Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Many snags ahead for Calif. water bills

Publicly and privately, California lawmakers are pushing to get a big water bill off its current glacial pace. But history cautions that California legislation this ambitious always takes time, and plenty of it.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Tribes blast feds’ Klamath plan

A federal plan to prevent a potential fish kill this summer on the lower Klamath River drew criticism on Monday from Hoopa Valley and Yurok tribe officials, who condemned the proposal as a lukewarm response to the threat of rising water temperatures and deadly parasites.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Drought could hurt endangered fish caught in water fight

California’s historic drought could wipe out a tiny, endangered fish that’s played an outsized role in the state’s water wars.

Aquafornia news Wall St. Journal

In Calif., even firefighters conserve water

Wildfires scorching California this summer have already cost one life, 24 homes and millions of dollars. They are also consuming another precious resource: water. 

Aquafornia news ProPublica

Amid drought, Calif. experiments with leasing water rights

Last fall, farmers working the flat land along the Colorado River outside Blythe, California, harvested a lucrative crop of oranges, lettuce and alfalfa from fields irrigated with river water. But that wasn’t their only source of income.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Massive Calif. wildfire jumps containment line

The fire was burning in the Lower Lake area, about 100 miles north of San Francisco and 10 miles from Clear Lake, the largest freshwater lake entirely within California and a popular spot for boaters and campers.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Rocky Fire: Drought-fueled fire we’ve been dreading burns 62,000 acres and counting

This is the blaze that firefighters have braced for all year, the ferocious Rocky Fire burning near Clear Lake that has destroyed more than two dozen homes and hit with the kind of force long-dreaded because of California’s historic drought.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

As fires rage up north, Southern California prepares for the worst

Wildfires burning in the northern part of the state coupled with a severe drought are worrying local fire officials, who are preparing for the worst.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

#drylandsCA – Don’t pray for rain – pray for snow

It’s snow that holds the water through the winter and come spring melts into gurgling creeks and rivers that fill the reservoirs below. Melted snow is 30% of California’s water supply.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Sacramento launches ‘mulch madness’ to save trees (with audio)

Even though it’s August, there are many streets in Sacramento that look like it’s fall. Parched trees are losing their leaves early as a result of the drought.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Laguna Beach homeowners bristle at pool ban; council to discuss again Tuesday

Janice Hobbs and Roula Fawaz are avid fitness enthusiasts. … But plans for their tranquil, dream pool might just be, well, dreams, after a recent ban on all new pool and spa construction citywide until the end of August because of the drought.

Aquafornia news NASA

A tale of two extremes: Rainfall across the US (graphic)

A new visualization of rainfall data collected from space shows the stark contrast between east and west for the first half of 2015.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Editorial: State needs to step up response to water emergencies

Gov. Jerry Brown has to be pleased by the response of Californians to this historic drought. … Unfortunately for thousands of residents in the Central Valley and elsewhere in California, however, the governor is not keeping his end of the deal.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act update — Groundwater replenishment discussion paper

As part of the SGMA [Sustainable Groundwater Management Act] legislation, WC 10729 (c), DWR [California Department of Water Resources] is required to prepare and publish a report by December 31, 2016, that presents the department’s best estimate, based on available information, of water available for replenishment of groundwater in the state. DWR has developed an issue paper highlighting relevant sections from the SGMA legislation, a summary of recent outreach, potential technical options and questions to consider. 

Aquafornia news NASA

News Release: Calif. ‘rain debt’ equal to average full year of precipitation

A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 20 inches of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 — the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year. The deficit was driven primarily by a lack of air currents moving inland from the Pacific Ocean that are rich in water vapor.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: AP-GfK Poll — Americans favor farmers & food during drought

When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Trickle-down politics: Drought could force real change among city, state leaders

It’s something of a relief, if a mixed one, that the drought has surged into the role of the latest scourge to freak out California. … But it’s mixed, of course, because the drought carries its own dangers, and the ultimate solution — rain — remains wholly out of the power of politicians or everyday Californians.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Calif. fires lead Gov. Brown to call state of emergency

Gov. Jerry Brown has called a state of emergency across the state in response to wildfires engulfing parts of drought-stricken California.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

How to report water waste with a smartphone

Seen somebody wasting water? Don’t know who to call? The state of California can help.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Calif. site will let residents tattle on water wasters

California is launching a website that lets residents tattle on water wasters, from neighbors with leaky sprinklers to waiters who serve water without asking.