Water

Minimized risk from climate extremes sought for Southwest growers

More than two dozen researchers across California, Arizona and New Mexico are looking for ways to improve groundwater and develop management strategies that are adapted to climate change to ensure irrigated agriculture sustainability. more »

Contract awarded for first phase of work to repair the Friant-Kern Canal

Brosamer & Wall/Tutor Perini Joint Venture was awarded a $177 million contract to perform the construction aspects of the first phase of work to repair the canal. more »

Irrigation and stormwater tracked to recharge the groundwater below

USDA awarded $10 million to University of California, Merced, for a 4-year initiative studying how irrigation and stormwater can travel to recharge the groundwater. more »

New Mexico pecan producers beating the odds with irrigation moves

Ranchers cull cattle and farmers fallow land as New Mexico suffers from extensive drought like the rest of the West. But the state's pecan growers – which grow 35% of U.S. pecans – have adapted well in these conditions. more »

Innovations in Ag Irrigation Technology Demonstration and Showcase scheduled

Fresno State University will showcase the latest innovations in ag irrigation tech at this free event. more »

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 »

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