A group of Klamath Basin water users Wednesday filed a motion in federal court in San Francisco pushing for at least a delay in the court-ordered injunction to keep 50,000 acre feet held in reserve in Upper Klamath Lake. The water is to be used to flush out the Klamath River in the spring to mitigate the impact of disease on coho salmon.
When Colorado River District officials caught wind of investment companies recently buying western Colorado ranches with ample senior water rights, including one north of Fruita, it got their attention. The district, which includes Mesa County and 14 other counties and focuses on the protection, conservation, use and development of Colorado River water in western Colorado, long has been concerned about protecting the region’s agricultural sector.
A group that will study possible changes in water rates paid by Riverside agricultural customers is set to be chosen Monday, March 12. The Riverside Public Utilities board will vote on creating the Agricultural Water Rates Task Force at a meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Riverside City Council chambers, 3900 Main St., according to the meeting agenda.
Farmers opposed to a proposed ballot measure that could help preserve Oceanside’s disappearing agricultural land have filed a complaint with the Oceanside city clerk, the county district attorney, and the state Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).
In the space of two to three weeks, California farmers have had to switch from shirtsleeves to parkas to rain gear. That last one at least offered a glimmer of hope for what has been a gloomy 2018 water season so far.
The proposed South System Groundwater Improvement Project, an $18.75 million plan that would have pumped pressurized surface water from the Mokelumne River along seven miles of new pipeline to Bear Creek and Pixley Slough, allowing farmers to irrigate their crops with surface water instead of depleting groundwater, according to NSJWCD [North San Joaquin Water Conservation District] President Joe Valente.
Wildlife managers in several states will begin surveys later this month to track the population of a grouse that has been the focus of an ongoing legal battle over whether it warrants federal protection.
In her book Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, Miriam Horn has painted a fascinating and compelling picture of the amazing conservation work that is being done out on the landscape by the landowners and other stewards who are making a living from the land, while working equally hard to preserve it for future generations. … We encourage you to either read this excellent book or watch the film by the same name.
Five years ago, a band of farmers in northwest Kansas decided that pumping prodigious volumes of water from the Ogallala Aquifer was a path to ruin. The vast Ogallala, an underground reserve stretching from South Dakota to Texas, was shrinking.
Heat waves, droughts and floods are climate trends that will force California farmers to change some practices — including what they grow — to continue producing yields that historically have fed people nationwide, a new study by the University of California says.
The Bureau of Reclamation has signed a finding of no significant impact for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program’s plan to recapture a portion of the 2018 San Joaquin River Restoration Flows at Patterson and/or Banta-Carbona irrigation districts though Feb. 28, 2019. The project involves recapturing Restoration Flows and conveying them via the Delta-Mendota Canal to San Luis Reservoir; they are then available for recirculation to the Friant Division long-term contractors.
A new University of California report forecasts kick-to-the-gut climate-change realities for California farmers, especially those who grow permanent crops in the Central Valley. In a nutshell, the report anticipates big trouble ahead for crops such as almonds, peaches, table grapes, corn and rice.
Sites Project Authority officials recently appealed the California Water Commission’s initial public benefit score in hopes of improving their pitch for a chunk of the $2.7 billion in available Proposition 1 funding for state water storage projects.
The arrival of the bees means the almond bloom is near. As an almond farmer, this is when everything starts over. It’s what I [Christine Gemperle] call the promise of spring. As beautiful and inspiring as it sounds, it also comes with plenty of questions, uncertainties and risks. Will it rain on the blossoms?
One of the newest puzzles involves aflatoxin, a family of carcinogens that contaminate crops around the globe and lead to serious health problems. In Foldit’s Aflatoxin Challenge, players try to fold a protein into a shape that’ll break down the aflatoxin molecule into something harmless.
Over the past decade, California farmers have been seeing symptoms of climate change in their fields and orchards: less winter chill, crops blooming earlier, more heat waves and years of drought when the state baked in record temperatures. Scientists say California agriculture will face much bigger and more severe impacts due to climate change in the coming decades.
If we had known a year ago that this winter would be so dry, would we have conserved water more aggressively last summer? Would ski resorts have installed more snowmaking equipment? Would farmers buy different seeds to plant this spring?
Federal fisheries officials said Tuesday they will consider putting the Pacific Northwest’s once-flourishing wild spring-run Chinook salmon on the list of threatened or endangered species. The National Marine Fisheries Services plans a 12-month review on whether to give protected status to the salmon in and around the Klamath River.