Ag Today August 22, 2017
Dozens are suing to block Delta tunnels. Will it matter?
By Dale Kasler Sacramento Bee
They have one of the most powerful legal weapons found in any courtroom – the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.
But environmental groups, local governments and others face an uphill climb in their fight against the controversial Delta tunnels project. History suggests that suing under the California environmental law likely won’t be enough to kill the tunnels.
At least 58 groups opposing the tunnels had sued the state as the legal deadline approached Monday afternoon. The plaintiffs include an alliance of crab boat owners, an American Indian tribe dependent...
Ag Today August 21, 2017
Sinking Friant-Kern Canal has $500M problem
By John Lindt,Visalia Times-Delta
The canal that helps bring food to tables across the world has a big problem — it's sinking.
Land subsidence along the Friant-Kern Canal in Tulare and Kern counties has increased in the past five years, according to Dan Vink, South Valley Water Authority executive director.
The sinking terrain, reported to be two to three feet — mostly along a 25-mile stretch, has already reduced the capacity of the key irrigation artery by 50 to 60 percent in some locations.
“It’s like a big dip, a bowl or depression in the land that has the...
Ag Today August 18, 2017
Grapevine scourge has returned to Temecula Valley’s Wine Country
By Aaron Claverie, Riverside Press-Enterprise
The glassy-winged sharpshooter, a flying menace that devastated the Temecula Valley Wine Country in the late 1990s, has made an ominous comeback.
The insect — which carries the deadly-to-grapevines Pierce’s Disease — has been detected in area orange groves.
UC Riverside scientist Matt Daugherty, who leads the monitoring efforts in the region, said this week that his team captured more than 1,500 of the half-inch shooters last month in the groves, the largest haul since a trapping program was instituted in 2003.
“It’s certainly very scary,” he said, adding that the...
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