“Flat as a tabletop, the furrowed, brown farm fields east of this San Joaquin Valley town are some of the most productive on Earth. …
“Now that bounty is threatened by a crisis of geological proportions: The land is sinking – crippling the region’s irrigation and flood control infrastructure and damaging aquifers that are buffers against climate change.”
“Modesto’s auditor spent about six months reviewing the Public Works Department’s water and wastewater divisions, including interviewing more than 40 managers, supervisors and rank-and-file city employees.”
“Mark Grossi, environmental reporter for The Fresno Bee, has won a Best of the West second-place award in the growth and environmental reporting category for his 2013 series, ‘Living in a Toxic Land.’”
“A possible way to reduce groundwater pumping in eastern Stanislaus County’s rapidly expanding agricultural region was proposed Tuesday: Start delivering surplus Oakdale Irrigation District water there.”
“Skeptical Delta landowners heard details Thursday night of a state plan to install four rock barriers in the estuary, an effort to block salinity from San Francisco Bay and allow officials to hold back more water in reservoirs this summer.”
“Thumbs down to Sandridge Partners for allegedly pumping thousands of acre-feet of water from the underground aquifer in Tulare County and exporting it 25 miles through pipes and canals to an almond farm in Kings County.”
“A Tulare County judge has ordered a landowner to stop pumping groundwater in the southern San Joaquin Valley and moving it off the property, to the relief of an irrigation district that wants to keep water available for landowners fighting the drought.
“The preliminary injunction will stay in effect until a trial determines whether the pumping and movement of water violates state water law, visiting Judge Harry N.