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Ag Today July 13, 2018

The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water BY DALE KASLER AND PHILLIP REESE, The Sacramento Bee July 13, 2018 03:55 AM TERRA BELLA Completed during Harry Truman’s presidency, the Friant-Kern Canal has been a workhorse in California’s elaborate man-made water-delivery network. It’s a low-tech concrete marvel that operates purely on gravity, capable of efficiently piping billions of gallons of water to cities and farms on a 152-mile journey along the east side of the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Until now. The Friant-Kern has been crippled by a phenomenon known as subsidence. The canal is sinking as the Valley floor beneath...

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Ag Today July 12, 2018

Water Officials Call for More Water to Restore Salmon Migration Brian German, Ag Net West The State Water Resources Control Board released a plan to help restore salmon migration by increasing the amount of water flowing through the Lower San Joaquin River and Southern Delta. That water would come at the expense of agricultural producers who depend on those tributaries to irrigate crops. Salmon Migration“We’re really talking about pulling water out of the hands of longtime users in pursuit of fishery goals that, you know, may be questionable,” said Chris Scheuring, an environmental attorney with the California Farm Bureau Federation. “Agriculture and urban...

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Ag Today July 11, 2018

State water plan could cut into Central Valley farm production by Emma Goss, Eyewitness NewsTuesday, July 10th 2018 BAKERSFIELD, Calif (KBAK/KBFX) - The plan to save a declining salmon population in Northern California comes with a cost to Central Valley farmers. After nine years of research, the California State Water Control Board is finalizing a plan to help bring the salmon population back, after sharply declining by 90 percent in recent years. "The conditions are very degraded," said Erin Foresman, supervisory senior environmental scientist for the State Water Board. Dams and other changes to their habitat have removed many areas of water where salmon go...

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