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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: 2014 Off to Hottest Start on Record for California

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

From the Los Angeles Times:

The first six months of 2014 were the hottest January-through-June on record in California, the National Weather Service said Monday — nearly five degrees warmer than the 20th century average and more than a degree hotter than the record set in 1934.

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California was Hotter than Ever During the First Half of 2014

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:59 am

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Just how fast the state’s climate is changing became apparent Monday when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released figures showing the first six months of this year were the hottest the state has ever recorded — breaking the mark by a single degree after 80 years.

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Governor Inks Bill Helping Neighborhood to Get Clean Water

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:58 am

From the Riverside Press-Enterprise:

A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, July 21, clears the way for two water districts to extend their systems to a neighborhood on the Wildomar-Menifee border that has been plagued by a poor quality, unreliable water supply.

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Law Blocks Some Brown Lawn Fees During Droughts

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:57 am

From the Associated Press:

Homeowner associations can no longer slap fines on residents with dry, brown lawns during droughts under legislation that took effect Monday.

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New Law Prohibits Some Fines for Brown Lawns During Droughts

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:57 am

From the Los Angeles Times:

Californians who let their lawns die during a drought won’t risk a slap on the wrist from their homeowners’ associations, thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.

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Massive Raid to Help Yurok Tribe Combat Illegal Pot Grows

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:56 am

From the Los Angeles Times:

The California National Guard on Monday joined more than a dozen other agencies to help the Yurok tribe combat rampant marijuana grows that have threatened the reservation’s water supply, harmed its salmon and interfered with cultural ceremonies. …

The breakthrough came in April when governor’s office staff was discussing the drought with tribal officials.

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Enforcement of Water Restrictions Varies Around State

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:55 am

From Capital Public Radio:

California is enacting tough water restrictions after voluntary conservation efforts failed to work. But the restrictions won’t be uniformly enforced.

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‘Water Cops’ Being Hired By Bay Area Agencies to Root Out Water Waste

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:54 am

From the San Jose Mercury News:

California’s worsening drought and mandatory new state water rules are prompting Bay Area water agencies to beef up their conservation staffs — the employees sometimes called “water cops.”

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Stanislaus River Water Providers Announce 20% Reduction in Supply for Tracy, Lathrop, Manteca

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:53 am

From the Stockton Record:

The South San Joaquin Irrigation District previously called for a voluntary 20 percent reduction from those cities, which buy river water from the district.

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Q&A: City of Sacramento Watching for Water Run-off, Watering Violations

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:52 am

From The Sacramento Bee:

With California in a severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board ruled last week that some cases of water waste could be treated as criminal infractions. … The Sacramento Bee asked Sacramento utilities director Dave Brent how the city was dealing with the state’s latest ruling.

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Coachella Valley Residents Change Habits During California Drought

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:50 am

From The Desert Sun:

In the midst of one of its worst droughts in decades, Californians are being told to cut back on water use or pay a price. Many Coachella Valley residents say they are doing their best to comply.

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Healdsburg Asks ‘Save Our Smiles’ to Write Pro-fluoridation Ballot Argument

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:49 am

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

Healdsburg Mayor Jim Wood is a dentist who believes in the effectiveness of fluoridated water in combating tooth decay. But he won’t be writing the argument against a November ballot measure to remove fluoride from the city’s water.

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Santa Cruz Council to Mull Water Rate Hike

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:48 am

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

The Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday will hear a plan to increase sharply water rates and create a drought-recovery fee for funding infrastructure projects, stabilizing revenue and boosting reserves.

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City of Sacramento to Replace Eight Blocks of Sewer Line

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:46 am

From Capital Public Radio:

The City of Sacramento is ready to begin the final stage of its sewer pipe replacement program downtown.

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Commentary: On Water Issues, 1 Vote Each Isn’t Always Fairest

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:45 am

From The Bakersfield Californian, in a column by Lois Henry:

There’s so much going on with groundwater, it’s a whirlwind! … There are two bills in the process of melding into one that both aim to change a basic tenet of California groundwater regulation — which, as it happens, does not presently exist.

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Commentary: Building Again in Natomas is Too Risky

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Bruce Maiman:

Growth is returning to Natomas, but a troubling question is going to be ignored or dismissed by those with the power to address it: Is building in a floodplain a good idea?

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Blog: Why Has Response to California Drought Been So Weak?

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:43 am

From Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick’s National Geographic Science Blog:

In the past few weeks, I have had been asked the same question by reporters, friends, strangers, and even a colleague who posts regularly on this very ScienceBlogs site (the prolific and thoughtful Greg Laden): why, if the California drought is so bad, has the response been so tepid?

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Blog: ‘Better Pay Attention to Your Mail’

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:42 am

From the Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment Blog:

[Dante] Nomellini pointed out at a meeting last week that farmers or other water users who fail to respond to curtailment notices could face fines.

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News Release: USGS Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Water Resources Research Act

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS):

The U.S. Geological Survey joins its many partners in other federal agencies, at universities, and in state and local governments in recognizing the importance of the Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) of 1964.

