Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation selects nearly $2 million in Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants

The Bureau of Reclamation announced today the selection of approximately $2 million in Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency grants for Fiscal Year 2018. Combined with local cost-share contributions, approximately $4 million in water management improvement projects will be implemented during the next 24 months.

Aquafornia news CALmatters newsletter

Final push for a water deal

California Resources Secretary John Laird is making a final attempt to negotiate a deal with major water users to voluntarily reduce use before a separate agency imposes regulations. Remind me: In July, the State Water Resources Control Board proposed dedicating much more water from the San Joaquin River and its tributaries to the environment and less to farms, industry, and individuals. A vote was set for Wednesday.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

California farm baron offered to drop water lawsuit — if his family got a special exemption

A lawsuit in California’s Imperial Valley could determine who controls the single largest share of Colorado River water in the West — a few hundred landowning farmers, or the elected five-member board of the Imperial Irrigation District.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Commentary: Felicia’s fish are just red herrings; we know the real objective

In a recent letter to The Sacramento Bee, Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, wrote “hundreds of thousands of Californians lack access to clean water for drinking, bathing, and cooking.” She goes on to say that it is her “job to champion the concerns of ordinary Californians and deliver life’s basic necessities.”

Aquafornia news The New York Times

The Super Bowl of beekeeping

Every February, white petals blanket first the almond trees, then the floor of the central valley, an 18,000-square-mile expanse of California that begins at the stretch of highway known as the Grapevine just south of Bakersfield and reaches north to the foothills of the Cascades.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Commentary: How ranchers are getting by with less water across the West

In the summer, all we talk about is rain. Walk into a diner or a barn, or just run into someone at the store, and the first question anyone asks – even before, “How are you?” – is, “Did you get any rain?” It’s the same in New Mexico as in Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona and California.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: The flood management revolution in California you’ve never heard of

California’s rivers have bestowed many gifts – water, abundant agriculture, transportation, recreation and wildlife – and have shaped our history. But we haven’t always treated our rivers well in return. In the first 150 years of statehood, Californians built thousands of miles of levees that eliminated natural floodplains and reduced Central Valley wetlands by 95 percent.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Why one Arizona county could upend the Southwest’s drought plan

Serious water shortages on the Colorado River could be less than two years away, according to new federal estimates. Yet after 19 years of drought, just 500 farmers in one Arizona county may decide the fate of the entire Southwest: By holding tight to their own temporary water supply, they could stall a conservation plan designed to save the entire region from water shortages.

Aquafornia news Herald and News, Klamath Falls

Klamath water case moves to Portland

A Klamath County court case that could affect both endangered Lost River and shortnose sucker and the outcome of the irrigation season in the Klamath Basin has been moved from San Francisco to Portland, with a hearing date yet to be determined.

Aquafornia news California Institute for Water Resources, University of California

Blog: Q&A — Son of farmworkers turned professor focuses on water issues in California’s Central Valley

Mario Sifuentez is an associate professor of history and director of the UC Merced Center for the Humanities. … We will also continue to build our intellectual community and bring visitors to campus around a theme. We just finished a water theme that culminated in a fantastic conference on humanistic perspectives on water.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Ag secretary addresses water, labor and tariffs in farm visit with Denham

Water. Tariffs. Immigrant labor. Farmers raised concerns over those points Tuesday when U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, asked what they’re worried about these days.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Secretary of Ag Perdue slated to visit McFarland Tuesday

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will tour Sunview Vineyards in McFarland starting at 5:20 p.m., according to a news advisory issued Monday. He will be accompanied by Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford. … On Wednesday the secretary is scheduled to participate in a roundtable conversation about fire resiliency, preparedness and recovery at 9:30 a.m. at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Crop report sets record straight for San Joaquin County production

The local agricultural commission released its 2017 crop report last week, a manifesto that quantifies the annual productivity of the farms that remain the backbone of San Joaquin County’s economy.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Drought forces hard choices for farmers and ranchers in the Southwest

It’s only the beginning of August – typically the height of the farming season – but the irrigation ponds here in Sanpete County [Utah] ran dry a month ago. They are now filled with brush and desperate waterfowl while the land surrounding them lies barren, local farmers having already stripped up most of their crops to glean what little profit they can.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Tomato fight divides growers in Florida and the West Coast. Will it trip up NAFTA?

Florida and Mexico are having a food fight over tomatoes and other fresh produce. Will farmers in California and Washington get caught in the crossfire? That’s one question that swirls around the final negotiations between the Trump administration and Mexico on a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Fish managers tasked with ranching? Conservation wins.

In May, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved $2.4M for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to acquire Shasta Big Springs Ranch on the Shasta River, a tributary to the Klamath River. This follows a 2010 state award of $10M to purchase the existing easement and control over water rights on the property.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Sheriff investigating Eastern Oregon cattle deaths

Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan says seven cows died last week after someone shut off their water supply.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Appeals court tells EPA to stop sales of harmful pesticide

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to remove chlorpyrifos from sale in the United States within 60 days. … As a result of its wide use as a pesticide over the past four decades, traces of chlorpyrifos are commonly found in sources of drinking water. 

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

California water regulators help target black market marijuana farmers

After Riverside County deputies raided an unlicensed cannabis farm in the small, unincorporated community of Aguanga, they found nearly 3,000 plants growing scattered between the brush. The tip that led Sgt. Tyson Voss and his team to that illicit farm last month came from a source you might not expect: the Cannabis Enforcement Unit of the California State Water Resources Control Board.

Aquafornia news KQED

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Trump’s inaccurate tweet on California fires now appears to be actual policy

The Trump Administration appears to be bringing President Trump’s recent tweets about California’s wildfires and environmental laws to life. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has directed fisheries officials to “facilitate” access to water in order to aid in firefighting efforts in California.

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