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Ag Today September 24, 2018

Stanislaus County appeals ruling that would make it harder for farmers to dig wells [Modesto Bee] Stanislaus County will ask the state Supreme Court for a ruling on whether environmental review is a necessary step for a new water well....The plaintiffs claimed the county was violating the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in approving well permits without considering environmental harm...Wayne Zipser, executive director of Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, said a victory for the plaintiffs would be terribly burdensome for land owners. https://www.modbee.com/news/article218804095.html   A Delta farmer says the state poisoned his crops. Is California’s water supply safe? [Sacramento Bee] ...Fluridone is just one chemical the...

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Ag Today September 21, 2018

Valadao, Costa, other Valley leaders rally in support of California water ballot prop [Fresno Bee] A coalition of local leaders gathered Thursday at the Friant-Kern Canal near Millerton Lake to formally launch the Yes on Prop 3 campaign in support of a state water bond they say would bring billions of dollars in much-needed relief to the central San Joaquin Valley….Proposition 3 would authorize $8.9 billion in general obligation bonds for various infrastructure repair and maintenance programs, wastewater treatment upgrades, safe drinking water improvements and environmental conservancy efforts such as fishery improvements and groundwater replenishment. The coalition praised specifically a section...

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Ag Today September 20, 2018

The Salton Sea is shrinking even faster, and California still hasn't done much to fix it [Palm Springs Desert Sun] In November 2015, there was a rare celebration at the Salton Sea….Three years later, the dirt at Red Hill Bay is still dry, and it could be dry for another year or more. The shoreline is receding faster than ever. The lake's few remaining fish have been dying off rapidly. And state officials have fallen even further behind on their promise to prevent an ecological and public health disaster at this oasis in the desert. https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/environment/2018/09/19/salton-sea-dying-california-still-hasnt-done-much-help/1306235002/   Victory for Monterey Coastkeeper as court rules...

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