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Ag Today Thursday, March 26, 2015

Senate approves $1 billion water plan amid drought [Associated Press] The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects and offer some relief to residents and wildlife in drought-stricken California. The Senate voted 35-1 on a bill accelerating infrastructure spending, including $660 million on flood protection. An accompanying measure that authorized fines for illegal water diversions passed on a 24-14 party-line vote, with Republicans opposed….The emergency legislation also cracks down on water-guzzling marijuana farms by authorizing state fish and wildlife officials to fine growers up to $8,000 for illegally taking water….Republican lawmakers...

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Ag Today Thursday, March 26, 2015

Senate approves $1 billion water plan amid drought [Associated Press] The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects and offer some relief to residents and wildlife in drought-stricken California. The Senate voted 35-1 on a bill accelerating infrastructure spending, including $660 million on flood protection. An accompanying measure that authorized fines for illegal water diversions passed on a 24-14 party-line vote, with Republicans opposed….The emergency legislation also cracks down on water-guzzling marijuana farms by authorizing state fish and wildlife officials to fine growers up to $8,000 for illegally taking water….Republican lawmakers...

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Ag Today Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Editorial: Water details become vital as drought worsens [Sacramento Bee] In time of drought, when leaders tell us every drop of water counts, Californians ought to be able to count every drop. The concept seems so simple, but because the issue is water, it’s not. For the third year running, Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, is pushing legislation to provide public access to otherwise confidential reports about groundwater wells….But opponents of public access to the information include many heavyweights of California agriculture: the Western Growers Association, the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California League of Food Processors, the California Chamber...

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Ag Today Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Editorial: Water details become vital as drought worsens [Sacramento Bee] In time of drought, when leaders tell us every drop of water counts, Californians ought to be able to count every drop. The concept seems so simple, but because the issue is water, it’s not. For the third year running, Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, is pushing legislation to provide public access to otherwise confidential reports about groundwater wells….But opponents of public access to the information include many heavyweights of California agriculture: the Western Growers Association, the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California League of Food Processors, the California Chamber...

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Ag Today Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Editorial: Water details become vital as drought worsens [Sacramento Bee] In time of drought, when leaders tell us every drop of water counts, Californians ought to be able to count every drop. The concept seems so simple, but because the issue is water, it’s not. For the third year running, Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, is pushing legislation to provide public access to otherwise confidential reports about groundwater wells….But opponents of public access to the information include many heavyweights of California agriculture: the Western Growers Association, the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California League of Food Processors, the California Chamber...

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Ag Today Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Editorial: Water details become vital as drought worsens [Sacramento Bee] In time of drought, when leaders tell us every drop of water counts, Californians ought to be able to count every drop. The concept seems so simple, but because the issue is water, it’s not. For the third year running, Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, is pushing legislation to provide public access to otherwise confidential reports about groundwater wells….But opponents of public access to the information include many heavyweights of California agriculture: the Western Growers Association, the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California League of Food Processors, the California Chamber...

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Ag Today Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Editorial: Water details become vital as drought worsens [Sacramento Bee] In time of drought, when leaders tell us every drop of water counts, Californians ought to be able to count every drop. The concept seems so simple, but because the issue is water, it’s not. For the third year running, Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, is pushing legislation to provide public access to otherwise confidential reports about groundwater wells….But opponents of public access to the information include many heavyweights of California agriculture: the Western Growers Association, the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California League of Food Processors, the California Chamber...

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Ag Today Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Editorial: Water details become vital as drought worsens [Sacramento Bee] In time of drought, when leaders tell us every drop of water counts, Californians ought to be able to count every drop. The concept seems so simple, but because the issue is water, it’s not. For the third year running, Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, is pushing legislation to provide public access to otherwise confidential reports about groundwater wells….But opponents of public access to the information include many heavyweights of California agriculture: the Western Growers Association, the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California League of Food Processors, the California Chamber...

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Ag Today Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Editorial: Water details become vital as drought worsens [Sacramento Bee] In time of drought, when leaders tell us every drop of water counts, Californians ought to be able to count every drop. The concept seems so simple, but because the issue is water, it’s not. For the third year running, Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, is pushing legislation to provide public access to otherwise confidential reports about groundwater wells….But opponents of public access to the information include many heavyweights of California agriculture: the Western Growers Association, the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California League of Food Processors, the California Chamber...

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Ag Today Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cannabis stream diversion study prompts legislation, enforcement [Eureka Times-Standard] After several years in the field assessing cannabis cultivation sites, counting plants from Google Earth views and calculating stream flows, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife team has released a comprehensive paper revealing the affects of marijuana cultivation on the North Coast’s watersheds….Awareness has been rising, pilot programs are in effect, enforcement has increased and legislation is on the way, but it may not be enough to prevent Humboldt County’s streams from going dry a second year in a row, lead author of the study, said Scott Bauer, senior environmental...

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