Water

Water-saving method for improving irrigation efficiency is ‘ineffective’

Contrary to popular practice, an international research team has found evidence that water-saving irrigation techniques are worsening water scarcity by not recharging aquifers. more »

Water investment boost sought in proposed California ballot initiative

The Water Infrastructure Funding Act of 2022 is now being circulated for signatures and seeks an annual supply increase of 5 million acre-feet of water. more »

Irrigation for drought, fertility resilience in almond systems awarded

$25 million for 18 On-Farm Trials projects across the country will help partners work with producers to test and adopt climate-smart systems. more »

Western Growers reacts to passage of bipartisian infrastructure bill

The legislation – H.R. 3684 – provides $550 billion in new spending on physical infrastructure over the next five years, with an estimated $45 billion to California. more »

Plan to increase flows from San Joaquin River tributaries gets pushback

The notice represents a departure from the state's earlier willingness to consider voluntary agreements with water districts, which includes aspects other than just flow increases. more »

OpenET aims to track water use across 17 Western states

A public-private coalition, featuring three federal agencies and several universities and private entities, is providing satellite-based estimates of evapotranspiration for better water management. more »

La Niña climate pattern in the Pacific Ocean is worrisome

The 2021 water year was the second-driest in terms of statewide precipitation, following 1924. The predicted La Niña climate pattern could mean more drought conditions and uncertain water supply. more »

Perennial plants among rain-fed almond trees curbs climate change

Cover crops, reduced tilling and compost are common farming practices for sustainability, but European researchers are determining that the introduction of perennial plants – such as thyme – in almond can help mitigate climate change. more »

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