A court ruled that groundwater pumping that depletes a river could violate California law. Farmers might have to deal with new restrictions before SGMA, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, kicks in.
The Bureau of Reclamation told California officials it wants to renegotiate the rules on water pumping in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. That could help the Central Valley Project, hurt the State Water Project.
US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in a memo, demanded a plan aimed at “maximizing water deliveries” in California. It came as farmers came to the Capitol in Sacramento to rally against a state “water grab.”
The State Water Resources Control Board will hold two days of hearings on a proposal to leave more of the water in the lower San Joaquin River and its three tributaries, the Tuolumne, Merced and Stanislaus.
Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers are rebooting an effort to pass a new tax to attack unsafe drinking water in California. The tax would be voluntary, though a separate effort would establish a fee for dairies and fertilizer manufacturers.
President Donald Trump’s Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, it’s considering opening 1.6 million acres of public lands in Fresno, San Luis Obispo and other California counties to oil production and fracking.