The Bay Delta Conservation Plan would bring the state and local economy more than 136,000 new jobs, according to a new study. The Plan features construction of two tunnels to deliver water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to federal and state pumps that currently export water directly from the southern Delta.

Dave Puglia

A new tax on agricultural fertilizers, a new tax on food sold at retail and a new fee on all water users are at the center of a report issued yesterday to the Legislature by the State Water Resources Control Board that proposes numerous responses to nitrate in groundwater in two of the state’s most productive farm regions.

Dave Puglia

In recent weeks, federal fish agencies have sharply curtailed Delta pumping operations that deliver water to farms and cities south of the Delta, citing the need to protect the threatened Delta smelt.  More than 700,000 acre feet of water that could have been stored in San Luis Reservoir near Los Banos for later use by cities and farms has instead been diverted to the ocean.  Pumping levels were reduced from approximately 15,000 cubic feet per second to only 2,000 cubic feet per second in December.

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