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Many areas struggling to set up groundwater agencies as deadline looms

As a July 1 deadline approaches, many local governments in California’s groundwater basins are struggling to agree on viable local entities to enforce the state’s new pumping regulations. More

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Congressman fends off criticism of USDA budget, Oroville Dam crisis

Rep. Doug LaMalfa of California, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, says lawmakers have voiced concerns to the Trump administration about... More


Dam managers made missteps in handling crisis

An Associated Press examination of state and federal documents, emails obtained under public records requests and numerous interviews reveal a... More


Water releases to resume at damaged California dam spillway

With stormy weather approaching, the state plans to resume releasing water down a damaged spillway at the nation's tallest dam More


Continuing storms led to increase in SWP allocations, official says

California announced an increase in State Water Project deliveries one day after the state’s top water official said it could be May or June before a new allocation is made. More

Biologists: Too soon to know if killing barred owls helps spotted owls

One of the lead researchers acknowledges the “gut-wrenching” dilemma of killing one species to benefit another. More

Damaged Oroville spillway helps drain storm overflow

Using the spillway was necessary because enough water can’t be released through the powerhouse underneath the dam to keep up with the inflow to the lake. More

California water officials boost State Water Project deliveries

With ample rains and Sierra snowpack, state water officials have boosted the estimated allocations to their highest levels since 2006. More

Oroville Dam repairs hinder increase in SWP deliveries

Repairs after the near-failure of the Oroville Dam’s spillway in February are complicating officials’ decision whether to increase State Water Project allocations. More

Sunkist CEO Russell Hanlin dies at 84

Russell Hanlin, who was president and CEO of Sunkist Growers for two decades, has died. The marketing cooperative says Hanlin was 84 when he died Tuesday More

N. California sets record for wettest winter

Just under 90 inches of rain and snow have fallen this winter in the northern Sierra Nevada. More

Western Growers’ Nassif to be named Agriculturalist of the Year

Tom Nassif, the chief executive officer of Western Growers since 2002, will be honored as the California State Fair’s Agriculturalist of the Year at a gala fundraiser in June. More

CVP water boost comes late in the season for SJ Valley growers

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation boosted San Joaquin Valley farmers’ water allocation to 100 percent of requested supplies for the first time since 2006. But many growers already made their planting decisions months ago. More

Genetically engineered citrus virus could be answer for fighting HLB

The USDA is considering issuing permits for a Florida firm to widen its field trials of a genetically modified virus containing defensin proteins from spinach as a tool to make trees resistant to huanglongbing. More

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