Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Capitol Hill talks on drought bill dry up, to resume next year

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California on Thursday pulled the plug on secret, high-stakes negotiations over a water bill for her drought-plagued state, saying she and fellow lawmakers will try again next year.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Secret California water deal left high and dry in D.C.

California’s record drought prompted both the House and Senate to pass their own version of water bills.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Study urges thorough review of water storage projects

Voters just approved $7.5 billion dollars for new water storage projects, but a new study says it’s likely not all projects will be worth the money.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

State Senate hearing focuses on streamlining groundwater rights disputes

The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water today held an informational hearing that focused on developing ways to resolve groundwater rights disputes more quickly. … Sen. Fran Pavley, (D-Aurora Hills), chair of the Senate committee, opened the hearing by saying that following the passage this year of the Groundwater Sustainability Management Act, officials now want to look at the issue of groundwater adjudications.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Weather Service: Wet December more likely

The National Weather Service expects as much as four inches of water from rain and snowstorms in the Sierra from now thru Saturday.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Wild, wet weather brings lightning, threats of hail, waterspouts

Another storm system slogged its way through San Francisco on Thursday, bringing much-needed rain, lightning and threats of hail and waterspouts to the region, forecasters said.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Far, far below ground, directing water to New York City taps

The Delaware Aqueduct bypass is an approximately $1 billion project that few New Yorkers will ever see, though it affects every New Yorker’s life. City government is still capable of thinking big when it has to — and in the case of the water supply, it must.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: Shaping water storage in California

With the continuation of California’s historic drought and the recent passage of Proposition 1, the potential value of additional water storage in the state is an area of vigorous discussion. In a new study released today, we look at the different roles of storage in California’s integrated water system and evaluate storage capacity expansion from what we call a “system analysis approach.”

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: A restoration hub for the Delta — Better tools and processes for science-based restoration

Restoration in the Delta has always been challenging, at best. … The proposed Delta Restoration Hub is an integrative model for planning, implementation, and analysis. intended to address the high levels of coordination and integration necessary to meet the challenges of designing and implementing multiple restoration projects.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Bureau of Reclamation invests $9.2 million in water and power research

Following a year of record drought, water managers throughout the west are searching for information and ideas to ensure a reliable and sustainable water supply. To meet this growing need for information, Bureau of Reclamation Principal Deputy Commissioner Estevan López announced today [Nov. 19] that Reclamation has awarded $9.2 million for 131 research projects.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

News Release: Collaboration with federal and state agencies, rice growers and industry further protect endangered salmon and steelhead trout

Collaboration among federal and state agencies, rice growers and industry has created federally enforceable restrictions of the pesticide thiobencarb to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead trout in California.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

News Release: Help raise awareness of water on #GivingTuesday

The Water Education Foundation will be among the nation’s charities and nonprofits participating in #GivingTuesday on Dec. 2. Coinciding with Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping. #GivingTuesday inspires people to give back to communities, charities and causes they support.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Announcement: Water 101 Workshop — Learn the basics and beyond in this critical drought year

Water 101 is coming to the Sacramento area on February 5-6, 2015. This day-and-a-half course offers you the opportunity to learn the California water basics, hot topics and water district board member governance.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Limits end on most California stream diversions

Thousands of water users across California can again draw water directly from streams after state officials Wednesday lifted restrictions on one of the last major blocks of water rights, imposed in June due to the drought.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Why are U.S. lawmakers making California water deals in secret?

California made extraordinary progress on water policy in this severe drought year, largely under the guiding hand of Gov. Jerry Brown.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA plans new toxin guidelines for drinking water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to come out with new guidelines that will give cities and water treatment plants a blueprint for dealing with the type of algae-borne toxin that contaminated the drinking water in Ohio’s fourth-largest city, a federal official said Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Humboldt County, tribes receive 2,400 donated drought kits for low-income households

In an effort to address the drought on the household level, California has teamed up with The Home Depot to distribute kits to low-income residents, with about 2,000 being given to North Coast tribes last month and now 400 more for drought-stricken communities in Humboldt County.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California almond growers welcome record revenue, rainy weather

It rained on hundreds of farmers heading into Blue Diamond Growers’ 104th annual meeting Wednesday at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Cal Water hit with $3 million penalty for fish-killing San Mateo pipe leak

State water regulators have slapped California Water Service Co. with a proposed record-setting $3 million penalty for an October 2013 leak of chemically treated drinking water that killed more than 270 fish in San Mateo and Polhemus creeks.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Well owners face decision

Already missing out on state money to address the drought, San Joaquin County officials will soon ask property owners if they’re willing to disclose to the state what some feel are sensitive details about their wells.