State Water Project Allocation Increased to 45 Percent

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Storms Dent, Don’t End Drought With reservoirs rising from December storms, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today boosted its early-season estimate of next year’s State Water Project (SWP) supply from 20 to 45 percent of most requests. “This winter’s wet start gives us hope we’ll be able to keep increasing the State Water Project allocation,” said DWR Director Mark …

Funding for Food, Energy, and Water Systems Research

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of up to $5 million in funding for research to better understand how food, energy and water systems interact, and how they can be sustained. This funding is made available through Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS), a federal …

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Improving Water Quality in High-Priority Watersheds

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of more than $33 million in 197 high-priority watersheds across the country to help landowners improve water quality through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). The NWQI helps farmers and ranchers implement voluntary conservation practices, such as nutrient management, cover crops, conservation cropping systems, filter strips, terraces and …

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State Water Project Starts at 20 Percent

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Drought Continues Despite Early-Season Rainfall Still early in California’s rainy season, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced its initial water allocation for 2017 of ­­20 percent of the requests by the 29 public agencies served by the State Water Project (SWP). Winter storms in coming months may boost today’s initial 2017allocation, but California’s deep drought lingers. “October’s storms and …

CDFA SWEEP Program Awards 167 Projects

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SWEEP is funded through California’s Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has selected 167 projects, totaling $22 million, to receive grants from the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). “This investment continues California’s ongoing innovation in agricultural water use efficiency,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “Farmers involved in this program are making positive on-farm …

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Growing Quality Tomatoes with Half the Nitrogen and a Third Less Water

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How do you cut your water use by a third, cut your nitrogen use in half, maintain your tomato yield and improve your fruit quality?  “With patience, perseverance and by treating your soil like a living ecosystem–which it is,” says Jesse Sanchez. Sanchez should know. He and Alan Sano have been experimenting with soil enhancements for 15 years on Sano …

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Government and Industry Groups Ask Court to Overturn EPA Water Rule

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The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with dozens of agricultural, business and municipal entities, asked a federal court to vacate the EPA’s and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule. The brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit lays out in detail the substance of the groups’ allegations. It follows …