Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Fight between tribes and farmers over Northern California’s water

It might seem easy, summarizing the conflict over the Trinity River in Northern California. But amid record drought, this long-running and singular battle has become a case study about the difficulties in balancing Western water use.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

In drought-stricken California, the drops that divide farmers and tribes (video)

In California’s fourth year of drought, officials are finding it increasingly difficult to fulfill their legal and contractual obligations to distribute water.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Another bad year for water hyacinth

Basking under a hot summer sun, the floating alien weed is multiplying rapidly in backwater sloughs and other “nurseries” across the Delta.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

State orders California firm to stop tapping Sierra springs

Armed with evidence captured by surveillance cameras, California regulators have ordered a business to stop tapping Sierra Nevada spring water that is later bottled and sold in stores, officials said Wednesday.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

San Joaquin Valley cities slapped for cancer-causing agent in tap water

With attention focused on hot-button water-related topics – drought, groundwater, fish requirements, sinking earth, fallowed fields, domestic wells going dry – here’s one you probably haven’t lost sleep over: chromium 6.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Is Los Angeles County government saving water? It’s hard to say

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors wants to know how much water is consumed by the county government’s roughly 1,200 facilities — parks, museums, office buildings and other properties — and what officials are doing to conserve during the drought.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno meets state water mandate for third straight month

For a third consecutive month, Fresno met the state mandate to reduce water consumption, dropping 28 percent in August compared with August 2013.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

San Joaquin County prepares for El Niño storms (with audio)

A strong El Niño hit California in 1997-98. In San Joaquin County it caused 29 levee breaks, forced 3,000 evacuations, and destroyed or damaged 585 homes.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Lake Elsinore: Grand Prix back in play, albeit at a different venue

Last month, organizers canceled the annual event staged from The Diamond minor-league baseball stadium because of the drought and Gov. Jerry Brown’s order to reduce water use statewide.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California drought maps (graphic)

It doesn’t take much to understand why California is so worried about drought.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Low lake levels don’t discourage California campers (with audio)

Low gas prices and mild temperatures are expected to combine to bring thousands of people to Central Valley and California mountain campgrounds for the Labor Day weekend.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin City and Canal in San Rafael get dollars to assess sea level rise impacts

A project to get lower-income Marin communities better prepared for sea level rise received a $30,000 grant for it efforts.

Aquafornia news NPR

Tree counter is astonished by how many trees there are (with audio)

Here is a pop quiz: How many trees are on the planet? … Thomas Crowther was inspired to do this tree census a couple of years ago, when he was working at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Editorial: State needs better — and bolder — water policy

Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency water restrictions expire in February. In coming weeks, working groups of water officials are expected to begin meeting to shape proposals on what should come next if expected winter El Niño storms don’t save California from a fifth year of drought.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: More oilfield water to irrigate Kern crops

Another local agricultural water district will begin taking oilfield produced water to irrigate crops perhaps starting as early as this week (if all goes as planned).

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Commentary: An ancient fish is running out of time

From an evolutionary perspective, the pallid sturgeon is a thing of beauty.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Announcement: Join us as we explore SoCal water hub Oct. 8-9, and check out our other fall tours

Join us as we venture into Inland Southern California, a major hub of the region’s water operations where both the Colorado River Aqueduct and the State Water Project bring imported water. But while much of the region depends on imported supplies, it is also blessed with ample groundwater and has strived in many cases to make every drop count through water recycling and other innovative means. Early bird prices good until Sept. 9.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: State gathers up data on number of wells that have gone dry

How many domestic wells are having trouble throughout the state? More than 2,500. That’s not an exact figure, but its better than the smattering of reports that had been collected before the most recent statewide summary. 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Clean water rule frightens farmers

For better than a decade, farmers, environmentalists and the courts have tussled over what constitutes “waters of the United States” under the federal Clean Water Act.

Aquafornia news NPR

Fight to save sage grouse finds friends in all corners of the West (with audio)

A recent study by Pew Charitable Trusts found that greater sage grouse numbers decreased by 56 percent from 2007 to 2013. Because of that decline, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been tasked with determining whether the greater sage grouse needs protections under the Endangered Species Act by the end of the month, a deadline that’s led to hand-wringing across the West.