Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California Gov. Brown declares state of emergency as wildfires rage

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for two Northern California counties overwhelmed by wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

King fire explodes overnight to 70,000 acres burned

The King fire near Pollock Pines has now burned 70,944 acres, a growth of 43,000 acres overnight, Calfire reported on Thursday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

2014 on track to be hottest year on record in California

This year is on track to be the hottest year in California since record-keeping began roughly 119 years ago, scientists announced Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

‘Hi, do you have water?’ In a Central Calif. town, answer is often no.

This scattered Tulare County community may be the hardest-hit place in California’s punishing drought. Of its 7,300 people, almost 1,000 have no running water.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California water bond, budget reserve campaign committee raises $650,000

A campaign committee to pass a $7.5 billion water bond and budget reserve ballot measure championed by Gov. Jerry Brown received its first infusion of money late Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

More emergency water releases for Klamath salmon

For the second time this year, federal officials are releasing additional water from a Northern California reservoir to combat a parasite that threatens to kill thousands of salmon in the drought-parched Klamath River.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Landscape experts say Caltrans water-saving projects could harm trees

Gov. Jerry Brown’s January order to cut state-government water use 20 percent rippled through the bureaucracy early this year as high-level officials rushed to find ways to conserve.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Maps provide early warning of California fire risk

Fire-hardened Southern Californians know that when the Santa Ana winds blow, a wildfire probably isn’t very far behind – the only questions are where it will erupt and how bad it will be.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Few turnout for water rate forum in Santa Cruz

Flanked by 10 staff members Wednesday, Santa Cruz Water Director Rosemary Menard trumpeted the need for a proposed five-year rate increase and drought-recovery fee to a room packed largely with empty chairs.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Q&A: A persuasive case for saving the Salton Sea, California’s biggest lake

Even in its reduced and unlovely circumstances, the Salton Sea is the biggest lake in California. … Its champions declare that California needs to spend several billion dollars now to save the saltwater sea, or pay dozens of billions — $29 billion to $70 billion — down the road in lost economic values, lost environmental values and lost lives.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: California’s fire problem is in our collective backyards

Right here in the capital, the scenic, 23-mile American River Parkway – a model for parkways across the nation – has lost nearly a tenth of its acreage so far this year to explosive wildfires in the heart of the city.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

‘First Look’: Columnist talks about groundwater monitoring

Thursday on “First Look with Scott Cox,” Californian columnist Lois Henry talked about her take on the legislation.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: California governor comes full circle on groundwater reform

Drought in California today did what drought a generation ago could not – secure the passage of legislation that requires tighter controls on groundwater use in one of the few states without such measures.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: New federal rules expand ways to keep prescription drugs out of waterways

Completing a process initiated four years ago, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration published new rules Tuesday that will make the safe disposal of surplus prescription medications easier for consumers.

Aquafornia news Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Newsroom

News Release: Governor Brown declares state of emergency in El Dorado and Siskiyou counties

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today [Sept. 18] issued an emergency proclamation for El Dorado and Siskiyou counties due to the effects of the King and Boles fires, which have burned thousands of acres, destroyed homes and other structures and damaged critical infrastructure.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

News Release: Still time to register for the Russian River Tour

Drought is one of the top headlines this year. Join the Water Education Foundation’s Oct. 9-10 Russian River Tour and learn about how this issue is affecting the Russian River watershed.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Brown signs bills to regulate pumping of underground water

For the first time in its history, California will establish statewide management of water pumped from the ground, under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Aquafornia news Imperial Valley Press

IID reaches settlement in QSA lawsuits

The Imperial Irrigation District has approved a half-million dollar settlement with landowners who have spent more than a decade suing the IID over its participation in the transfer of water out of the Imperial Valley.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Emergency water released to Klamath, Trinity rivers after deadly fish parasite detected

After a deadly parasite was detected in a sample of lower Klamath fish for the first time since 2002’s massive fish die-off, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released emergency flows to the Trinity and lower Klamath rivers on Tuesday to prevent further spread.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

L.A. heat wave: Add lightning, heavy rain to today’s extreme weather

From sweltering heat to heavy downpours and lightning storms, extreme weather will continue to plague the Southland on Wednesday as monsoonal moisture mixes with triple-digit temperatures, forecasters warned.