Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Updates

From the California Department of Water Resources:

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes the following:
  • Need information on California water issues?
Aquafornia news Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: We Must Invest in Water Transport, Storage and Safety

From The Bakersfield Californian:

“No region in California has been impacted more by our state’s broken water system than the Central Valley. … Fortunately, Gov. Jerry Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the 2014 Water Bond provide immediate and viable solutions to keep the breadbasket to the world going and growing.”

Read more from The Bakersfield Californian


Aquafornia news Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: Politicians Have Failed Entire State on Water Issues

From The Bakersfield Californian:

“Water is the lifeblood of our Central Valley, and whoever wins this election will be representing over 900,000 people in Kern, Kings, Fresno and Tulare counties on this vital issue. The economy in our Valley is driven by agriculture and that means we must have water.”

Read more from The Bakersfield Californian


Aquafornia news Imperial Valley Press

Imperial Irrigation District Hires Public Relation Firms for Salton Sea Outreach

From the Imperial Valley Press:

“Concerns over Imperial Irrigation District procurement practices were raised Tuesday as two public relations firms were hired by the Board of Directors to work on matters related to the Quantification Settlement Agreement and the Salton Sea.”

Read more from the Imperial Valley Press


Aquafornia news [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat

Micro-irrigation Cuts Water Usage in Sutter County

From the [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat:

“The PVC pipes and drip lines have arrived, and prune farmer Raghbir Atwal is looking forward to having 40 more acres of his Yuba City orchards converted to a micro-irrigation system.”

Read more from the Appeal-Democrat

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Some Farmers Say Late June Rains Are For The Birds

From Capital Public Radio:

“Dave Kranz with the California Farm Bureau Federation says the rain might help the water table a little, but it is hardly welcome by farmers in the middle of a growing season.”

Read more from Capital Public Radio


Aquafornia news New York Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: House Rejects Farm Bill as Food Stamp Cuts Prove Divisive

From The New York Times:

“The surprise defeat of the farm bill in the House on Thursday underscored the ideological divide between the more conservative, antispending Republican lawmakers and their leadership, who failed to garner sufficient votes from their caucus as well as from Democrats.”

Read more from The New York Times


Aquafornia news New York Times

Marijuana Crops in California Threaten Forests and Wildlife

From The New York Times:

“It took the death of a small, rare member of the weasel family to focus the attention of Northern California’s marijuana growers on the impact that their huge and expanding activities were having on the environment. … Road and dam construction clogs some streams with dislodged soil. Others are bled dry by diversions.”

Read more from The New York Times


Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Scientists Worry Over Dwindling Tri-colored Blackbird Population in California

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The use of pesticides and other farming practices are causing a dramatic decline in the population of what was once one of the state’s most populous bird species: the tricolored blackbird. … One solution may be found in a plan currently being implemented by six dairy and wheat farmers in Kern County, the Audubon Society and the National Resources Conservation Service.”

Read more from The Sacramento Bee


Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Satellites Reveal Depth of Water Depletion

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Satellites peering down on California’s great Central Valley have discovered evidence that the nation’s prime food source is fast losing precious reserves of water from the valley’s underground aquifers.”

Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle


Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: If House Enacts Inhumane Farm Bill, Obama Should Veto It

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The farm bill should provide a food safety net, particularly during economic downturns, so Americans don’t go hungry.”

Read more from The Sacramento Bee


Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Wine of the Delta

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Almost as many questions as pears hover over the dark, rich soil of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Will the Bay Delta Conservation Plan get built? … How many vineyards, orchards and fields will be taken out?”

Read more from The Sacramento Bee


Aquafornia news San Luis Obispo Tribune News

Wine and Water: Search for Solutions

From the San Luis Obispo Tribune News:

“Residential wells in North County neighborhoods will continue to dry up, Paso Robles’ wine industry will be in jeopardy, and city water supplies will be threatened unless San Luis Obispo County leaders act soon to stop declining water levels in the Paso Robles groundwater basin.”

Read more from the San Luis Obispo Tribune News’ five-part series


Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

San Joaquin Valley Farmers Get Bleak Report on Water Supply

From The Fresno Bee:

“A leader with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which sells water to the farmers, described a bleak [water allocation] situation, but stopped short of predicting zero next year.”

Read more from The Fresno Bee


Aquafornia news San Luis Obispo Tribune

Wine and Water: Paso Robles’ Water Gamble

From the San Luis Obispo Tribune:

“For years, Paso Robles thought its water supply was an endless bounty. City leaders sat atop a liquid treasure trove — a vast underground basin that in 1979 was said to have enough water to last the entire North County more than 250 years.”

Read this installment along with the entire series at the San Luis Obispo Tribune


Aquafornia news Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: Critique of California Dairies Outdated and Underreported

From The Bakersfield Californian:

“Today’s dairies are raised and sloped to prevent the accumulation of rainwater. The water is collected in a lagoon and used to irrigate crops. There is no runoff into lakes and streams. … The claim that nitrate from cow manure is ruining our water supplies is likewise misplaced.”

Read more from The Bakersfield Californian


Aquafornia news NPR

Klamath: Water Wars – Who Controls The Flow?

From NPR:

“Two rivers on opposite sides of the country — the Klamath and the Chattahoochee — may provide lessons for the inevitable and growing dispute over how we manage our most precious natural resource.”

Read more from NPR or listen to the story


Aquafornia news San Luis Obispo Tribune

Wineries Working to Conserve Water

From the San Luis Obispo Tribune:

“Local organizations like the nonprofit Central Coast Vineyard Team and the statewide California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance reach out to vineyard owners, educating them about a variety of conservation methods.”

Read more from the San Luis Obispo Tribune


Aquafornia news Associated Press

Fracking Fuels Water Fights in Nation’s Dry Spots

From the Associated Press:

The latest domestic energy boom is sweeping through some of the nation’s driest pockets, drawing millions of gallons of water to unlock oil and gas reserves from beneath the Earth’s surface. … In Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming, the vast majority of the counties where fracking is occurring are also suffering from drought, according to an Associated Press analysis of industry-compiled fracking data and the U.S.
Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Funding to Improve Drinking Water has Come at a Slow Drip

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Lanare [west of Fresno], like scores of other impoverished California communities where the water is unsafe to drink, could be eligible for a share of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal and state funds to improve drinking water tainted by agricultural use and naturally occurring contaminants.