Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: USGS begins crucial study in Hinkley to determine how much chromium-6 was natural

By the side of a washboard-rough dirt road, in a garage piled high with rocks neatly stored in pizza-sized boxes, the long-awaited study has begun to determine how much of the world’s largest chromium-6 plume is the result of a San Francisco-based utility’s operations and how much was put there by nature.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: U.S. Clean Water Rule quandary begins on land

In March 2014, two United States agencies charged with stemming pollution in the nation’s waters proposed a 2-page rule change in federal clean water regulations, a change based on more than 1,000 scientific studies, that was meant to clear up years of legal muddiness in defining which small streams and wetlands fell under government regulation.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

California business coalition pushes for secure water supply

A diverse coalition of global businesses operating in California launched a campaign Thursday to seek and support solutions to the state’s water supply crunch.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Bottling water without scrutiny

Miles from the nearest paved road in the San Bernardino National Forest, two sounds fill a rocky canyon: a babbling stream and the hissing of water flowing through a stainless steel pipe. From wells that tap into springs high on the mountainside, water gushes down through the pipe to a roadside tank. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Herbicide spraying begins to stop spread of water hyacinth (with audio)

Last year water hyacinth choked Delta marinas and waterways with huge clots of green.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

NOAA: El Niño is ‘too little, too late’ for California drought

El Niño is here, but don’t expect the Pacific Ocean circulation phenomenon to do much for the drought afflicting California and the western U.S., forecasters said Thursday.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

El Niño finally here; but this 1 is weak, weird and late

A long anticipated El Niño has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, it’s too little, too late, meteorologists say.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Drought almost certain to continue, snow surveys suggest

Had it not been for a couple of days of snowfall during the weekend, the ground would have been bare, Frank Gehrke of the Department of Water Resources said Tuesday during a snow survey at Philips Station near Sierra-At-Tahoe Road.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno to apply for $165 million in state loans for big water project

Fresno City Hall and its big water project are returning to their favorite lender — the state of California.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Water board says use of creosote ties OK for SMART

The use of creosote ties by Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit doesn’t threaten water quality, the state’s regional water quality control board has concluded.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

January-February 2015 is Sacramento’s 7th driest period on record

An arid January and a middling amount of precipitation in February have placed the two months squarely in the top 10 driest in Sacramento history.

Aquafornia news The Arizona Republic

Growing Utah town wants even more water via pipeline

St. George anchors Washington County, which has echoed Las Vegas’ growth boom since before the turn of the 21st century. … Meanwhile, Utah is using less than 1 million acre-feet a year from the Colorado River, according to the state.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Mars once had an entire ocean — and then lost it, scientists say

Dry, dusty Mars once had an ocean that held as much water as the Arctic Ocean and covered a larger share of the Red Planet’s surface than the Atlantic Ocean does on Earth, according to a surprising new study.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Editorial: Fish report provides some encouragement

The latest North Coast salmon forecast is in, and it’s better than last year’s. … But it’s not likely to last.

Aquafornia news Central Arizona Project (CAP)

Blog: CAP partners with Arizona Science Center to promote water conservation and education

Nearly 600 Maricopa County school children collaborated this past year to create their own water filter to clean the “polluted” water made in a model city. They were participating in an Arizona Science Center project called Planet Water, thanks in part to a grant from Central Arizona Project.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta ‘Heritage’ designation sought for third time

On Tuesday, California senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer launched a third effort by introducing legislation in the Senate. U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, also introduced a bill in the House.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Bill extends timetable for water quality mandate

Senate Bill 385, introduced by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, would extend the July 1 deadline for complying with the new chromium 6 standard until 2020 while requiring water suppliers to show progress toward implementation.

Aquafornia news National Geographic

Lack of snow leaves California’s ‘water tower’ running low

Snowpack—which essentially serves as a water tower for the western United States—produces vital meltwater that flows off the mountains each spring. … But the snowpack is becoming more like a snow gap, as temperatures in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada become too warm for the snow that replenishes the ecosystem each winter.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

A dry January pulled down water conservation rate in California

After getting a gold star for saving water in December, California’s conservation efforts flagged in January.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Weak winter blamed for bleak Sierra snowpack

Surveys by the Department of Water Resources showed the snowpack across the entire mountain range at 19 percent of average for early March, a level deemed “alarmingly low” by officials. … On March 17, the State Water Board will consider extending emergency drought regulations and adding more stringent conservation measures.