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sustainable water research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $34 million in available funding for projects that promote sustainable water use for food production, processing, and other competing uses. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Continue reading

The Bureau of Reclamation announced the long-awaited 2017 water allocations for the Central Valley Project contractors. According to the release, south of the Delta contractors are allocated to 65 percent of their contract supply. Continue reading

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

Water Projects
A variety of applications will likely be submitted to secure funding for water projects from the water bond that passed in 2014. Although diversifying California’s water portfolio may be a good philosophy, some water leaders say added storage must be a key component. Continue reading

Review of WOTUS Rule
President Trump’s executive order to review and revise a disputed Clean Water Act rule will bring “regulatory certainty,” the administration says—and agricultural groups said they were encouraged by the action.
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Monitor Levees
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.
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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.  Continue reading

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. The March 1 average at Phillips is 24.3 inches. Continue reading

water announcement

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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California Rain
This weekend’s rains in Southern California – potentially the area’s largest rain event this decade – have potential to both improve water supplies and create flash flooding events. Rod Bain has the story.

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groundwater management
With a key deadline approaching, people involved in groundwater management say cooperation will be needed to accomplish goals set forth in the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
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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

Much of California moves away from drought conditions, although the continued precipitation now means greater risk of damaging floods.

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water war outlook
Everett Griner talks about the outlook of the continuing water war saga between Georgia and Florida in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

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

Storage projects
The uncommon wet weather continues in California. The excessive precipitation shows the need for more water storage, and citrus leaders say progress on projects is necessary. Continue reading

army corps
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 federal dredge and fill permit under the Clean Water Act. Continue reading

epa plan wotus
New President Donald Trump’s plan for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) includes eliminating the Waters of the U.S. rule. 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

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