California’s water managers now have a good idea how much water will be available in the state’s reservoirs, snowpack, and groundwater basins.

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Blog: News Worth Noting

DWR Announces Draft Funding Recommendations for Grants to Save Water and Energy; Eastern San Joaquin Watershed Landowners Face Proposed Fines for Discharging Irrigated Land Waste Without a Permit

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Blog: Public meetings on Prop. 1 spending to begin this week

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Wildlife Conservation Board, and the California Water Commission hold public meetings this week in preparation for spending Prop 1 funds.

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Blog: Two San Francisco bars offer discounts for drinks that don’t use ice

Two San Francisco bars are doing their part to raise awareness about California’s historic drought — and save a little water in the process.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

April Fools’ Day Blog Post: Exotic animals deployed as Delta ‘weed whackers’

In an April Fools’ Day California WaterBlog post by Nestle J. Frobish: Visitors to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are doing double takes lately as they encounter some newly introduced “biological controls” to keep a fast-spreading waterweed from damaging boat propellers and choking off waterways.

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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Tribe fights Coachella Valley water agencies for aquifer rights

In drought-ravaged California, the vast freshwater aquifer beneath the Coachella Valley is a rare bright spot. … But there is growing concern by some that local water agencies are drawing too much out of the aquifer, which supplies water for more than 260,000 people.

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