Ag Today July 28, 2021
Will Delta water users sue — again — to stop California’s drought rules? [CalMatters]
Drought-plagued California is poised to bar thousands of farmers, landowners and others from pumping water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed, a move that irrigation districts said exceeds the water board’s authority. The emergency rules would be the first time state regulators have taken such wide-reaching action during a drought to prevent diversions from the massive Delta watershed stretching from Fresno to the Oregon border. At a more than three-hour workshop today to discuss the proposal, State Water Resources Control Board officials said the status of the...
Ag Today July 27, 2021
California wineries, farms to get access to last-resort fire insurance as Gov. Newsom signs SB 11 [North Bay Business Journal]
With wildfire losses in the state soaring, and insurance company rates following suit, a governor’s signature on a bill is leaving some winery owners eyeing a bit of relief. The Napa County Farm Bureau, one of the supporters of the legislation, reports that Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed Senate Bill 11, giving owners of wine and other agricultural properties a way to gain coverage through the state’s high risk insurance plan called the California FAIR plan, the state’s insurer of...
Ag Today July 26, 2021
California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers [Sacramento Bee]
Forced to reckon with a worsening drought, California’s water regulators are preparing to forbid thousands of farmers from tapping into the state’s major rivers and streams. It’s an extraordinary step — and one that regulators didn’t take during the last drought, which was considered one of the worst on record. The State Water Resources Control Board on Friday released an “emergency curtailment” order that would cut thousands off from rivers and streams in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river watersheds. The five-person board still...
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