Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

With water supply drastically reduced, San Pedro farm sees its ‘old country’ crops wither

The community garden — thought to be the oldest in Los Angeles — grew quietly and off the grid, with unlimited water and little oversight. But now, in a time of drought, it faces an existential crisis after the city drastically cut its water supply.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: 360,000 Californians have unsafe drinking water. Are you one of them?

An estimated 360,000 Californians are served by water systems with unsafe drinking water, according to a McClatchy analysis of data compiled by the State Water Resources Control Board. … Now, after years of half solutions, the state is considering its most comprehensive actions to date. Gov. Jerry Brown has asked the Legislature to enact a statewide tax on drinking water to fix wells and treatment systems in distressed communities. 

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Blog: Three water challenges for almonds

California is a force of nature when it comes to almonds. The state’s farmers produce virtually the entire US almond crop and dominate the international market. … Availability of water is clearly a major issue for the industry, since the trees must be irrigated throughout the long spring and summer dry season.

Aquafornia news High Country News

Commentary: Interior revives the push for a higher Shasta Dam

California’s largest reservoir, Shasta Lake, sits where the dry Central Valley meets the rainier, mountainous northern part of the state. At its western edge is Shasta Dam, 602 feet high, built by the Bureau of Reclamation between 1938 and 1945 to help irrigate California. For decades, agricultural and municipal water districts have sought to heighten the dam to capture more water as it runs out of the Cascade Range through the McCloud, Pit and Sacramento rivers.

Aquafornia news Valley Public Radio NPR for Central California

Improving produce traceability could make food safer — and these companies are tackling it

After it was first reported in March, the recent E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce appears to be drawing to a close. But that’s only after it sickened 172 people in 32 states and resulted in one death in California. Why did it take so long to get under control?

Aquafornia news CBS Sacramento

Sacramento looks to ease farmers’ groundwater use with wastewater

An interesting idea to conserve groundwater is gaining momentum in the competition for state funding. The California Water Commission will soon make a decision on what water conservation projects across the state get funding.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Big farms win victory in South Carolina Supreme Court

The South Carolina Supreme Court has refused to change a decision last year that allows big farms to use billions of gallons of water.

Aquafornia news The Conversation

Commentary: Would Rachel Carson eat organic?

Rachel Carson, who launched the modern environmental movement with her 1962 book “Silent Spring,” was a highly private person. But on one occasion she allowed an interviewer to ask, “What do you eat?” Her sardonic answer: “Chlorinated hydrocarbons like everyone else.”

Aquafornia news Santa Fe New Mexican

Drought challenges northern New Mexico farmers

Farmer Matt Romero has grown salad greens and other crops on his small farms in Dixon and Alcalde for 18 years. He doesn’t have far to travel to see a stark reminder of the ongoing drought affecting New Mexico and parts of the West when he looks over the bridge that crosses Embudo Creek just outside his Dixon home.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Illegal pot grows spread deadly pesticides, other hazards, despite change in law

The legalization of cannabis in California has done almost nothing to halt illegal marijuana growing by Mexican drug cartels, which are laying bare large swaths of national forest in California, poisoning wildlife, and siphoning precious water out of creeks and rivers, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation updates 2018 Central Valley Project water allocations South-of-Delta

Based on continued refinement of hydrologic analyses and other operational factors, the allocation for South-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors has increased from 40 percent to 45 percent. The allocation for municipal and industrial contractors South-of-Delta remains at the greater of 75 percent of their historic use or public health and safety needs.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Half Moon Bay feud over future of family farms: Pumpkins to pot?

For generations, famed grower “Farmer John” Muller has delighted residents of this small town [Half Moon Bay], donating his time, tales, and truckloads of orange, white, green, red and butter-hued gourds. But in an era of Big Ag, pumpkins and produce don’t pay the bills anymore. And his next crop — baby cannabis plants — is carving a rift through the community like a slice into a jack-o’-lantern.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

In California’s farm country, the tide of ‘resistance’ runs dry ahead of the primary

Amid neat rows of orchards, on cattle ranches and dairy farms across the southern territory of California’s San Joaquin Valley, the churn of daily life offers few hints of an imminent political spectacle. This is another California, where conservative values are often taken for granted, and where the tide of liberal “resistance” runs as dry as its unirrigated dirt.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Tulare mayor says ag hurts environment, public health. Farmers react angrily online.

Tulare Mayor Carlton Jones is facing the wrath of the farming community after saying on social media that agriculture is damaging to the environment and public health. A screen shot of his comments was shared Friday on the Facebook page My Job Depends on Ag.

Aquafornia news NPR

As the planet warms, we’ll be having rice with a side of CO2

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, the fruits of three grasses provide the world with 60 percent of its total food: corn, wheat and rice. Aside from energy-rich carbohydrates, grains feed us protein, zinc, iron and essential B vitamins. But rice as we know it is at risk.

Aquafornia news Herald and News, Klamath Falls

Water on the way to Klamath Project

Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office announced late Wednesday afternoon that up to 3,500 acre feet is available for delivery to Klamath Project irrigators starting today and running through May 31 before deliveries start on June 1.

Aquafornia news Downey Brand LLP

Legal Commentary: Winemakers prevail in arguing that providing current safe harbor warning for alcoholic beverages is compliant with Prop 65

On May 9, 2018, the Second Appellate District held in Charles et al. v. Sutter Home Winery, Inc., et al. that several winemakers that provided general Proposition 65 safe harbor warnings for alcoholic beverages on their products were not required to separately provide a warning for inorganic arsenic.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Blog: Expanding groundwater recharge in San Joaquin Valley cities

The San Joaquin Valley is ground zero for groundwater management challenges. While agriculture is the region’s predominant water user, its cities are more likely to rely on groundwater as their primary source of water. For this reason, the urban sector will need to play a bigger role in the regional effort to balance groundwater use and replenishment.

Aquafornia news Visalia Times-Delta

Farmers ‘cautiously optimistic’ after China trade deal, citrus hurting

Joel Nelsen, president of California Citrus Mutual, said business is down considerably for Valley farmers. Major citrus shippers were sending 15 loads of lemons or oranges a week before China put restrictions on the import/export process. Now, shippers, are sending just three loads — about 3,000 cartons of lemons and even fewer Valencia oranges.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Kentucky lawmaker wants to boost raw milk

Enough of this “pasteurization without representation,” protested Rep. Thomas Massie. The Kentucky Republican wants to make it easier for small-scale farmers to sell raw milk, and his outrage spilled onto the House floor.