Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Feinstein hosts 7 California reps in closed-door water bill talk

The never-sending search for a California water bill showed, perhaps, a little progress Tuesday as seven Democratic House members met for over an hour with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Plan to raise Shasta Dam takes hit after federal biologists say they can’t support it

Less than three months after California voters approved a water bond that contains $2.7 billion for new water storage, one of the leading projects under consideration has suffered a potentially fatal setback.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Debate over Salton Sea strategy intensifies

The water districts of the Coachella Valley and the Imperial Valley are sharply at odds over an attempt to press the state to come up with a plan for the deteriorating Salton Sea.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Pioneering water study in Hinkley to determine contamination sources

Starting in March, scientists are expected to begin drawing the first groundwater samples that will help resolve a long-standing question here: how much of this community’s below-ground contamination is the result of nature and how much is the result of man-made actions? 

Aquafornia news Sierra Sun

California Department of Water Resources announces winter’s second snow survey

Department of Water Resources (DWR) snow surveyors are likely to encounter above-normal temperatures and below-normal snowpack when they conduct their second survey of the wet season on January 29.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water managers propose emergency actions after driest January on record

A city that normally sees well over 2 inches of rain in January will likely finish the month with two-hundredths of an inch. But Stockton won’t be the only community to record its driest January ever.

Aquafornia news Southern California Public Radio

Southern California’s water supply threatened by next major quake (with audio)

Southern California gets the vast majority of its water from four aqueducts that flow from the north, but all of them cross the San Andreas Fault.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Wildlife agencies see collapse of 2014 winter run salmon (with audio)

High water temperatures in the Sacramento River last summer and fall caused 95 percent of naturally-spawning winter-run salmon egg and fry to die.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Five straight years of disappointing January rainfall in Sacramento

It is very likely that this month will be the driest January on record in Sacramento, marking a string of five straight years of below normal precipitation for the first month of the year.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz increases water supply planning deadline, budget

A year after forming a special panel to evaluate future water supply options, the Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday agreed to extend the group’s timeline for making recommendations and increase spending for a facilitator to guide the work.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Drought expected to continue, county pushes conservation

With December’s deluge now a distant memory and a bone-dry, unseasonably warm January coming to a close, even a wet February and early spring likely won’t help the historic drought conditions affecting Monterey County and the rest of the state, according to a National Weather Service expert.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

San Rafael to study Spinnaker Point’s stinky lagoon problem

The drought has only magnified the problem and the Baypoint Lagoon Homeowner’s Association is willing to use $35,485 in assessment funds to commission a study on the issue.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

City of Chico launches sustainability website

Now accessible at, the website includes information on energy use reduction, pollution prevention, water conservation, transportation options and waste reduction.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Editorial: Remember — Water storage projects will be in competition

There’s a lot of wait-and-see involved with Sites Reservoir. The proposal for the off-stream reservoir on the Colusa-Glenn county border has been around since at least the 1980s.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Legislature should stand up for environmental justice

In his inaugural speech, Gov. Jerry Brown promised to be a national leader on environmental issues. If California wants to pass big environmental policies, legislators need to look to people of color to lead the way.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Blog: Don’t get lost in California’s fickle winter, it’s still stuck in drought mode

A little storm can come through and rain on Fresno records, but I’m [Mark Grossi] driving at something else: This is winter in capricious California. Wildfires, blizzards, killing frosts, dry spells, howling wind, pleasant sunny days, drizzling storms and fog happen in January.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: Fracktivists urge California to follow New York ban

Already regulars at the Capitol from protests during events like the State of the State address, Californians Against Fracking will once again be on the north steps at 11 a.m., calling upon Brown to follow New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lead and halt fracking.

Aquafornia news U.S. Geological Survey

News Release: Historical hydraulic fracturing trends and data unveiled in new USGS publications

Two new U.S. Geological Survey publications that highlight historical hydraulic fracturing trends and data from 1947 to 2010 are now available.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

News Release: EPA awarding grants to protect and restore wetlands

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $1 million in grants to strengthen the capacity of states and tribes to protect and restore wetlands. The National Wetland Program Development Grants provide interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and non-profit organizations with funding to develop and refine comprehensive state, tribal, and local wetland programs.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation releases Central Valley Project Integrated Resource Plan Final Report

The Bureau of Reclamation today [Jan. 27] released the final report on the Central Valley Project Integrated Resource Plan. Reclamation investigated climate change impacts on water supplies and demands in the CVP service area and performed an exploratory analysis of potential adaptation strategies to address these impacts.