Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Done deal

State approves farmers' voluntary water reduction plan

Alfredo Reynosa prepares a field for tomatoes April 9, 2014 near Lemoore. LEAH MILLS / San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

Los Angeles Times & San Francisco Chronicle

In a move that reflects the growing severity of California's drought, water regulators Friday accepted a historic proposal by Delta farmers to voluntarily cut water use by 25 percent, or to allow a quarter of their fields to lay idle. The unprecedented deal comes as four years of drought have left even those with the strongest claims on California's water vulnerable to cuts — and willing to make a deal with the state rather than risk a bigger blow later this year.

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The story behind farmers' offer to cut water use

Central Valley Business Times

A new approach for Delta farmers to volunteer a 25 percent cutback in water use contrasts with tough talk from other attorneys who stressed it would be illegal to curtail Delta farmers with senior water rights. The State Water Resources Control Board seemed to like this approach proposed by a Lodi lawyer who has been talking to many farmers in the Delta who want to have some certainty in how to plan their rapidly approaching summer season.

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Socal redwood trees stressed to breaking point

Contra Costa Times

The City of Glendale has cut down 15 coast redwood trees in just the past month, with another 10 on a watch list. But this is not just a problem in Glendale. These colossal columns of nature are dying throughout Southern California, victims of a prolonged drought, unseasonably hot winter temperatures and reduced irrigation.

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