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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking

Environmentalists Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California bill could allow tax on water wasters in drought (with audio)

A bill authored by Democratic Senator Bob Wieckowski would allow water districts to tax excessive water users up to 300-percent of the purchase price.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Fisheries panel to hold Sacramento hearing on water use by pot farms

The devastating impact of drought and illegal marijuana cultivation on North Coast fisheries will be the focus of a state legislative committee hearing Wednesday in Sacramento, on the heels of reports that pot plants are consuming billions of gallons of water and salmon-rearing creeks are running dry.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California paid sick leave, fracking, phone kill-switch laws take effect

In the end Senate Bill 4 regulating hydraulic fracturing pleased neither environmentalists nor the oil and gas industry, but supporters argue it imposes needed oversight by requiring well permits, disclosure of what chemicals are used, water testing and studies of fracking’s impact.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Pot PAC unveils draft ordinance for large scale cannabis cultivation

On the steps of the Humboldt County Superior Courthouse this afternoon [June 30], the local chapter of the statewide cannabis political action committee California Cannabis Voice unveiled the public draft of its ordinance that would set regulations and permitting procedures for large scale medical cannabis cultivation in unincorporated areas of the county.

Aquafornia news Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Cal Poly Pomona uses more water than any other CSU campus — Here’s how they’re cutting back

Cal Poly Pomona, with its agricultural programs and iconic Arabian horses, uses more water than any other Cal State University, according to officials.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno, Clovis allows watering for all residents on the Fourth

Landscape watering is being allowed Saturday night in Fresno and Clovis in preparation for Fourth of July fireworks, even though half of the two cities’ residents are not supposed to water.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Fire concerns with fireworks sales in Northern California (with audio)

After four years of drought, tinder-dry conditions have created dangerous fire conditions throughout California. But, as July 4 nears, “safe and sane” fireworks are not restricted from sales and use in most areas of the Sacramento region. 

Aquafornia news NPR for Central California

Valley Edition interview: Merced County farmer Cannon Michael (with audio)

In recent months, the valley’s agriculture industry has been thrust into the national headlines, largely over the debate over how much water farmers use to grow crops.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Heat continues to pound Los Angeles area, flex alert extended, thunderstorms possible

With a heat wave gripping the Southland and power demand on the rise, the manager of the state’s energy grid issued a “flex alert,” urging residents to conserve electricity between 2 and 9 p.m. today — a warm, muggy day when showers and thunderstorms are possible — to reduce strain on the system.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Valley to weather another heat wave

Redding is expected to reach temperatures of 116 and 114 Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service Office in Sacramento, which has issued an excessive heat warning for the first three days of July.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Highs well above century mark in Modesto

For the record, the Modesto Irrigation District as of 6 p.m. said the Modesto high Tuesday was 103. Wednesday’s forecast is sunny and hot, with a high near 106 and a calm wind reaching 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento tops out at 107 degrees, driving peak electricity use

Power demand is expected to surge to the highest levels this year as a heat wave bakes Northern California this week, energy officials said.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

A look at wildfire hotspots around the West

People returned to find their homes reduced to rubble following a destructive wildfire in Washington state, while crews battled blazes in California and Nevada.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin environmental projects scoop up $2.7 million in grants from Coastal Conservancy

Marin County was a big winner this week as the state Coastal Conservancy approved grants for local conservation projects totaling more than $2.7 million.

Aquafornia news NPR

Communities get a lift as local food sales surge to $11 billion a year

There’s a renaissance in local and regional food, and it’s not just farmers markets in urban areas that are driving it.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Western Europe sweats — and enjoys — unusual heat wave

A mass of hot air moving north from Africa has sent temperatures spiking in Spain, Portugal, Britain and France in recent days.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Fracking laws need to be stronger

When the need for fossil fuels conflicts with the need to protect the environment — particularly our water supply — we’ve got to come down on the side of safe water.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: How low can the river go? Don’t ask

The Kern River is so low, even dismal forecast models aren’t dismal enough.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: Creeks that cool down as summer heats up

Summer has just begun and conditions on many of California’s drought-stricken rivers and streams are already looking grim for cold-water fish. … However, not every California stream will turn perilous. In fact, some spring-fed streams are likely to become more hospitable during the dog days of summer.

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