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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Bills to regulate California groundwater use opposed by farmers

A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California’s stressed groundwater supplies has come under fire from agricultural interests, injecting doubt into the measures’ fates in the waning days of the state’s legislative session this week.

Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Napa earthquake seen as ‘reality check’ to Bay Area road, bridge and water operators

Most of the Bay Area roads, bridges, water systems, dams and levees fared well in Sunday’s 6.0 earthquake near Napa, but the damage in the picturesque Wine Country town was a jolting reminder of the vulnerability of public services for 7 million people.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Napa, Calif., quake: Scores of homes uninhabitable, many without water

Hundreds of properties in Napa remain without water as city officials continue to take stock of the damage caused by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck early Sunday.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Quake early-warning system could be built with water bond funds

The money needed to complete California’s proposed earthquake early-warning system could well come from the billion-dollar water bond issue now on the November ballot, lawmakers in Sacramento and the scientists developing it said Monday.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Scientists study other faults, drought after Napa quake

Sunday’s earthquake occurred along the West Napa fault. But two others faults are close by, the Hayward Fault and the Rodgers Creek fault.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Earthquakes: Lessons from Napa

Burned homes. Crumbling public buildings. … The images from Napa raise questions about how the Inland area would come through a strong earthquake.

Aquafornia news POLITICO Magazine

California Drought: How 1 percenters are avoiding the worst

As California trudges into its third year of a statewide drought—currently at an alarming Stage 4 level, denoting what the federal government calls “exceptional drought” conditions—few towns have been as hard hit as Montecito. But the plight of this unincorporated community offers ironies—and political lessons—that are as rich as many of its 13,500 residents.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Supervisors give $7.5 billion water bond qualified support

A coalition of Delta counties has endorsed the new $7.5 billion water bond to be decided by voters in November. Overall, however, local groups that are normally closely aligned on Delta issues are divided over this one.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Safe drinking water, storage money in water bond

The $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot is laden with funds to enhance ecosystems and safe drinking water programs, and increase storage — all of which directly or indirectly benefit Kern County, two local officials said Monday.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

These 9 before and after photos show impact of California’s drought

As the severe drought in California continues for a third straight year, water levels in the state’s lakes and reservoirs are reaching historic lows.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sharp drop in water, sewer hook up fees proposed for Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa is set to sharply reduce the fees it charges new construction projects to hook up to the city’s water and sewer system after concluding that existing fees are no longer justifiable.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Stop the delays; pass groundwater regulation

Bills to create a system for managing groundwater are being undermined before they come up for final votes as early as today in the Senate and Assembly.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Editorial: California needs to manage its groundwater

California needs to require local water agencies to establish and enforce groundwater management plans so that water taken out doesn’t exceed what is naturally replenished. … It may be more important to the state than Gov. Jerry Brown’s $7 billion water bond.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Editorial: A 20-second reminder of where we live

At 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, Sonoma and Napa county residents received the longest and strongest reminder in 25 years that we live in earthquake country — and the dangers of that fact are ever present.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Legislature turns to special interest battles in final week

Environmental groups, among others, are pushing legislation, Senate Bill 1168, that would require regional “groundwater sustainability plans” to be written. Farmers are not happy with the bill and are offering an alternative, Senate Bill 757, that was introduced just last Friday as a “gut-and-amend.”

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Commentary: A game changer for California’s water future

Last week, I was pleased to join as a co-author of historic water bond legislation that I believe is a game changer for the state of California.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Use water bond to fund quake alert system

During Sunday’s Napa earthquake, a warning was issued. It provided a warning of seconds to tens of seconds to a few selected users across Bay Area. Yet, the public did not get the warning.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Commentary: Choking the oceans with plastic

I have just returned with a team of scientists from six weeks at sea conducting research in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — one of five major garbage patches drifting in the oceans north and south of the Equator at the latitude of our great terrestrial deserts.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Time running out for California water bill

Secret negotiations over a California water bill are nearing a make-or-break moment, after a long, dry summer that’s tested some political alliances.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Thousands in Napa could be without water for week after quake

Hours after the earthquake struck, thousands of Napa city residents were facing life without water and power, with no notion of when their situation would improve.