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Everett Griner talks about the fight over water not over in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

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.  Continue reading

irrigationWith the unusually wet year, growers are changing up their irrigation schedules. Spencer Cooper, senior manager of irrigation and water efficiency, tells us what growers need to be monitoring right now for irrigation.

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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 shortage. Most farmers and ranchers with surface supplies will experience an increased water allocation as a result of these storms’ resurgences across the state.”

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Everett Griner talks about a look at the political changes ahead for farmers in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

Groundwater Pumping Causes Subsidence, Damages Water Infrastructure

San Joaquin Valley nasa
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 NASA are troubling and unsustainable,” said DWR Director William Croyle.  “Subsidence has long plagued certain regions of California.  But the current rates jeopardize infrastructure serving millions of people.  Groundwater pumping now puts at risk the very system that brings water to the San Joaquin Valley.  The situation is untenable.” Continue reading

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) manual snow survey at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada range on February 2 found a snow water equivalence of 28.1 inches, a significant increase since the January 3 survey, when just 6 inches was found there. The average as measured at Phillips since 1964 is 11.3 inches. Continue reading

state water project
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 William Croyle.  “Californians’ in some areas still depend on bottled drinking water, some reservoirs remain low and groundwater basins are still in decline and have yet to recover.  We know from painful history that California winters can go quickly from very wet to very dry.  We want to see the snowpack continue to build for the remainder of the wet season.” Continue reading

Drenching Rains
January has brought drenching rains to a majority of California. Some areas have seen four times the historical precipitation average. The recent storms are putting a dent in the state’s prolonged drought, but experts say more rain is probably needed. Continue reading

By Dennis O’Brien, USDA Agriculture Research Service

Arizona wheat
Maximizing yields while using as little water and fertilizer as possible is a top priority for Arizona wheat growers. Challenged by diminishing water supplies and rising fertilizer costs, growers know the exact amounts of water and fertilizer to use is critical. Using too much is not only costly, but can become useless as they percolate too deeply into the soil and contaminate groundwater. Continue reading

Considerable Progress of 2016 Detailed in New Report

California water action plan
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 efforts under the Water Action Plan.  First released by the administration of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in January 2014, the Water Action Plan is a five-year framework with 10 overarching goals designed to bring sustainability to California’s water resources and restoration to its most important ecosystems. Continue reading

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 across the country during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. Continue reading

Department of Water Resources (DWR) manual snow survey at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada range found a snow water equivalence of 6 inches, which is 5.3 inches less than the average early-January snow water equivalence of 11.3 inches as measured at Phillips since 1964. Continue reading

Donald Trump
As we begin a new year with a new presidency, I would like to remind Mr. Trump of a few things. First, we’re still thirsty around here. The feds are making a good start with new regulations that improve the priorities in the favor of farming. The fight’s not over. We gained some ground, but we still will need to fight for every drop.

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WaterFix is Preferred Project to Address Environmental and Water Supply Concerns

Following hundreds of public meetings and thousands of public comments, California released the final, refined environmental documents for WaterFix, an essential effort to modernize the State’s water infrastructure. Continue reading

Storms Dent, Don’t End Drought


Shasta Lake

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 Cowin. Continue reading

water bill
A national water bill with drought provisions for California was signed into law which means increased water deliveries to San Joaquin Valley and Southern California farms and businesses. Continue reading

water bill
The FY17 Water Resources Development Act is now on the President’s desk, after passing both the House and the Senate late last week. The water bill includes drought relief legislation for California. Continue reading

San Joaquin Delta
Water that travels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta supplies 25 million Californians. This is the water that sustains our economy. Continue reading

Drought Continues Despite Early-Season Rainfall

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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 subsequent rainfall have brightened the picture, but we could still end up in a sixth year of drought,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin.  “Our unpredictable weather means that we must make conservation a California lifestyle.” Continue reading

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