Central San Joaquin Valley farmers are hoping negotiations between the U.S. and China can head off the potential economic effects of new tariffs imposed by China on a wide range of agricultural products imported from California.
The Marysville City Cemetery is one of the oldest city-owned cemeteries west of the Mississippi River and the final resting place of nearly 10,000 people, including stagecoach robber Black Bart and a few Donner Party survivors. But one pioneer who helped increase the area’s economy in the 1900s has been resting in an unmarked grave for over a century.
If at first you don’t succeed… get elected to the agency that denied you in the first place and try again. At least, that was the plan for Charlie Mathews, a Yuba County rice farmer and board member for the Yuba County Water Agency, who plans to reintroduce an initiative that would essentially redistribute proceeds made by pumpers for groundwater substitution transfers to other parts of the county, including a portion to residents.
The costly effort to return Mexican wolves to the American Southwest and Mexico has been fraught with frustration, as ranchers push back over livestock kills by the predators and environmentalists warn of returning to the brink of extinction if more wolves aren’t released into the wild.
As many may already know, avocados are what is known in the farming world as an alternate-bearing crop. That means, one year the tree produces a smaller amount of fruit while the next year it produces a larger crop.
Doug Parker is the director of the California Institute for Water Resources and Strategic Initiative Leader for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Water Quality, Quantity, and Security Strategic Initiative. I [Faith Kearns] interviewed him as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the water institute.
On Friday, China’s Commerce Ministry announced plans to impose a 15 percent tariff on U.S. exports of wine, nut products and dried and fresh fruit in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum, which the Trump administration formally began the process of initiating last week.
Southern California’s biggest water agency is considering picking up most of the bill for overhauling the state’s waterworks without any guarantee that it will eventually recoup its additional, multibillion-dollar investment. At a board workshop Tuesday, officials of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California outlined ways in which the agency could finance the construction of two giant water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
If U.S. farmers took all the land currently devoted to raising cattle, pigs and chickens and used it to grow plants instead, they could sustain more than twice as many people as they do now, according to a report published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
In an attempt to meet the needs of Klamath Basin irrigators and endangered fish species in the basin in a time of drought, a federal agency is proposing to reduce the amount of dam water releases to the Klamath River that are meant to protect threatened Coho salmon from deadly parasite outbreaks like those that occurred in 2014 and 2015.
In the clear waters several miles offshore of Huntington Beach, California, a 40-hectare (100-acre) cluster of shellfish rafts will yield its first commercial harvest this spring. Phil Cruver, founder of Catalina Sea Ranch, says seafood wholesalers have lined up to buy what he expects will be 680,000kg (1.5 million lb) of mussels.
The Coachella Valley Water District’s board is considering raising the rates it charges farmers, golf courses and other well owners based on how much groundwater they pump. That upcoming decision has brought criticism of the stark, longstanding difference between the relatively low rates paid by well owners in the east valley, including the area’s farmers, and the much higher rates for well owners in the cities of the west valley.
The Oakdale Irrigation District will sell up to $10 million worth of river water to outside buyers this year, board members decided this week on a 3-2 vote. Board members Linda Santos and Gail Altieri dissented because OID hasn’t studied how shipping water elsewhere might affect the local groundwater table.
San Joaquin Valley Congressmen are pushing legislation that could be one of the largest transfers of water rights in California history. House Resolution 1769 by Rep. David Valadao, currently stalled in committee, purports to settle a legal dispute between Westlands Water District and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior over the development of a drainage system to funnel toxic waste water from Westside farms.
A fourth-generation California rice grower, I [Telha H. Rehman] was able to go to a world-class university and pursue an advanced degree, thanks to California’s system of public higher education. Now a graduate student at UC Davis, I’m developing sustainable farm practices that will help rice growers like my family do our job better, produce more food for Californians with less environmental impact and save farmers money.
The Bureau of Reclamation today [March 22] provided an initial allocation to some Central Valley Project contractors and increased the allocation to Friant Division contractors for the 2018 contract year. For agricultural water service contractors north of the Delta, Reclamation provided an initial allocation of 20 percent. Municipal and industrial service contractors north of the Delta, in-Delta and on the American River are allocated the greater of 70 percent of their historic use or public health and safety needs.
An obscure legal battle could have a major impact on Mohave County’s fight to keep part of mainstem Colorado River water allocation within the boundaries of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District. Central Arizona Water Conservation District recently filed a motion requesting Arizona District Court vacate a judgment from 2015 that concluded CAWCD is not an arm of the state and not entitled to sovereign immunity under the 11th Amendment.
“I’ve gone to the backwoods of Calaveras, and you’re in the middle of nowhere, and you’re in a stand of olive trees where nobody has been for decades,” said Sal Manna, who co-authored a book, “Olives in California’s Gold Country.” Why is the Mother Lode full of scattered olive trees? Henry H. Moore of Stockton is the reason.
Last year, farmers who lead the irrigation district in Blythe sued the biggest urban water district in the country to challenge what they called a “water grab.” Now the Palo Verde Irrigation District has dropped that lawsuit, looking to smooth the way toward a possible settlement with the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.