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Ag Today May 3, 2018

Santa Clara Valley Water District delays $650 million vote on Brown’s Delta tunnels project By PAUL ROGERS | progers@bayareanewsgroup.com and JASON GREEN | jason.green@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: May 2, 2018 at 11:13 pm | UPDATED: May 3, 2018 at 2:58 pm After a five-hour packed public hearing, the board of Silicon Valley’s largest water provider postponed a decision on whether to provide up to $650 million toward a $17 billion plan to build two giant tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to move water south. Although it appeared there might be four votes on the seven-member Santa Clara Valley Water...

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Ag Today May 2, 2018

California’s towering redwoods face uncertain future, report says GUY KOVNER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | May 1, 2018, 7:13PM Millions of people venture into California’s redwood forests to tilt their heads and behold the giants that stand taller than a football field set on end, can live for more than 2,500 years and form the backbones of coastal woodlands from Big Sur to southern Oregon. At Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve near Guerneville, the 308-foot Colonel Armstrong tree stands so tall that earthbound admirers can’t see the behemoth’s uppermost 100 feet. But it and the other old-growth redwoods of equal majesty are essentially relics, comprising a...

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Ag Today May 1, 2018

Did Gov. Brown promise the Bay Area a new reservoir in exchange for Delta tunnels support? BY RYAN SABALOW-The Sacramento Bee , April 30, 2018 02:52 PM Updated May 01, 2018 08:01 AM Just six months ago, a major Bay Area water district only would commit about a third of the $650 million Gov. Jerry Brown's office had hoped it would pay for his controversial Delta tunnels project. In a sudden reversal, the Santa Clara Valley Water District board now may pay the full amount. The board is scheduled to vote on the issue Wednesday. The district's possible change of heart comes less than two weeks...

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Ag Today April 30, 2018

Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches By MIKE STOBBE Associated Press, featured in The San Diego Union Tribune Monday, April 30, 2018 Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of germs in food. The genetic analysis is being used to bolster investigations and — in some cases — connect the dots between what were once seemingly unrelated illnesses. It also is uncovering previously unfathomed sources of food poisoning, including one outbreak from apples dipped in caramel. So far, most of the work has largely focused on one germ,...

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Ag Today April 27, 2018

PacifiCorp lends water to charge A canal By HOLLY DILLEMUTH H&N Staff Reporter, Herald & News Klamath Irrigation District officials opened the A canal headgates at 100 cfs Thursday afternoon, releasing water to charge the canal for the irrigation season. A total of 10,500 acre feet is being borrowed by irrigation districts from PacifiCorp's reservoirs to charge canals, and will be paid back by October, according to Laura Williams, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) spokesperson for the Klamath Basin Area Office. Also, PacifiCorp started reducing the flow from Link River Dam from 1,600 cfs on Thursday, according to Bob Gravely, spokesperson for PacifiCorp. Gravely estimated...

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Ag Today April 26, 2018

California Voters Will Consider Two Water Bonds This Election Cycle Ben Bradford - Capitol Public Radio Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | Sacramento, CA Two different water bonds are set to appear on the California ballot this election season, after a $9 billion measure gathered enough signatures to qualify in November, according to the Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday. Primarily backed by farmers, water districts and conservation groups, the ballot initiative would split funding between each of their priorities, distributing $3 billion to water quality improvement projects, $3 billion to watersheds and fisheries, and about $1 billion to protect habitats. The rest of the...

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Ag Today April 25, 2018

Oroville Dam without DWR? It’s a possibility By Risa Johnson, Chico Enterprise-Record POSTED: 04/24/18, 9:02 PM PDT Sacramento >> A bill proposed by Assemblyman James Gallagher which would take the State Water Project out of the hands of the state Department of Water Resources passed unanimously on Tuesday through a legislative committee. Assembly Bill 3045 passed 15-0 through the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee and is now headed to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This comes just over one year after the failure of the Oroville Dam spillway, a component of the State Water Project which is operated and managed by DWR. Gallagher, R-Yuba City,...

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Ag Today April 24, 2018

California Protects Tricolored Blackbird As A Threatened Species, Fewer Than 200,000 Remain Ezra David Romero, Capital Public Radio Monday, April 23, 2018 | Sacramento, CA Tricolored Blackbird populations have dropped 55 percent over the past decade, leading the state of California to list the bird as threatened last week. Male Tricolored Blackbirds have a red spot and a white bar on their wings. They mostly call California home. “Tricolored Blackbirds are really California’s blackbird,” said Samantha Arthur with Audubon California. She applauds the California Fish and Game Commission's recent decision to list Tricolored Blackbirds as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act. In the 1930s there...

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Ag Today April 23, 2018

Voters OK'd billions for new reservoirs in 2014. California is about to start spending BY DALE KASLER, The Sacramento Bee April 20, 2018 11:12 AM California took a big step Friday toward launching a new multibillion-dollar wave of reservoir construction. After being accused of being overly tightfisted with taxpayer dollars, the California Water Commission released updated plans for allocating nearly $2.6 billion in bond funds approved by voters during the depths of the drought. The money will help fund eight reservoirs and other water-storage projects, including the sprawling Sites Reservoir in the Sacramento Valley and a small groundwater "bank" in south Sacramento County. In its...

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California peach canners feeling sour over schools buying imported food BY ROBERT RODRIGUEZ rrodriguez@fresnobee.com April 19, 2018 03:08 PM Is your kid eating canned peaches from China at school? If so, California peach farmers aren't happy about it. The state's canned peach industry is behind an effort in Congress to tighten the rules for buying imported food for the federal school lunch program. What they don't like is U.S. schoolchildren eating imported foods at a time when farmers are being hit with rising trade tariffs and increased foreign competition. "The fact that U.S. tax dollars are being spent overseas to benefit foreign farmers rather than support...

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