Topic: Legislation — California and Federal

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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 Tahoe Daily Tribune

Commentary: Protecting Lake Tahoe for future generations

There are many threats facing Lake Tahoe, and unless we take action, the pristine beauty [John] Muir described will soon be only a memory. We [Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.] joined our colleagues, Senators Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer, to introduce the bipartisan Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2015, a bill to protect Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Basin for generations to come.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Leadership gap hinders federal drought response

The federal response to the Western drought has been hindered by high-level vacancies, bureaucratic caution and political calculations that have thrown sand in the gears.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Lawmaker wants label on food made with ‘fracking water’

A California lawmaker has proposed a new label for food irrigated with what he calls “fracking water.” … Oil companies sell Central Valley farms millions of gallons of treated wastewater every day for irrigation.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Activists see Sonoma County winegrowers’ proposed bill as a ‘water grab’

Environmentalists are mobilizing in protest of a would-be bill backed by the local wine industry that would create an irrigation district intended to protect the water rights of about 1,000 grape growers in the Russian River region.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Firefighting consumes Forest Service budget, sparks political clash

Lawmakers are seeking budget solutions amid a superheated political climate as the wildland fires now raging across California, Washington and other Western states burn through federal dollars as well as forests. A new report warns the funding problem will worsen.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Many snags ahead for Calif. water bills

Publicly and privately, California lawmakers are pushing to get a big water bill off its current glacial pace. But history cautions that California legislation this ambitious always takes time, and plenty of it.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Sen. Feinstein introduces $1.3-billion Calif. drought-relief bill

 Sen. Dianne Feinstein filed her long-awaited legislative response to California’s water crisis on Wednesday, hoping to broker a compromise that has eluded Congress through four years of fallow fields and brown lawns.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: More fires across Calif., but less acreage burned

The drastic drop in acres burned in the past year is in large part because of an increase in the number of crews and aircrafts CalFire was able to obtain through the state declaring a drought emergency last year, officials say.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Commentary: Partnership and collaboration crucial to solving Tahoe’s problems

We face major environmental challenges at Tahoe, including the uncertainties of climate change. … This month, our bi-state delegation in the U.S. Senate introduced the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2015.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Five questions crucial to future of California drought legislation

The House of Representatives’ passage Thursday of an ambitious and controversial California water bill now starts a round of maneuvering that will show whether a divided Congress can get its act together and legislate.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Congress approves funds to fight water hyacinth in the Delta (with audio)

Congress has approved an amendment to a proposed federal water bill that would add $1 million to the fight against water hyacinth in the Delta.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Senators introduce Lake Tahoe bill

Sponsored by U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) along with Harry Reid (D-Nevada), Dianne Feinstein (D-California), and Barbara Boxer (D-California), the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act would authorize up to $415 million in federal funding over 10 years to help continue critical environmental restoration work at Lake Tahoe.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California drought bill roils Capitol Hill waters

A Republican-drafted California water bill approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday now faces a serious test in the Senate and beyond.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Bill advances to allow HOA members to install turf without fear of fines

A bill allowing residents of homeowners associations to install artificial turf without fear of fines was approved unanimously this week by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: House GOP’s California water bill still a long way from port

Four years into California’s latest devastating drought, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday will pass another catch-all water bill that’s nowhere near done.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

CA water agencies resist bill to report water losses from leaky, broken infrastructure (with audio)

While water consumers are pressed to save every drop in the continuing drought, water utilities keep poor track of how much of their supply is lost before it ever reaches faucets – and at least some are resisting a bill to make them report those loses more frequently.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill barring fines for dead lawns during drought

Cities and counties will no longer be able to impose fines on residents for unsightly brown lawns while the state is in a drought, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday afternoon.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Report shows potential fracking problems (with audio)

The peer-reviewed study from the California Council on Science and Technology was required as part of fracking legislation the state passed in 2013. 

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

California’s Matsui wants to bypass Congress on water recycling projects

New legislation in Congress could help accelerate the construction of wastewater recycling facilities in California in a bid to improve severe drought conditions in the state.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Republicans’ California drought bill triggers debate

A California water bill easily passed the Republican-controlled House Natural Resources Committee on a near party-line vote after a lengthy, heated debate between the two political parties.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: House panel will approve California water bill, but then what?

