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Friday’s Top of the Scroll: EPA says California’s Delta water tunnel project could violate federal law

The pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed in the Delta could violate the federal Clean Water Act and increase harm to endangered fish species, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which released its formal comment on the project Thursday.

Aquafornia news Wall St. Journal

California drought squeezes wells

With groundwater levels falling across the Golden State—causing dried-up wells, sinking roadbeds and crumbling infrastructure—the state legislature is considering regulating underground water for the first time.

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California Senate approves bill requiring oil industry to detail water use

The California state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill requiring oil companies to report how much water they use in their drilling operations and the water’s source, a move that comes amid a severe statewide drought.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Fracking may endanger groundwater in California

Fracking for oil in California happens at shallower depths than previously realized and could pose a risk to precious groundwater supplies, according to a federally commissioned report released Thursday.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Almond growers bought and drilled for water to bring in a strong crop

Almond harvest is well underway, with walnuts soon to follow. However, the story of how farmers have grown a normal crop during a drought year is far from normal.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thunderstorms bring slight relief to desert

Over the last week, the only spot in California to see improved drought conditions was — of all places — Mojave Desert, officials reported.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Meet the ‘bad ant’ that’s overwhelming California

Argentine ants, Linepithema humile, are on the march in drought-stricken California, and they’re invading Bay Area homes in droves. It’s considered one of the most invasive species on the planet.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno County lakeside communities counter drought with creativity

Looking out across now-puny Edison Lake in high country Fresno County, an “eerie” feeling comes over Jim Clement.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Drought: Coping strategies dominate water conference

Drought was the word of the day at the San Bernardino County Water Conference on Friday, where leaders preached the need for more local storage and passage of a $7.5 billion water bond to cope with future dry spells.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury News hosts public forum in San Jose to discuss drought

The San Jose Mercury News is hosting a free public forum, entitled “Dry Times: An in-depth discussion about Bay Area water issues,” scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Martin Luther King Jr. King Public Library, Room 225, 150 E. San Fernando St. in San Jose, adjacent to the San Jose State University campus.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Solar reviews overlooked endangered bird, group says

A shy, endangered bird that inhabits the marshes along the Colorado River is at the center of notices filed Thursday by an environmental group that says President Barack Obama’s administration hasn’t protected the bird from commercial solar projects.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

2 California counties ask to form separate state

Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal.

Aquafornia news NPR

There’s a big leak in America’s water tower

The northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is sometimes called “the crown of the continent,” and its jewels are glaciers and snowfields that irrigate large parts of North America during spring thaw. But the region is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Does Antarctic sea ice growth negate climate change? Scientists say no

In the blue half-light of the Antarctic autumn, a thin film spreads across the continent’s coastal waters. It’s an embryonic form of sea ice: a mush of microscopic crystals that floats on the dense, salty water of the Southern Ocean.

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Commentary: Earthquakes pose a hazard to much of California’s fresh water

Had Sunday’s magnitude 6.0 Napa earthquake been located a few miles to the southeast, it could have caused a severe shortage of fresh water felt up and down California, exacerbating the effects of our historic drought.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Ruling requires native tribes’ consent for energy projects

In a historic decision, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled earlier this summer that First Nations (native people) have “title” to their ancestral lands and hence significant control over the management of their natural resources and local long-term economic development.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: Plastic bag ban, groundwater regulation remain as legislative session wraps up

Among the big remaining battles to watch out for as Sunday’s deadline to pass legislation looms ever closer: a bill that would authorize regulation of California’s diminishing groundwater supply, a historic change that is strongly opposed by Republicans, and the plastic bag ban, which has been grabbing headlines all session long.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: Full report by Fritz Grupe and others

We ran a story today [August 27] about Fritz Grupe, Sunne Wright McPeak and Pete Weber convening a group to tackle California water issues.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Blog: Fracking study may allow feds to resume lucrative oil leases in Kern

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management took a big step toward resuming auctions of federal property in California for oil and gas production with its release Thursday of an independent scientific review of well stimulation activities in the state.