Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Assembly panel kills Republican bill to speed dam construction

Drought-inspired legislation to hasten the construction of water-storage facilities died in a California Assembly panel on Monday.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Panel amends bill on San Joaquin Valley river flows

Modesto-area farmers and their allies did not get the vote they wanted Monday on a bill involving river flows, but their cause is still alive.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Jose, Santa Clara mayors drink recycled sewage to push expanding reclaimed water

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews and other Silicon Valley leaders on Monday took big gulps of recycled water — filtered, cleaned and disinfected sewage — to show that it is safe and should be a growing part of Silicon Valley’s drinking water future. 

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Big water buys to ease East Bay drought shortages

With one emergency water supply already flowing in, the East Bay’s largest water district plans to buy three others to bolster its drought defenses. The East Bay Municipal Utility District board on Tuesday will consider authorizing the purchase of up to 21,000 acre feet of water from three Northern California suppliers with water to spare. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California lawmakers reject attempt to speed up water storage projects (with audio)

Supporters of a bill that would have streamlined the environmental review process for water storage projects stood on the steps of the state Capitol next to dead almond trees.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Rally, area support not enough for reservoir bill to continue

Despite a rally that attracted hundreds of supporters to the state Capitol, a proposed bill that would have expedited the environmental review process for two large reservoir projects failed to pass through committee.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California drought water-reduction mandates set for revision

State water regulators are set to release on Tuesday an updated plan for conservation during the drought after their previous water-use reduction targets have come under fire from some local water departments.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

US lowers fluoride in water; too much causing splotchy teeth

The government is lowering the recommended amount of fluoride in drinking water because some kids are getting too much, causing white splotches on their teeth.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Experiment in Irvine takes crops’ water use to new lows

On a recent afternoon, Santa Ana winds swept through a sunny, 200-acre swath of Irvine where a quiet experiment could have a major impact in the blueberry world.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

San Diego Mayor Faulconer lobbying Brown on drought

Seeking to accelerate San Diego’s efforts toward greater water independence, Mayor Kevin Faulconer will lobby Gov. Jerry Brown today for financial and regulatory help with the city’s $3.5 billion plan to recycle sewage into drinking water.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Water restrictions adopted in Desert Hot Springs

The Mission Springs Water District adopted new water restrictions on Monday, limiting the days and times when people in Desert Hot Springs will be allowed to water outdoors.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Jose’s new drought rules: How they will affect you

The San Jose City Council last week enacted sweeping new water conservation rules in response to California’s drought.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Some bright green lawns in California require no water

Sitting in the sun on a patch of green grass behind his home, Paul O’Valle does not feel bad about having an urban oasis despite the state’s drought. His yard is artificial turf.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: Would an open water market improve things?

Almonds take too much water. Wait, alfalfa is the bad guy.  What about those water hogging geeks in Silicon Valley? No, no, no — that “evil” fracking is to blame.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Too much water for too few fish

There’s an agricultural business saying: “It’s not what you sow, it’s what you reap that counts at the bank.” That’s how most farmers view the world, and it is that perspective that separates us from the environmental community.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: This just in … State Water Board approves petition to allow water transfers south of the Delta

The State Water Resources Control Board’s Deputy Director for Water Rights today [April 27] approved a request from the state’s two major water projects to allow more efficient transfers of water south of the Delta to address critical supply needs.

Aquafornia news Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard

Blog: California drought and the avocado estates

California regulators are moving with commendable speed to implement Governor Brown’s latest Executive Order directing a 25% reduction in urban water use…. But the Board took a sharp wrong turn when it’s second draft proposed to shield local water suppliers from their expected share of statewide water reductions based on their delivery of large amounts of drinking water to “commercial agriculture.”

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Blog: San Francisco groups oppose lawsuit aimed at emptying Hetch Hetchy

The health, safety and economic well-being of 1.7 million residents and 30,000 businesses would be threatened if Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park is drained, says a San Francisco water agency in reaction to a new lawsuit over the reservoir. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: California drought tests strength of Gold Rush-era water rights

Earlier this year, the State Water Resources Control Board ordered more than 1,000 property owners to prove their water rights. This month, the board warned claim-holders to expect curtailments of their ability to divert water from rivers and streams.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Drought doesn’t stop nation’s most ambitious salmon revival in San Joaquin River

Young salmon glide through shallow riffles in the San Joaquin River, not far from busy shopping centers, swift Fresno traffic and a golf course.