Aquafornia news UT San Diego

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Battle lines drawn over California water bond

California voters will decide this fall whether to approve a $7.5 billion water bond aimed at easing future droughts such as the one that’s gripped the state for three years in a row.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Proposition 1 could lessen future water shortages, but at what cost?

Step by step, sewage flows through the city’s Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in the San Fernando Valley. Ultimately, the cleaned effluent flows into lakes and rivers. … Mayor Eric Garcetti, who prefers the term “showers to flowers” instead of “toilet to tap,” also lobbied for groundwater cleanup funds. 

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Fracking ban on the ballot in tiny San Benito County has big statewide implications

When President Ronald Reagan was pushing for offshore oil drilling on the edges of Monterey Bay in the mid-1980s, Santa Cruz voters fought back, approving a ballot measure that banned construction of all storage tanks, pipelines and other oil equipment in the city. … Now, nearly 30 years later, the same David vs. Goliath tactic is being used farther from shore.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Brown pursues lasting policy legacy in California

After sidelining opponents and steadying the state’s finances, the quirky 76-year-old Democrat [Gov. Jerry Brown] is looking to put his stamp on the state’s water and transportation infrastructure and playing statesman on global climate change, recently addressing a UN Climate Change conference.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Could desalination solve California’s water problem?

Along this patch of the Pacific Ocean, welders and pipefitters nearly outnumber the surfers and sunbathers. … They are building the Carlsbad Desalination Project, which will convert as much as 56 million gallons of seawater each day into drinking water for San Diego County residents.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Meeting Tuesday in Chico will give overview of 10-year plan for water transfers

Next week [Tuesday, Oct. 21] the Bureau of Reclamation will be in Chico, asking folks to give feedback on an assessment of water transfers from the Sacramento Valley over 10 years.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Drought funding dries up

San Joaquin County is missing out on millions of dollars in state grants to fight the drought, in part because some private landowners are reluctant to share confidential information about their wells.

Aquafornia news NPR

As their wells run dry, California residents blame thirsty farms

Imagine flushing the toilet and watching sand come up.

Aquafornia news NPR

California farmers: We are getting ‘much less water’

Farmers say they aren’t using up groundwater supplies, nor are they solely to blame for the water crisis. Almond grower Dan Errotabere talks with NPR’s Rachel Martin about the situation on his farm.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tahoe level at 5-year low; no Truckee River flows

Lingering drought has helped push Lake Tahoe’s water level below its natural rim for the first time in five years, cutting off flows into the Truckee River, which has been reduced to a shallow stream as it meanders down the Sierra through Reno.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Water agencies fielding more waste complaints

Broken sprinklers, water running on streets and neighbors hosing down driveways are increasingly prompting complaints to water agencies as drought-conscious residents across the Coachella Valley are reporting incidents of waste.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Palm Springs HOAs need to follow water rules

Water has become a huge issue in the desert. On our You’ve Got Issues Facebook group, Vic Yepello of Palm Springs writes that homeowners associations are violating the rules about watering during daylight hours.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

NASA spacecraft could help California address drought

A NASA spacecraft getting set to launch will measure soil moisture, one of the most important components of the earth’s water cycle.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Presidio Trust unveils plan to rid Mountain Lake of invasive fish

In a final effort to rid thousands of invasive fish from the Presidio’s historic Mountain Lake and make room for native species, biologists will use a standard fish-killing chemical called rotenone, park officials said this week.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Geothermal power industry lost steam but may be poised for comeback

Geothermal power was once king of California’s renewable energy. So many companies were clamoring to transform steam into electricity that they sucked the world’s largest geyser field dry.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Another Ebola challenge: Disposing of medical waste

Because of restrictions on burning, California hospital representatives say their only option appears to be trucking the waste over public highways and incinerating it in another state — a prospect that makes some environmental advocates uneasy. … Dr. David Perrott, chief medical officer for the California Hospital Assn., said there was also confusion about whether infected human waste could be flushed down the toilet.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

West Nile cases surging in state, Bay Area

In the midst of a historic drought, public health officials are searching for clues as to why cases of West Nile virus have exploded statewide since last year, making this season the worst for human infections in California since 2005.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Giant sequoias may surprise us in a warmer future

Research ecologist Nathan Stephenson crawled around magnificent Giant Forest, checking young giant sequoias for damage from California’s three-year drought.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Long Beach man’s documentary film ‘My Name Is Water’ chronicles journeys to Africa

“My Name Is Water” details how [Justin] Arana brought the most basic and most treasured of life’s necessities to the Mozambique village. A local aid organization would pay for a well for the village, but it was Arana who found a contractor to drill it, worked with local government officials and the local chief and handled all the haggling and red tape involved in getting the project done.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Jerry Brown has a huge opportunity, assuming he wins his fourth term, and we do

Gov. Jerry Brown’s run for a fourth term may be the quietest gubernatorial campaign since Earl Warren ran as a Republican and Democrat and won with 90 percent of the vote in 1946. … We remain skeptical of Brown’s proposal to build twin tunnels to move water past the Delta.