Topic: Legislation — California and Federal

Overview

Legislation — California and Federal

Today Californians face increased risks from flooding, water shortages, unhealthy water quality, ecosystem decline and infrastructure degradation. Many federal and state legislative acts address ways to improve water resource management, ecosystem restoration, as well as water rights settlements and strategies to oversee groundwater and surface water.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Legislature, close loophole exempting building projects from CEQA

There are few state laws developers loathe more than the California Environmental Quality Act.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Assembly acts to prohibit fines for brown lawns in droughts

Alarmed that some cities have fined residents for allowing their lawns to turn brown during the drought, the state Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit penalties for failing to water grass.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

House panel OKs storage bill

New federal legislation proposed by a Central Valley congressman designed to hasten work toward development of Sites Reservoir and four other storage projects has passed a House committee.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Bill would require water submeters on new apartments (with audio)

California lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the installation of water meters in each unit of newly constructed apartments.  Democratic Senator Lois Wolk is author of the proposed legislation.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Drought relief legislation starts slowly in Washington (with audio)

Drought relief legislation this year has gotten off to a slow start on Capitol Hill — unlike last year, when bills were floated in both the House and the Senate.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

After small victory, Gray pulled from water committee

Adam Gray on Wednesday was booted off the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, one day after an unlikely victory when the committee narrowly approved his legislation aimed at protecting communities near the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Fresno looks to Washington, D.C., for drought relief

Fresno-area officials and business leaders hope to turn on the financial and water taps during their annual federal lobbying trip this week.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

State targets illegal water diversions by marijuana growers (with audio)

The drought legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last month gives the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife new authority to crack down on illegal diversions of water by marijuana growers.

Aquafornia news Herald and News, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Editorial: Keep Klamath Basin water plan moving in Congress

There probably isn’t anyone who favors every piece of the Klamath Basin water settlement proposal in Congress. Yet it’s important to the Basin that the package continue to move forward.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Jerry Brown to attend snowpack measurement near Lake Tahoe

Gov. Jerry Brown will be on hand Wednesday morning near Lake Tahoe when officials measure the state’s drought-depleted snowpack, his office announced.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Taking a deeper look at safety of fracking

When Sen. Fran Pavley pushed the toughest fracking regulations in the nation through the Legislature in 2013, she insisted on requiring a statewide environmental impact review of the practice.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Jerry Brown OKs $1 billion to tackle drought, other water issues

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation with more than $1 billion in spending on water projects.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Lawmakers send California drought aid package to governor (with audio)

The $1 billion emergency drought aid package announced by Governor Jerry Brown last week has cleared the California Legislature. But a late addition to one of the measures has Republicans and farmers upset.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State drought relief package falls short, conservation advocates say

Not only will the $1-billion spending plan approved by lawmakers Thursday provide little immediate relief to drought-stricken Californians, state leaders are missing an opportunity to take more decisive action to restrict water use, conservation advocates said.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: Senate approves California drought relief bill amid Republican complaints

Senators approved Assembly bills 91 and 92 on votes of 35-1 and 24-14, respectively, after Republicans deliberated in a lengthy caucus meeting and then castigated the bill for broadening government powers over water. The Assembly expects to take up the measures Thursday, after which the package would go to Gov. Jerry Brown if passed.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

State bill would require water providers assess earthquake risks (with audio)

Sen. Bob Hertzberg proposed a Water Seismic Safety (SB664) bill on Tuesday requiring local water agencies to evaluate their earthquake risks and suggest ways to keep the water flowing in the event of a disaster. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Water details become vital as drought worsens

For the third year running, Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, is pushing legislation to provide public access to otherwise confidential reports about groundwater wells.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sonoma County gets set to study groundwater regulations

Sonoma County this week unveiled its first formal response to a wave of queries over the past six months about how California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which establishes the first rules for pumping groundwater in the Golden State, would affect property owners and agriculture.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Members of Congress from California, Oregon, Washington seek full quake warning funding

Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington are urging full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Proposed office to help poor communities get clean drinking water

The emergency drought relief bill proposed for California would create a new state office.

Aquafornia news The Center for Investigative Reporting

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: As water dwindles, lawmakers seek access to confidential well logs

State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Calabasas – author of two of three historic groundwater laws passed by the Legislature last year – has introduced a new bill to make well logs public. A hearing is scheduled for today.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte County supervisors to consider becoming groundwater sustainability agency

During its Tuesday meeting, the Butte County Board of Supervisors will discuss having the county become a groundwater sustainability agency.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders propose $1 billion package

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday proposed a $1 billion package of emergency legislation meant to help California weather its crippling drought.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Hyacinth funding on fast track

An extra $4 million to battle water hyacinth might be available sooner than first expected.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

How $1 billion in California drought plan would be spent

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are proposing legislation to accelerate more than $1 billion in water spending.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California drought: $1 billion aid package unveiled

At the close of another dry winter, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders announced a $1 billion package of bills Thursday to expedite money for people and cities hit hard by the drought and prepare the state for the flip side of extreme weather patterns — flooding.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown, lawmakers propose $1.1 billion drought relief bill amid increasing tension

