Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Watering bans, conservation mandates on tap for regulators

Residents and businesses across California would be forced to slash their water use under unprecedented drought restrictions regulators will take up Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Ag Secretary Vilsack announces $235 million for conservation

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday announced up to $235 million in funding for conservation projects to protect water quality and combat the drought that is ravaging parts of the West.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Drought’s extremes tallied at record-low Lake Mead

The Colorado River system directs water to states throughout the region and into Mexico, but years of drought have raised concerns about its sustainability.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Smart water meters help users, agencies gauge usage

For Californians with traditional water meters, conservation is more or less a guessing game as they await their monthly bill detailing usage. But some utilities have done away with the guesswork by installing smart meters, which provide customers with real-time consumption data.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Cal Fire says fire conditions in 2015 worst on record

Cal Fire says four years of drought and the timing of the rains this spring have combined to make 2015 the worst fire conditions on record. About a dozen fire chiefs kicked off Wildfire Awareness Week in Pollock Pines on Monday.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Plans to make State Water Project flow backward shelved for this year

An emergency $6.7 million plan to make the State Water Project’s California Aqueduct flow backward for roughly 100 miles to bring water from the Bakersfield area to Silicon Valley has been shelved for this year.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Coachella Valley residents worry about water cutbacks

Last month, the State Water Resources Control Board ordered Mission Springs Water District, which serves Desert Hot Springs, Whitewater and several unincorporated Riverside County communities, to cut its water usage by 32 percent. … Mission Springs has appealed the order, arguing that it doesn’t account for the significant cuts its users have made in the past few years.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Chico’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Smucker Natural Foods adjust to governor’s drought water cutbacks

With Gov. Jerry Brown ordering commercial and industrial users to join residents in cutting water use in the drought-stricken state, local beverage companies Sierra Nevada and Smucker Natural Foods are working on plans without affecting their products.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Monterey Peninsula business leaders urge expert review of desal, groundwater replenishment reports

For the second time in less than a month, Monterey Peninsula business leaders are seeking a legal and technical analysis of California American Water’s desalination project in an effort to sniff out any issues that could potentially further delay or derail the proposal.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Mapping the drought: How much water must your community save?

California water officials are expected to sign off on first-ever water cuts this week.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

7 top corporate water users in San Diego

U-T Watchdog reviewed water-billing data published by the city of San Diego for the budget years 2013 and 2014 and ranked corporate water users by percent increase.

Aquafornia news KPBS Public Broadcasting, San Diego

An alternative to the water police in San Diego’s mid-city

With mandatory water restrictions come water cops and drought shaming – what some call tattling on wasteful neighbors. But a group of [San Diego] mid-city residents has found a new strategy for coping with drought.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

SMART and state in property disagreement after levee break

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife are involved in a dispute over a failed levee that is flooding sensitive wetlands near the Mira Monte Marina.

Aquafornia news Sierra Sun

Not if, but when: Lake Tahoe fire season could be busy amid drought

Since the area’s drought-aided dry conditions are prime for an active wildfire season, officials are touting preventive measures to stop fires before they start.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Baldwin Hills-area quakes not linked to oil operations, experts say

Despite concerns from some residents, scientists say two recent earthquakes centered in the Baldwin Hills area — including one Sunday morning — do not appear to be connected to drilling operations at nearby oil fields.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Undersea eruptions off coast no risk for coastal residents

Three hundred miles off the Oregon and Washington coast there is an undersea volcano showing signs of an eruption several months after the event was forecasted by two scientists.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Study: Trace amount of drilling fluid found in water well

Penn State University researchers detected in one of the water wells a minute amount of a chemical compound often found in drilling and fracking fluids, according to the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Is drought behind uptick in abandoned kittens?

The California drought has had a pronounced effect on the animal kingdom — salmon are getting stuck up dry riverbeds, bears are wandering farther in search of food and water, and newts have stayed in hibernation longer, perhaps because it’s not wet enough to come out.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Editorial: Water politics bring down Soquel Creek water director

Water is the new oil in California.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: There’s no time to waste on Gov. Brown’s Delta plan

In response to The Sacramento Bee’s editorial (“Limiting Delta restoration goals, promising more,” May 1), we want to underscore the importance of moving forward with Gov. Jerry Brown’s “California Water Fix” to accelerate restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem and fix the state’s aging water infrastructure. The historic drought has shown that we simply can’t afford to wait to address our state’s growing water crisis.