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California proposes historic $1.5M fine for taking water

The State Water Resources Control Board said the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area illegally took water from a pumping plant even after it was warned in June that there wasn’t enough water legally available. More

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California proposes $1.5 million fine for taking water

State regulators want to fine a California water district $1.5 million. More

Record-setting rains sweep through S. California

July is typically the driest month of the year in Southern California. Because of that, Saturday’s 0.36 inch of rain in downtown Los Angeles exceeded the 0.24 inch recorded July 14, 1886, which had been the wettest July day in nearly 130 years. More

CDFA raises its cap on whey value

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