With California trudging into its fourth dry year, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday announced $1.1 billion in emergency funding for flood protection and drought relief.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gov. Brown, lawmakers plan short- and long-term strategy on drought

Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers from both parties unveiled a plan that would invest more than $1 billion to improve the state’s water infrastructure, provide emergency assistance to struggling communities and protect wildlife.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: Gov. Jerry Brown, lawmakers to propose $1 billion drought relief bill

With California entering its fourth year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders will propose more than $1 billion in emergency legislation Thursday for flood protection and water supply projects and to alleviate impacts of the drought.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Brown, lawmakers to unveil $1-billion emergency drought relief plan

As California braces for a fourth consecutive year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday will unveil a $1-billion relief plan, two sources told The Times late Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard (KMTG)

Blog: Department of Water Resources releases draft strategic plan for implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released for public review and comment a draft strategic plan (Strategic Plan) describing its roles and responsibilities under the State’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The Strategic Plan documents DWR’s strategy to implement the SGMA and the efforts it will take to develop and share information with those affected by, or tasked with, implementation of the SGMA. 

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Rep. Huffman: Legalize pot to regulate it and save environment

North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman on Friday reiterated his desire to see marijuana legalized nationally, saying it would help bring rational management to pot cultivation and thus reduce damage to the environment.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Rural lawmaker lives the drought

Frank Bigelow stood at the bottom of a gully that a few years ago was stocked with largemouth bass, and, more importantly, supplied water for a herd of cattle that numbered 600 head. … This year, eight of 17 bills he has introduced deal with water in one form or another.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: What’s next for CEQA?

Among the most intractable debates of California politics is what to do about the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, the 1970 law regulating the environmental impacts of development projects.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Eggman floats groundwater bill

Stowing away water in our underground emergency “savings account” could get easier under a proposed bill supported by local water officials.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Boost for Mokelumne River protection

Last year’s legislation might have died, but the cause itself lives on.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California lawmakers face dozens of environmental bills (with audio)

In addition to bills that would set new goals for clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, some lawmakers want to revise regulations for oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Bill aims to protect East Bay land close to Muir’s heart

[Glen] Lewis, the open space ranger for the Muir Heritage Land Trust, wondered what John Muir would think if he could look out today at the panorama of modernity around Martinez, which, back in the famous naturalist’s day, consisted of fruit orchards almost as far as the eye could see.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Commentary: Groundwater law results in confusion, futility

It’s beginning to look like the hosannas that greeted California’s first-ever groundwater regulation law were a tad premature when it passed late last summer.

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 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 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 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 The Desert Sun

Editorial: Garcia bill a boost to New River, Salton Sea

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia is pressing the fight to clean up the New River. … The push to clean up the New River should also be seen as a boost to efforts to restore the Salton Sea. 

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 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 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 Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Amid drought, a turf war between residents and homeowners associations

Rancho Pacifica, a gated community of spectacular multimillion dollar homes in the hills east of Del Mar, is not immune to the ravages of the California drought.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: With state ban on hold, locals must fight plastic bags

It was not surprising that out-of-state plastic-bag makers succeeded in temporarily scuttling a statewide ban on single-use grocery bags that would have begun in July.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Plastic-bag ban put on hold by ballot referendum

Opponents of a ban on single-use plastic bags in grocery stores have qualified a referendum on the law, delaying its July 1 effective date until voters act on the measure in November 2016, the California secretary of state’s office said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

New bill aims to bring cleaner water to east valley

Assembly Bill 434, introduced this week by state Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, would authorize point-of-use filtration systems as a way to help solve the elevated levels of arsenic in the Coachella Valley.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: State needs to deliver on water storage promise

A chorus of voices is starting to build, demanding accountability in state government, but so far a suddenly important state agency has been tone deaf. It’s time for Gov. Jerry Brown to start singing.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Bill would allow artificial grass in HOAs

The San Diego Democrat pitched a bill this week that would allow residents in homeowner associations to replace their lawns with synthetic turf without fear of fines.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Dodd seeks $2.4 million to help protect Clear Lake

Lake County would receive $2.4 million to improve and protect the ecosystem of its visual and economic centerpiece — Clear Lake — if newly introduced state legislation is approved.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Gallagher legislation would block injunctions on water bond projects

Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Nicolaus, introduced Assembly Bill 311 on Thursday to streamline the environmental review process for water storage projects funded through the 2014 Proposition 1 water bond.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Old water conflicts open again

Exactly six months ago, the Capitol’s politicians were hailing a new era of bipartisan comity and cooperation with the overwhelming passage of $7.5 billion in bonds to improve the state’s water supply.

Publication

The 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
A Handbook to Understanding and Implementing the Law

This handbook provides crucial background information on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, signed into law in 2014 by Gov. Jerry Brown. The handbook also includes a section on options for new governance.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Dan Walters Daily: How will California spend water bond? (video)

Video: Dan Walters Daily: How will California spend water bond?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: California’s complex water management shapes spending

The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee will examine Gov. Jerry Brown’s approach to water funding and local funding needs during a 10 a.m. hearing in Room 4203 of the Capitol.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California Legislature wants oversight on water bond money (with audio)

In total, California has $7.5 billion in bond revenue to work with.

