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Ag Today Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ag Today Wednesday, April 20, 2016   Stockton Record Too many water straws in the ground? By Alex Breitler Where’s the water? Somebody’s got to ask that question, state Sen. Lois Wolk says, before even more new wells can be drilled in California. Never one to shy away from controversial water policy, Wolk, a Davis Democrat whose district formerly included Stockton, is pushing a bill that would require local agencies to place conditions on new well construction — in some cases, at least. The state is already implementing new laws regulating the use of precious groundwater for the first time in California, but it will be decades before all...

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Ag Today Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ag Today Tuesday, April 19, 2016   Sacramento Bee California farmworker families await Supreme Court immigration ruling By Peter Hecht UC Davis student Lizbeth Cuevas stood outside the highest court in the land on Monday as the Supreme Court examined whether President Barack Obama can protect as many as 5 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Excited and anxious, Cuevas showed up in Washington, D.C., on behalf of two of those people: her parents, both farmworkers in California. “My drive and my motivation and my work ethic come from my parents,” said Cuevas, 24, by telephone. She’s due to graduate from UC Davis in June with a degree in...

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Ag Today Monday, April 18, 2016

Ag Today Monday, April 18, 2016   Sacramento Bee Delta pumping to Southern California restricted despite rainy winter By Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow For the first time in five years, Northern California’s rivers are roaring and its reservoirs are filled almost to the brim. But you’d hardly know it, based on how quiet it’s been at the two giant pumping stations at the south end of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The pumps deliver Sacramento Valley water to 19 million Southern Californians and millions of acres of farmland in the San Joaquin Valley. While precipitation has been roughly four times heavier than a year ago, the Delta pumps...

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Ag Today Friday, April 15, 2016

Ag Today Friday, April 15, 2016   Stockton Record Striking back on Delta land buy By Alex Breitler Declaring that the Delta “will not be the next Owens Valley,” San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties — along with farmers and environmental groups — sued Thursday to block a Southern California water district from buying more than 20,000 acres of farmland in the heart of the estuary. The lawsuit, filed in San Joaquin County Superior Court, charges that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California violated the law when it determined that the $175 million land buy is exempt from environmental study. “The political leaders, residents, and landowners of...

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Ag Today Thursday, April 14, 2016

Ag Today Thursday, April 14, 2016   Monterey County Herald Concern runs high about fumigant use By D. Lee Taylor Spreckels >> What state pesticide regulators wanted Tuesday night in Spreckels was input on three specific points they would use to craft a new rule on fumigant use. What they got instead was an emotional debate on whether pesticides and fumigants should be used at all. The workshop, held at the Spreckels Veterans Memorial Building, drew well over 150 area residents. It was designed to solicit comments on three areas the Department of Pesticide Regulation is considering before moving forward with drafting new rules governing fumigant application. Simply,...

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Ag Today Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ag Today Wednesday, April 13, 2016   McClatchy News Service House Republicans reopen the bidding on California water bill By Michael Doyle WASHINGTON - House Republicans intent on storing more California water and redirecting it to farms have resurrected some familiar and controversial ideas, this time as part of a must-pass spending bill. The provisions, including a freeze on an ambitious San Joaquin River restoration program and mandated pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, are now folded into a Fiscal 2017 energy and water appropriations bill. It’s a new tactical move, designed for leverage. “Once passed by the House, (this) offers the Senate another chance to consider this...

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Ag Today Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ag Today Tuesday, April 12, 2016   Sacramento Bee Southern California water agency signs $175 million deal to buy Delta islands By Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow Already viewed with suspicion and hostility in the north state water community, the powerful Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is broadening its reach by purchasing $175 million worth of real estate in the very hub of California’s water delivery network: the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Metropolitan said Monday it has signed a 103-page contract to buy five agricultural Delta islands from Delta Wetlands Properties, a company controlled by Swiss financial services conglomerate Zurich Insurance Group. It represents the most concrete...

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Ag Today Monday, April 11, 2016

Ag Today Monday, April 11, 2016   Modesto Bee Debate swirls over striped bass role in rivers’ salmon population By John Holland The trouble with striped bass started, the story goes, when 132 of the East Coast natives traveled by train to California in 1879. The fingerlings in the tanks were planted near Martinez and multiplied into a thriving fishery in San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The stripers did something else: They dined on the native salmon that swim these same waters and the rivers that run into the Delta. Today, the predation issue stands front and center in the debate over how to reverse...

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Ag Today Friday, April 8, 2016

Ag Today Friday, April 8, 2016   Opinion Los Angeles Times Rainfall, snowpack -- and a paltry allocation to a powerful water district By Robin Abcarian In the weeks leading up to the Bureau of Reclamation's announcement about how much water would be available to Californians next year, some users waited with anticipation, others with dread. Heavy rains in March and a plentiful snowpack had raised hopes for farmers denied their usual allotments of inexpensive federal water by the four-year drought. Bureau officials had just dumped thousands of cubic feet of water from the Shasta Reservoir, the state's biggest, because it was in danger of overflowing from early...

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