Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Change in climate

Water bills are beginning to trickle out on Capitol Hill

"When we would negotiate in the past, it was always, 'Well, the president will never sign this,' " Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, said in an interview. "And now, it will be the reverse. The president will sign this, or will want to sign something stronger." JUAN ESPARZA LOERA / Vida en el Valle

Vida en el Valle


The lead author in the House of a big and controversial California water bill that passed last year is back for more. The bill scales back a San Joaquin River restoration program, speeds completion of dam feasibility studies and locks in water deliveries to Valley districts. Parts of the bill would not have been accepted by the Obama administration, but the Trump team is different.


Friant water users get good news, others waiting

Fresno Bee & San Francisco Chronicle

Central San Joaquin Valley farmers got a dose of good and bad news Tuesday as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced a full supply of water for east-side farmers in the Friant Division, while telling west-side farmers they must wait a few more weeks to learn what they will get from the Central Valley Project.


State's farmers assess effects of flooded fields

Ag Alert

Anticipating a rain-free start to March, California farmers whose orchards, vineyards or farmland flooded during January and February storms will work to patch and reinforce levees, and hope water can recede with minimal crop damage. But some farmers say they expect to suffer losses.