Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: California court ruling could limit drought fighting tools

In a ruling that Gov. Jerry Brown says puts a “straitjacket” on local governments trying to fight the severe statewide drought, an appeals court has found that an Orange County city’s tiered water rates are unconstitutional. … It comes shortly after Brown issued drought orders that call for rates that encourage people to save water, including tiered pricing.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Activists decry plan to cut habitat aid from delta tunnel project

Environmental groups Monday blasted a proposal by the state to jettison the habitat restoration portion of the massive delta water tunnel project as an ill-conceived “bait and switch” that will only make California’s water woes worse.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

San Diego County farmers pleased at changes in water cutback rules

After a vigorous effort to alert the state water board about what they saw as the unfairness of proposed drought rules, San Diego County farmers were pleased at how the rules were modified.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Local suppliers may get water cut easement in new drought regulations

After hearing concerns from a coalition of local water suppliers and policy makers on the newest set of drought regulations, the State Water Resources Control Board included a clause within its draft rules that would ease up water mandates for areas with prolonged, ample water supplies.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Appeals court throws out San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water-use rates

An appeals court decision handed down Monday has thrown into question a major component of California’s drought conservation efforts.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Brown calls tiered-water ruling ‘a straitjacket’ for conservation efforts

An appellate court Monday struck down a Southern California city’s method of charging water users based on a tiered-rate system, a potential setback to municipalities across a parched state laboring to curtail water consumption under Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent order.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Bill would require water submeters on new apartments (with audio)

California lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the installation of water meters in each unit of newly constructed apartments.  Democratic Senator Lois Wolk is author of the proposed legislation.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Clovis adopts rules to slash water use by 36%

Clovis City Council members approved plans Monday night that they hope will cut water use 36% citywide, an amount dictated by the state.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Water bills for Cantua Creek will be paid by state

The state has provided Fresno County with $120,000 to buy water for residents of Cantua Creek.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Beverly Hills studies tougher water regulations

Under increasing pressure to slash water use during California’s ongoing drought, Beverly Hills is preparing to toughen watering rules and could decide to ban the refilling of pools and set fines as high as $1,000 for water wasters.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Los Angeles DWP’s Owens Valley pumping might suffer without snowpack runoff (with audio)

A possible consequence of another dry winter in California: the water supplies Los Angeles can take from Inyo County may be limited.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

The drought not likely to cause higher grocery bills (with audio)

California farmers are making choices to insulate consumers from the drought.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Firefighters, residents preparing for a long, dry fire season

With California four years into a historical drought that has Bay Area hillsides already parched and brown, officials are warning of a potentially deadly fire season, and residents in fire-prone areas are even more on edge than in the past.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Dry, warm conditions keep California’s national forests parched

California’s dwindling snowpack and warmer temperatures continue to increase the risk of fires in already parched national forests.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Ex-guzzler now a water saver

[Phyllis] Olson, a Hayward widow, learned a hard lesson in water conservation back in 1977. California was experiencing the worst drought on record and Olson found herself the unwitting poster girl for it.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

William Shatner: Solve California drought with Seattle pipeline

For generations, water-hungry Southern California has jealously eyed the rainy Pacific Northwest as a potential source of the precious resource. And time after time, it has been rebuffed. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times wins Pulitzers for feature writing, criticism

[Los Angeles Times] Staff writer Diana Marcum won the 2015 feature writing [Pulitzer] prize for her searing portraits of farmers, fieldworkers and other Californians in drought-stricken towns in the Central Valley.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Jerry Brown needs new water strategy — no tunnels

California needs Gov. Jerry Brown’s leadership to deal with the worst drought in state history. The state has to reset its water priorities to match both current and worst-case long-term needs. But Brown can’t make that happen as long as he clings to his $25 billion, twin-tunnel proposal to carry Delta water south.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: Disagreeable provisions may give Sites boost

Plenty of people were upset last week when they learned the water bond they voted for in November wasn’t what they thought they voted for. Proposition 1 was marketed in the north state as a way to provide the money to build Sites Reservoir.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Drought provides opportunity for Los Angeles to get gray water right

Not just during drought but even in times of normal precipitation, there is something absurd about taking precious drinking water — imported at great cost from environmentally fragile areas hundreds of miles away, pumped over the mountains using enormous amounts of energy, filtered, treated and tested so as to be safe for human consumption — and spraying it on lawns and flowers.