News Categorized: Water Quality & Conservation

Big Valley A Big Factor in 2018 Governor’s Race, Newsom Finds

Three years before the next gubernatorial election, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and his rivals are making inroads into inland California, touring farms, holding receptions and speaking to small crowds. In addition to Newsom, two other Democrats who are expected to run, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former state Controller Steve Westly, have both… Read more »

Merced County Well Ordinance Works “For the Most Part”

Merced County received more than 400 applications for well permits in seven months after passing its groundwater ordinance in March. The ordinance was passed during California’s fourth year of drought in order to protect groundwater resources from being moved outside the county’s basins, to protect water rights and to decrease the rate of subsidence. The… Read more »

San Joaquin Valley Prepares for New Water Era: Five Counties Join to Pursue Storage Funding…

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors approved a joint exercise of powers authority agreement with four other counties to lobby together to get a portion of California’s $7.5 billion Proposition 1 dollars to fund Valley water-storage projects. In particular, officials in Tulare, Fresno, King, Madera and Merced counties could seek as much as $1.5 billion… Read more »

“Great Uncertainty” as Water Districts Await State Water Board 2016 Drought Rules

Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest executive order provisionally extends California’s drought restrictions into next fall and calls on the State Water Resources Control Board to consider adjusting the rules in the coming weeks. So far, input from local water agencies and environmental think tanks has been diverse and sometimes conflicting. “What is the state staff going… Read more »

First State Water Allocation Low, But Expected

California officials said this week they expect to deliver just 10 percent of normal supplies from the State Water Project next year, or half as much as this year. Despite the prospects of heavy precipitation from El Niño, the Department of Water Resources said major reservoirs remain well below capacity and water must be used… Read more »

USDA Invests in Gigantic Midwest Aquifer Conservation

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA will invest about $8 million in the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative in Fiscal Year 2016 to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water annually while strengthening agricultural operations. The eight-state Ogallala Aquifer has suffered in recent years from increased periods of drought and declining water resources…. Read more »