Signed into law 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 17, 1964, the WRRA established a Water Resources Research Institute in each state and Puerto Rico.

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Weekend Wrap-Up: Drought; Legislation

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

Welcome back! Here’s the Weekend Wrap-Up on Aquafornia:

At the top of the scroll: “California’s New Water-waste Penalty Also Applies to Government, But Who Will Enforce It?” headlined an article in The Sacramento Bee. Also included among the variety of drought-related articles by reporters were “Agriculture Chief Visits Water-starved Families,” Associated Press; “High-bidding Farmers Battle in Water Auctions,” San Jose Mercury News; “Drought Hinders State’s Emissions Goals,” San Francisco Chronicle; and “California Drought Will Only Get Worse, Experts Say,” Los Angeles Times.

“Persuading Delta Residents that Twin Tunnels Would Be Good,” a Q&A, and “Spending on the Delta a Sticking Point in the Water Bond,” an editorial, were in The Sacramento Bee. “Coalition Forms to Manage California’s Groundwater” was the headline of George Skelton’s Capitol Journal column in the Los Angeles Times.

Water Word of the Week: Hydroelectric Power is Aquafornia’s Water Word of the Week from sister site Aquapedia, the Water Education Foundation’s vetted, online water encyclopedia.

Last Week’s Top Stories: The most viewed story was “Sacramento Judge Makes Precedent-Setting Ruling On Groundwater Regulation,” from Capital Public Radio. Excluding news articles, “Overwatering is a Crime – Except for State’s Biggest Water User,” an editorial in The Sacramento Bee, and “Cadiz Project Water to Be Made Available Locally,” a commentary in the San Bernardino County Sun, tied in getting the most views.

What’s on the Calendar? Among this week’s events will include a Delta Stewardship Council meeting Friday, July 25, in Sacramento. Save Our Water displays are at the California State Fair through Sunday, July 27, in Sacramento. On tap this fall from the Foundation are the following events: “Water 101: The Basics and Beyond” Oct. 2-3 in Rancho Cucamonga; a Russian River Tour Oct. 9-10; the 2014 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference Oct. 14 in Riverside; the Northern California Tour Oct. 22-24; and the San Joaquin River Restoration Tour Nov. 6-7.

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California’s New Water-waste Penalty Also Applies to Government, But Who Will Enforce It?

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 21, 2014 at 8:59 am

From The Sacramento Bee:

In a little-noticed provision of the regulations adopted Tuesday, the State Water Resources Control Board declared that public agencies – in addition to individuals and businesses – can be prosecuted for a criminal infraction and fined $500 per day for certain categories of water waste.

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Agriculture Chief Visits Water-starved Families

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 21, 2014 at 8:58 am

From the Associated Press:

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.

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High-bidding Farmers Battle in Water Auctions

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 21, 2014 at 8:57 am

From the San Jose Mercury News:

One of the worst droughts in state history is pushing water prices to record levels — fraying nerves, eroding bank accounts and stress-testing the state’s “water market,” an informal and largely hidden network of buyers and sellers.

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Drought Takes Toll on San Joaquin County Groundwater

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

From the Stockton Record:

Hundreds of tiny red arrows spread like star constellations across a map of San Joaquin County tell the story: The drought is drawing down our valuable groundwater “savings account.”

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Drought Drying Up Small Central Valley Farmers’ Future

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

From The Fresno Bee:

This time of year, May Vu’s farm in Sanger should be carpeted with blooming flowers and a bounty of vegetables. But a failing irrigation pump and a nearly empty well have dried up Vu’s farm and with it, her source of income.

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California Drought Will Only Get Worse, Experts Say

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 21, 2014 at 8:55 am

From the Los Angeles Times:

California is probably headed into a deeper drought this summer, making it harder to escape in the future, an expert says.

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Drought Hinders State’s Emissions Goals

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 21, 2014 at 8:54 am

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

No state has done more than California to fight global warming. But a deepening drought could make that battle more difficult and more expensive.

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Q&A: Persuading Delta Residents that Twin Tunnels Would Be Good

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

From The Sacramento Bee:

Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, offered The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board his view of California’s plumbing system last week.

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ACWA’s Tim Quinn Discusses New State Regulations on PBS News Hour

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 21, 2014 at 8:52 am

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

The recent mandatory water restrictions put in place by the state were the topic of an interview on July 16 by Judy Woodruff during the PBS News Hour of Timothy Quinn, ACWA Executive Director, and Craig Miller of KQED. Much of the focus of the interview was on just how serious the drought is and why the regulations are necessary right now.

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Lake Morena Caught in Crosshairs of San Diego’s Water Policy

Posted by: Aquafornia on July 21, 2014 at 8:51 am

From the Los Angeles Times:

[Lars] Mitchell, 52, a contractor, has succinctly hit upon twin facts that have driven San Diego County water policy for 70 years: the region does not own most of its water supply, and water is often a zero-sum business — for every winner there must be a loser.

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