Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought angst shrivels Californians’ views of state

A new poll shows Californians’ perceptions of the state have soured in recent months as Gov. Jerry Brown and others imposed new conservation mandates.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Southland water importer OKs $350-million boost in lawn-removal rebates

Responding to a surge of interest in removing grass amid California’s worsening drought, the Metropolitan Water District agreed Monday to spend an additional $350 million to help homeowners and businesses replace the turf.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought

California has turned to the world’s driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record. … But Californians may find Australia’s medicine tough to swallow.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

County can make manufacturers pay for discarded drugs

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge by the pharmaceutical industry Tuesday to an Alameda County law, the first of its kind in the nation, requiring drug manufacturers to pay the costs of disposing of consumers’ unused medications.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Supreme Court: Big Pharma must pay for prescription drug disposal in Alameda County

A groundbreaking law that forces the pharmaceutical industry to pay for collection and disposal of unused drugs passed its final court test Tuesday, and the Alameda County officials who originated the concept predicted it will now spread across the country.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Popular cash-for-grass program expands during drought

A major water wholesaler on Tuesday added $350 million to its budget to replenish a cash-for-grass program that has gained popularity during the California drought with homeowners, landlords and businesses looking to replace water-draining lawns.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

‘Cash for grass’ program gets $350 million boost

Rebates for turf removal and other water-saving efforts got a $350 million boost from Metropolitan Water District leaders Tuesday.

Aquafornia news KCRA-TV Sacramento

Expert accuses state of spinning Delta quake threat (with video)

Just how real is the earthquake threat to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta? … KCRA 3’s investigative unit talked with experts on the issue and found very different viewpoints.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

El Niño won’t end dry times in California (with audio)

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center and meteorologists in other countries show that strong-to-moderate El Niño conditions are present in the tropical Pacific. But it won’t end the drought in California.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

EBMUD makes another emergency water purchase

The [East Bay Municipal Utility District] EBMUD board agreed Tuesday to buy up to 12,000 acre feet of water from the Placer County Water Agency this year. 

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Modesto exempts Thurman Field, Grogan Park from drought restrictions

While Modesto is requiring residents to limit their outdoor watering to two days a week, the City Council Tuesday night waived the city’s drought watering restrictions for two high-profile city facilities: John Thurman Field and the Mary Grogan Community Park soccer complex.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Bring your water conservation questions to BMU in Chico Wednesday night

In just a few days, people in Chico will be expected to use 32 percent less water than they did two years ago.

Aquafornia news NPR

California’s drought makes it rain big bucks for local businesses

[Leigh] Jerrard’s company helps homeowners with the complicated process of installing their own Greywater systems.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Folsom Lake’s recreation stays afloat despite drought conditions (slideshow)

Capital Public Radio’s Andrew Nixon captured these images of Folsom Lake … 

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Flooded area prompts questions in La Quinta community

In the gated community Esplanade in La Quinta, residents are supposed to water their lawns no more than three days a week under newly adopted drought measures.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: No one said groundwater laws would be easy

I [Lois Henry] noticed the Kern Groundwater Authority was proposing to double its budget from last year, which got my attention.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee Earth Log

Blog: Fresno’s million-dollar water deal — What a bargain in this drought

Fresno bought nearly 3,000 acre-feet of Millerton Lake water last week for $1 million — a deal so uncommon this year that I [Mark Grossi] had to read reporter George Hostetter’s story twice.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Wolk, Bonham and Cowin discuss the BDCP, Cal Water Fix and Cal Eco Restore

On May 21, 2015, the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy, and Transportation discussed the Governor’s budget requests regarding drought, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, FloodSAFE, and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

Aquafornia news U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

News Release: Mammoths reached California Channel Islands much earlier than previously thought

Recently, U.S. Geological Survey researchers and partners working in California’s Channel Islands National Park discovered mammoth remains in uplifted marine deposits that date to about 80,000 years ago, confirming a long-held but never proven hypothesis that mammoths may have been on the Channel Islands long before the last glacial period 25,000 to 12,000 years ago.  

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: California, farmers reach water deal, but enforcement a challenge

When California officials struck an unprecedented conservation deal Friday with a group of farmers who have the strongest claims on the state’s dwindling water supply, it showed no one was immune from the fallout of the drought.