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State Water Board Places Tulare Lake Subbasin on Probation

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice The California State Water Board placed the Tulare Lake Subbasin on probation as a result...

National Academies Re-engages in Delta Science Issues 

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics  The operators of the State and Federal water projects are in a very difficult position....

Reclamation Announces Central Valley Project Water Supply Allocations

By Valley Ag Voice Staff The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced initial 2024 water supply allocations for Central Valley Project contractors. Wet...
Friant-Kern Canal

Staring Down a Third Strike 

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics  The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) has presented a new and different set of challenges...
Kern River Canyon Bakersfield California

Water Digest: Battles Defining Local Agriculture  

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Agricultural water supplies continue to face hurdles in the Central Valley, ranging from potential Tulare...

Groundwater Trading–Distraction or Puzzle Piece?

Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics Most groundwater agencies in the southern San Joaquin Valley are racing against time to present a...

Kern County Still Short on Recharge Capacity

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics It was an impressive year for groundwater recharge in Kern County. However, far more is...
New research shows agriculture's actual water use.

New Scientific Research Reveals Agriculture’s Actual Water Usage

The environmental sector receives highest fluctuation of state water. Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice New scientific research from the California Bountiful Foundation...
kern river

Kern River Water Continues to Flow to The California Aqueduct; Reservoir Expected to Fill...

Kern River Watermaster updates Greater Bakersfield Chamber on Kern River.  Natalie Willis, Valley Ag Voice  On June 2, the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce...
graphic representation of the Sites Reservoir project

For Water Projects, Feasibility is Not Affordability

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics Kern has a big problem. It is the subbasin with the most significant water shortage...
Northern California flood - Yolo Bypass Area

KCFB: President’s Message

WOW, here we are in April and just finished March, which had more atmospheric river events. I am writing this article...
California delta

The Delta Reform Act is in Need of Reform

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics As Valley farmers and water managers come to terms with the harsh reality of trying...
snow on mountains

KCFB: President’s Message

Let me begin this article with an update on State Water Project (SWP) water allocations. When I was writing my February...

COMMENTARY: These Four Projects Can Solve Water Crisis, Protect Farms

By Edward Ring, Senior Fellow, California Policy Center Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Despite seasonal rainfall at normal levels so...
Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

State Water Contractors Applaud Release of Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Delta Conveyance...

Press Release Provided by State Water Contractors On July 27th, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released a Draft Environmental Impact...
Emergency Drought Salinity Barrier on the West False River

DWR Releases Draft Environmental Impact Report for Future Drought Salinity Barriers

Press Release Provided by California Department of Water Resources In an effort to better prepare for future drought conditions in the face...
water reservoir

Concerns Rise at the Water Summit

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics The Water Association of Kern County held their Water Summit May 19th after a two...
water storage

California Water Commission Increases Potential Funding for Seven Storage Projects

Press Release Provided by Association of California Water Agencies The California Water Commission has increased the potential funding amounts for the seven...
Solar panels over water canal

Innovative Solar Project Awarded State Funds: DWR Funds Turlock Irrigation District to Install Solar...

Press release provided by the California Department of Water Resources On February 8th, the California Department of Water Resources announced the award...
Kern River

Kern County Water Agency Declares Water Supply Emergency

Press Release Provided by the Kern County Water Agency On December 15th, the Kern County Water Agency (Agency) declared a Water Supply...

KCFB: President’s Message

By Patty Poire, President, Kern County Farm Bureau Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas...
A proposal to halt pending lawsuits that stem from the 2019 biological opinions issued by fisheries agencies, seeks a cease-fire to the litigation and allows the Biden administration to begin a new set of biological opinions.

Judge Reviews Biological Opinions in Water Dispute

By Christine Souza, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Christine Souza Assistant Editor, Ag Alert A federal judge is...
Los Angeles Aqueduct Cascades Facility at Sylmar, California

State Water Contractors Respond to Initial Allocation of State Water Project Supplies

Press Release Provided by State Water Contractors The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced December 1st, that the initial allocation for...
trout in dry riverbed

State Water Contractors’ Response to California’s 2021-22 State Budget

Budget Includes Historic Investments in California’s Drought Resilience and Critical Water Delivery Infrastructure Press Release Provided by the State Water Contractors  On June...