Commerce Secretary Pritzker visits San Joaquin Valley

Legislative Report - Aug. 09, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently visited the San Joaquin Valley with Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) to meet with individuals in the community to discuss the California drought, trade, and economic opportunities for Valley residents and businesses.
Biological Assessment of California WaterFix Released

Legislative Report - Aug. 09, 2016

The California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released a revised biological assessment for the California WaterFix project to federal agencies with a request to begin the formal consultation process under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Bill to Expedite Water Storage Project Moves Forward

Legislative Report - Apr. 25, 2016

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).
Conditional Well Permit Bill Advances

Legislative Report - Apr. 25, 2016

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 t
House Appropriations Committee Approves Spending Bill with Drought Provisions

Legislative Report - Apr. 25, 2016

The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved the 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that includes measures led by Reps.
State Water Project Increases Water Allocations

Legislative Report - Apr. 25, 2016

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.
Valadao Introduces Drainage Bill

Legislative Report - Jan. 13, 2016

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?
House Votes to Overturn Obama Water Rule

Legislative Report - Jan. 13, 2016

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?
CDFA to Host Informational Sessions on FSMA

Legislative Report - Dec. 16, 2015

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.
Pilot Project to Generate Greenhouse Gas Credits for Almonds and Corn

Legislative Report - Dec. 16, 2015

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.