Aquafornia news KFBK News Radio

Proposed legislation addresses environmental impacts of medical marijuana

Assemblyman Jim Wood’s bill would seek to mitigate the impact of the [medical marijuana] crop on California’s water quality and supply.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Lawmakers take step toward fulfilling state climate change goals

State lawmakers are preparing a sweeping package of bills that would fulfill several of Gov. Jerry Brown’s climate change objectives by increasing California’s reliance on renewable energy and alternative transportation fuels.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Stanislaus city, county, water officials tackle new groundwater law

Local officials agreed Thursday that carrying out California’s new groundwater law will be a challenge, but it’s better than the alternative – letting the state impose the rules.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

$158 million in President Obama’s budget for Central Valley flood control

President Obama has proposed a budget for next year that includes $158 million for Sacramento and Central Valley flood control projects.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: California parks, wildlife areas would benefit in Obama’s budget

There’s money for restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, likely to survive congressional winnowing. Proposed upgrades at places like Yosemite National Park will probably find Capitol Hill favor, as well, along with funding for Central Valley flood control and dam improvements.

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 Appeal-Democrat

Sites Reservoir in a waiting game

Sites Reservoir is in a holding pattern as project leaders wait for the state to settle on regulations for distributing funds from last year’s $7.5 billion water bond.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Reform CEQA to help live with drought

California took enormous steps to address our water future by passing a water bond and landmark groundwater laws last year, but there’s more to be done. Lawmakers should look to reform the California Environmental Quality Act to ensure we are using water efficiently and sustainably.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Oversight called for on Salinas Valley water basin initiative

Deadlines for meeting a new state mandate to balance the overdrafted Salinas Valley groundwater basin are years away, but Monterey County water and agricultural industry leaders are calling for the local process to begin immediately.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun Washington Bureau

Barbara Boxer outlines aggressive legislative agenda

Boxer’s solution is embodied in legislation she introduced last week called “Water in the 21st Century.”

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Boxer takes on GOP leader over water

Sen. Barbara Boxer, a self-described Brooklyn street fighter, took a swing Wednesday at House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield over water, saying she told the Republican, “Don’t threaten me.”

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Boxer vows no more ‘secret’ talks on drought bill

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday set down some markers on California water legislation, denouncing “secret negotiations” and stressing the importance of seeking statewide support.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Work is just beginning for California water policy

In his State of the State and inaugural address, Gov. Jerry Brown reflected on the “eerie resemblance” between the challenges his father faced and those we grapple with today. Gov. Pat Brown’s California responded to the water crisis of his day with a massive undertaking, building the State Water Project.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger LLP

Legal Commentary: Conversations among federal lawmakers may lead to new water legislation

A number of conversations are occurring in the U.S. House of Representatives, and between the House and the U.S. Senate (particularly Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford, Calif.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.)) to reintroduce a version of last year’s drought legislation (H.R. 5781). 

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Up to half of new oil and gas wells use fracking in California

A state scientific review of what’s known about fracking in California finds the controversial oil and gas production technique is used in nearly half of all new wells, particularly in four Kern county oil fields in the southern part of the San Joaquin Valley. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Independent scientific study on California fracking released (with audio)

California has shallow, vertical fracking wells that require about 140,000 gallons of water per well to extract oil. That’s millions of gallons less than other states. But the fluids contain more concentrated chemicals.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Anti-drought bill by Rep. Napolitano catching a wave of interest in Congress

The saga of the California drought — possibly the most severe in 1,200 years — may not be enough on its own to cause the 114th Congress to fork over billions in federal dollars for new water projects that benefit the Golden State.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California fracking hasn’t unearthed an oil boom

About 20 percent of California’s oil and natural-gas production uses hydraulic fracturing — with almost all of it happening in one corner of the San Joaquin Valley — according to the most authoritative survey yet released of fracking in the Golden State.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Study — California using fracking in up to half of new wells

Hydraulic fracturing unlocked oil at about half of the new wells launched in California over the last decade, and the practice will likely expand in a chunk of the San Joaquin Valley, according to a new study required by the 2013 law to regulate the practice.

Aquafornia news The Hill

Blog: Watershed moment

With the beginning of the 114th Congress, we have a chance to figure out the best way forward on California water policy.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Blog: California needs better data to build trust with voters

State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, noted at a Sacramento gathering of water policy experts and elected officials on Monday that water oversight begins with figuring out how much water is needed for cities, agriculture, industry and the environment.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

National Monument status splits Angeles National Forest in two; creates inequities, confusion

In Solomon-like fashion, President Barack Obama split the heavily used Angeles National Forest in two, placing one half inside a brand-new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument while leaving out the other half.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Lawmakers say water bond oversight will be priority

Lawmakers will begin a series of oversight hearings on the water bond funding and flood control funding this week.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Jerry Brown unveils proposal on how to start spending $7.5 billion water bond

Two months ago, in the grip of a historic drought, California voters overwhelmingly approved a $7.5 billion water bond to fund everything from new storage projects to modernizing drinking water treatment plants.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