It’s a familiar Capitol Hill script, where the ultimate plot twist for California water legislation would be bipartisan compromise that leads to relevant, real-world success.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California bill could allow tax on water wasters in drought (with audio)

A bill authored by Democratic Senator Bob Wieckowski would allow water districts to tax excessive water users up to 300-percent of the purchase price.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California paid sick leave, fracking, phone kill-switch laws take effect

In the end Senate Bill 4 regulating hydraulic fracturing pleased neither environmentalists nor the oil and gas industry, but supporters argue it imposes needed oversight by requiring well permits, disclosure of what chemicals are used, water testing and studies of fracking’s impact.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Congressman seeks to end California water wars with wastewater recycling, desalination

Northern California Rep. Jared Huffman came to Southern California to push his $1.4 billion drought bill and find some common ground in what he called the state’s water wars being waged in the halls of Sacramento and Washington.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Some addresses may be hidden as California well reports become public

After more than six decades of secrecy, the reports that water well drillers file with the state are set to become public under a bill signed into law this week.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: House Republicans revive California water wish list

House Republicans are swinging for the fences with an ambitious new, but familiar, California water bill introduced Thursday. … The legislation speeds studies for water storage projects, including proposals for raising Shasta Dam and building a new reservoir at Temperance Flat on the Upper San Joaquin River.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Reforming CEQA still vital work

The California Environmental Quality Act, signed into law more than 40 years ago, is a perfect example of how a political decree meant to do one thing can transmogrify into something else entirely.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger LLP (BB&K)

Legal Commentary: Drought bill to combat water shortages passes in California Legislature

The California Legislature approved a budget bill that would grant the state authority to force water systems to consolidate to serve disadvantaged communities where a steady supply of clean drinking water is not available. Senate Bill 88 also would give public water suppliers the power to impose civil fines of up to $10,000 for violations of water conservation programs, impose new measuring and reporting requirements for water diversions, and suspend environmental review for certain drought-related projects. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: California Legislature passes drought bill imposing fines, water system consolidation

A California budget bill that would allow the state to force consolidation of water systems, exempt certain water projects from environmental review and make other far-reaching changes in response to the drought cleared the Legislature on Friday over the angry objections of Republicans.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Development deals tied to state budget sidestep ‘green’ rules

The piecemeal approach to the 45-year-old California Environmental Quality Act, a law that has been a lightning rod for controversy, has frustrated defenders and critics alike.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Drought legislation part of budget package (with audio)

Late-emerging legislation designed to deal with the drought could be part of the budget package California lawmakers will vote on Friday.  Part of the legislation would give state water regulators the ability to force local water agencies to consolidate.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: CEQA exemptions for water projects inserted into budget bill

Some drought-related groundwater and water recycling projects would gain exemptions from the California Environmental Quality Act under late-emerging legislation at the Capitol. … The bill includes language related to the consolidation of water agencies, among other measures.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: Getting to groundwater sustainability

[David] Orth is general manager for the Kings River Conservation District, a California Water Commissioner, and a key participant in the negotiations leading up to the enactment of the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.We spoke at a recent event in Fresno about the challenges facing the new groundwater law.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: House Democrats float new California water bill

California water bills continue to fill the Capitol Hill hopper, and now one comes with a new twist. It’s crowd-sourcing drought solutions, in a long-shot bid to break a congressional stalemate. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: California’s water strategy deserves an open debate and real solutions

In response to the worst drought in our state’s long memory, our public institutions – with one unfortunate exception – are stepping up. … That’s why I [Rep. Jared Huffman] developed the kind of serious, comprehensive legislation this crisis demands.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Jerry Brown pushes budget measure to consolidate water agencies

The Brown administration is pushing late-emerging budget legislation to let state officials force the consolidation of troubled water systems with larger, better-funded agencies, with the goal of improving Californians’ access to safe drinking water after four years of drought.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California lawmaker proposes steep tax for water guzzlers

California’s worst water-guzzling residents and businesses could get slapped with 300 percent taxes on their bills under drought-inspired legislation that was proposed Tuesday but faces a tough path before it could actually affect local water bills.

Aquafornia news Oakland Tribune

Editorial: CEQA fast track for Silicon Valley water recycling could include Delta tunnels

The governor’s obsession with building massive tunnels under the Delta could muck up what should be a simple issue: granting CEQA exemption requests for emergency drought projects. The request in the form of Trailer Bill 831 is part of the budget process for dealing with the drought.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Groundwater data bill passes California Senate

As California struggles to respond to a heightening drought emergency, state lawmakers are promoting legislation that would potentially increase scientific knowledge about the state’s shrinking groundwater reserves. On June 1, the California Senate passed SB 20 by a vote of 21 to 15. The bill requires public access to the groundwater information that well drillers file with the Department of Water Resources after completing a well.

