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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Strain on California water system target of ARS research

USDA researchers are developing strategies and approaches to adapt California crop production to climate stressors, including extreme heat and drought. more »

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