San Joaquin Valley farmers reach secret deal in water dispute

A staggering economic and environmental problem festering for three decades in the southern San Joaquin Valley would be addressed by a secret deal reached between the Obama administration and farmers — one that is sounding alarms for Bay Area lawmakers. … Details of the deal between Westlands and the federal Bureau of Reclamation have not been revealed to members of Congress, who would have to approve it.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: Jerry Brown to reveal 2015 budget proposal

Rampant speculation yesterday over who might replace I’m-not-retiring-I’m-just-not-running-again U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer momentarily threatened to overshadow all else in California politics. But the announcement that political observers have been waiting for since November is Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal, which will finally drop at 10 a.m. in Room 1190 in the Capitol.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Barbara Boxer — A voice for individual rights, equality, environmental protection and more

The first time Barbara Boxer’s name showed up in a Los Angeles Times editorial, it was May of 1984 and she was a first-term U.S. representative from the Bay Area pushing legislation that would force utilities – including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Metropolitan Water District – to pay market rates for power generated by the Hoover Dam.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Capitol Hill Californians will push for drought legislation again

Another year, another California water fight. This week, as the 114th Congress commences, lawmakers prepare to revive anti-drought proposals that divided the state last year.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: California’s 930 new state laws

California’s knack for spotting problems and producing answers on topics both grand and puny is on display in 930 laws taking effect this month. … Local water agencies will now have to account for groundwater pumping, an unregulated practice that is siphoning off last-ditch water supplies in a drought.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Santa Ana River: New group hopes to enhance recreation options

Imagine Riverside with a river. … A board of directors is expected to be created at the Jan. 29 meeting of the Coastal Conservancy, under whose umbrella the Santa Ana River Conservancy will exist.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

New U.S. Senate committee chairs

The heads of the 13 major [Senate] committees and Veterans’ Affairs are some of the most senior members of the Senate. … Only one new leader will be a woman; Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is in line to take over the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Plastic bag ban takes effect in Chico on Jan. 1

In nine days, plastic bags will not be as plentiful in some Chico stores. The city’s bag ban takes effect Jan. 1. It’s a similar law to California’s upcoming ban on July 1.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Commentary: Bi-state compact approved 45 years ago

Forty-five years ago, in December 1969, President Richard Nixon signed a unique Bi-State Compact approving California and Nevada’s plan to create the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. It was the first such undertaking of its kind, uniting two states, six local jurisdictions, and the federal government in a shared mission to protect Lake Tahoe’s sensitive environment from overdevelopment.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Commentary: Unleashing the produce police

Come Jan. 1, California food vendors will face steeper fees and an extra layer of bureaucracy if they wish to peddle products at their area farmer’s markets.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Commentary: Berryessa Snow Mountain should be a national monument

During his tenure President Barack Obama has designated 13 national monuments, and the next one on his list should be California’s Berryessa Snow Mountain. Berryessa Snow Mountain is a national treasure — the region’s natural beauty, cultural history and economic significance place it among the most special places in the country — and it should be permanently protected.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: California Senate announces committee chairmanships

Sen. Ricardo Lara has landed one of the most powerful committee chair assignments in the California Legislature, overseeing the Senate Appropriations Committee that decides the fate of hundreds of bills each year.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Groundwater adjudication hearing, part 2

The Antelope Valley groundwater adjudication case is the current poster child for how painfully long and expensive groundwater adjudications can be.  … On November 20, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water held an informational hearing on groundwater adjudications titled, “Resolving Disputes Regarding Groundwater Rights: Why Does It Take So Long and What Might Be Done to Accelerate the Process?” …

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Groundwater adjudication hearing, part 1

On November 20, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water held an informational hearing on groundwater adjudications titled, “Resolving Disputes Regarding Groundwater Rights: Why Does It Take So Long and What Might Be Done to Accelerate the Process?” … This hearing will be covered in three parts: In part 1, The Honorable Ronald B. Robie, Associate Justice with the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, begins with an overview of the groundwater adjudication process.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Once again, water plan stalemated

As the most severe winter storm in at least a half-decade bore down on California on Tuesday, 3,000 miles away in Washington, the House voted, largely along party lines, for a California drought relief bill.

Aquafornia news UT San Diego

Editorial: Congress must help California deal with drought

For years, the California Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown squabbled over what should be in a multibillion-dollar water bond. Finally, this summer, they agreed on a $7.5 billion measure that won landslide approval in November. … Now Congress needs the same epiphany on water legislation meant to help California.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: House approves California drought bill that faces Obama veto

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed a California drought bill, despite a veto threat from the Obama administration and its expected demise in the Senate in the final days before Congress adjourns.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Feinstein’s efforts disappointingly undemocratic

Just days after promising to bring highly controversial water legislation to the Senate through “regular order” in January, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., appears poised to ram through a bill in the last days of the session without public hearings and widespread debate.

