Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Debt pact

Central Valley farmers reach secret deal in water feud

Farmer John Diener walks near one the cisterns on 640 acres of his agricultural land that uses a drainage management system. MICHAEL MACOR/San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

An economic and environmental problem festering for decades in the Valley would be addressed by a secret deal reached between the Obama administration and farmers. The deal would retire 100,000 acres damaged by salt and selenium in the Westlands Water District. About 600 farms there produce $1 billion in food each year.

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Court keeps in place protections for Delta smelt

Los Angeles Times

The U.S. Supreme Court today kept in place environmental orders that protect the endangered Delta smelt and limit the pumping of river water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The justices turned down appeals from several water agencies, including the Metropolitan Water District, and from Central Valley farmers.

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Programmers sought to help solve water woes

Stockton Record

Looking to cultivate technical innovation and address vital water-supply issues facing drought-stricken California, the newly formed Innovation Hub San Joaquin board announced its H2O Hackathon will take place March 27–28 in Stockton.

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