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California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts by farmers
California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts by farmers
California water regulators on Friday accepted an offer from California farmers with the most senior water rights to reduce their consumption by 25 percent.

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California water cuts move to those with century-old rights
California water cuts move to those with century-old rights
state officials said Wednesday that they would start mandatory cuts this week to the state’s oldest rights holders.
Ag woes have big impact on San Joaquin Valley economy
Ag woes have big impact on San Joaquin Valley economy
While agriculture may seem small compared to the entire California economy, it has a big impact on commerce in the San Joaquin Valley, long the nation's leading region for agricultural production.
Water shutoffs, shortages imperil ag in San Joaquin Valley
Water shutoffs, shortages imperil ag in San Joaquin Valley
Water shutoffs and cutbacks and a sinking water table are threatening to turn the San Joaquin Valley, long the nation's most productive agricultural region, into a hodgepodge of empty fields and veritable ghost towns.
California farmers propose voluntary water cuts
California farmers propose voluntary water cuts
Under the deal expected to be presented to state officials Wednesday, farmers would either take less river water for irrigation or leave a quarter of their crops unplanted.
Early May rains help Idaho water outlook
Early May rains help Idaho water outlook
A wet start to May has brought badly needed moisture to Southern Idaho irrigators.
Roza District keeps looking for water; forecast drops
Summer water supply in Washington's Yakima Basin is now forecast at 44 percent of normal because of drought. A major irrigation district continues its quest for water to lease.
Proposal to eliminate ESPA boundary won’t return in 2016
The 2015 Idaho Legislature rejected a proposed rule that could have subjected a significant amount of additional farmland to curtailment orders during future water calls. The rule will not be re-proposed, said the Idaho Department of Water Resources...
Western landowners can apply for drought mitigation funding
Producers in eight states can apply for emergency funding of projects that will mitigate drought conditions.
DEQ specialist aids southeast Idaho producers with water projects
DEQ specialist aids southeast Idaho producers with water projects
In his new position with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality's Pocatello office, Steve Smith helps growers access Clean Water Act funds to improve their operations and water quality.
Orange County district moves toward buying desalinated water
The price of the desalinated water would be pegged to the price of imported water, plus a premium.