Farmers Volunteer to Monitor Levees

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As with many farmers, Mike Daddow typically spends the winter months making repairs to equipment and other preparations for spring planting. But lately, the Sutter County farmer has spent some of that time driving along the levees of the Sacramento and Feather rivers, checking for signs of danger.

Application Period for Water Storage Projects

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Water Storage Investment Program Regulations Approved by California Office of Administrative Law The California Water Commission (Commission) announced today that starting March 14, 2017, proponents of new water storage projects in California may submit applications for funding of public benefits under the water bond approved by California voters in 2014. 

Snowpack Water Content Remains Far above Average

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The Sierra Nevada snowpack continues to build during one of the wettest winters in California’s recorded history. The most recent manual snow survey by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada found a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 43.4 inches. February’s Phillips survey found 28.0 inches of SWE, and January’s reading was 6.0 inches. …

FCFB: No Water Announcement Is ‘Completely Unacceptable’

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Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB) issues statement on water supply for county’s federal water contractors Statement by CEO Ryan Jacobsen: “Mother Nature has provided a bountiful precipitation season-one that will be near the top of the record books. After the historic five-year drought, the snowpack and rain are a tremendous blessing to an agricultural industry hammered by the critical water …

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NASA Report: San Joaquin Valley Land Continues to Sink

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Groundwater Pumping Causes Subsidence, Damages Water Infrastructure New NASA radar satellite maps prepared for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) show that land continues to sink rapidly in certain areas of the San Joaquin Valley, putting state and federal aqueducts and flood control structures at risk of damage. “The rates of San Joaquin Valley subsidence documented since 2014 by …

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Landowner Wins Case against Army Corps

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says landowners scored a victory last week when a federal district court ruled against the Army Corps of Engineers for incorrectly claiming jurisdiction over private property. The Corps had claimed a piece of property owned by Hawkes Company, and used by Hawkes to harvest peat, was a “waters of the United States” which requires a …

State Water Project Allocation Increased

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As winter storms continue to fill reservoirs and boost the snowpack, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its estimate of this year’s State Water Project (SWP) supply from 45 to 60 percent of most requests. “Our water supply outlook is definitely brighter, but we still haven’t shaken off the effects of our historic drought,” said DWR Acting Director …

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Senate Resolution Would Roll Back WOTUS

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. Rule, or “WOTUS,” was first introduced to the public in May of 2015, and it’s been largely unpopular since then. Ag Web Dot Com says Iowa Republican Joni Ernst and Nebraska Republican Deb Fischer have introduced a resolution that expresses a need for the Senate to vacate the rule. WOTUS expanded the …


Supreme Court Agrees to take EPA WOTUS Rule

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Scott Yager, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association environmental counsel, released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant the cert petition for the industry coalition lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency on its “waters of the United States” rule:

River-Flow Plan Moves to Written Comment Stage

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At the final public hearing on a disputed plan to benefit fish in the lower San Joaquin River system, government fishery agencies said the plan doesn’t go far enough, water agencies said alternative plans would help fish more without requiring as much water, and a member of the State Water Resources Control Board requested more information about the plan’s potential …

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Water Action Plan Progress Highlighted

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Considerable Progress of 2016 Detailed in New Report A new report from several California agencies tracks the significant progress made in 2016 toward achievement of the California Water Action Plan – progress that builds the reliability and resiliency of our water resources. The report released today highlights the achievements of 2016, the third year that state agencies have been coordinating …


Food Safety Rules Challenge Farmers on Several Fronts

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Equal treatment of domestic and foreign growers, the need for extensive education, training and technical assistance and agricultural water provisions are among farmers’ top concerns as they implement the Food Safety Modernization Act’s produce rules, according to Bob Ehart, senior policy and science advisor with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Ehart spoke to farmers and ranchers from …