Governor Jerry Brown’s Administration released documents yesterday detailing plans for the construction of twin water conveyance tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and restoration of more than 100,000 acres of habitat.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced yesterday the initial water allocation available to water contractors for calendar year 2014 is 5%. According to a DWR press release, “The initial allocation is a conservative estimate of what DWR expects it can deliver as a percentage of the total amount requested by the public water agencies that contract for SWP deliveries.”
Last week, Western Growers submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on two proposed rules related to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA). Western Growers provided comments on the “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption,” known as the “Produce Rule,” as well as the “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” also known as “Preventive Controls Rule.”
Today, the California Resources Agency released a draft water action plan to address the state’s current and future water care needs. The Brown Administration’s draft plan – a collaboration of government, industry and other stakeholders -- includes key actions needed in the next one to five years to manage urgent needs and establish a water policy foundation for all of California.
Down here, at the bottom of the continent’s most spectacular canyon, the Colorado River growls past our sandy beach in a wet monotone. Our group of 24 is one week into a 225-mile, 18-day voyage on inflatable rafts from Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek. We settle in for the night. Above us, the canyon walls part like a pair of maloccluded jaws, and moonlight streams between them, bright enough to read by.
As the world changes so have the realities affecting agriculture. The growing population has increased the demand for food, and for high quality food. There has also been an increase in the regulations aimed to produce this high demand of food in a safe and environmentally sustainable way. In order to keep up with the current truths of agriculture, and to obtain a high economic yield, there must be an efficient and responsible use of our natural resources (water and soil) and a sensible use of fertilizer.
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) strives to stabilize water deliveries and revitalize the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem. A new statewide economic analysis reports it will save one million jobs and provide a net boost of $4.8 billion to $5.4 billion to California’s economy.