The U.S. Supreme Court decided against hearing appeals of several water agencies and Central Valley farmers who asked the court to review the March 2014 decision by the 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld federal Delta smelt protections. In 2008, the Fish and Wildlife Service issued a biological opinion under...
Governor Jerry Brown reappointed Felicia Marcus to serve as chair of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWB) on Jan. 2. Marcus was first appointed to the SWB in May 2012 and became chair in April 2013. The five-member SWB is responsible for protecting water quality and water supplies in California. It also sets...
Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-32), John Garamendi (D-3), Lois Capps (D-24) and Jared Huffman (D-2) joined with 22 other Democrats to reintroduce H.R. 291, “W21: Water in the 21 st Century,” to help communities nationwide prepare for the future by providing new incentives and investments to help local water agencies,...
Senator Barbara Boxer announced on January 8 that she would not seek reelection in 2016. Senator Boxer was first elected to the Senate in 1992. She served ten years in the House of Representatives prior to her election to the Senate and is known as one of the strongest liberal voices on environmental issues. Boxer’s...
Governor Jerry Brown proposed a balanced $113 billion budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year that appropriates $532 million from the recently approved water bond. The money from the water bond will be appropriated to all the areas outlined in the bond itself, which aligns with the governor’s California Water Action Plan...
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is limiting the use of chloropicrin, a fumigate used on fruit and nut trees, vines, and strawberries throughout the state. In 2012, chloropicrin was used on 67,000 acres in California. It has been known to cause eye or respiratory irritation to exposed...
The Almond Conference in December, as always, provided a wealth of information to help growers fine-tune their production practices with updated techniques and state-of-the-art tools.
The Korean Nutrition Society (KNS) held its annual conference in Jeju, South Korea, recently. Almond Board of California (ABC) sponsored a booth and a scientific session delivered by Dr. Richard Mattes of Purdue University.
Sampling spurs during the dormant season is a necessary but time-consuming process. IPM farm advisor Emily Symmes recommends a sequential sampling technique for mites and San Jose scale to save time in the orchard.
Throughout California’s tumultuous history of wrangling over water use rights, judicial adjudication has been the only definitive, legally binding way to determine who has a valid water right, to quantify how much water various parties can use, and to establish who has priority during shortages for a specific water basin.

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