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Water Rights Protection Act Offers Relief from Federal Water Extortion

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative, Water

The Water Rights Protection Act, introduced in the House, could bring U.S. ranchers much-needed relief from ongoing efforts by the federal government to extort privately held water rights from law-abiding citizens, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. “It’s time to put a stop to federal strong-arming of ranchers by a government that owns the majority of the land for …


Critical Agricultural Water Resources Issues Funded

Dan Industry News Release, Water

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 14 grants totaling more than $9 million to help solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. The grants are funded through the Water for Agriculture Challenge Area of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. …

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Conaway Applauds Delay of Compliance Dates for FSMA Agricultural Water Standards

Dan Industry News Release, Water

“Producers need additional time to come into compliance with FSMA’s produce safety rules and I commend the FDA for providing this needed flexibility.” House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) issued the following statement after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its intention to delay the compliance dates for agricultural water requirements in the FDA Food Safety …

Water in Agriculture Forum Highlights Cooperation Between California and Israel

Dan Industry News Release, Water

  Secretary Karen Ross and Israeli Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel signed a Letter of Intent (see below) on agricultural cooperation furthering the commitment between California and Israel in addressing issues related to a changing climate. The document was signed during the opening ceremony of the Water in Agriculture – Seminar & Discussion being held in Sacramento, jointly hosted by the CDFA and …


Stop Federal Water Extortion, Farm Bureau Says

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Water

Land managers in the West increasingly demand that ranchers who work federal land surrender their water rights to the government or get off the range. It’s extortion and a form of unconstitutional taking that simply has to stop, Randy Parker, Utah Farm Bureau’s vice president of national government affairs, told the House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. Legislation known …


EPA Launches WOTUS Review Web Page

Dan Industry News Release, Water

The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a web page to keep stakeholders up to date on the review process and potential changes to the agencies Waters of the U.S. rule. The web page, according to the EPA, will keep the public informed as the EPA reviews the definition of a “Waters of the U.S.” In February, President Donald Trump issued …

Final Snowpack Almost Double the Average

Taylor Hillman Industry News Release

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the final snowpack survey of 2017. The snowpack water equivalent (SWE) totals in the northern, central and southern Sierra Nevada are around twice the amount of the average numbers. The statewide SWE totaled 42.5 inches which is 196 percent of the May 1 average. The central Sierra Nevada totaled 47.1 inches which is the …

Yellow Almond Trees More Widespread?

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Some growers are seeing yellow almond trees in their orchard as we move into spring. U.C. Cooperative Extension advisors in both Fresno and Merced counties said growers have called them about the issue. “When we see yellow almond trees in the spring, it’s often tied to too wet of soils,” Tree Nut Farm Advisor David Doll said. The color of …


Northern Sierra Precipitation Sets Water Year Record

Dan Industry News Release, Water 31 Comments

Atmospheric Rivers Pushed Total to 89.7 Inches since October 1 Never in nearly a century of Department of Water Resources (DWR) recordkeeping has so much precipitation fallen in the northern Sierra in a water year. DWR reported today that 89.7 inches of precipitation – rain and snowmelt – has been recorded by the eight weather stations it has monitored continuously …

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Snowpack’s Water Content Remains Far above Average

Dan Industry News Release, Water 47 Comments

With every monthly measurement of the California snowpack this winter, the state’s rebound from the previous five years of drought becomes more evident. The electronic readings from 95 sites in the Sierra Nevada show an average statewide snow water equivalent (SWE) of 45.8 inches, or 164 percent of the historical average for March 30 (27.9 inches).

Application Period for Water Storage Projects

Taylor Hillman Industry News Release, Water 54 Comments

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. 


FCFB: No Water Announcement Is ‘Completely Unacceptable’

Taylor Hillman Industry News Release, Water 51 Comments

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

Dan Industry News Release, Water 35 Comments

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 …

State Water Project Allocation Increased

Dan Industry News Release, Water 2 Comments

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 …