Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Obama’s budget plan serves California some familiar fare

The $4.1 trillion spending plan offers familiar funding levels for border control, Central Valley levees, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta restoration and military base improvements.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California’s drought adds $2 billion in electricity costs

It’s one of the lesser-known costs of California’s drought: the drying-up of the state’s normally abundant cheap hydroelectric power.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Backers of 2016 water bond call off campaign

An effort to place a $4.9-billion water bond on the November statewide ballot has officially ended before it began, with supporters saying they’re putting their hopes on the Legislature crafting a bond measure later this year.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Scientists say levees can increase flood risk and long-term damage (with audio)

New research shows people living behind levees on flood plains may have a greater risk of flood damage than if the levees had not been built. The research examined the long-term flood risk, probabilities of levee failures and resulting economic losses along the Mississippi River, but the science applies to levee systems worldwide.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California farmers reap record sales in record drought

A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve water, household wells have run dry and fish have died.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Federal government ups Salton Sea spending

The federal government plans to spend $3 million this year constructing a new wetland along the Alamo River in order to rehabilitate habitats and help clean up some of the polluted water flowing into the Salton Sea. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Sacramento levee repairs are in president’s proposed budget

Thirty-two-million dollars for Sacramento levees is in President Obama’s budget request for the next fiscal year and in the Army Corps of Engineers’  work plan for this year.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

California is likely to be stormier with climate change

The types of storms that have been bringing heavy snow and rain to the West this winter, triggering landslides and floods while easing stubborn droughts, are likely to become stronger and more frequent, according to the results of a conclusive new study.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

When it comes to saving water, Southern Californians are tapped out — or are they?

Nearly 9 in 10 respondents say they strongly or somewhat agree that “I’ve already cut back on water use at my home as much as I can” and “There’s not much more I can do to save water,” according to a recent survey commissioned by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

EBMUD goofed on 116 water shaming bills

Red-faced water officials say they will issue an apology to 116 East Bay customers who were publicly shamed for using more water during the drought than they actually did.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

El Niño’s not done yet: Weeks of dry weather ahead, but more rain expected after that

Warm days and sunny skies are ahead, but the National Weather Service says El Niño isn’t over. … The temperature Tuesday surpassed Chico’s record high of 72 degrees set in 1988, when the mercury rose to 74 degrees measured at the Enterprise-Record’s weather station.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area basks in record heat

Several Bay Area cities broke temperature records for the day during a mid-winter heat wave that continued Tuesday, but San Francisco came just one degree short of tying its record, forecasters said.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Tulare’s World Ag Expo showcases tech (high and low), veteran farmer, great food

The expo is the largest gathering of farm equipment and technology in the world. … Also expected to draw visitors is new technology aimed at reducing emissions on tractors, improving food safety and reducing water use.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

West Coast Swing can get a bad reputation for weather

The first stop on the “California Coastal Swing” featured 40 mph gusts and rain that led to a Monday finish at Torrey Pines with no spectators and hardly any volunteers. And that’s all it takes to revive memories of what once was referred to as the Wet Coast Swing.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Commentary: State’s irresponsible actions could be death of Delta

We go to the doctor for the latest in medical care, not outdated treatments from the medieval period. Yet when it comes to California’s greatest natural treasure, the estuary of the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the State of California is using leeches to try to cure the estuary’s ills.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: The most important water stories of 2015

In early 2015, participants at the World Economic Forum, a who’s who of the political and business elite, ranked water crises as the top global risk. Water was also a key factor in the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a blueprint for international development over the next 15 years. … In December at the UN climate change conference in Paris, world leaders acknowledged the instrumental role that water will play in a warming planet.

Aquafornia news U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget request for Reclamation is $1.1 billion

The FY 2017 budget proposes a total of $1.1 billion for Reclamation. The $813.4 million proposal for Reclamation’s Water and Related Resources account includes $383.5 million for resource management and development activities. … The proposal also emphasizes reliable water delivery and power generation by including $429.9 million to fund operation, maintenance and rehabilitation activities at Reclamation facilities, including dam safety.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

News Release: EPA’s FY 2017 budget request increases support for communities to deliver core environmental and health protection

EPA’s FY 2017 budget request of $8.267 billion provides resources vital to that overarching vision. … Building on the strong funding level of $2.0 billion provided through the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, $42 million is included for loan financing, technical assistance, training, and other efforts to enhance the capacity of communities and states to plan and finance drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements. Twenty million dollars and 12 staff will support the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.

Aquafornia news Pacific Institute

News Release: Impacts of California’s ongoing drought — Hydroelectricity Generation 2015 Update

The Pacific Institute has released a comprehensive assessment of the costs to California of lost hydroelectricity during the four years of drought from October 2011 to the end of September 2015 (the official California “water year” runs from October 1 to September 30).

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Calendar says winter, but it’s hot and dry

Last fall, the consensus was that El Niño would give Southern California the best chance for above-average rains and much less of a chance to Northern California. But the opposite has turned out to be true.