With near record-low precipitation in California this year, Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order this week to streamline approvals for voluntary water transfers to assist California’s agricultural industry.
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.
What if irrigation was an exact science? It may not be that far off thanks to evolving technology and teams of dedicated researchers working toward that and other water solutions.
Early in 2010, Western Growers joined NASA Ames Research Center, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Marshall Space Flight Center, California State University (CSU) Monterey Bay, and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to work on a joint project, “Water Supply and Management in California.”
If there was one thing, Craig Stafford of Nelson Irrigation could get growers to do it would be to replace their brass sprinkler heads with his firm’s proprietary Rotator® sprinklers made of high impact strength plastic.
The simple truth that people need both food and water, and plants need water to produce food has long been recognized in California. Water Code section 106 provides “the use of water for domestic purposes is the highest use of water and that the next highest use is for irrigation.”
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 California Department of Water Resources announced Friday that water allocations from the State Water Project have been reduced to 35 percent from 40 percent due to a record dry January and February, according to a new release. The cuts also reflect a grim weather outlook for March and pumping restrictions that were imposed beginning in December to protect Delta smelt and salmon.