Daily Digest: Why is it so hot if there’s no El Nino?, Farming and urban growth polluting the nation’s aquifers, Fresno’s water future is full of regulators

Daily DigestIn California water news today, Why is it so hot if there’s no El Nino?, Farming and urban growth polluting the nation’s aquifers, and Fresno’s water future is full of regulators

In the news today …

Why Is it So Hot If There’s No El Nino?:This weekend, the big news is that we can all take a quick break from wondering about how dry everything is to wonder instead about how hot everything is. Our local weather is hot — it should hit 70 in San Francisco and 80 in the East Bay on Saturday — our state is hot — 2014 was the warmest year in recorded California history — and our global climate is hot — scientists from NASA and NOAA announced last week that 2014 was the warmest year since records began in 1880. … ”  Read more from Bay-Nature here: Why Is it So Hot If There’s No El Nino?

Farming and urban growth polluting the nation’s aquifers:  “Farming and urban growth, two forces that are reshaping the land surface, are also changing the chemistry and physical properties of the nation’s aquifers, leading to greater concentrations of natural and manmade pollutants that could persist for decades in essential underground water sources, according to a comprehensive U.S. Geological Survey report.  In the last two decades, according to the report, most of America’s 62 principal aquifers, which supply drinking water to more than 40 percent of the country and provide 55 percent of the nation’s irrigation water, have become dirtier. ... ”  Read more from the Circle of BLue here:  Farming and urban growth polluting the nation’s aquifers

Fresno’s water future is full of regulators:  “There’s a key besides money in Fresno’s struggle to fix its water mess. We’re talking government regulators.  Mayor Ashley Swearengin wants to modernize Fresno’s crumbling water system with a project pegged to cost $429 million. She’s been trying for nearly two years, yet the plan remains in political limbo. … ”  Read more from the Fresno Bee here:  Fresno’s water future is full of regulators

Plenty more news and a lot of commentary in the weekend Daily Digest …

weatherPrecipitation watch …

  • Weak storm on its way: From the National Weather Service: “A very weak weather system off the coast of Baja California will move northward over the next 24 hours spreading moisture into the region and bringing a chance of showers for Tuesday.”

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