Aquafornia news UT San Diego

Bill would force HOAs to allow fake grass

California homeowner associations would be required to allow artificial turf in front yards under a bill recently proposed by the San Diego County Water Authority. … Citing the growing need to conserve water, the San Diego agency sponsored similar legislation in 2010 and 2011.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: House-passed drought bill likely to sink in the Senate

House Republicans who have scrambled all year to complete a California water bill throw a Hail Mary pass Tuesday, with legislation that’s drawn a presidential veto threat and resistance from the state’s two senators.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Mayor Kevin Johnson to propose plastic bag ban in Sacramento

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson will announce Monday a proposal to prohibit single-use plastic bags at stores in the city in the event that opponents of a newly adopted statewide ban are able to force a public vote on that legislation.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Don’t get suckered into banning the plastic bag ban!

The bounty hunters are out again, and they’re gunning for … you. … The pro-baggers have already lost locally, as cities such as  Los Angeles have banned the bags.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: House Republicans push for California drought bill

House Republicans try again to send more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers, but President Obama says he’ll veto the bill.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

California taking up ’safe’ drinking water plan

The draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California acknowledges that contaminated water sources, the high costs of treatment, and the large numbers of small water systems “will continue to challenge progress in addressing the Human Right to Water.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Emergency drought bill deserves to die

House Republicans intend to jam through a California drought-relief bill early next week that would suspend some state water rights and environmental law to maximize water diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Blog: Texan tries to figure out California water law, with mixed results (with video)

This video clip comes to us from a late-night session of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, a fascinating display of how one might try to explain the intricacies of California water law to an outsider, in this case panel chairman Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Marc Levine appointed chairman of Assembly’s water and parks committee

When it comes to state politics, few issues are as contentious as water and parks. North Coast Assemblyman Marc Levine will be navigating those treacherous waters next year after he assumes the chair of the state Assembly’s Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.

Aquafornia news Herald and News, Klamath Falls, OR

Council votes to back Klamath water pact with letter of support

The Klamath Falls City Council narrowly approved sending a letter in support of Senate Bill 2379, also known as the Klamath Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act.

Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento

The Riggs Report: Protecting dead lawns

Brown lawns might seem like an extreme form of water conservation, but now comes the first bill of the new legislative session — from an assembly member named Brown — that seeks to make brown lawns off-limits to local fines.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Blog: First significant rain brings battle over who gets the first drops

The first major rains in California after months of drought have ignited a congressional battle over who gets the first drops.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Proposed GOP overhaul of California water laws looks dead

A last-ditch effort by Central Valley Republicans to push an overhaul of federal water policy through Congress during this session met with opposition Wednesday from at least one California senator, all but ensuring that the bill will die until next year.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger LLP

Legal Commentary: New law changes special district noticing requirements for terminating service on delinquent accounts

The noticing requirements special districts must follow to terminate delinquent residential light, heat, water or power service accounts were substantially modified by the passage of omnibus bill AB 2747 by the state Legislature.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

New flood insurance law not a cure-all, officials say

Still staggering under $24 billion in debt, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will increase flood-insurance rates up to 18 percent next year for those living in high-risk flood zones, including the Smith Canal area of Stockton.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s drought relief bill needs closer scrutiny

No one is more adept at turning crises into opportunities than representatives of special interests in Washington. And there are few better opportunities-in-disguise than the California drought.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: No room for waste in the California’s water bond

More than two-thirds of California voters authorized the state to borrow more than $7 billion to improve a water system strained by more than three years of drought. Now the difficult job of smartly targeting problems and effectively implementing projects is beginning.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: What we’re thankful for

In addition to the wisdom voters showed in approving the water bond, state and local officials have been surprisingly smart when it comes to drought and other water issues.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: California opens door to new chapter in water policy

For California water managers, 2014 has been one for the record books. Reservoirs have dropped to near-record lows, surface water deliveries have been slashed and some communities are rationing water to keep supplies in reserve for next year. But amid these challenging conditions, California voters opened the door for long-term solutions when they passed Proposition 1 on Nov. 4.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Kinkisharyo and IBEW win; CEQA loses?

When Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the deal he had helped broker between Japanese light-rail manufacturer Kinkisharyo International and the electrical workers union, it was a win for the economy in Los Angeles County. But for environmentalists?

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Getting our money’s worth from $7.5 billion water bond

Whether Prop. 1 delivers on its promise, however, depends on what happens next. One danger is that Prop. 1 will lull Californians into believing that we have solved our water troubles. We haven’t. Nothing that Prop. 1 can do will redress the current drought.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Feinstein’s sweeping water bill collapses at 11th hour

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s abrupt decision to yank a water bill she had spent more than four months negotiating came just as the California Democrat and Central Valley Republicans appeared on the brink of a deal.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: At drought talks on Capitol Hill, behind-the-scenes maneuvering

Late Thursday morning, while the Capitol Hill spotlight was pointed elsewhere, three Northern California congressmen paid a quiet call on the state’s junior Democratic senator, Barbara Boxer. They wanted to talk water.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Secret California water deal left high and dry in D.C.

California’s record drought prompted both the House and Senate to pass their own version of water bills.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: Shaping water storage in California

With the continuation of California’s historic drought and the recent passage of Proposition 1, the potential value of additional water storage in the state is an area of vigorous discussion. In a new study released today, we look at the different roles of storage in California’s integrated water system and evaluate storage capacity expansion from what we call a “system analysis approach.”

