Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Water-related government jobs bud as legal pot looms

Planned hiring into 2018 covers a range of state agencies: Fifty people are bound for the Public Health Department, 65 are slated to join the Water Resources Control Board … Environmental scientists will be responsible for developing standards for pot grows near streams, to make sure fertilizer or pesticides do not taint the water or harm fish.

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

UC Riverside to take avocado breeding program global

You know California is the most prolific avocado producing state. You may not know that, for almost 70 years, UC Riverside has had a breeding program to complement the avocado growing industry.

Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Oakley to boost efforts to protect ancient grapevines

While waiting for additional funding opportunities, city leaders guiding Oakley’s Agricultural Conservation and Viticulture Program plan to pursue smaller marketing projects and prepare for bigger projects that will further protect local, ancient grapevines.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

California is giving water back to native fish—but how much?

As California continues an epic regulatory effort to reallocate water supplies for salmon habitat, an equally big question looms over the process: How much water do salmon and other native fish really need? The question is at the core of a process led by the State Water Resources Control Board to take water from existing human uses – both agriculture and urban – and rededicate it to instream environmental flows in the San Joaquin River, the state’s second-largest river.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Rice acreage is down, and yield seems to be too

The rice harvest is well underway in the Sacramento Valley, and the yield seems to be down, probably due to unfavorable weather this year. Spring was unusually wet, with late rains delaying the planting.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Commentary: Delta farmers can do more for climate than WaterFix

California’s wetlands function as the state’s environmental liver. … Jerry Meral, former director of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan—the official name for the Delta Tunnels before its rebranding as “California WaterFix”—urges the public to “help Delta farmers help themselves” by sacrificing their economically and ecologically productive Delta Islands for a “carbon sink” program, which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by trapping carbon dioxide in restored wetlands on the islands.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: A new fight over Colorado River water in the California desert

Beside the winding curves of the Colorado River, the Palo Verde Valley spreads out in a lush plain in the middle of the desert, a farming oasis filled with canals and fields of hay. For 12 years, the valley’s farmers have been participating in a program that pays them to leave some of their lands unplanted and fallow, helping to slake the thirst of Los Angeles and cities across Southern California.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

These California residents rely on untreated canal water (video)

In the Imperial Valley in Southern California, which shares a border with Mexico to the south and Arizona to the east, untreated water that travels hundreds of miles in canals is used to irrigate farms – as well as being pumped into rural residents’ homes.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California Farm Academy offers path for immigrants and second career farmers

American farmers used to hand down their farms to the next generation of their family. But for the most part, farm succession doesn’t work that way anymore.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Lawsuit accuses MWD of predatory water diversions in Riverside, Imperial counties

The nation’s largest municipal water provider attempted to illegally divert water toward Southern California cities by buying up and throttling water use on thousands of acres of farmland, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Riverside County Superior Court.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Delta tunnels dead? Southern California ready to plow ahead

Southern California’s mammoth water agency appeared ready to plow ahead with the Delta tunnels project Tuesday, despite a “no” vote by a giant bloc of San Joaquin Valley farmers that could doom the $17 billion proposal.

Aquafornia news News Deeply

Farmworkers’ dilemma: Affordable housing, but undrinkable water

September is the time of year that country clubs become ghost towns in Southern California’s Coachella Valley. It’s still too hot for tee times at the valley’s golf courses with temperatures often soaring to the century mark. And while most tourists aren’t flocking to posh Indian Wells or parties in Palm Springs, it’s the busy season for the region’s other industry: date farming.

Aquafornia news News Deeply

Commentary: Bureau of Reclamation got it right in the Klamath Basin

Is it acceptable to simply take water from farmers for environmental purposes, without paying them? A recent federal audit prepared in response to claims lodged by federal “whistleblowers” in the Klamath Basin of California and Oregon appears to support this premise.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wet winter, but fighting over Delta smelt continues

Environmentalists are opposed to a proposal championed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Southern California water interests to ramp up pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta starting next week.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California dairy farmers send aid to hurricane victims

California’s dairy farmers have come to the aid of the hurricane victims in Houston and Florida. Seventy Thousand pounds of dairy products have been delivered to local food banks there.

Aquafornia news CALmatters

Commentary: A half-century later, Delta water bypass still just a notion

I [Dan Walters] first heard the term “peripheral canal” more than 40 years ago, during a forum of state water officials in Stockton. It came from the lips of William Gianelli, who had returned to his birthplace to tout a canal to carry Sacramento River water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the head of the state’s new aqueduct near Tracy.

Aquafornia news The Cannifornian

Tainted: Can California solve pot’s pesticide problem?

California consumers will soon have two choices in cannabis: clean, legal and pricey — or dirty, illicit and cheap. Think Whole Foods vs. El Chapo. The big difference will be the amount of pesticides in your weed.

Aquafornia news The Cannifornian

Growing weed has reputation for harming environment. Here are growers trying to change that.

Inside a warehouse in an industrial part of downtown Los Angeles, where rats can be as big as seagulls, the one thing standing between some aggressive rodents and a lucrative crop of cannabis is Ghost, a 2-year-old black and white cat. What, no rat poison?

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Tulare County slips from its perch as California’s top agricultural county

Lousy milk prices spoiled Tulare County’s chances of holding on to its title as the state’s No.1 agriculture county.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Cow feces and an E. coli scare

Greg Loe didn’t have to look hard to figure out how E. coli probably got into this small town’s [Butte City] drinking water supply. In late May, a routine E. coli test came back positive.