Last Friday, a coalition of more than 75 California agricultural organizations pressed on Governor Gavin Newsom to recognize the significance of the food supply in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to consider the importance of a reliable water supply in growing the food that our communities require.

“Making sure farmers have the water to grow next year’s food supply is as important as making sure grocery store shelves are stocked today,” the group noted in the letter.

Cory Lunde

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers published in the Federal Register a final rule to replace the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

The rule, which defines the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act, is effective June 22, and has been named the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR).

Cory Lunde

Today, in a notice to growers and stakeholders of the Agriculture Order, which regulates waste discharge from irrigated lands throughout the central coast region, the Central Coast Water Board announced they will be extending the public comment period for the renewal of the order by 60 days in order to facilitate a fair and inclusive public process. Originally April 20, 2020, the public comment period has been extended to June 20, 2020.

Gail Delihant

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Water supply is ranked by Western Growers' members as one of the most important sustainability priorities requiring the association's full attention and support.  It is something WG's staff focuses on every day.

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