Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta ‘Heritage’ designation sought for third time

On Tuesday, California senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer launched a third effort by introducing legislation in the Senate. U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, also introduced a bill in the House.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Bill extends timetable for water quality mandate

Senate Bill 385, introduced by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, would extend the July 1 deadline for complying with the new chromium 6 standard until 2020 while requiring water suppliers to show progress toward implementation.

Aquafornia news National Geographic

Lack of snow leaves California’s ‘water tower’ running low

Snowpack—which essentially serves as a water tower for the western United States—produces vital meltwater that flows off the mountains each spring. … But the snowpack is becoming more like a snow gap, as temperatures in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada become too warm for the snow that replenishes the ecosystem each winter.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

A dry January pulled down water conservation rate in California

After getting a gold star for saving water in December, California’s conservation efforts flagged in January.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Weak winter blamed for bleak Sierra snowpack

Surveys by the Department of Water Resources showed the snowpack across the entire mountain range at 19 percent of average for early March, a level deemed “alarmingly low” by officials. … On March 17, the State Water Board will consider extending emergency drought regulations and adding more stringent conservation measures.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Dry winter weather worries rice farmers (with audio)

The rice crop was down nearly 25% in 2014. But, it’s not just the drought that’s hurting growers.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Salinas Valley groundwater data to go public

The agency that oversees aquifers in the Salinas Valley is finally on track to publicly disclose detailed groundwater levels there, a move that comes after years of delays.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Glenn County gets ready for action on groundwater management

Just a few months ago the state announced that new local groundwater sustainability plans will be required throughout California. … About 85 people gathered in Orland Thursday night for the first of what will be many meetings on groundwater.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Hold that water: Yuba City demand may exceed supply

Yuba City’s water supply outlook in 2015 is grim, and there is a possibility that water demand may exceed supply.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Stinson Beach voters reject flood tax

A tax measure that officials said held the key to combat flooding at Stinson Beach went down to defeat Tuesday night.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Lake County eligible for disaster repair funds

Efforts to clean up and make repairs following the storm cost Lake County and its cities more than $4 million, officials said.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Salmon leave Woodland rest stop after month-long stay (with audio)

There’s a crop on its way down the Yolo Bypass to the Sacramento River, but the crop isn’t fruit or vegetable. It’s salmon.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Rising temperatures are amplifying drought effects, study finds

Climate change is increasing the risk of severe drought in California by causing warm periods and dry periods to overlap more often, according to a new study.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Contractor sues Sacramento sewer district for rejecting low bid

Attorneys for a Santa Ana contractor have asked a judge to block a $114 million sewer contract awarded to Teichert Construction, arguing that the regional Sacramento sewer district violated state law by rejecting a bid that was $14 million cheaper.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: State proves the value Sites Reservoir could have

There was a paradox in the flood of recent drought news.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Editorial: Legislators on right track for Sites Reservoir

Our federal and state delegates should keep the heat on in favor of funding Sites Reservoir on the Colusa-Glenn counties border.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: Creating effective groundwater sustainability plans

Initial efforts implementing the state’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act must focus on getting local and state agencies organized and able to communicate with each other. Having common expectations for the contents of the law’s required “Groundwater Sustainability Plans” will save the agencies and stakeholders considerable grief and confusion.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Panel discussion — Allocating water during drought

Earlier this year, the Public Policy Institute of California brought together water interests from all corners to discuss how the state responded to the exceptional drought conditions last year, and how those operations might be improved in the coming year. …

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: Drought Watch — Treating stormwater as a resource

This weekend, the Southland got some much needed rain. … Unfortunately, too much of this stormwater simply ran straight into local rivers and the ocean, picking up numerous pollutants along the way. 

Aquafornia news U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

News Release: What happens to the water? Assessing water quality in areas with hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells

More data and research are necessary to best understand the potential risks to water quality associated with unconventional oil and gas development in the United States, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study. “We mined the national water-quality databases from 1970 – 2010 and were able to assess long-term trends in only 16 percent of the watersheds with unconventional oil and gas resources,” said Zack Bowen, USGS scientist and principal author of the article that appears in American Geophysical Union’s Water Resources Research.