Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Californians shoot past Gov. Jerry’s Brown’s water conservation targets

Californians in May shot past Gov. Jerry Brown’s water conservation targets in response to the drought emergency — a profound shift in behavior for a state that until recently prized its hot tubs, lush landscaping and spotless cars.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State issues toughest-in-the-nation fracking rules

State officials on Wednesday formally adopted new rules governing hydraulic fracturing in California, setting in motion some of the toughest guidelines in the nation for the controversial oil extraction practice.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

North Coast Sen. McGuire: Drought and pot farms cause ‘severe’ crisis for fisheries

A Mendocino County lawman and a former marijuana grower defended small-scale cannabis cultivation Wednesday at a legislative hearing on the impact of the drought and marijuana on North Coast fisheries.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

‘Unbelievable’: Emergency plan could make canal flow backward

Ever since its construction in 1951, the whole point of the Delta-Mendota Canal has been to ship Northern California water to farmers south of the Delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Californians cut water use 29 percent in May

In a rare bit of encouraging news in a state gripped by drought, regulators reported Wednesday that urban Californians reduced their water consumption by 28.9 percent in May from the same month two years ago.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California: Record water savings shows big cuts possible

Water use in drought-stricken California plunged by record levels in May, and Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration cited that as proof cities can hit steep summer conservation targets they have blasted as unfair.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Californians getting drought message: Water usage plunges

California residents cut their water use by nearly 29 percent in May compared with the same month in 2013, the steepest reduction since officials began calling for people to conserve last year, according to figures the state released Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte, Glenn blow conservation targets out of the water

For the first time, the state hit the 25 percent saving target set by Gov. Jerry Brown, with statewide savings put at 29 percent. But locally, Paradise and Willows cut water use in May by 44 percent, compared to May 2013.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Fran Pavley: The quiet crusader

She is Fran Pavley, a pleasant, gray-haired Democratic state senator and former school teacher from Southern California who in conversation does not come across as a firebrand, but can grow passionate about using legislation to protect the environment.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles DWP watchdog urges changes in hiring rules, union influence at utility

In the wake of the botched rollout of a new billing system at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power that sent inaccurate bills to many customers, a new report by a watchdog agency says the city must make a host of changes to speed up hiring and contracting to prevent similar problems in the future.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Recycled oil field wastewater is clean, Chevron test results show

Results of the most recent testing of recycled oil field wastewater that Chevron sells to Kern County farmers for irrigation showed no traces of methylene chloride, an industrial solvent that had appeared in previous testing conducted by a clean water advocacy group.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Eagle Mountain hydropower plant near Joshua Tree takes big step forward

A controversial proposal to build a hydropower plant in the shadow of Joshua Tree National Park cleared a major hurdle Wednesday, in a surprising development that frustrated conservationists but encouraged some renewable energy advocates.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Project could change face of Smith Canal

One of the city’s more tranquil Delta settings would be the scene of two years of intense construction work, and would have a decidedly different look for decades into the future if a plan to build a floodgate near the mouth of Smith Canal moves forward.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno records .01 inch of rain, a record for July 1

The official rain gauge at Fresno Yosemite International Airport measured a hundredth of an inch late Wednesday night, the National Weather Service reported — a record for the city on July 1.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Downtown L.A.’s four-year rain total lowest ever recorded

The last four years have been the driest such period in downtown Los Angeles in almost 140 years, the National Weather Service said.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

One-third of world’s people still have no proper toilets

Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialized West, but still are a luxury for a third of the world’s people who have no access to them, according to a report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: In drying Colorado River Basin, Indian tribes are water dealmakers

Mired in drought and torched by one of the hottest years ever measured, the seven states of the Colorado River Basin are acutely aware of how a desert can bully water supplies. They are not alone.

Aquafornia news Arizona Daily Star

Blog: Nevada water leader blasts Arizonans’ anti-California rhetoric

How good are Arizona’s legal rights to the Colorado River “if Lake Mead is at dead pool!!!!” asks Patricia Mulroy, the former water boss for the Las Vegas area who has wielded enormous influence over the years over management of the Colorado River and over Las Vegas’ growth, water use and conservation.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking

Environmentalists Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California bill could allow tax on water wasters in drought (with audio)

A bill authored by Democratic Senator Bob Wieckowski would allow water districts to tax excessive water users up to 300-percent of the purchase price.