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Q&A: Heavy rain means new challenges for California farmers

After five years of drought, Californians are elated by the return to wet weather across the state. But it isn’t all good news for the state’s farmers.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Many California farms need an upgraded water delivery system

California is home to many of the world’s most advanced and innovative technology companies. Yet, while Silicon Valley and up-and-coming Silicon Beach are cutting-edge, another critical component of California’s economy – agriculture – is hobbled by outdated systems, particularly when it comes to how water is delivered and used.

Aquafornia news San Diego Union-Tribune

Tijuana plans new sewage treatment plant, expanded wastewater re-use

A new sewage treatment plant on the Baja California coast. A pipeline to collect wastewater from ocean-front communities. A plan to re-use Tijuana’s treated wastewater in agriculture.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Study: Livestock grazing can benefit struggling bird species

A new study disputes a widely-held view that livestock grazing is largely incompatible with a ground-dwelling bird that has suffered a dramatic population decline across its 11-state range in the U.S. West.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Agritourism can boost farm income – and bring trouble

At last check, the Modesto area had no Disney theme parks, cable cars or mountain peaks — little to catch the typical tourist’s eye. It does have fruit and nut growers, wine and cheese makers, and other producers of food and drink in abundance.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Oakdale Irrigation District recall election may be in limbo

Water leaders are looking deeper into whether signature gatherers committed fraud to prompt a recall of Oakdale Irrigation District board member Linda Santos, throwing into question the status of the April 25 ballot. In other action Tuesday evening, staff unveiled potential boundaries for voting divisions within OID and announced that the district expects to sell no surplus Stanislaus River water this year to outsiders – a major source of income in years past.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Commentary: Coastal commission balancing farming and coastal issues

For the past eight years, the California Coastal Commission has worked closely with the Marin County staff and the public to update its Local Coastal Program to guide future development. We have attended countless public meetings, we have toured farms and sampled strawberries, we have watched cows being milked and cheese being made and we have spoken with some members of the agricultural community so frequently we are on a first-name basis.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California regulators launch new campaign against harmful climate pollutants

The plan targets emissions such as methane from cow manure, black carbon from diesel exhaust and hydrofluorocarbons from refrigerators. Regulators at the Air Resources Board, which approved the strategy, and other government agencies will now need to write detailed rules for achieving the reductions.

Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association

Blog: The urgent need to work together for a better water future

Karen Ross, the Secretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, recently spoke about water in the Central Valley and made the following statement: “We know that demand for food worldwide will grow significantly over the next several decades, and we know that available natural resources are becoming more scarce–so to reach a point where sustainability can be achieved, all sides in the water discussion must truly communicate with one another. ….”

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

West side farmers to get a 65 percent water allocation from Central Valley Project

With ample rainfall and an above-average snowpack, west side San Joaquin Valley growers were hoping the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation would give them a 100 percent allocation of water this year from the Central Valley Project. They were wrong.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Despite Trump promise and a wet winter, California farmers don’t get full water supply

California farmers have a sympathetic president in the White House and have enjoyed one of the wettest winters on record. But those in a giant swath of the San Joaquin Valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country, are due to get only two-thirds of their water allotment this year from the federal government.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation announces the 2017 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project

The Bureau of Reclamation today [March 22] announced the 2017 water supply allocation for the remaining Central Valley Project contractors. On Feb. 28, 2017, Reclamation announced the water supply allocation for CVP contractors in the Friant Division (Millerton Reservoir), Eastside Division (New Melones Reservoir), and the American River Division (Folsom Reservoir). The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) reports that as of March 20, the statewide average snow water equivalent in the Sierra Nevada was 44 inches, as compared to 25 inches last year.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Agency: California farmers will get bump in irrigation water

Farmers in a vast agricultural region of California will receive a significantly greater amount of irrigation water this summer compared to past drought years – but not their full supply, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Don Pedro managers doubt spillway will reopen

A second opening of the Don Pedro Reservoir spillway is unlikely this year, managers said Tuesday, despite a “staggering” amount of snow waiting to melt. … The snowpack in the Tuolumne watershed stood at 186 percent of average as of Monday.

Aquafornia news Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: Water districts stuffing Kern River water in every nook and cranny they can

The good news is that not a drop of Kern River water is going into the California Aqueduct to fill Southern California taps. Yet.

Aquafornia news New York Times

Americans ate 19% less beef from ’05 to ’14, report says

The last decade or so has brought ample evidence that Americans are gradually changing their diets, driven by health concerns and other factors. But a new study points to one change that is starker than many have thought: Americans cut their beef consumption by 19 percent — nearly one-fifth — in the years from 2005 to 2014, according to research released on Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

How changing marijuana laws may affect California’s water and wildlife

In November 2016, California legalized recreational marijuana. The decision, supported by 56 percent of the state’s voters, allows marijuana to be shared, traded, grown at home and smoked without a medical reason. Using it medically has been legal for 20 years. Though complex and strict regulations still apply to growing, selling and buying marijuana, things will probably simplify over the next year.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Turlock Irrigation District board could approve abundant water deliveries

The Turlock Irrigation District would be back to normal water deliveries after five years of drought if its board approves the idea Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job

[Arnulfo] Solorio is one of a growing number of agricultural businessmen who say they face an urgent shortage of workers. The flow of labor began drying up when President Obama tightened the border. Now President Trump is promising to deport more people, raid more companies and build a wall on the southern border.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Will California farms find enough workers amid Trump’s immigration crackdown?

Farmers employ tens of thousands of people in the San Joaquin Valley and run a $35 billion industry producing grapes, milk, oranges, almonds and dozens of other commodities sold in stores around the globe. Many of them supported Donald Trump for president, calculating that his promise to deliver more water to drought-starved valley farms would help them despite his hard-line stance on immigration.