Water

Reconciliation plan needs more water, conservation resources, group says

More organizations joined the Western Water Infrastructure Coalition in September in a letter to Congress stressing the inclusion of resources for additional water, forestry and ecosystem restoration programs. more »

Irrigation districts challenge California officials who cut senior water rights

The suit in Fresno County Superior Court claims the state overreached in cutting off supplies to senior water rights holders, effectively closing the surface water faucet for some 4,500 farms in America's largest agricultural economy. more »

Water split and crop progress in pecan

This growing season has been abnormally wet for some pecan growing regions, and water split could bear the blame for recent nut drop. more »

California almond grower describes impact of limited water supply

Some growers received zero surface water allocations and were forced to remove prime trees. This third-generation almond farmer and farm bureau president explains what that looks like. more »

Legislation provides more than $8B for water infrastructure in the West

A national coalition led by the California Farm Bureau has helped secure Senate approval for major federal investments in critical water projects. more »

Water curtailment would be ‘disastrous’ for California farmers

Many growers are closing in on harvest season, but using water to keep their trees alive – and having water rights holders' supplies shut off due to drought emergency – has farmers worried. more »

Infrastructure bill OK by Senate brings ag group’s call for House action

The act includes more than $8 billion for dam and canal repair, new surface and groundwater storage and conveyance facilities, water conservation and recycling projects, and watershed management and improved ecosystems in order to address critical water issues in the West. more »

Block grants to assist California, Oregon producers in Klamath River Basin

USDA is investing $15 million for a new drought pilot to assist those affected. The pilot is part of a broader suite of programs available to producers to help recover losses from drought. more »

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