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Groundwater plan managers not rattled by state’s initial negative reviews

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern

Though the state’s first informal assessment of four San Joaquin Valley groundwater plans noted several — sometimes significant —  deficiencies in those plans, groundwater managers were confident they could bring the plans up to snuff. “I did not read it as a failure at all,” said Stephanie Anagnoson, director of water and natural resources for…

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Drinking Water

Utah’s Water Dilemma

 •  by Brett Walton, Circle of Blue

This piece is part of a collaboration that includes the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), California Health Report, Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism, Circle of Blue, Colorado Public Radio, Columbia Insight, The Counter, High Country News, New Mexico In Depth and SJV Water. The project was made possible by a grant from the Water Foundation…

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Rivers

New Kern River coalition; Grassroots or astroturf?

 •  by Lois Henry

The main water district involved in several legal battles for Kern River water has launched a new coalition/messaging campaign it is calling Sustainable Kern River. Its website says the organization is a coalition and lists several members, but its creation and funding comes from North Kern Water Storage District, according to North Kern’s General Manager…

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DroughtFederal System

The Counter: How a federal drought relief program left southern Oregon parched—and contributed to the ongoing groundwater crisis in the West

 •  by Jessica Fu, The Counter

This piece is part of a collaboration that includes the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), California Health Report, Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism, Circle of Blue, Colorado Public Radio, Columbia Insight, The Counter, High Country News, New Mexico In Depth and SJV Water. The project was made possible by a grant from the Water Foundation…

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Drought

Where is the water going?

 •  by Lois Henry

This piece is part of a collaboration that includes the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), California Health Report, Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism, Circle of Blue, Colorado Public Radio, Columbia Insight, The Counter, High Country News, New Mexico In Depth and SJV Water. The project was made possible by a grant from the Water Foundation…

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SGMA

State’s groundwater “cop” weighs in on plans to stop over pumping and finds them lax

 •  by Lois Henry

As California’s Central Valley water managers nervously await the first official Department of Water Resources responses to plans for how they expect to fix massive groundwater over pumping, some were dismayed to “stumble” on comments from a different, and very powerful, state water agency. The State Water Resources Control Board submitted  highly critical comments on…

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SGMA

A space-age tool aims to bring water use down to Earth

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern

New satellite technology could be a critical piece to the future of water trading in the San Joaquin Valley, according to those working on the tech. OpenET, an online platform that uses satellite imagery to estimate how much water is used by different crops, launched publicly on October 21. The platform is already being tested…

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