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Capitol Hill talks on drought bill dry up, to resume next year

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California on Thursday pulled the plug on secret, high-stakes negotiations over a water bill for her drought-plagued state, saying she and fellow lawmakers will try again next year.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Well owners face decision

Already missing out on state money to address the drought, San Joaquin County officials will soon ask property owners if they’re willing to disclose to the state what some feel are sensitive details about their wells.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Why are U.S. lawmakers making California water deals in secret?

California made extraordinary progress on water policy in this severe drought year, largely under the guiding hand of Gov. Jerry Brown.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Feinstein freezes out north state in water bill talks

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Republicans have been secretly negotiating drought relief legislation that could severely alter California water policy. She should know better.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger LLP

Legal Commentary: New groundwater legislation update — Comments recommended regarding groundwater basin prioritization

Under the new groundwater legislation, the California Department of Water Resources must establish the initial priority for each groundwater basin in the state no later than Jan. 31. Those basins that are ultimately designated as high or medium priority will be subject to groundwater sustainability plans to be adopted no later than Jan. 31, 2020, in some cases, or Jan. 31, 2022 in others.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Q&A: Lester Snow is the answer man on the water bond

Californians, you just voted yourselves a $7-billion-plus water bond measure. What happens now? Lester Snow can draw you the map of water needs and detail the money being spent.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: Watch next steps closely on state’s water bond

The headline on Thursday’s front page spoke volumes: “Californians approve $7.5 billion water bond; now what?” … After billions are spent on pork projects designed to garner votes (it worked), there’s $2.75 billion set aside for “water storage.”

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Desert Protection Act of 1994 celebrated as key measure protecting ‘precious’ habitats in state

Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton invited an Inland environmental activist to the White House for the signing of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

$14 million to fund 19 drought relief projects for Sacramento area water agencies

The California Department of Water Resources on Thursday announced it will fund $14 million worth of water infrastructure projects throughout the Sacramento region.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

How Prop. 1’s tax dollars will be spent

A day after passage of bond measure Proposition 1, water experts said it was too soon to say exactly how the gusher of tax dollars will be spent — but they envisioned new pipelines in Bay Area neighborhoods, groundwater cleanup in the San Fernando Valley, clean tap water in East Porterville, creek protections in the Sierra and a new dam on the San Joaquin River.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: How will Proposition 1 money be spent?

California’s passage of a $7.5 billion water bond is not an end, but a beginning. … Joining us to explain what Californians need to know about the future of these water funds is Andrew Fahlund, deputy director of the California Water Foundation.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Sacramento region receives millions in grants

The California Department of Water Resources has awarded more than 14-million dollars in grants for drought-related and water-related projects in the Sacramento region.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

California’s water bond, a $7.5 billion ‘down payment’

California’s newly approved $7.5 billion water bond will energize the state’s efforts to deal with a host of water problems by channeling money to a list of broadly defined categories of projects.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: How the water bond played out

Some tidbits from last night’s water bond vote: Twelve counties opposed the bond, 10 of which roughly make up the state of Jefferson territory in far Northern California.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Business Journal

What Propositions 1 & 2 mean for business, California’s economy

If the dollars flow in the intended areas, the newly approved water bond and rainy-day fund both have the power to improve California’s economy, local business leaders said Wednesday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California water bond wins passage

California’s aging water infrastructure and collection of ecosystems will receive a $7.5 billion injection of taxpayer dollars, as voters on Tuesday approved a sizable bond that had become a priority for lawmakers and the governor. 

Aquafornia news California WaterBlog by UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Groundwater security, for the long term

Under recently enacted legislation, local agencies in California are required for the first time to manage groundwater pumping and recharge sustainably. … Within the next six to eight years, agencies in groundwater basins subject to critical overdraft must adopt plans that put these areas on a path to sustainability by 2040. A major factor complicating such long-term water planning is climate change.

Aquafornia news Water in the West

Blog: Groundwater sustainability plans — New territory or well-trodden ground?

If you are a water manager, your “fear list” may include earthquakes, climate change, having your water use made public and not least of all, new laws and regulations. California has a law that is new and complex – the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. … The key element of the new legislation is the development of “groundwater sustainability plans” by groundwater sustainability agencies.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Commentary: Why the water bond must pass

Sometimes, people take identical facts and reach opposite conclusions. I don’t dispute the facts that Dr. Rob Santos, the veterinarian and Turlock Irrigation District board member, used when he wrote “Here’s why I can’t vote for Brown’s water bond” (Oct. 19, Issues & Ideas).

