Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Water shortages a near certainty for this summer as feds announce low deliveries

In a clear indicator that California is descending into a fourth year of drought, the federal government on Friday announced that the Central Valley Project — California’s largest water delivery system — will provide no water again this year to most Central Valley farmers and only 25 percent of the contracted amount to urban areas such as Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Aquafornia news McClatchy, Washington, D.C., Bureau

New California water legislation might be on tap

One newly introduced bill would speed approval of Sites Reservoir in the Sacramento Valley. Another would help restore San Francisco Bay habitat. More targeted bills are coming.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Central Valley, Delta water rights under scrutiny

Hundreds of property owners across California’s Central Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are scrambling to prove they have a right to divert water from the region’s streams, the result of a state order that comes due in just four days.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

California lowers health goal for perchlorate

A state agency has lowered the Public Health Goal for perchlorate, a dangerous pollutant found in many underground water basins across the Southland – including the Rialto-Colton area and the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Bill would double federal funds to restore San Francisco Bay

California lawmakers led by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, and Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduced legislation last week to double the amount of federal grants to restore the bay, the largest estuary on the West Coast, to $10 million a year.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Assemblyman pushes New River cleanup legislation

A new bill from Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia would hasten efforts to clean up the New River, which flows from Mexico into the Salton Sea and has long been known as one of America’s most polluted waterways.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Legislature hits a lull

While activity traditionally lags in the first few months of a legislative session, it’s downright sleepy at the statehouse.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Most Central Valley farmers unlikely to get federal water, again

In another blow to California’s parched heartland, federal officials said Friday that for the second year in a row most Central Valley farmers are unlikely to receive water from the region’s major irrigation project this summer.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Feds reduce water allocation for California (with audio)

The US Bureau of Reclamation says most farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will face a second year with no water from the Central Valley Project.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Some California farmers to go without federal water

The federal government said Friday it won’t send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California’s agricultural heartland to again scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water withheld again

In a sign that the drought actually has worsened, federal officials on Friday announced an unprecedented second consecutive year with no water deliveries to many farms up and down the Central Valley.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Feds say many Central Valley farmers will get no water deliveries

Hundreds of farmers in the Central Valley were told Friday they can expect zero water deliveries this year from the federal government, the latest fallout from what is likely to be a fourth straight drought year in California. … The announcement does not affect all farms.

Aquafornia news The Union

Nevada Irrigation District measures 16% of average water content in mountain snowpack

In snow surveys taken Tuesday, the Nevada Irrigation District measured 16 percent of average water content in the mountain snowpack that supplies the NID water system, according to a news release.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

PG&E Lassen Park Snow Survey (photos)

PG&E hydrographers measure and weigh snow during a snow survey …

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Salmon hold on, but drought, heat may take toll next year

The California drought and a strange warming trend in the ocean have not yet killed off the Sacramento River’s king salmon, which are swimming off the coast unaware of all the doomsaying.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Regional sewer district approves Teichert contract $14 million beyond low bid

A regional sewer board has approved a $114 million contract with Teichert Construction of Davis despite receiving another bid that was $13.8 million lower.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Habitat purchase aims to help 6 wildlife species

A state panel’s decision this week to approve $365,000 in grants to help buy undeveloped land in southwest Riverside County will help preserve habitat for six animals increasingly pressured by development.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Despite drought, pools, lawns and fireplaces still popular home features

But despite a four-year drought with no relief in sight, pools and green lawns continue to be attractive selling points, say real estate agents across Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Robla students encouraged to refill water bottles with new hydration stations

The Young Leaders Society, a United Way subset made up of young Sacramento-area professionals, recently launched the Hydration Station Initiative to bring clean, cold water to students in the Robla School District as soon as this summer.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Storm brings thunder, rain, hail, snow to Southern California

A winter storm sweeping through Southern California on Sunday brought scattered showers, hail and thunderstorms, while ski resorts have prepared for up to a foot of snow.