“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.
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by David Mas Masumoto:
“In this drought year, it’s my only hope. Yet I can’t see it, hear it or feel it. It lies hidden deep beneath my farm. Without it, my farm and my neighbors go thirsty. All my senses focus on groundwater.”
“A robust export market, strong consumer demand and increased production will benefit several of the San Joaquin Valley’s major crops even as California farmers struggle through a historic drought, said several agriculture industry leaders Thursday.