Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Brown signs bills to regulate pumping of underground water

For the first time in its history, California will establish statewide management of water pumped from the ground, under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Aquafornia news Imperial Valley Press

IID reaches settlement in QSA lawsuits

The Imperial Irrigation District has approved a half-million dollar settlement with landowners who have spent more than a decade suing the IID over its participation in the transfer of water out of the Imperial Valley.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Emergency water released to Klamath, Trinity rivers after deadly fish parasite detected

After a deadly parasite was detected in a sample of lower Klamath fish for the first time since 2002’s massive fish die-off, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released emergency flows to the Trinity and lower Klamath rivers on Tuesday to prevent further spread.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

L.A. heat wave: Add lightning, heavy rain to today’s extreme weather

From sweltering heat to heavy downpours and lightning storms, extreme weather will continue to plague the Southland on Wednesday as monsoonal moisture mixes with triple-digit temperatures, forecasters warned.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

King fire threatens more than 1,600 homes in Northern California

The fast-growing King fire in Eldorado National Forest now threatens nearly 2,500 structures, more than half of them homes, as thousands of firefighters try to get a handle on the out-of-control blaze.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Moisture returns to Coachella Valley

As parts of the Coachella Valley still struggle to recover from millions of dollars in damage caused by last week’s downpour, residents and officials are bracing for the possibility of a new storm system that could cause more flooding.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Storm leaves behind flooding, damage

An afternoon monsoonal storm hammered much of the Inland area with damaging winds and scattered flash flooding, with another round possible Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Imperial Valley Press

IID board, Reclamation regional director discuss drought

The Bureau of Reclamation is turning to water agencies on the Colorado River to enact voluntary water conservation measures as the drought gripping the western United States shows no signs of easing.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

L.A.’s DWP managers agree to undergo formal evaluations

Hundreds of managers in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are agreeing to formal, annual evaluations as part of a new pact with the utility — a groundbreaking move for an agency long targeted for reform.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Records request reveals Soquel Creek water director suggested lawsuit

Email released by the Soquel Creek Water District as part of public records requests filed by challengers for two board seats reveal an incumbent suggested a lawsuit against the district might swing a colleague’s vote about a future moratorium on development.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

PVWMA mulls extending water rates

Pajaro Valley water rates, set to expire this time next year, are likely to be extended. Wednesday, the Pajaro Valley Water Management board of directors will consider repealing a sunset clause put in place when the rates were adopted four years ago.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Valley elderberry beetle to remain a protected species

Federal wildlife officials have changed their minds about the Valley elderberry longhorn beetle, determining it is not ready to survive on its own and will remain protected by the Endangered Species Act.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Drought may pose danger to wild salmon eggs

The statewide drought has federal and state officials considering a process never before tried in California to save fall-run salmon eggs from being killed by warm water in the Sacramento River.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Insect killer of crops, gardens arrives in Bay Area and is spreading north

They have needlelike mouths, a keen sense of smell and few natural enemies. And they’re marching into the San Francisco Bay Area, delivering doom to backyard gardens and favored crops such as broccoli, arugula, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, agricultural experts warn.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Climate change may add billions to wildfire costs, study says

As wildfires burned in California, a study by several major environmental groups estimated that climate change could mean that future blazes will be much larger and add billions of dollars to already costly losses.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Drought a rare opportunity to find ‘buried treasure’

Even the most wild-eyed optimist might have difficulty finding anything positive to say about the California drought. For three hours on Saturday, however, the drought might actually help scores of volunteers as they remove hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash from our lakes, rivers and streams.

Aquafornia news Eugene, Oregon, Register-Guard

Editorial: Stemming the flow

As hard as it is to believe given California’s current drought — perhaps its worst since record-keeping began about 100 years ago — the state has never in its 164-year history controlled or limited how much water its residents can take from the ground.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Dan Walters Daily [video]: How big a deal is groundwater legislation?

While lauded as an historic achievement, we won’t know the impact of new groundwater regulations for decades to come, Dan says.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Blog: Thank the drought for historic California water law

It took the most severe drought in California’s recent history to push the state into doing what ever other Western state already does — manage its groundwater.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern CA

Blog: Drought becomes powerful political tool for Brown, lawmakers

Gov. Jerry Brown didn’t miss a beat on Tuesday when asked what made a deal come together on a first-ever law regulating the use of groundwater in California.