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by Lois Henry
If you’re a Central Valley farmer and haven’t yet been hit up by someone about reusing crummy water for irrigation — just wait. Companies are springing up all over with the latest gizmo they believe will take nasty, salty water, mostly from shallow aquifers on the valley’s west side or oilfield produced water, and make…
by Lois Henry
A new set of water regulations aimed at protecting California’s native fish came down from the state earlier this week to near universal condemnation from both agricultural and environmental water folks. The regulations are contained in a 143-page “incidental take permit” issued by the Department of Fish and Wildlife that lays out when  — and…
NEWS RELEASE SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today, the Bureau of Reclamation updated the water supply allocation for Friant Division Central Valley Project contracts for the 2020 contract year. The Friant Division provides water for 15,000 family farms and several cities in the Central Valley. Initial allocations were made on February 25, 2020. Reclamation considered many factors…
In an ongoing effort to help Californians deal with the fallout of the COVID-19 crisis, Gov. Newsom today issued an executive order prohibiting water companies from shutting off customers for non payment. The order, which applies to residential and commercial customers, has no end date. Additionally, water service that was shut off for nonpayment as…
by Lois Henry
The James Irrigation District in western Fresno County has sued the Westlands Water District over its plan to let farmers pump salty groundwater into the Mendota Pool in exchange for water from the San Luis Reservoir. The lawsuit could scuttle Westlands’ plans to create a certain supply for its farmers as they, and farmers throughout…
by Lois Henry
This is a good reminder sent by the California State Water Resources Control Board about drinking water safety.. California standards require disinfection to such a degree that it is virtually impossible for COVID-19 to live in and be passed through drinking water that adheres to those standards. DRINKING WATER FACT SHEET  …
Central Valley farmers may soon have another crop to sell along with almonds, tomatoes and peppers — the groundwater beneath their land. Proposed groundwater markets have popped up in just about every groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) filed with the state Jan. 31. One such market is about to launch its first phase within the next…
The consequences of not complying with the state’s new groundwater law came home to roost in Madera County, which got a big-fat zero in grant funding from the state for lack of a coordination agreement, the state announced Friday. Madera County had requested $500,000 to help with well installation for groundwater monitoring on behalf of…
by Lois Henry
Sometimes the world gifts us wonderfully kooky fun that must be celebrated. Such as, there is ANOTHER Lois Henry. And she’s into water. In 2013 I wrote a column about her for The Bakersfield Californian discussing our eerie similarities. (Except she’s good a math, which is where we part ways.) Then she came to Bakersfield and we had…
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