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Growers hope groundwater markets provide flexibility

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern

Some San Joaquin Valley farmers could someday have a new “crop” to sell —  their groundwater. In the face of looming groundwater pumping restrictions, some groundwater agencies are looking at internal markets to give growers a way to save water and still earn a profit. You need to login to view the rest of the…

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State still hasn’t fixed Porterville drinking water crisis from the last drought. Will residents go dry again?

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern

The epicenter of dry wells during California’s last devastating drought was undoubtedly Porterville. The small Tulare County town saw wells go dry enmasse in its unincorporated east side. It became a national headline as the media descended. Amid the glare of tv cameras, the state pledged to help and agreed to build three new wells….

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Lawsuit claims Kern County Water Agency shorted a key local canal’s volume

 •  by Lois Henry

The Cross Valley Canal is a key cog in the southern San Joaquin Valley’s water machinery. It moves water east and west between the California Aqueduct along Kern County’s western edge to the Kern County Water Agency’s facilities near Manor Street in Bakersfield. Along the way, it also connects with the federally owned Friant-Kern Canal,…

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Bills to fund canal repairs moving forward

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern

California’s canals are sinking. Excessive groundwater pumping has collapsed the land beneath several key canals, crimping their ability to move water. Fixing them will be expensive. There are two bills moving through the state Legislature and Congress that could provide some funding. You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please Login….

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Putting farmland out to pasture not an easy task

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern

Not all farmland in the San Joaquin Valley will survive in a post-SGMA world. Estimates are that the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act will force between 500,000 to one million acres of land that’s currently farmed to be taken out of production to save groundwater. Which lands and what will become of those lands are major…

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SJV on VPR!

 •  by Lois Henry

Valley Public Radio in Fresno interviewed me about SJV Water’s story on subsidence in Corcoran that ran in the New York Times. TAKE A LISTEN!

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Search for groundwater gets high-tech boost

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern

Groundwater is one of the hottest ticket items in California’s water world these days. But much about it is a mystery. Where is it? How does it move? Which are the best spots to percolate water into the ground for storage? At least two technologies hope to answer some of those questions: airborne electromagnetic surveys…

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