AB 2639, a bill that would have accelerated the adoption of the Bay-Delta Plan, was defeated in the California Assembly last week due to a coordinated effort of ag and water stakeholders working with key legislators.

The bill, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) additionally would have prohibited the State Water Board from issuing any new water rights permits, putting the Sites Reservoir project in danger.

Gail Delihant

The United States Department of Agriculture has designated eight counties in Arizona as Primary Natural Disaster Areas, which allows the extension of emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters, such as the ongoing drought

The eligible counties are: Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Mohave and Navajo. Contiguous counties also are eligible, including: Gila, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yavapai and Yuma.

Robert Medler

The California Farm Water Coalition and the Family Farm Alliance teamed up with farms and farm-related businesses to buy a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal on April 2 to inform a mainstream audience of the impact that the region’s drought will have on consumers. It warns about the risk to a key element of life that Americans have long taken for granted: a safe, affordable domestic food supply.

Ann Donahue

The Arizona Department of Water Resources and Central Arizona Project are hosting a joint Colorado River shortage briefing on May 6.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. in person at CAP Headquarters in the Lake Mead Conference Room at 23636 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85024. In addition, the briefing will be livestreamed at the CAP website.

Items on the agenda include a Colorado River hydrology update, a 500+ plan update and a 2023 water delivery outlook.

Robert Medler

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