If your operations are located in one of the regions listed below, it’s time to get the information you will need to protect your interests and get a seat at the table. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is holding a series of Hydrologic Region Groundwater Updates webinars beginning June 4.
Are you one of the many Western Growers members who took advantage last year of drought assistance funding through the State Water Efficiency Program (SWEEP)? Maybe you meant to but never got around to it? Either way, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has opened a new round of funding and is now accepting applications for competitive grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations.
California governors seem predestined to be beset by crises. There is something about this place that seems to foster them. Pete Wilson’s tenure will be remembered as much for his management of multiple crises—major earthquakes, fiscal meltdowns, urban riots—as for his policy achievements.
On Wednesday, April 1, Jerry Brown stood on a bare patch of ground in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and announced mandatory statewide cutbacks in water use to deal with the California drought. It is now in its fourth year and, by some measurements, is the worst drought on record.
Early last year, both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would address the drought in California and attempt to provide some immediate assistance. But like much of Congress’ work, compromise proved to be elusive and neither of those efforts reached the president’s desk.
This month’s WG&S deals with the topic of water. It is a topic on the forefront of everyone’s mind as California is in its fourth consecutive year of drought and the water shortages faced by the state gin up arguments about who is at fault and what constituency will have to “give” (water) in order to weather this lack of storms.