Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: US eyes increased pumping from biggest federal water project

The Trump administration said Friday it will look at revving up water deliveries to farmers from California’s Central Valley Project, the largest federal water project in the United States, in what environmental groups called a threat to protections for struggling native salmon and other endangered species.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Couple donates $165 million to preserve 24,000 acres at Point Conception

A conservation group on Thursday purchased a sprawling stretch of Santa Barbara County coastline — a prized acquisition made possible by a $165-million gift from a couple who had long sought to protect the pristine ranchland from development.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Not easy being green: Legal pot brings environmental rules

At a state briefing on environmental rules that await growers entering California’s soon-to-be-legal marijuana trade, organic farmers Ulysses Anthony, Tracy Sullivan and Adam Mernit listened intently, eager to make their humble cannabis plot a model of sustainable agriculture in a notoriously destructive industry dominated by the black market. … Complying with water laws alone would mean daily record-keeping, permit applications, inspections and more, state officials said. 

Aquafornia news Visalia Times-Delta

San Joaquin Valley’s canal continues to sink, price tag could rise

A 20-mile portion of one of the Valley’s largest waterways is sinking. It’s getting worse each month and while the water levels drop, the price tag rises.  Earlier this year, the Friant Water Authority reported measurements that showed a nearly 3-foot drop in the Friant-Kern Canal’s elevation in some places.

Aquafornia news The San Luis Obispo Tribune

How will harm from Thomas Fire affect avocado prices?

Avocado orchards in the path of the Thomas Fire have taken a hit as the blaze scorched its way up the coast, damaging or burning groves of trees in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Even so, growers and agricultural officials say avocado lovers shouldn’t see a hit to their wallets, thanks to overall state production and the availability of imported fruit.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Sutter County approves $350,000 loan for pipeline repair

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a $350,000 loan from the General Fund for a pipeline repair project. During the high water this past year, Reclamation District 70 in Meridian (which oversees the northern stretch of the Sacramento River in the Meridian Basin) experienced a pipeline failure close to the district’s largest drainage pump.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

World Ag Expo’s Top 10 new products for 2018

The World Ag Expo has announced its Top 10 New Product awards for 2018 – and this year there is something for everyone. See the world’s first fully autonomous orchard sprayer, a solution for controlling hairy heel warts in dairy cows and a way to get your truck unstuck from mud and snow.

Aquafornia news Ag Alert, California Farm Bureau Federation

Project backers seek investments from water bond

Moving closer to final decisions about which California water projects will receive funding from a bond passed by voters in 2014, the California Water Commission heard presentations regarding about a dozen storage projects that have applied for bond funding. Potential projects include large-scale surface storage, reservoir expansions, groundwater projects and recycled-water projects.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

EPA says herbicide in Roundup weed killer doesn’t cause cancer, contradicting California regulators

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said glyphosate, the primary ingredient in the weed killer Roundup and one of the most widely used herbicides in agriculture, likely does not cause cancer.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Don’t force us to pay for Delta tunnels, San Joaquin Valley farmers say

Already short of funding, Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels project is being challenged in court by a bloc of San Joaquin Valley farmers insisting they shouldn’t be forced to help foot the $17.1 billion price tag. The valley farmers, located mainly in Kern and Kings counties, voiced their objections in a Sacramento court filing opposing the Brown administration’s plan to issue bonds to pay for the tunnels.

Aquafornia news Hanford Sentinel

Kings agencies slam one storage project and hail another

Kings River water agencies, local leaders, Valley counties and area farmers all slammed Semitropic Water Storage District’s plan to divert Kings River water this week at a key hearing in front of the California Water Commission. An overwhelming majority of comment letters strongly opposed funding the project while the much larger Temperance Flat reservoir, competing for the same pot of money, got strong support.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Oakland Museum of California embraces urban farming in its new exhibition

The Oakland Museum of California unveiled its new exhibit “Take Root: Oakland Grows Food” over the weekend. It highlights the different food communities and how food is grown by residents within in the city.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Making water for the environment count in an era of change: Cautionary tales from Australia

The specter of California drought looming again on the horizon gives renewed urgency for water policy and management reforms. Recent discussions reflect a growing recognition that our future depends on us making water count for both humans and the environment. For much of our state’s history, water has counted primarily in its capacity to supply water for cities and agriculture.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

State holds marijuana workshop in Redding

In the workshop, California Water Resources Control Board explained regulations governing how marijuana growers can comply with state laws on water use, how to legally set up a grow and control waste and irrigation runoff.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

More victims of the California wildfires: avocados and lemons

The wildfires in Southern California have charred hundreds of thousands of acres and destroyed thousands of structures. They have also taken a toll on agriculture, a $45 billion industry in California that employs more than 400,000 people statewide.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Chico-based California Olive Ranch gets $35 million investment

California Olive Ranch, a Chico-based producer of extra virgin olive oil, recently received an equity investment of $35 million. This contribution will allow the company to more than double its acreage, add jobs and produce more organic extra virgin olive oil.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Cannabis cultivation may threaten mountain lions of Santa Cruz mountains, scientist says

Come Jan. 1, the cannabis farms peppering the Santa Cruz Mountains will enter new legal territory, but ecologists worry it may spell doom for the area’s mountain lions. Mountain lions have called the Santa Cruz Mountains home for millennia.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Brokaw Ranch sustains major damage in Thomas Fire

Brokaw Ranch, one of the Bay Area’s best-loved avocado purveyors and a constant presence on the area’s restaurant menus, has sustained major damage in the Thomas Fire.

Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association

Blog: Celebrating the Pacific Flyway

Yesterday [Dec. 6], partners collaborating in efforts to enhance the habitat values of lands contributing to the Pacific Flyway in the Sacramento Valley gathered at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area to recognize the work that had occurred during the past year. For the first time in several years, the Flyway was not suffering from conditions related to the most recent drought.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: Exporting Kings River floodwater doesn’t serve needy cities

At the height of our state’s historic drought in 2014, more than two thirds of California voters cast their ballots in favor of Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond to fund water quality, supply, treatment and storage projects. Three years later, the drought has ended – at least for now.