Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Rebates for replacing lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping won’t be taxed

Rebates received by homeowners for replacing their lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping will not be counted as income, according to a bill authored by a Los Angeles lawmaker and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California’s water year ends as one of the driest on record

California’s water year ends Tuesday as one of the driest in state history — and water managers are warning the new water year may be just as bad.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Early snow blankets Sierra Nevada, delighting drought-weary California

An unusual early snowstorm blanketed the Sierra Nevada over the weekend, but the welcome sight isn’t expected to last long as a warming trend spreads across California.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Drought-conscious residents turn the water tables on public agencies

As officials crack down on homeowners who waste water, more drought-conscious Californians are using social media to broadcast video of what appear to be government agencies breaking their own water-use rules: sprinklers running at city parks in the middle of the day, public workers hosing grass until it becomes a muddy mess.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California Indian tribes honor water

Indian tribes from across California will converge on the state Capitol Friday [Sept. 26] for an event meant to draw attention to the drought and celebrate water as a sacred substance.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

DWR: Progress on Delta tunnels

California’s top water official told a key gathering of south state water representatives that “hard-earned progress” is being made on the Brown administration’s controversial plan to build twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Low flows a danger to salmon coming and going

While waterfowl are winging toward Central Valley skies, salmon will simultaneously be splashing up Central Valley streams. And like the birds, they’ll have a drought to deal with when they get there.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Migrating birds in for a tough winter in Central Valley

If the millions of birds that migrate to the Central Valley each winter look forward to the equivalent of a cozy bed and a warm meal, this year they could find themselves sleeping under a bridge.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California drought and climate warming: Studies find no clear link

Global warming contributed to extreme heat waves in many parts of the world last year, but cannot be definitively linked to the California drought, according to a report released Monday.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

California’s drought linked to greenhouse gases, climate change in Stanford study

The stubborn high-pressure systems that block California rains are linked to the abundance of human-caused greenhouse gases that heat the oceans, according to a major paper released Monday by Stanford scientists. But two other new studies disagree — saying there’s no evidence that warming ocean waters are to blame for our drought.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Studies fault warming in much of 2013 wild weather

Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them. … The California drought, though, comes with an asterisk.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno’s first water forum draws crowd in search of consensus

Fresno City Hall’s first in a series of water forums wasted no time coming to a consensus — we need water. After that, it was a free-for-all.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

How the drought has changed water use in Southern California

The once-shimmering emerald lawns across Southern California were first starved of water, then left to wither to a tawny scruff.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

River mouth opened to stop flooding at Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Crews working on behalf of the Santa Cruz Seaside Co. cut a 10-foot wide channel on the beach at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River on Friday to let river water drain into Monterey Bay rather than continue flooding the basement of the historic Beach Boardwalk.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California Burning: Fires fuel new technologies

Scientists at the Desert Research Institute in Reno are developing high tech methods to fight, manage and prevent wildfires.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California Burning: The ideal forest

Kate Wilkin with UC Berkeley unfolds a map before we start our backpacking journey into Yosemite.  She’s an expert in the flora and fauna of the forest where we’re headed. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California Burning: Past forest mismanagement helps spawn megafires

In 1944, the US Forest Service began one of the longest running advertising campaigns in American history, with the deep iconic voice of Smokey Bear teaching us that “only you can prevent forest fires.” But times have changed.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Gusty winds, high heat to cause fire weather in Southern California starting Wednesday

Gusty northeast winds, high heat and low humidity will create “critical fire weather conditions” in the mountains, forests and valley areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties from Wednesday night through Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Commentary: Plumbing the civil water wars between Southern and Northern California

It’s as old as Dodgers-Giants. Lakers-Warriors. Angels-A’s. Silicon Beach-Silicon Valley. Coachella-Burning Man. 49ers- … ah, forget it.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Climate change is increasing the chances of drought

As reported in our new paper, published Monday in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, the drought now encompasses the driest consecutive 12-month period in California’s recorded history.