Thursday, October 24, 2013

News articles and links from October 24, 2013


From: Peyton Fleming and Brooke Barton, National Geographic Water Currents

California and tomatoes are synonymous. Drive along Interstate 80 near Sacramento these days and you'll see an endless parade of trucks, each filled to the brim with 26 tons of glistening succulent red tomatoes. It's so many trucks, one after another, that you begin to understand how California grows 30 percent of the world's processed tomatoes.

It's a mind-boggling operation, especially when you ponder the vast amount of water that's needed for all this. The processing plant itself uses more than three million gallons a day to move, clean, and cook tomatoes. Out in the fields, growing just one pound of raw tomatoes requires about nine gallons of water. Multiply that times the 20,000 acres that are under production for Campbell and you get the idea.

From: Catherine Wong, Eureka Times-Standard

With temperatures dropping and the fog rolling in, it may be hard to believe Humboldt County is still in a drought.

"The effects of a drought, the lag is a full year," said Blake Alexandre, a Humboldt County dairy farmer. "We will be suffering all winter and all spring because of this summer."

Water Supply 

From: Anjanette Shadley Martin, Farm Water News

Making the efficient use of our water supply in any "type" of water year is always a priority but even more so when you see these headlines:

     · "Groundwater worries in San Joaquin Valley Intensify, along with drought" (Mark Grossi 9/24)

     · "UC Professors look at declining California Groundwater and how to manage it into the
        future" (LA Times 9/23)


From: Marijke Rowland, Modesto Bee

City leaders want a stop to new agricultural wells across the county.

City Council members voted unanimously Wednesday night to draft a letter to the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors requesting members to consider a moratorium on drilling for new agricultural production wells.

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio

The California Department of Water Resources will delay the release of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan yet again. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the costly delay is a result of the federal government shutdown.

Salton Sea

From: Associated Press, SF Chronicle

Leaders in Imperial County have hammered out a deal to restore the Salton Sea and raise $3 billion to revive the shoreline economy driven by new alternative-energy development.

The accord announced Tuesday ends more than a decade of infighting between the county and the Imperial Irrigation District over the ongoing sale of water to the San Diego region, the U-T San Diego newspaper reported.


From: Matt Williams, ACWA

A regional forum Nov. 18 in Tulare will look at the challenges and concerns associated with groundwater overdraft in the San Joaquin Valley and the American West.

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