“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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?”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
“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.