Aquafornia news Herald and News, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Tribal members speak out against Klamath settlement

Members of the Klamath Tribes are speaking out against the Klamath water settlements and the new land base being written into them. … The land base transfer now being considered is part of SB 133, the Klamath Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: How DC can help fight the drought in California

The tremendous challenge of upgrading our water infrastructure will require federal cooperation. That’s why I [Dianne Feinstein] plan to introduce drought legislation soon to lay out the federal role in this long-term effort.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: California’s congressional delegation can’t agree on response to drought

The state’s splintered congressional delegation — despite its size and influence — has been stymied by fundamental disagreements over the causes of the drought and the role of the federal government in mitigating its consequences.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California drought defies easy solutions at U.S. Senate hearing

Expanding California’s San Luis Reservoir may present a “great opportunity for increasing water supplies,” a key Obama administration official said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Center for Investigative Reporting

California won’t identify who’s draining the state’s groundwater

A new law that attempts to preserve California’s precious groundwater comes with a catch: The state will hide the names of people draining this vast underground water source, Reveal has learned.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Assembly OKs artificial grass for homeowner associations

A bill that would allow Californians who live in homeowner associations to replace their lawns with artificial turf, without fear of fines, was resoundingly approved by the state Assembly on Thursday.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Senate committee passes bill making well data public

Despite opposition from agriculture groups, the state Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation Thursday that would make data on water wells available to the public like is done in all other Western states.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: No one said groundwater laws would be easy

I [Lois Henry] noticed the Kern Groundwater Authority was proposing to double its budget from last year, which got my attention.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: As California withers, federal water bill mired in secrecy

Five months into a new Congress, and deep into a lasting drought, California water legislation still stymies and splits the state’s lawmakers. Draft copies are tightly held, as if stamped Top Secret. 

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Groundwater concerns aired in Colusa

While state-mandated requirements of Colusa County’s groundwater are still years away, concerns about aquifer health among local farmers already exist. About 50 local residents and growers participated in a public informational meeting about groundwater at the Colusa County Fairgrounds on Tuesday night.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Emergency drought response part of Brown’s budget revisions (with audio)

The bulk of the funding, $1.7 billion, would go to water recycling and sewer projects and help clean up groundwater and drinking water.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Proposed state budget allocates $2.2 billion for drought response

As Californians prepare to confront the coming hot, dry summer months, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed more than $2 billion in additional drought funding Thursday as part of his revised state budget.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California agency misses deadline on reporting oil-industry water use

The state’s oil and gas agency has missed the deadline for reporting on the use of water by oil producers in California, saying that the large volume of information required could not be processed in time.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Builders must prove they have the water

State lawmakers intended to prevent building beyond the water supply when they passed two “show-me-the-water” laws in 2001.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: Keeping accounts for groundwater sustainability

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 creates an opportunity to establish standards for the way California accounts for its stores of groundwater, which provide up to 60 percent of the state’s water supply during droughts.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Dams & reservoirs: The ‘dinosaurs’ of California water storage?

With dead almond trees propped on the Capitol steps and school children clutching signs that read “We need water. Build storage now!”, advocates for new dams and reservoirs in California offered a striking set of visuals in Sacramento last week.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: House passes water bill, but drought solutions still under debate

The $35 billion bill includes money for the California status quo, ranging from Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta restoration to operations of the sprawling Central Valley Project. It also includes drought-related language, with directives to speed completion of water storage project studies.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Denham: Let local districts run New Melones

U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, wants the federal government to transfer ownership of New Melones Lake east of Stockton to local water districts. That’s the aim of one of two bills introduced by Denham on Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

New Brown drought proposals: larger penalties, faster environmental reviews (with audio)

If you’re caught wasting water in California, the most you can be fined right now is $500 a day. Governor Jerry Brown wants to raise the maximum penalty 20 times that amount – to $10,000 per water violation.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Water agencies react to Brown drought legislation and conservation requirements (with audio)

Felicia Marcus, chair of the the State Water Resources Control Board, says the Governor’s proposed legislation would give all water agencies consistent standards for enforcement.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Water wasters face $10,000 fine under Brown’s proposal

[Gov. Jerry] Brown said he will empower communities to reach their target, with legislation that allows them to crack down harder on residents and business in violation of state and local water restrictions by imposing $10,000 penalties, while deputizing more people to hit the streets and issue fines.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Rally, area support not enough for reservoir bill to continue

Despite a rally that attracted hundreds of supporters to the state Capitol, a proposed bill that would have expedited the environmental review process for two large reservoir projects failed to pass through committee.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Panel amends bill on San Joaquin Valley river flows

Modesto-area farmers and their allies did not get the vote they wanted Monday on a bill involving river flows, but their cause is still alive.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California lawmakers reject attempt to speed up water storage projects (with audio)

Supporters of a bill that would have streamlined the environmental review process for water storage projects stood on the steps of the state Capitol next to dead almond trees.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Assembly panel kills Republican bill to speed dam construction

Drought-inspired legislation to hasten the construction of water-storage facilities died in a California Assembly panel on Monday.

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.

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