Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California meets water savings target for third month

Californians cut water use by 27 percent in August, marking the third consecutive month that residents and businesses surpassed the 25 percent conservation goal set by Gov. Jerry Brown to deal with the relentless drought, officials said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Delta river reopens after drought barrier is removed

A Delta river that’s been blocked for the past four months to limit the intrusion of saltwater into one of the state’s major sources of drinking water reopened again Thursday morning.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta farmers: Voluntary water cuts pay off

Whether an act of goodwill or a desperate move under duress, an agreement by Delta farmers to voluntarily reduce their water use last spring likely spared them from deeper cuts in the middle of the summer growing season, a state official said this week.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Felicia Marcus: Amid drought, no simple solutions on California water

Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther, Jimmy Carter, Rahm Emanuel: All of them were quoted at the Southern California Energy and Water Summit in Palm Springs on Thursday. But the quote that best summarized the summit came from Felicia Marcus’ father.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California’s drought consequences are snowballing, so to speak

Conservation numbers for California come out Thursday. Residents have been seriously saving water in the last few months, spurred by severe drought conditions. … So how bad is the drought?

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Californians save a boatload of water; more conservation expected in future

Water leaders released another monthly water use report, noting that most water districts in California met their water conservation goals. … During a press conference with reporters, water leaders stressed that water conservation will remain needed for a long time.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Past water year had improved rainfall; local conservation mandates questioned

While Thursday marked the first day of a new water year in California, state and local officials say the ongoing drought shows no signs of letting up any time soon — even if a strong El Niño event occurs as predicted this winter.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

‘We can’t relax our guard,’ state water official warns as conservation effort lags

For the first three years of California’s drought, calls for water conservation got little traction. Then in April, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a mandatory 25% cut, and California took notice.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Drought: Californians meet water target — again — with 27% cut

Drought-conscious Californians surpassed Gov. Jerry Brown’s conservation goal yet again in August, cutting their water use 27 percent compared to the same period in 2013, according to state data released Thursday.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Many San Joaquin Valley water agencies fall short of goals in August

Californians beat the state’s mandates for water conservation in August – barely. … Most central San Joaquin Valley water agencies fell short of their state conservation goals in August, officials said, though Selma, Kingsburg, Merced and Bakman Water Co., which serves an area southeast of Fresno, achieved their goals.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Every drop counts: Most Orange County cities are on track in water conservation

Most Orange County cities are on track to meet state water conservation mandates by cutting water use anywhere from 8 to 36 percent, depending on the city. But a handful, including Newport Beach, Brea and Fullerton, have a lot of ground to make up before a February deadline, according to August water-use numbers released Thursday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Skiers, resorts cast hopeful eye toward El Niño

Forecasts of an approaching El Niño winter have ski resort operators dreaming of the kind of snowy peaks that were a common sight in California before a four-year drought dried up the state’s $3-billion ski industry.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Novato officials celebrate bigger, greener pipeline

Novato city officials gathered Thursday to celebrate a pipe — but not just any pipe. It’s a $21.9 million, 5-mile-long underground line from south Sonoma County to Novato that will deliver Russian River water more efficiently, with less energy and associated greenhouse gases, officials said.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Eight California species advance toward protected status

Eight California species, including two in the San Bernardino Mountains, have taken a step closer to being protected as either threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Radio for Northern California

Large roaches head into human homes, thanks to drought (with audio)

Our history-making drought strikes again. As California’s front lawns brown, dry tree limbs fall on city streets and neighbors scramble to water their yards by the light of the moon during a state-mandated Phase 2 water restriction, these cockroaches are now cruising residential streets for their next meal and a drink.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

First day of rain season has great start in Monterey County

On the last day of the rain year, folks in parts of Monterey County went to sleep to the sound of rain and woke up to the same Thursday morning — the first day of the rain year which runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Drizzle offers ‘preview of winter’ in Santa Cruz County

Gray skies and showers on Wednesday night and Thursday morning in Santa Cruz County offered a “little preview of winter,” said Bob Benjamin, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Monterey.

Aquafornia news Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting

The Wet Prince of Bel Air: Who is California’s biggest water guzzler?

In the midst of a searing drought, one home in this exclusive West Los Angeles neighborhood used an astonishing 11.8 million gallons of water in one year – enough for 90 households. … It’s the same story throughout urban California. Despite the drought, well-heeled residential customers in affluent neighborhoods are being allowed to use as much water as they want to buy, according to a review of utility records from the state’s biggest urban water agencies.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Skiing, climbing, global warming: French Alps show dilemma

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited the Mer de Glace (the Sea of Ice) Friday on Mont Blanc, where the retreating glacier has been documented for more than a century, through water colors painted before the invention of the still camera, black-and-white photos depicting a then-modern steam locomotive chuffing alongside the ice and today’s high-definition satellite photos.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento firm bets $1 million that its wizard will lure special districts online

The team at midtown’s Digital Deployment didn’t have to ask their banker for a loan when they presented their latest product idea, said chief executive Mac Clemmens. … Clemmens and his team have developed a wizard that allows special districts – the government agencies that manage fire, water, sewer and lots of other services – to create and manage their own websites.