State board says action on Santa Clara river complaint could be slowed by drought priorities

Posted on 07. Mar, 2014 | No Comments

State board says action on Santa Clara river complaint could be slowed by drought priorities

Timm Herdt/VC Star/3-6-14: SACRAMENTO — The United Water Conservation District has responded to a complaint filed by environmental groups, rebutting allegations that diverting water from the Santa Clara River harms wildlife and violates the public-trust doctrine embedded in California water rights. (Full Article) United General Manager Michael Solomon said “no credible evidence” supports the allegations in the complaint, according to a letter accompanying the district’s legal response to the State Water Resources Control Board.

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Politics, regulations and water could send growers out of state, panelists warn

Posted on 07. Mar, 2014 | No Comments

Politics, regulations and water could send growers out of state, panelists warn

Carol Lawrence/VC Star/3-5-14: Politics has exacerbated the Ventura County agriculture industry’s most critical and urgent issues, driving frustrated growers to automate more of their operations and expand operations out of the state. Growers and a water official united on those issues Wednesday morning as panelists discussed the state of the county’s $2 billion agriculture industry at an event hosted by the local Association for Corporate Growth chapter… (Full Article)

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Valley Farmers and Farm Workers Unite at State Capitol for Water Rally

Posted on 16. Jan, 2014 | No Comments

Valley Farmers and Farm Workers Unite at State Capitol for Water Rally

Gail Delahant/Western Growers/1-24-16: Bus loads of farmers and farm workers from the Central Valley and the Central Coast descended on the state capitol this morning to take part in a Latino-sponsored water rally as reported by the Sacramento Bee.  The purpose of the rally was to bring attention to the state’s severe water shortage and the effect it is having.  Shouts of, “No water – no jobs!” rang loud and clear and were accompanied by signs that read, “Sin agua=no ay future” (No water, No […]

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$24.7B water plan unveiled by Calif. officials

Posted on 09. Dec, 2013 | No Comments

$24.7B water plan unveiled by Calif. officials

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)/VC Star/12-9-2013: California Water officials on Monday released a draft of a $24.7 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in part by building two 30-mile underground tunnels to ensure stable water delivery to millions of Californians… Currently, the State Water Project and Central Valley Project pump water from the delta to 25 million people and three million acres of farmland. (Full Article) But that supply has been interrupted in recent years, as salmon and smelt numbers declined in delta rivers, and federal […]

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Bike path in Piru won’t be resurrected

Posted on 24. Sep, 2013 | No Comments

Bike path in Piru won’t be resurrected

Kathleen Wilson/VC STAR/9-23-13: An effort to resolve a dispute over a bicycle path in Piru farmland has  failed. County supervisors rejected the $1 million project 3-2 in August, but there  were suggestions after that it was still in flux… (Full Article) But now the project appears to be dead for good with Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales and a county consultant still far apart on the pesticide risks  associated with having bicyclists ride through farmland. Gonzales’ objections in  a new report confirmed the opinions of the majority […]

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Agriculture in Ventura County is worth saving, but critical issues remain, officials told

Posted on 23. Aug, 2013 | No Comments

Agriculture in Ventura County is worth saving, but critical issues remain, officials told

Carole Lawrence/VC Star/8-22-13:…”Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales talked about the  challenges of the urban interface in Ventura County, referring to agriculture  and residential neighborhoods being side by side. He said there was “a  disconnect” between the urban community and agriculture, demonstrated in the  recent failed proposal to build a bike path would have run across Piru-area farm  fields. “That was the idea to bring in something very nice,” Gonzales said. He said  it was a great idea, “but when you put that same bike […]

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Ventura County crop values top $1.9 billion in 2012

Posted on 13. Aug, 2013 | No Comments

Ventura County crop values top $1.9 billion in 2012

Carol Lawrence/VC Star/7-30-13: The special news out of the 2012 Crop & Livestock Report that tracks Ventura  County’s nearly $2 billion agriculture industry is that cilantro became a new  member of the Top 10 highest value crops…“We’re just trying to show how things have changed for agriculture, and how that  is likely going to always be the case,” Ventura County’s Agricultural  Commissioner Henry Gonzales (Full Article) …Agriculture continues to do well in the county, he said, but “water and labor continue to be huge issues for […]

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Well Sealing Cited in Leaks, Not Fracking

Posted on 26. Jun, 2013 | No Comments

Well Sealing Cited in Leaks, Not Fracking

Russell Gold/WSJ/6-25-13: Poorly sealed natural-gas wells, not hydraulic fracturing of shale-rock formations are likely to blame for dissolved gas found in private water wells in Pennsylvania, according to a new study by Duke University (Full Article) …Steve Everley, a spokesman for Energy in Depth, a group funded by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, said the Duke study “is not a smoking gun to say that gas drilling is a problem.”…”There is methane concentration near gas wells, but there is also methane concentrations in areas […]

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Wine and water: Search for solutions

Posted on 21. Jun, 2013 | No Comments

Wine and water: Search for solutions

David Sneed, Julie Lynem/SLO Tribune/6-19-13: Residential wells in North County neighborhoods will continue to dry up, Paso Robles’ wine industry will be in jeopardy, and city water supplies will be threatened unless San Luis Obispo County leaders act soon to stop declining water levels in the Paso Robles groundwater basin (Full Article). Faced with this unprecedented crisis, county officials and stakeholders know immediate steps must be taken to stabilize it.

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California plan to overhaul water system hub to cost $25 billion

Posted on 30. May, 2013 | No Comments

California plan to overhaul water system hub to cost $25 billion

Bettina Boxall/L.A. Times/5-29-13: The state plan to overhaul the hub of California’s water system will cost nearly $25 billion to build and operate, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday. The proposal, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown‘s administration and the Obama administration, calls for habitat restoration and the construction of two enormous tunnels to divert water from the Sacramento River and carry it under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to southbound pumps… (Full Article)

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