This week, the California Central Coast Water Board sent an informational update to interested parties in the Lower Salinas Valley Watershed and in the Pajaro River Basin TMDL regarding the State Water Resources Control Board Nonpoint Source (NPS) Grant Program.  The Board’s Financial Assistance Division issued a solicitation notice and is now accepting applications for the Clean Water Act section 319(h) of the program.

 

 

Gail Delihant

Members of the Western Growers Board of Directors convened this week in Orange County under the leadership of Chairman Bruce Taylor to deliberate the top issues affecting the industry. High on the list of issues discussed were the drought and regulatory restrictions on water supply, food safety, labor union activities and immigration reform.  Several standing committees featured guest speakers.  Dr. Jay Famiglietti, a senior water cycle scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and David Orth, general manager of the Kings River Conservation District, presented to the Water Committee; Amy Wolfe, president and CEO of AgSafe, presented to the Labor Committee; and Dr. Jerry Baron, executive director of IR-4 presented to the Food Safety, Science & Technology Committee. 

Dave Puglia

According to a study released by NASA and University of Irvine, California, the Colorado River Basin, the basin that contains the Southwest’s only major river and water source, has lost almost 53 million acre feet of water from December 2004 until November 2013.  The amount represents a volume that is nearly double that of Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir.  The most troubling aspect of the report is that the majority of the water loss --75% of the 53 million acre feet -- is from underground sources. 

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