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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...

Delta View Water Association Expands Reach to Kings County

New committee to address grower needs in Mid-Kings River and South Fork Kings GSAs. By Valley Ag Voice Staff The Delta View Water...

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....

World Ag Expo Underscores Water Education and SGMA Compliance  

By Valley Ag Voice Staff  For years, water woes have plagued growers in the Central Valley. From decreased groundwater allocations and critically...

The Involuntary Agreement

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics Many of California’s native fish species are in serious trouble. They face significant population decline,...
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...
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California Dairies Inc. Invests in Kern County

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice A new dairy bottling facility in Bakersfield, which broke ground in 2021, is proceeding through...
California Governor Gavin Newsom

Ag Policies Taking Effect This Year

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice As the new year approaches, several finalized actions determined by Governor Gavin Newsom will...

The Need to Do Your Homework and Carry a Big Stick

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics Farmers’ water rights have been under attack for decades now. The list of acronyms is...

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...
irrigation water flowing from pipe to canal

California Water Rights: SB 389 Signed, 2 Bills Stall

Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Increasing state interest in water rights claims resulted in three proposed bills meant to change the...
Gavin Newsom speaking at a podium. 9/2020

Latest Ag Bills Signed by Governor Newsom

Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Governor Gavin Newsom has signed multiple bills ahead of the Oct. 14 deadline, with a particular...

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 ‘Waters of The U.S.’ Rule Still Problematic For Farmers

By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert  Reprinted with permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation.  After the U.S. Supreme Court set boundaries...

State Flows Plan Advances In, Out of Court 

By Christine Souza, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert  Reprinted with permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation Central Valley water districts subject to a...

Ag Bills on Newsom’s Desk

Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Following the close of legislative sessions on Sept. 14, Governor Gavin Newsom has several pieces of...

Next Phase of Recycled Water Begins For California  

State advances nation-leading proposed regulations to convert wastewater to high-quality drinking water.  Press release provided by the State Water Board SACRAMENTO – Achieving...
Groundwater recharge in an almond orchard

ACWA Spring Conference Takeaways

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) held its spring conference in Monterey May 9-11....
A scientist measures water quality with a digital PH meter

California Court of Appeal Sides with Farmers in Precedential Water Quality Cases

Reprinted with permission from California Farm Bureau Federation In a legal win for California farmers, a state appeals court rejected all arguments...
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State Water Board Weighs Status of Six Aquifer Plans

Christine Souza, Assistant Editor Ag Alert Christine Souza Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation Local agencies for six...
farmland being irrigated

Court Agrees with Farmers On Water Quality Rules Cases

By Caleb Hampton, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation A Sacramento appeals court has sided with...
Emily Rooney

Emily Rooney Named to DWR Task Force

Reprinted with Permission from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) The Department of Water Resources (DWR) selected Ag Council President Emily Rooney...
flooded vineyards

COMMENTARY: How Managing Flood Flows Can Help Rescue Aquifers

By Thomas Harter, Mallika Nocco, Isaya Kisekka, and Helen Dahlke Reprinted with Permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation As a changing climate...

Kern’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan Deemed Inadequate

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics Trouble is brewing. Early in March, California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) released its decision...
field being irrigated

State Declares Six Aquifer Plans As Out of Compliance

Christine Souza Assistant Editor Ag Alert Christine Souza Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation California water officials delivered...
An aerial view of agricultural fields covered with water in Butte County

State Agencies Fast-track Groundwater Recharge Pilot Project to Capture Flood Waters for Underground Storage

Press Release Provided by the California Department of Water Resources The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is partnering with the State Water...