San Joaquin River
From: Mark Grossi, Fresno Beehive
Starting Tuesday, you'll see San Joaquin River water pouring faster out of Friant Dam. It's part of the experimental flows in the river restoration project.
The releases first will ramp up to 1,050 cubic feet per second - about 2,000 acre-feet of water in one day. Later this week, it will be dropped to 700 cfs through Nov. 6. Then it will drop to 350 until the end of February.
From: Antoine Abou-Diwan, Imperial Valley Press
The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors approved on Monday an apportionment plan that allocates water to Imperial Valley farmland in a way that blends a field's historical water consumption with an equal "straight-line" allocation.
From: Ian James, Desert Sun
While water agencies in the California desert are considering ways to keep groundwater levels from falling further, many reservoirs are dwindling across the state.
Reclamation Announces Biological Opinions Annual Science Review and Workshop for the 2013 Long-term Operations of the CVP/SWP
From: Press Release, USBR
The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Water Resources has scheduled an annual science review and workshop on the long-term operations biological opinions of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. The 2013 annual science review will be the fourth annual review.
From: Dennis Pollock, Western Farm Press
A flurry of meetings is under way as leaders of the Kings River Water Quality Coalition reach out to growers on nearly 1 million irrigated acres of the nation's most productive farmland.
The meetings were spawned by new regulations from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board that call for increased scrutiny on groundwater and contaminants that include nitrates.
"Before, the focus was on surface water," said David Orth, who heads the coalition. "Now it's expanding into groundwater."
Bay Delta Conservation Plan
From: Press Release, BDCP
As a joint effort of state and federal agencies preparing the BDCP, the recent shutdown of the federal government and associated staff furloughs have delayed the development, review, and ultimately the release of the Public Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS). The Public Draft BDCP and EIR/EIS are now scheduled for release on December 13, 2013 for 120 days of formal review.
From: Ron Peterson, Modesto Bee
As the president of Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, I am proud to say that our Farm Bureau board unanimously voted to endorse Jake Wenger for MID Division 4, Ron Macedo for TID District 5 and Joe Alamo for TID District 3 board positions.