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...
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...
The State Department of Water Resources announced an increase to State Water Project (SWP) customers from 45 percent to 60 percent.
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 House of Representatives passed a resolution to overturn the rule submitted by the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relating to the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The Senate passed the resolution in November 2015. The President has promised to...
Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, introduced H.R. 4366, the San Luis Drainage Resolution Act that will authorize a settlement of a long-standing dispute between the United States and the Westlands Water District concerning the management of drainage water within Westlands’ service area in the San Luis Unit of the Central...
Congress passed and the President signed, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a multi-billion dollar package to fund the nation’s infrastructure. Included in the bill is a modified version of Senator Thune’s Port Performance Metrics, written to address and prevent port slowdowns as experienced by...
The Almond Board of California (ABC) is working with partners including the Environmental Defense Fund to start a pilot project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which would give growers of almonds and corn greater access to greenhouse gas markets like those under California’s cap-and-trade program...
The California Department of Food and Agriculture will host informational sessions on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rules for Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Animal Food. The Produce Safety Rule will be presented on Wednesday, January 13 in Tulare,...
Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order that strengthening the state’s drought response by extending emergency conservation regulations through October 2016 if drought persists through January, and allowing for the streamlining of permitting for projects that seek to capture stormwater from high precipitation...

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