Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) told an audience of water agency officials Wednesday that the water infrastructure bond on the 2014 ballot could be amended to add provisions that would “operationalize the rules of the game” when the twin Delta tunnels are completed.
With the driest January through March on record, the Bureau of Reclamation, working closely with the California Department of Water Resources, has a plan to help ease water supply shortages this spring. The Bureau released details of the plan Monday.
For several years now, Hank Giclas, Western Growers senior vice president of science, technology and strategic planning, has had a vision for a web-based platform that could help growers accumulate, store and regurgitate the data they need to provide to both government officials and the buyer community about the products they grow and ship.
California officials released the second of three updates for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan Wednesday, making a total of seven chapters available for viewing. The third and final update, chapters 8 through 12, is scheduled to be released the week of April 22. Spotlight previously reported on the BDCP and the initial release of documents.
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan would bring the state and local economy more than 136,000 new jobs, according to a new study. The Plan features construction of two tunnels to deliver water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to federal and state pumps that currently export water directly from the southern Delta.
Hostile water legislation that would have created Regional Water Augmentation Authorities (RWAA) with broad powers was held in the Arizona House Ag & Water Committee late Tuesday evening. Western Growers led a coalition of farmers and businesses along with the City of Yuma, County Supervisors and ag industry representatives united in opposition to the bill.
A new tax on agricultural fertilizers, a new tax on food sold at retail and a new fee on all water users are at the center of a report issued yesterday to the Legislature by the State Water Resources Control Board that proposes numerous responses to nitrate in groundwater in two of the state’s most productive farm regions.