Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: $11 million deal struck to conserve Colorado River basin

Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water levels in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California breaks drought record as 58% of state hits driest level

More than half of California is now under the most severe level of drought for the first time since the federal government began issuing regular drought reports in the late 1990s, according to new data released Thursday.

Aquafornia news Merced Sun-Star

Federal agency determines Merced County groundwater sale has ‘no significant impact’

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Thursday approved the environmental report for a multimillion-dollar proposal to allow the transfer and sale of Merced County groundwater to buyers in Stanislaus County.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

More than 25% of California’s firefighting budget already up in smoke

The state of California is burning through its fire fighting budget – less than a month into the new fiscal year.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days

Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

HOAs can’t fine residents who let lawns die

Homeowners associations can no longer fine residents who let their lawns turn brown during a local or statewide drought under a change in state law triggered by the recent signing of an urgency bill by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

All of San Joaquin County, 58% of state now in ‘exceptional drought’

All of San Joaquin County, and 58 percent of the state, is now considered to be in a state of “exceptional” drought, federal officials said today [July 31].

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno’s stricter, twice-a-week watering rules begin Friday

Fresno city officials said July 22 that, effective Friday, residents may water two days a week rather than the current three.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Glendale to begin enforcing mandatory water conservation rules Friday

The city of Glendale will begin enforcing new mandatory water conservation rules today in response to the state’s ongoing drought.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno council repeals water rate increases, avoids ballot fight

The Fresno City Council has decided to go back to square one on water rates, sent there by an embarrassing kick from Doug Vagim.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Water runoff at Palm Springs park sparks outrage

Leave it up to Palm Springs residents to keep the city accountable when water waste is spotted in city limits.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Tears, hugs, shucking at Drakes Bay Oyster Co.’s final day open to public

The tears flowed like a cool Pacific current Thursday in West Marin as hundreds gathered to bid a final shuck to a century-old oyster farm on Drakes Estero.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Vernal pools at Costa Mesa park need protection, agency finds

The environmentally sensitive vernal pools at an Orange County regional park are being threatened by everything from pedestrians to pesticides and need to be better protected, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has found.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

UCLA flood: more than 200 undamaged cars will be moved Thursday night

More than 200 vehicles undamaged by a massive flood that poured onto UCLA’s campus will be removed from parking structures Thursday night and be available for pick up Friday morning, university officials said.

Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Removing a lawn? Check out synthetic turf

Though scoffing might still be a frequent response today when the topic comes up, the artificial turf industry has quietly reinvented itself and has been winning converts among residential and commercial customers fed up with planting, watering, mowing, edging, feeding, weeding, aerating, patching and all the other tasks of nurturing a real lawn.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: One burst pipe and the promise of many more

Amid a historic drought, a decrepit Los Angeles pipe bursts, spewing enough water to flood UCLA’s newly refurbished Pauley Pavilion, trapping 900 cars in an underground garage – and wasting enough water to supply a third of San Franciscans for a day.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: California needs to overhaul its protection of groundwater

There are many environmentally worrisome aspects of oil and gas production, and one is the injection of wastewater back into the ground.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: We all must conserve

The “Tone Deaf Award of the Month” goes to the Bay Isle Pointe Homeowners Association, which just sent out green postcards warning selected residents of the Alameda development to use a little more water on their lawns.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Status quo in Delta isn’t working for California

The California Department of Water Resources and its federal and state partners on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan have a legal responsibility to protect threatened species and supply water to millions of Californians. It is important to correct serious misrepresentations of facts around those responsibilities.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Groundwater can’t be regulated without increasing surface supplies

Increased groundwater pumping is under growing scrutiny. The devastating consequences of a third year of drought, coupled with over-regulation of surface supplies, have increased momentum in Sacramento for state intervention in local groundwater management.