Aquafornia news Associated Press

Water use climbs in California enclaves as drought returns

Overall water use is climbing in Southern California as that part of the state plunges back into drought, driving state and regional water managers as they consider permanently reinstating some watering bans and conservation programs.

Aquafornia news The Union, Serving Western Nevada County

Nevada Irrigation District fears pot grows could make water conservation more challenging

The Nevada Irrigation District on Tuesday said it may have to re-work its master plan, which projects NID’s water needs until 2023, to account for water usage associated with legal marijuana grows.

Aquafornia news The Conversation

Trump budget would undo gains from conservation programs on farms and ranches

Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are starting to shape the 2018 farm bill – a comprehensive food and agriculture bill passed about every five years. Most observers associate the farm bill with food policy, but its conservation section is the single largest source of funding for soil, water and wildlife conservation on private land in the United States.

Aquafornia news Ag Alert, California Farm Bureau Federation

Warm, dry winter affects a number of farm activities

In the weeks leading up to mid-February, California farmers went from sweater weather to sweating the weather, with unseasonably warm temperatures and a near-total lack of rain and snow leading to cherry-crop worries and discussions of renewed drought.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Kansas senator says Trump pledged not to cut crop insurance. Trump’s budget cuts it.

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts said President Donald Trump made a commitment to him in the Oval Office last year not to cut crop insurance, a key program for farmers. Trump’s budget proposal cuts the program anyway. … Overall, Trump’s budget slashes the budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture by $3.7 billion, a 16 percent decrease.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Study commissioned by Brown administration says his Delta tunnels plan would pay off for farmers, cities

Even a single water tunnel burrowed under the California’s Delta would be worth it for urban ratepayers and farmers who would to pay to build and maintain the project, according to an analysis released Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Klamath Basin irrigators, fish face dry year, officials say

Anticipating a poor water year in California’s and Oregon’s Klamath River Basin, the federal government is seeking to find a way to balance its obligations to protect fish species while also ensuring Klamath Basin irrigators and water districts have access to water.

Aquafornia news Herald and News, Klamath Falls

Klamath Irrigation District delays project irrigation season

A drought year similar to 2015’s dry conditions are anticipated by the Klamath Irrigation District, and without the financial resources available in 2015, as well as at least a week delay in water delivery to Klamath Project irrigators in April, according to Ty Kliewer, board president, on Friday.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Late-summer heat cut into state’s wine grape crush; some varieties flourished

California’s 2017 wine grape crush totaled slightly more than 4 million tons, down less than 1 percent from the 2016 total, according to a preliminary report released Friday by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

‘Crucial’ vote for north San Joaquin farmers

On Feb. 26, the farmers will make a pivotal decision: whether or not to tax themselves about $14 million over 30 years to build a new delivery system. Thursday, the League of Women Voters, the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District and county officials will host a public meeting to explain all of this at 6 p.m. at Jackson Hall, on the Lodi Grape Festival grounds.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sonoma, Napa grape growers waiting to see how vineyards were changed by Wine Country wildfires

As he walks down a row of pruned zinfandel vines, Russ Messana plays a waiting game. His family’s Bastoni Vineyard on Riebli Road was right in the path of the Tubbs fire, but his house and 19 acres of vineyards were mostly unscathed — with the exception of some vines along the edges of the property.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

KC’s Farm plants the seed for future generation of farmers

In the age of meal prep services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh that deliver produce to our doorsteps, the Kern County Farm Bureau, Grimmway Farms and the Kern County Fair teamed up to create KC’s Farm, named for the fair’s mascot, KC the Bull. The farm is a space where Kern County’s youth can learn about what it takes to run a farm. 

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

In ‘State of County’ speech, DeMartini says state water grab will cause economic calamity

The chairman [Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim DeMartini] blasted the State Water Resources Control Board for proposals to divert an “ever increasing percentage of water” from the Tuolumne, Stanislaus and Merced rivers, which are key sources of water for farms and cities in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

Aquafornia news Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico: The winter that wasn’t?

Santa Cruz Farms owner Don Bustos can sum up the winter weather situation in Northern New Mexico with just two words.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Governor officially downsizes Delta tunnel plan

The troubled Delta tunnels project was officially downsized Wednesday, as Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration announced it would attempt to build a single tunnel in its effort to re-engineer California’s elaborate water-delivery system.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Explore diverse wildlife habitat on Central Valley Tour March 14-16

Water in the Central Valley supports more than just farms and cities – it supports ecological wonders, endangered species and a diverse array of wildlife. On our Central Valley Tour, March 14-16, you will visit wildlife habitat areas – some of which are closed to the public – and learn directly from the experts who manage them, in addition to seeing farms, large dams and other infrastructure.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California among states challenging Trump delay of ‘Clean Water Rule’

California is once again suing the Trump Administration, joining New York and eight other states in a case about water. The states filed the lawsuit Tuesday just hours after federal agencies announced a new delay in the federal Clean Water Rule.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Efforts to move top US land managers West gain a strong ally

From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees some of the nation’s most prized natural resources: vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, coal, grazing for livestock, habitat for wildlife, hunting ranges, fishing streams and hiking trails.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Attorneys general sue Trump administration over water rule

Eleven Democratic state attorneys general on Tuesday sued President Donald Trump’s administration over its decision to delay implementation of an Obama-era rule that would have expanded the number of wetlands and small waterways protected by the Clean Water Act.

Aquafornia news Ag Alert, California Farm Bureau Federation

Lessons learned from devastating North State fires

Lessons learned from the severe North Bay wildfires last fall could help other regions prepare for and respond to disasters, according to farmers and county officials in Sonoma County. Nearly four months after the Pocket, Tubbs and Nuns fires raced through the region, the State Board of Food and Agriculture visited Sonoma County last week to discuss the aftermath of the fires and the status of recovery efforts.