Thursday, January 3, 2013

News articles and links from January 3, 2013

Water supply

From Chico Enterprise-Record - Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013

Coalition response...The report submitted by Mr. Cervantes illustrates the advancements that farmers have made in water use efficiency. The report is correct that farmers have adapted their management practices that have resulted in increased harvests with almost the same amount of water previously used. Reducing applied water on specific crops has allowed some farmers to plant additional acres and produce more of the same crop or grow other crops when markets are available where they can be sold.

From 1967 to 2007, California farmers' water use fell by 14.6% while increasing the value of agricultural commodities by 84% through increased production. The American consumer benefits from this improved water efficiency each time they go to the grocery store by paying less at the grocery store than their counterparts in 28 other high-income countries. Americans pay just 6.2% of their disposable income on food and non-alcoholic beverages each year. Those in other high-income countries pay 10.2%, which at the same rate would cost Americans $3,820 more each year (in 2010 dollars) to feed their families (


From San Jose Mercury News - Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013

Press release
From DWR - Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

From Modesto Bee - Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
From Desert Sun - Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
From Redding Record Searchlight - Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
From Stockton Record - Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013

From Sacramento Bee - Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

From Capital Press - Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

(The following links are to television news stories regarding DWR's snowpack survey.)
From KTVU - Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
From News 10 - Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
From NBC/San Diego - Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
From CBS/47 - Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013


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