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Aquafornia news [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat

Bureau of Reclamation Hit Over Cuts

From the [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat:

“Until the federal government fulfills water obligations in the north, don’t send it south.

“That was the message from Sacramento River settlement contractors, through an attorney, to the Bureau of Reclamation, which recently forecast the water deliveries to the districts and water companies along the river would be cut by 60 percent.”

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Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Oakdale and South San Joaquin Irrigation Districts Postpone Start of Water Deliveries

From The Modesto Bee:

“Late-winter rain has prompted the Oakdale and South San Joaquin irrigation districts to postpone the start of their 2014 deliveries to next week.

“Both had planned to begin filling canals Monday, which was somewhat early because of the mostly dry conditions this year, but the recent storms brought a change. OID now plans to start next Monday, and SSJID will follow March 12.”

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Aquafornia news Salinas Californian

Growers Line Up Against Fracking

From The Salinas Californian:

“For Apolinar Yerena of Yerena Farms in Castroville, forcing huge amounts of water down a drill bore to extract oil makes no sense when farmers up and down California are or will be hurting for water during the drought.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Farmers No Fans of ‘Tattletale Rule’

From the Stockton Record:

“New rules to protect water quality would force farmers to “tattle” on other farmers. At least, that’s how they see it.

“A local growers coalition would be required to send membership lists to state water cops – identifying not only the farmers who follow the rules, but also the bad apples who don’t.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

For San Joaquin Valley Citrus Growers, This Season Has Two Natural Disasters

From The Fresno Bee:

“On many other farms throughout the [San Joaquin] Valley, growers can choose not to water tomatoes, onions, alfalfa or other annual plantings. Without river water, they’ll use their well water to protect bigger investments in permanent crops, such as almonds and vineyards.

But Terra Bella farmers don’t have many annual plantings. They grow trees, mostly citrus, olives and pistachios.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California Farmers Hire Dowsers to Find Water

From the Associated Press:

“With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches.”

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Commentary: Farms Threatened, Basic Water Principles Violated

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Al Medvitz:

“For those who are concerned about providing relief and assistance to California farmers, there must be a realization that the west side farmers in the southern Central Valley are not the only farmers in the state threatened by drought. Those of us who farm in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are suffering, just as are our colleagues to the south.”

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Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Farmers Question Bill Offering Treated Wastewater to Cows

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

“Organic dairy farmers greeted proposed legislation to use treated wastewater for livestock consumption with skepticism Thursday, saying it risks the health of their animals and could jeopardize their businesses.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Feds Challenged on Proposed Water Cuts in Sacramento Valley

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The strain on water supplies in this serious drought year was evident this week, as major landowners in the Sacramento Valley protested the federal government’s forecast that it will deliver only 40 percent of usual water supplies.
Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Flower Growers, Nurseries Brace for Effects of Drought

From Capital Public Radio:

“Warm, spring-like weather this winter is creating havoc for some small flower growers.”

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Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

MID Approves Intra-district Open-market Sales of Irrigation Water

From The Modesto Bee:

“The prospect of irrigation water hawked on Craigslist became a possibility Tuesday with a landmark vote allowing Modesto Irrigation District customers to buy and sell to other farmers within MID’s boundary at any price they want.”

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Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Turlock Irrigation District Votes to Cut in Half Its Water Deliveries to Farms

From The Modesto Bee:

“The board of the Turlock Irrigation District voted 5-0 Tuesday to cut water deliveries to about half of what its farmers usually get.

“Directors set a cap of 20 inches of water over the 2014 irrigation season in an effort to keep at least some carryover in Don Pedro Reservoir for 2015.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Another Drought Victim — Grass-fed Beef

From the Los Angeles Times:

“How hard is the drought hitting California farmers? Here’s one more example — Marin Sun Farms, one of the pioneers of grass-fed beef, is going to start feeding some of its cattle on grain. There’s just not enough grass to keep them alive.”

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Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Editorial: Chair Needs to Keep Groundwater Committee on Task

From The Modesto Bee:

“One thing about Jim DeMartini: He’s not one to mince words or even make nice for the sake of diplomacy. You know where the current chair of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors stands on any given topic at any given moment. And that includes groundwater.”

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Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Mandatory 50% Water Cutbacks Ordered By Russian River District

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

“Ukiah Valley residents, businesses and farmers will be required to cut their dependence on Lake Mendocino water by half beginning next month.

“The Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District board of directors Monday night unanimously adopted the 50 percent mandatory cutbacks in an effort to maintain as much water as they can in drought-plagued Lake Mendocino.”

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Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Editorial: Preparing to Declare the Obvious

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

“Even with the three-day downpour earlier this month and some rain on the horizon this week, Sonoma County is looking at the smallest rainfall total in recorded history.
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Commentary: Water Won’t Run Through Lines in the Sand

From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Dennis Taylor:

“While farmers in the Salinas Valley are increasingly worried about future irrigation water, the federal Bureau of Reclamation told farmers in the Central Valley on Friday that they will have a zero allocation of water from the Central Valley Water Project.

“Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats in Sacramento are introducing water bills that often serve only to counter the other party’s water bills.

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Commentary: Monterey County Vineyards Cope with Little Rain

From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Kim Stemler:

“Monterey County vineyards are ‘dusty in the middle of January,’ said Andy Mitchell, director of vineyard operations at 400,000-case Hahn Family Wines. ‘Last year was bad, but this year is much worse.’ …

“So what does the drought bode? It’s too early to say and it could mean a decrease in yields for 2014.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Most Central Valley Growers to Get No Water from Central Valley Project

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Citing the state’s severe drought, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced an initial water allocation of zero for most contractors of the sprawling Central Valley Project. …

“The bureau even plans to give districts with the most senior water rights only 40% of their contract supply – the deepest cut ever for that group.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Feds Say Farmers Won’t Get Any Central Valley Project Water This Year

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“In a crushing reminder of the state’s parched plight, federal officials announced Friday that the Central Valley Project — California’s largest water delivery system — will provide no water this year to Central Valley farmers and only 50 percent of the contracted amount to urban areas such as Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties.”

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