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog — Californians will vote on big water bond not knowing exactly what they are buying

When Californians close the musty drapes of the voting booth on Tuesday, they will face a $US 7.5 billion question: Should the perpetually water-worried state, in the midst of a record drought, use its taxing authority to pay for another set of state-funded water projects? If the voters say yes – as the polls suggest is likely – Proposition 1 will be the seventh and most expensive water-related bond passed in California since 2000.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Poll: Voters support water bond, against health-related ballot measures

California voters have turned against two health-related measures on Tuesday’s ballot while majorities continue to support a water infrastructure bond and a criminal sentencing initiative, according to a new Field Poll.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Obama didn’t go far enough — The San Gabriel Mountains need more protections

The environmentalists and other activists who had advocated for protecting the San Gabriel Mountains were shocked this month when President Obama created a national monument that was significantly smaller than they had expected and that excluded heavily used areas of the forest north of Los Angeles and Pasadena.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Commentary: One of two views on Proposition 1 on Nov. 4 ballot

Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond, gathered the reluctant hold-your-nose support of The Press Democrat editorial board. But you should vote no on Proposition 1. Here’s why: Proposition 1 is not a solution to our water shortages or drought. But it does burden us with $14.4 billion of real debt obligations including interest …

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Commentary: One of two views on Proposition 1 on Nov. 4 ballot

For the past half-century, California has fallen behind in adequately planning for our water future by not investing in water storage and improved infrastructure. This failure, combined with the persistent drought, has led to the current statewide water crisis and threatens the future of our agriculture.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Jerry Brown pushes water bond, makes no promises about Salton Sea

Backed by politicians from both parties, California Gov. Jerry Brown brought his whirlwind campaign to San Diego on Wednesday to urge passage of Proposition 1, the $7.5-billion water bond.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Debate over Interlake Tunnel project rages on

A showdown over whether to employ state legislation requiring union-backed labor protections on the Interlake Tunnel project continued Tuesday even as a status report indicated the project cost has nearly doubled.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Prop. 1 aims to relieve drought — but not this one

California’s stubborn drought helped push a $7.5-billion water bond through the Legislature and onto the November ballot. But even if voters approve Proposition 1, it won’t provide relief any time soon.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Program will bring trails, parks to Santa Ana River

Conservationists are turning their attention to the restoration of the Santa Ana River after recently approved legislation established a program to create a network of trails and river-bottom parks that could eventually connect scenic spots from Big Bear Lake to Huntington Beach.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Supplemental guide for water bond costing taxpayers nearly $3 million

Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature waited as long as they could to finalize the $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot now known as Proposition 1.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gritty Santa Ana River is streaming back toward restoration

The Santa Ana River, born of snowmelt and natural springs near Big Bear Lake, flows through Southern California as one of the region’s most scenic rivers — until it hits Orange County. … Under the legislation by state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), the Santa Ana River Conservancy Program will operate within the state Coastal Conservancy …”

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: ‘At best, a down payment on our water future’

The Pacific Institute issued a lukewarm report this morning about Proposition 1, the water bond on the November ballot.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: De León says ‘green jobs’ will be priority as Senate leader

In his first policy speech as California’s Senate leader, Kevin de León said one of his key priorities will be combating climate change by setting policies that promote energy efficiency. … In his speech to the water officials Thursday, de León also stumped for Proposition 1 …”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Prop. 1 would aid Delta habitat, fish and region

Restoring the ecological health of the Delta is critical to California’s water system. It’s also a prime reason why voters should approve Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot.

Aquafornia news Imperial Valley Press

Report: $7.5 billion water bond may not produce ‘real improvements’

A report released Thursday cautions that the $7.5 billion water bond on California’s November ballot may not yield “real improvements” to the state’s water supply or environment.

Aquafornia news Pacific Institute

Report: Insights into Proposition 1 — The 2014 California Water Bond

The Pacific Institute, an internationally-renowned independent think tank focused on water issues, has released a report that helps voters untangle the complexities of the water bond measure. The Pacific Institute is taking no formal position for or against Proposition 1.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

National Monument: Baldy resort out, Mountain High in

Forest Service officials on Thursday released the long-awaited final map of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, and made it available to the public online.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: $7.5 billion plan won’t fix drought

An in-depth analysis of the $7.5 billion water bond (Proposition 1) on the Nov. 4 ballot finds that it could benefit California’s communities and the environment but that those benefits (water supply, water reliability and environmental quality improvements) are not guaranteed.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Monterey County begins Salinas Valley groundwater sustainability effort

Faced with a state mandate to balance groundwater basins within the next two decades, Monterey County officials on Tuesday took the first step toward meeting that goal in the long overdrafted Salinas Valley groundwater basin.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Poll: Water bond

The [Public Policy Institute of California] survey, produced with support from The James Irvine Foundation, determined likely voter sentiment on other issues, including: … On Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond, 56 percent say they would support it after being read the ballot title and label for the measure.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Law needs to weed out fraud at farmers’ markets

AB1871, legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last month, is arguably the most important piece of legislation affecting California farmers’ markets since they were authorized in 1977.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern CA

The story of California water, according to Jerry Brown

[Gov. Jerry] Brown, running for his fourth term as governor, used his appearance at The Hamilton Project conference to give a sort of oral history of California water — which is, in a sense, a Brown family story — and to make a pitch for Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion bond measure on the November ballot.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Amid California’s drought, a bruising battle for cheap water

The signs appear about 200 miles north of Los Angeles, tacked onto old farm wagons parked along quiet two-lane roads and bustling Interstate 5. “Congress Created Dust Bowl.” “Stop the Politicians’ Water Crisis.” “No Water No Jobs.”

