Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Brown says drought concerns helped build support for water bond

An annual environmental summit at Lake Tahoe on Tuesday gave Gov. Jerry Brown an opportunity for a victory lap on the new plan for a California water bond, which was approved by the Legislature last week.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California allocates vastly more water than supplies allow, study shows

The state of California has handed out five times more water rights than nature can deliver, a new study by University of California researchers shows.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Environmentalist: State and feds, not farmers, illegally diverting water

A Stockton environmentalist is fighting back against water users and government agencies who recently claimed Delta farmers might be illegally diverting water.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Fresno group in U.S. court over water usage in San Francisco

A Fresno nonprofit linked to the largest agricultural water district in the country filed a federal lawsuit alleging San Francisco and other Bay Area communities are unfairly exempted from water cutbacks meant to protect endangered species.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

$7.5 billion water bond could meet California’s needs during drought

The $7.5 billion water bond measure approved by state legislators this past week could help pay for ambitious local projects, from cleaning the polluted San Fernando Valley groundwater basin to recycling treated sewage for drinking water.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tahoe summit meets amid concern over lake level

One year after California and Nevada resolved a long-standing feud over development around Lake Tahoe, John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, arrived at a summit near the water’s edge Tuesday and said “peace is at hand.”

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Officials say Lake Tahoe imperiled by wildfires

Lake Tahoe, a crown jewel of the western landscape, is being challenged by drought, invasive species, the threat of catastrophic wildfire and climate change, officials said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Shasta County supervisors back businesses stifled by plans to raise Shasta Dam

It’s quite literally a big dam issue, and Shasta County supervisors agreed Tuesday that something needs to be done about it. … The board voted to author a letter to state and federal lawmakers aimed at protecting business investments near the lake and also to discuss the topic in more depth during a future meeting.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

City of Sacramento moves forward with more water meters

The City of Sacramento plans to install thousands of new water meters in two neighborhoods starting next month. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Drought raises pollution on Folsom Dam spillway project this year

Low water levels at Folsom Lake are causing an increase in air pollution from the $900 million Folsom Dam auxiliary spillway project.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Shorter fruit trees bred to cut farm labor costs

When it comes to growing peaches and nectarines, farmers are often encumbered by one of the most important tools of the trade: ladders.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA praises bikeway between Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake

A regional boss for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is lauding the work of a Reno-area nonprofit building a 116-mile bicycle path that follows the Truckee River all the way from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Editorial: Bond could leave state awash in new debt

“It was an amazing convergence over a big idea.” So said Gov. Jerry Brown last Wednesday, when he signed a ballot measure, passed by the Legislature, asking California voters to approve a $7.5 billion water bond.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: The bill comes due for California’s old water pipes

Aging and broken pipes are a big and expensive problem for California – whether the daily leaks of precious water going to waste, or a catastrophic water main failure like the recent one in Los Angeles.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Commentary: Building support for saving Corte Madera baylands

On Sunday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m., a party on the bayfront will showcase the 5.2-acre parcel to be acquired for restoration as part of the Corte Madera Ecological Reserve.

Aquafornia news Calaveras Enterprise

Commentary: Districts compound water problems

Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over,” is a well-known quote widely attributed to novelist Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain. Calaveras County’s current water woes hopefully will not result in physical confrontations, but they deserve discussion.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Commentary: In good news about Los Angeles River, what about Arroyo Seco?

For local residents who shared the recent excitement about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers billion-dollar restoration plan for the Los Angeles River and wondered “What about the Arroyo Seco?,” there’s good news and even better news.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: Bond battle begins

Opponents to the new $7.5 billion water bond have filed their formal opposition with the state.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Radio for Northern California

Blog: Drought-stricken California town struggles to keep the water flowing

All summer, Montague has been a town in trouble. … For water, the roughly 1,500 people who live here depend on snow melting from the slopes of Mount Shasta, about 20 miles to the south.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

DWR Spotlight: Easing predation in the Delta

On the south side of Sherman Island northeast of Antioch, DWR is working to reduce predation at the Curtis Landing Fish Release Site, where salvaged fish from the Skinner Fish Facility are released daily back into the Delta.