The State Assembly and Senate ended the session passing over 600 bills that will go to the Governor for action. A few bills to note are AB 1390 (Alejo, D-Watsonville) and SB 226 (Pavley, D-Augora Hills). Both bills dealt with streamlining the adjudication process. Amended to be companion bills, they establish special...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released final rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food and Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for...
The State Water Resources Control Board and the California Department of Water Resources announced they will host a series of technical sessions for public agencies and public forums throughout the state in October and November to discuss the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation. The meetings are...
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Nicolaus), and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) hosted the North State Water Forum in Chico recently at which they voiced support for the Sites reservoir. Located in Colusa County, the Sites reservoir would hold up to 1.9 million acre feet of water. The...
The House passed H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 by a vote of 245-176. The bill aims to funnel more water to San Joaquin Valley growers by reducing the amount that flows out to the ocean. The bill also sets deadlines for the completion of feasibility studies to build or enlarge five...
Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2015-2016 budget approved by the legislature on June 24. The budget includes assistance to farmers in the area of water efficiency, reducing greenhouse gases and increasing soil resilience. SWEEP, the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program, will receive $40 million from the...
The California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015 would funnel $1.3 billion over the next decade to storage, recycling, desalination and other projects. The bill would not alter the Endangered Species Act and includes provisions for the protection and recovery of fish population including authorizing $20 million to...
The House passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by a vote of 275-150. The bill establishes a voluntary USDA-administered certification program for labeling genetically engineered food products. The bill prevents states from requiring package labels to indicate the presence of GMO ingredients. The...
The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced a competitive application process for the 2015 State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) authorized by emergency drought legislation AB 91 (Chapter1, Statutes of 2015). The 2015 SWEEP solicitation will provide a up to $10 million in grant funding...
Final regulations were released on May 27 that will protect streams, rivers and wetlands that provide drinking water to more than 117 million Americans. The Clean Water Rule, drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, extends the Clean Water Act’s protections to all tributaries...

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