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Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Congress keeps California water talks flowing

Secret California water bill negotiations have a “55 percent to 60 percent chance” of success during the fast-fading 113th Congress, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

HOAs barred from requiring luscious landscaping

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to prohibit homeowners associations from banning drought-resistant landscaping to save water.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

King Fire affects hydroelectric facilities, recreation areas

The King fire’s rampage through the forestlands of El Dorado and Placer counties is threatening hydroelectric facilities and power lines that deliver water and electricity to the Sacramento region, as well as some of the Sierra Nevada’s most treasured recreation areas.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

NOAA: Yet more global heat records fall in August

The globe smashed more heat records last month, including Earth’s hottest August and summer, federal meteorologists said Thursday.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Rain visits Bay Area – finally but feebly

A wet weather system moved through the Bay Area on Thursday, dropping the first light rain of the season, knocking out power to thousands of residents and bringing a muggy stickiness that set records in some places.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

King fire growth slows; arson suspect to be arraigned

The King fire continues to burn – now having charred 76,376 acres – but crews have managed to keep Highway 50 open Friday morning.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Massive King fire sets off even louder alarms in California

In a summer of destructive blazes across Central and Northern California, the King fire — burning out of control in the forest east of Sacramento — has officials particularly alarmed.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Lake Tahoe hopes high for big winter; predictions mixed

After three consecutive mild winters and an ongoing drought across western states, hopes are high for heavy snowfall this season. … As of Wednesday, Lake Tahoe was at 6223.27 feet above sea level; its natural rim is 6,223 feet.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Salton Sea: Stench warning issued

Air quality regulators Thursday issued the second odor advisory this week for the Coachella Valley because of elevated levels of a putrid gas coming from the Salton Sea that smells like rotten eggs.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Napa quake supplies fresh water to small community

Napa’s quake left city buildings damaged and residents with insurance headaches. But a small nearby community called Green Valley got water. 

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

West Marin medical marijuana grower resurfaces with water conservation tips

After keeping a low profile for more than two years, George Bianchini, founder and CEO of Medi-Cone, a Marin-based collective that grows and sells medical marijuana, invited the public to visit his West Marin home this week for a demonstration on water conservation.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Meteorite that killed off dinosaurs shaped modern-day plants

The life strategy of plants that dominate our forests today may be linked to a massive meteorite that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago, according to a new study.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Bay Delta Conservation Plan — diverting water, balancing needs

Not many places on Earth move more water farther than California, and the emotions that Californians connect to our big water projects — indifference, pride, regret, worry — bear on the current debate over how to protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as an ecosystem and water source. But emotion will not lead to the best long-term public policy decisions for California.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Fracking disclosure law a complete bust

What if California’s Legislature passed a law that state officials simply didn’t bother to enforce?

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger LLP

News Release: Stormwater management services that provide a water supply source may be funded with water service

Assembly Bill 2403 amends the definition of “water” contained in the Proposition 218 Omnibus Implementation Act to “include improvements for producing, storing, supplying, treating, or distributing water from any source.”

Aquafornia news Pacific Institute

News Release: New study finds water metering is essential to effective water management during drought, particularly at local level

The new “Need to Know” factsheet Metering in California  finds water meters an essential element of effective water management, particularly during the drought.

Aquafornia news American Water Works Association

News Release: Michael McGuire extends appointment as editor-in-chief of Journal-AWWA

The American Water Works Association today [Sept. 17] announced that water expert and author Michael J. McGuire, PhD, PE, will continue his appointment as Editor-in-Chief for Journal — American Water Works Association through June 2016. He has been handling the responsibilities of Interim Editor-in-Chief for the publication since June 2014.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California Gov. Brown declares state of emergency as wildfires rage

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for two Northern California counties overwhelmed by wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

King fire explodes overnight to 70,000 acres burned

The King fire near Pollock Pines has now burned 70,944 acres, a growth of 43,000 acres overnight, Calfire reported on Thursday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

2014 on track to be hottest year on record in California

This year is on track to be the hottest year in California since record-keeping began roughly 119 years ago, scientists announced Wednesday.