The California Department of Food Agriculture has placed an additional portion of San Luis Obispo County under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the detection of one psyllid within the City of Arroyo Grande, in the Highlands area. The quarantine expansion adds 32 square miles, bringing the total quarantine area in San Luis Obispo County to 275 square miles.

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued final rule changes on the “Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.” The rule triggers federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.Public reaction to the rule over the last year has been heated. Some accused the EPA of extending its power beyond the scope Congress intended, and others claimed the rule didn’t go far enough.

Dennis Nuxoll

Last Friday, the State Water Resources Control Board suspended a previously approved (May 14, 2015) Temperature Management Plan for the Sacramento River due to reported increases in water temperatures by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau).  The water temperature regulations are dictated by Endangered Species Act (ESA) provisions.  

Recent forecasts show the potential of an El Nino event next winter in the western states.  The waters of the mid-Pacific are warming up and recent rains in Texas and Oklahoma are historical precursors of a potential El Nino, which brings heavy rains to California and the Southwest.  However, no one can predict for certain that an El Nino is imminent and short term forecasts are indicating that the drought conditions and higher than average summer temperatures will persist in the West u

Greg Nelson

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