The California Legislature has approved three measures that make up a package of groundwater regulation legislation.  AB 1739 (Dickinson, D-Sacramento), SB 1168 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) and SB 1319 (Pavley) all passed with small margins as members from both parties objected to the complex content of the bills as well as the rush to pass them. 

Gail Delihant

According to the EPA, litigation which made the agency defendants in a lawsuit brought by the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides and others has been settled.  As the result of a stipulated injunction, the EPA is directed to reinstate a “no-spray” buffer zone to protect endangered or threatened Pacific salmon and steelhead.  The buffer zones apply to waters that support salmon in California, Oregon and Washington and are imposed on the following pesticides: carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, malathion and methomyl.

Hank Giclas

Last night, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1471 into law, a $7.5 billion water bond bill that includes $2.7 billion for storage infrastructure. The measure, which replaces the $11.1 billion water bond passed by the Legislature in 2009, will appear as Proposition 1 this November.  Earlier in the evening, both the California Assembly and Senate approved the bill in impressive fashion with votes of 77-2 and 37-0 respectively.

President and CEO of Western Growers Tom Nassif issued a statement applauding passage of the legislation:

Dave Puglia


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