Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Historic California groundwater regulations head to Gov. Jerry Brown

California could soon become the last state in the West to regulate water pulled from beneath the earth, with the Legislature on Friday advancing an unprecedented groundwater-management strategy.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Lawmakers approve landmark groundwater regulation plan

Lawmakers approved Friday a package of bills that would lay the foundation for regulating California’s groundwater statewide for the first time in its history.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California lawmakers pass first U.S. plastic bag ban

California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Conservation conundrum: Water use varies greatly across California

Drive across city limits in virtually any part of California, and you will also cross another kind of frontier, one gaining more attention during the worst drought in a generation: The borders between cities also define different ideas about water.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Why doesn’t California build big dams any more?

How much money drought-stricken California should spend to build new dams was a big part of the debate over the bill that Gov. Jerry Brown signed last month to put a $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

In state Capitol, intransigence gives way to bipartisan deal-making

It was past dark when a contingent of Republican senators filed into Gov. Jerry Brown’s Capitol office as the deadline loomed for a plan to overhaul California’s aging water system.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Infrastructure cracks as Los Angeles defers repairs

The scene was apocalyptic: a torrent of water from a ruptured pipe valve bursting through Sunset Boulevard, hurling chunks of asphalt 40 feet into the air as it closed down the celebrated thoroughfare and inundated the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Water districts ask Marin to use water judiciously

As the summer heat sets in, water officials are reminding residents to pay mind to water use.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Q&A: Does Sacramento face a future of water shortages?

As California weathers a third year of drought, debates have intensified over how to balance competing water needs: urban vs. rural; people vs. fish; north state vs. south.

Aquafornia news UT San Diego

San Diego farmers experiment with vineyards, organics and new avocado varieties during drought

After half a century of farming, Valley Center rancher Gary Broomell is watching citrus groves he planted wither away, defeated by drought and time. … The citrus and avocado farms that bloomed in San Diego County flourished on inexpensive water for decades.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Oakdale district considers plan to sell irrigation water

Proposals for fallowing farmland within the Oakdale Irrigation District so the irrigation water saved can be sold elsewhere — including to a Fresno County water district — will be discussed Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Water meter error: $8 million

Welcome to the mysterious world of flow meters – pressurized, electromagnetic, ultrasonic, etc. – and the realization that, yes, indeed, they can be wrong. To the tune of $8 million.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Clear Lake: Low water level, high interest

Drought has dropped Clear Lake to its lowest level in 37 years, forcing the closure of several public boat ramps and triggering shallow-water warnings at several others.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

1,000-foot Slide the City water slide will come to Los Angeles — and all water will be saved

Plans for a one-day giant version of Slip ’n Slide in downtown Los Angeles cleared a significant hurdle on Friday, with the area’s councilman signing off on the plan.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

That green stuff in the Delta might be perfectly safe — or not

San Joaquin County health officials on Friday warned the public to beware of potentially toxic algae in the Delta this Labor Day weekend.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Port giving new life to sand dunes, rare butterfly

Blasted into shape over thousands of years by relentless winds and tides, the sand dunes on the lower stretches of the San Joaquin River were once more than 200 feet high. Then came the earthquake.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

CSU Sacramento students teach aquaponics to Luther Burbank students

Environmental studies students at Sacramento State are showing high school students a sustainable way to grow plants in an urban setting.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Lifeguard overtime costs soar by 51%

As the hot and dry weather parches the state, people are fleeing to the beach. Southern California guards are rescuing swimmers at record levels.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Climate study yields bad news for tiny desert fish

For 10,000 years, a tiny iridescent blue fish has lived in the depths of a cavern in Nevada’s desert. But a new study says climate change and warming waters – and its lack of mobility – are threatening its existence and decreasing its numbers.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Editorial: Taking stock of California’s water

For more than a century, policymakers have tip-toed around a seminal question about California’s water supplies: How many straws are in the cup?