AB 2551, a bill by Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Plumas Lake) could expedite water storage projects by allowing projects that receive some of the $2.7 billion in funding from the 2014 Water Bond (Prop. 1) to use alternative delivery methods (e.g., design-build instead of the traditional design-bid-build). The bill...
State Senator Lois Wolk’s (D-Davis) bill (SB 1317) obligating cities and counties with high- or medium-priority basin to require a conditional use permit for the development of new groundwater drilling operations has passed both the Natural Resource and Water and the Finance and Governance committees and moves now to...
The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved the 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that includes measures led by Reps. David Valadao (R-Fresno) and Ken Calvert (R-Riverside) to address the California drought crisis. The bill provides $37.4 billion in federal spending on national defense...
The State Department of Water Resources announced an increase to State Water Project (SWP) customers from 45 percent to 60 percent. The projected allocation marks an improvement over last year, when the SWP delivered 20 percent of contractors’ allocations. The 2016 projection would mark the highest allocation since...
The elected nominees for the 2016–17 Almond Board of California Board of Directors were seated at the April 12 board meeting. Members who have been re-elected to their position are marked with an asterisk, and members who are new to their specific position, but returning to service on the Board, are marked with the...
The Almond Board of California Board (ABC) of Directors, after reviewing programs and budget recommendations resulting from strategic planning over the past year, unanimously agreed in its April board meeting to recommend a budget for Crop Year 2016–17 to include an increase in the assessment from 3 cents per pound to...
The final round of California Almond Sustainability Program (CASP) workshops for 2016 will be held in late June/early July. As with series 1 and 2, they will take place in three locations — one in each of the state’s growing regions — to be announced later. These workshops will demonstrate ways that growers can keep...
For the first time in California’s history, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) regulates the use of groundwater by empowering local agencies to adopt groundwater management plans that are tailored to the resources and needs of their communities. We asked Sarge Green, a water management specialist with...
Conducted in partnership with University of California weed specialists and staff, in-the-field workshops will be held in May focusing on weed identification and management.
At least 80% of nutrients should be applied to almonds during the active tree growth period beginning in early spring and continuing through early hullsplit.

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