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Drought has state debating unregulated pumping
Two bills before lawmakers would require some local governments to start managing groundwater withdrawals, and authorize the state to step in if they fail.

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Probe sought into possible water diversion
The California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are calling on the state board that oversees water rights to investigate possible water diversion by farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Simpson says ag faces challenges on Capitol Hill
Simpson says ag faces challenges on Capitol Hill
Rep. Mike Simpson tells Idaho's dairy industry the biggest challenge facing Congress at present is passing appropriations bills to fund government.
Farm groups cheer California water bond proposal
Farm groups cheer California water bond proposal
Farm groups in California hailed the $7.5 billion water bond measure agreed to by Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers. The measure, which will appear on the November ballot, would include $2.7 billion for storage.
Drought, freezes diminish Calif. table olive crop
Drought, freezes diminish Calif. table olive crop
The National Agricultural Statistics Service forecasts that this year's table olive crop in California will be 45 percent smaller than last year's. But an industry leader says NASS may even have been too optimistic with its report.
Californians to vote on $7.5 billion water plan
Californians to vote on $7.5 billion water plan
After weeks of difficult negotiations, the ballot measure sailed through both houses of the Legislature: 77-2 in the Assembly and 37-0 in the Senate. Republican Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks and Democrat Wesley Chesbro of Arcata cast the dissenting votes in...
Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop
Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation but also are drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from...

Klamath salmon advocates ask more water for fish
Members of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and others have been pressing the Obama administration to release more water from Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River.
Brown, Democrats closing in on water bond deal
The bond proposal would provide money for projects including dams, water recycling and groundwater cleanup and requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers. Democrats hold a supermajority in the 80-member Assembly but do not in the 40-member Senate, where...
Survey: Sturgeon population holds steady in river section
White sturgeon, which date to the dinosaurs, number about 4,000 in a 140-mile stretch of the Snake River between Hells Canyon Dam and Lower Granite Dam.
Forecasters say El Nino too weak to end drought
Forecasters say El Nino too weak to end drought
Climate forecasters have backed off somewhat on their prediction that El Nino conditions will prevail off the coast of California this winter. While it's still likely to develop, El Nino won't be strong enough to bring California out of its drought, they...