Thursday, July 11, 2013

News articles and links from July 11, 2013

Colorado River

From: Antoine Abou-Diwan, IV Press Online

A proposal by the Imperial Irrigation District to repay the Colorado River system for the 46,546 acre-feet of Colorado River water that it delivered into the Salton Sea in 2010 has received a positive response.

Water Bond

From: Katie Orr, Capitol Public Radio

More than $2 billion of that money is slated to be spent on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Governor Jerry Brown is backing a plan that calls for constructing two large underground tunnels that would send water from the Delta to Central and Southern California.

But Steinberg says he needs more reassurance that the Brown administration's Bay Delta Conservation Plan will focus on the environment - not just the tunnels.


From: Ken Smith, Chico News and Review

Though reports recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) conclude that proposed 2013 water sales will not affect the hydrological and environmental health of the Sacramento Valley north of the Delta, North State water advocates disagree.

California Farm Water Coalition News

From: Julian Luke, The Land 

When drought struck California between 1987 and 1992, causing the enforcement of water restrictions in urban areas, the focus turned to the irrigation industry.

Negative news articles started to appear in the media.

Why were wasteful farmers allowed to keep using water when urban consumers had to stop watering their lawns?

From: Lucy Barbour, Australian Broadcasting Corporation   

It is a debate that makes some irrigators furious.
The argument that irrigated agriculture is a waste of water and damages the environment.

Now farmers in California have found a way to tell a more positive story about irrigation.
It all started in 1989, when California was in the middle of a six-year drought.
Irrigators felt that they were copping bad press over the amount water being used on farms to grow food.

In response, a group of farmers formed the California Farm Water Coalition.

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