Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Barbara Boxer, Kevin McCarthy trade blame over drought bill

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy are publicly blaming each other over who derailed congressional efforts last year to pass a drought relief bill for California.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Hinkley water cleanup proposal issued by state regulators

State regulators have released a draft order for the partial cleanup of the world’s largest contamination site for cancer-causing chromium-6.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Important California water infrastructure talks start

Two discussions that play a large role in the future of California’s water systems begin this week. … The two meetings are the highest profile examples of discussions that are taking place in California communities large and small.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Radio for Northern California

Blog: So how do those reservoirs look?

Just over a month ago, we were watching rain gauges fill up and going to sleep at night with visions of our reservoirs rising again after a long, punishing drought.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Oversight called for on Salinas Valley water basin initiative

Deadlines for meeting a new state mandate to balance the overdrafted Salinas Valley groundwater basin are years away, but Monterey County water and agricultural industry leaders are calling for the local process to begin immediately.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Turlock Irrigation District braces for another tight water year

The Turlock Irrigation District could cap water deliveries at about 40 percent of the customary amount even if the rest of winter brings average rain and snow. The district staff on Tuesday night provided an initial look at the supply for 2015, which is looking to be a fourth straight year of drought.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Marina Coast to resume pursuit of own desal plant

A split Marina Coast Water District board decided to resume its previous quest for a desalination plant, with a goal of providing a new potable water supply within two years to new development in Fort Ord, including Monterey Downs.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Four L.A. residents file class-action suits over DWP billing errors

At least four Los Angeles residents have sued the Department of Water and Power, alleging that the utility overcharged them and made other errors during the rollout of a new computer billing system.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento on track to have driest January since 1800s

Sacramento is on pace to have the driest January since the first official weather observation was made on July 1, 1877.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Santa Cruz County expecting near record high temperatures for weekend

Residents are getting a sample of Santa Cruz County’s summer-like weather this weekend as temperatures are expected to reach into the 70s. … The weather is the latest stage of the unseasonably warm and dry weather hovering around as California enters its fourth year of drought.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Ag and water overview: Less water puts a dent in regional economy

California is in the middle of a growth spurt and a corresponding crunch for water resources. Right now, California has 38 million people (roughly the equivalent of the entire country of Canada) and can expect to reach 51 million by 2050, speaker Todd Manly [director of government relations, Northern California Water Association] said during the North State Economic Forecast Conference in Oroville Thursday.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Century later, the ‘Chinatown’ water feud ebbs

For 24 years, traveling across the stark and dusty moonscape of what once was a glimmering 110-square-mile lake framed by snow-covered mountains, Ted Schade was a general in the Owens Valley water wars with Los Angeles.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California farmers turn sugar beets into energy

Struggling sugar beet farmers in the San Joaquin Valley are turning their crop into energy instead of sweetener. A cooperative of nine sugar beet farmers just opened a demonstration biorefinery south of Fresno.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

At least 3 people sent to hospital in Willits bypass bridge collapse (with video)

The collapse turned an approximately 150-foot section of bridge into a giant pile of sticks and steel and dumped wet concrete — which is toxic to fish — into a stream.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento State launching environmental research institute

Sacramento State plans to launch a new institute that will merge environmental science and policymaking, particularly concerning climate change and water-related issues that challenge California and the world.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

EcoFarm kicks off 35th year with climate change talk

EcoFarm, the premier organic and sustainable agriculture gathering in the West, is jam-packed with talks related to lack of water over its four days.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenversations

Blog: Taking out the trash

When EPA representatives met with 4th graders in Maryland last year to observe their work as “stream stewards,” many of the students had the same comment – there’s too much trash in the water.

Aquafornia news Central Arizona Project (CAP)

Blog: CAP goes high tech on the ground, through the air and in the water

Thanks to some new high-tech tools, CAP is now covered by land, air and water with the purchase of a SeaBotix Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), quad copter and robotic crawler. Each of the tools will be used to inspect various places along the canal.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Boxer vows no more ‘secret’ talks on drought bill

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday set down some markers on California water legislation, denouncing “secret negotiations” and stressing the importance of seeking statewide support.

Aquafornia news The Willits News

Caltrans: Past policy may contribute to groundwater contamination

Caltrans has drilled thousands of undocumented wells during the past 20 years that could be contributing to groundwater contamination throughout California.