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown takes the long view on water

Battles over water rights, wet years flowing into dry ones, Jerry Brown gubernatorial tenures – in California, some storylines recur.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Gov. Jerry Brown touts water bond measure at Stanford summit

Gov. Jerry Brown pitched his plan Monday for a water bond and a rainy-day fund at a Stanford University water conference. … He called his water plan a “four-term effort.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Proposition 1 could lessen future water shortages, but at what cost?

Step by step, sewage flows through the city’s Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in the San Fernando Valley. Ultimately, the cleaned effluent flows into lakes and rivers. … Mayor Eric Garcetti, who prefers the term “showers to flowers” instead of “toilet to tap,” also lobbied for groundwater cleanup funds. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: Jerry Brown dives into water policy at Stanford University

He’ll [Gov. Jerry Brown] dive further into the world of water at a policy conference today at Stanford University, hosted by The Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. … His speech, scheduled for 9:20 a.m., will be webcast.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Drought funding dries up

San Joaquin County is missing out on millions of dollars in state grants to fight the drought, in part because some private landowners are reluctant to share confidential information about their wells.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Business Journal

New website explains water bond funding

The California Water Foundation has released an informative site on the various projects that would be funded under this year’s $7.5 billion water bond proposal.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: It’s time to get extremely serious about conserving water

The message that California is in severe drought is being heard. But more must be done.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Californians can save a lot of water by retrofitting wasteful older homes

The reduction of water use in new homes has long been a focus of California’s homebuilding industry. … The good news is the state has a golden opportunity to use the emergency drought funds available to retrofit older homes to comply with current building standards – potentially saving hundreds of billions of gallons a year.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

National Monument: Baldy village, ski resort not in plan

Federal officials confirmed Wednesday that the Mount Baldy ski area and village are outside the boundaries of the newly designated San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, settling days of uncertainty.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Promotion begins for Salton Sea license plate

A new campaign is underway to promote the new Salton Sea license plate, with the goal of registering at least 7,500 pre-sales by the end of next year. … Assemblyman Brian Nestande, a Palm Desert Republican, sponsored the legislation to create the plate. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law in September.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: Capitol Alert

Governor Grounded: Typically, a Groundwater Resources Association of California conference might not register too much attention.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Interlake Tunnel project in line for state water bond funding

If state voters approve a water bond on the ballot next month, Monterey County would be in line for $12.5 million for the Interlake Tunnel water storage project, Assemblyman Luis Alejo said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

San Gabriel Mountains: Locals have mountains of questions on new monument

It’s been four days since President Barack Obama flew into Southern California to establish the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, but federal officials are still unclear on exactly where it is. … Neither does staff at the office of Rep. Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park, who pushed for the designation.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sonoma County unveils proposed rules for new wells

Sonoma County planning officials on Monday unveiled the most significant changes in nearly 40 years to the county’s underground well ordinance, which sets in place rules property owners must follow when drilling a new water well.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Prop. 1, Prop. 2 backers oversimplify wildfire costs

The campaign for a $7.5 billion water bond and a budget reserve measure is running a TV ad that says reserves will help “protect the water and the fire services we need” in future economic downturns.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

People who would be flooded by Sites Reservoir still back project

Cattle and sheep have grazed on the floor of the Antelope Valley for more than a century. But just a few years from now, the land could be transformed into the bottom of a vast inland sea.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Dry-weather runoff — A new source of water for drought-stricken California?

Even without rainfall, the gutters, channels and storm drains of Los Angeles County pulse with about 330 million gallons of water every day.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Proposition 1’s water bonds followed long legislative odyssey

Amid a multiyear dry stretch that is among the worst droughts on record, California lawmakers this year made crafting a new water bond a priority.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Obama officially designates San Gabriel Mountains a national monument

President Obama on Friday officially set aside 346,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument, a move to link more communities east of Los Angeles with wild places in their own backyards. … The San Gabriel River takes shape in three forks that drain a lacework of pristine mountain creeks. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Obama to publicly name San Gabriel Mountains a national monument today

Beyond the typical traffic headaches and streets closures, President Obama will leave Los Angeles on Friday with a national monument in its backyard.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Jerry Brown, smart and prepared, responds to California’s drought emergency

Three straight years of desperately dry conditions in California are igniting hills in walls of towering orange flames, turning reservoirs to sandpits, and causing residents across America’s most populous state to clamor for water.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Obama to declare national monument in San Gabriels

The lure of a San Gabriel Mountains wilderness teeming with wildlife, rivers and breathtaking panoramas is so strong that it now draws 3 million annual visitors whose presence, paradoxically, has overrun the region and degraded its beauty. President Obama will address that reality Friday by announcing that he is designating part of the mountains a national monument.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Meeting state groundwater rules will mean a lot of work locally

The biggest changes to California groundwater law in 150 years are on the way. What it means for local water leaders is a lot of work. The goal within 20 years is for all groundwater basins in the state to achieve sustainability.

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