Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California Senate moves $1 billion water plan amid drought

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects and offer about $75 million in immediate aid to residents and wildlife in drought-stricken California.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

State bill would require water providers assess earthquake risks (with audio)

Sen. Bob Hertzberg proposed a Water Seismic Safety (SB664) bill on Tuesday requiring local water agencies to evaluate their earthquake risks and suggest ways to keep the water flowing in the event of a disaster. 

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Neighbors aren’t doing enough to conserve water, poll finds

Is California’s drought turning us against each other? It might be, according to a new poll that finds most Californians don’t believe people in their region are doing enough to conserve water.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

L.A.’s share of river restoration could hit $1.2 billion

Returning the Los Angeles River to a more natural state has long been a dream of city officials, who see it as a way of adding parkland, restoring habitat and attracting investment along its curving path from Griffith Park to downtown.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Californians gloomy about drought, point fingers in new statewide poll

Wednesday night’s poll from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California suggests a growing sense of gloom and frustration across the state about the historic drought that’s now in its fourth straight year.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Drought forces salmon trucking to Bay Area

By 3 a.m. [Dave] Lunsford was loading his tanker truck with about 140,000 fingerling Chinook salmon to haul from Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Anderson to Rio Vista in the Bay Area. … The young salmon are usually released from Coleman into nearby Battle Creek, so they can make their way into the Sacramento River and downstream, eventually reaching the Pacific Ocean. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Early ski resort closures impact Tahoe economy (with audio)

Resorts like Sugar Bowl, Donner and Homewood are closing early. It’s hitting nearby businesses like Obexer’s General Store across from Homewood.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Fleas abound, medicine runs low during drought

Northern California residents have one more reason to detest the drought — fleas are out in force.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Fontana Water Co. seeking alternatives after shutdown

Fontana Water Co. officials say they are “working diligently” to find new drinking water supplies in the wake of a court decision that has taken four wells out of production as the system enters its period of peak demand.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

What is … the process of bottling water in California? (video)

Video: Reporter Ian James and photographer/illustrator Richard Lui explain how spring water is bottled in California … 

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

STRAW program with roots in Marin celebrates 500th restoration

This project was special, No. 500 for the Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed program — known as STRAW — which has been lauded by environmentalists, land preservationists and educators for helping repair the environment. … It also has been the subject of a documentary.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Save the Redwoods League buys 83 acres of forest near Mendocino

An unusual North Coast forest that includes both naturally stunted trees and giant redwoods has been purchased by Save the Redwoods League, adding 83 acres to some 200,000 acres the organization has conserved statewide since its inception 97 years ago.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Watsonville ag company buys famed Redman-Hirahara house

The Redman-Hirahara house, the once magnificent now ramshackle Victorian off Highway 1 at Riverside Drive, has been sold to an agricultural company that plans to farm the land.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Yosemite marks 125th anniversary with gathering of 300 children

Watching a group of young children press their palms against the rough bark of a massive ponderosa pine here Tuesday, a park ranger standing nearby said Yosemite is the “ultimate classroom.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: No more water? What will we call the Lakers?

Some scientist claimed the other day that California has one year’s worth of water left. Notwithstanding the many assumptions he makes, I [Jack Ohman] wondered what a post-water California would look like.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: Senate approves California drought relief bill amid Republican complaints

Senators approved Assembly bills 91 and 92 on votes of 35-1 and 24-14, respectively, after Republicans deliberated in a lengthy caucus meeting and then castigated the bill for broadening government powers over water. The Assembly expects to take up the measures Thursday, after which the package would go to Gov. Jerry Brown if passed.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: Where our hyacinth headache started

Someone asked me [Alex Breitler] on Twitter what the most viable plan is to attack water hyacinth.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Brent Rhees named regional director for Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López today announced the selection of Brent Rhees, P.E., as Upper Colorado Regional Director. Rhees has served as the Salt Lake City-based region’s deputy regional director since October 2007.

Aquafornia news U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

News Release: Home on the California range, Year 2100 — Land use and climate change could impact wildlife, water supplies

Grassland habitats on rangelands in California’s Central Valley and surrounding foothills could decline by as much as 37 percent by 2100 due to changes in land use and climate, according to new scientific projections by the U.S. Geological Survey. … The peer reviewed, scientific paper was published recently in the journal Landscape Ecology. In addition to habitat loss, the study shows that increased development of rangelands for urban use exacerbates the ongoing issues surrounding rainwater runoff.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Cannabis stream diversion study prompts legislation, enforcement

After several years in the field assessing cannabis cultivation sites, counting plants from Google Earth views and calculating stream flows, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife team has released a comprehensive paper revealing the affects of marijuana cultivation on the North Coast’s watersheds.