Wednesday, October 9, 2013

News articles and links from October 9, 2013

Water Supply  

From: Erik Rosales, KMPH-TV 26

A bit of Hollywood came to the valley, comedian and actor Paul Rodriguez made a stop in Visalia.

However, Rodriguez was not there to tell jokes.

He spent the time talking about one of the valley's most precious resource, water!

From: Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio

California is the nation's largest agricultural state. It would not be possible without water from the Delta. Farmers say the water is their lifeblood, but it's been cut back year after year.

California's farms and ranches generated nearly $45 billion in revenue last year. Without water exported from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to arid Central Valley land, much of the produce we get in restaurants and grocery stores wouldn't come from California.

From: Staff, Chico Enterprise-Record  

After what seemed like a never-ending wrangling in court, Butte County can have about $2 million more funding available each year and is more secure in its water rights due to a court settlement with the Department of Water Resources.

One of the key points is a contractual acknowledgment that as the "area of origin" - the place the state water project gets its water - Butte County has special status.

Water Quality 

From: Valerie Gibbons, Visalia Times-Delta

Water from the Alta Irrigation District is being lauded as an inexpensive solution to one of the county's most vexing problems.

A $247,580 state-funded study may signal the beginning of a new era for water districts in East Orosi, Sultana, Monson, Seville and Yettem that have each gained national attention for their contaminated drinking water and dilapidated delivery systems.

From: Susan Meeker, Glenn County Transcript

The Glenn County Board of Supervisors is protesting new regulatory requirements that may soon apply to local farmers with irrigated agriculture land.

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board's Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program, which was adopted in the San Joaquin area in December, is quickly heading for expansion to cover all agricultural water discharges to groundwater, officials said.

Growers will be expected to track their nitrogen use and efforts to protect both surface and ground water starting in 2014.


From: David Sneed, SLO Tribune

With newly sworn-in Supervisor Caren Ray on board, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extended a controversial emergency ordinance banning new pumping from the Paso Robles groundwater basin to its maximum two-year limit.

Water Legislation

From: Sharon Bernstein, Chicago Tribune

California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed more than a dozen bills aimed at improving access to water in the state, where drought is common and tension is high over the competing needs of residents, agriculture and the environment.

From: Staff, Imperial Valley News

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a package of bills to help expand access to clean drinking water in California.

From: Patrick McGreevy, LA Times

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a flood of bills aimed at improving water quality and reliability in California, including a controversial measure introduced in the middle of a dispute between water agencies in Los Angeles County.

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