Agriculture http://kvpr.org en New Survey Says Californians Overwhelmingly Support Statewide Groundwater Plan http://kvpr.org/post/new-survey-says-californians-overwhelmingly-support-statewide-groundwater-plan <p class="p1">An overwhelming majority of likely California voters say they favor a statewide groundwater management plan over the status quo. The results are part of a new survey released today. Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.&nbsp;</p><p class="p3">The survey was commissioned by the non-profit California Water Foundation. It finds the prolonged drought has focused public opinion on the need to regulate groundwater. Pollster David Metz says few Californians think the state is doing an adequate job of managing.the resource.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:41:04 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35878 at http://kvpr.org New Survey Says Californians Overwhelmingly Support Statewide Groundwater Plan Fresno County Supervisors Wait On Poochigian Proposal To Oppose High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-supervisors-wait-poochigian-proposal-oppose-high-speed-rail <p>The Fresno County Board of Supervisors decided to wait on a proposal Tuesday that would have formally positioned the county as opposed to California’s high speed rail project. The effort which was led by Supervisor Debbie Poochigian, who says the project’s funding should be diverted to other areas like water or public safety.</p><p>Poochigian spoke with Valley Public Radio on Monday afternoon before the meeting:</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:26:56 +0000 Joe Moore 35764 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County Supervisors Wait On Poochigian Proposal To Oppose High Speed Rail Fines Now Possible for California Water Wasters http://kvpr.org/post/fines-now-possible-california-water-wasters <p>A state agency took a major step to encourage water conservation Tuesday. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, it voted to allow large fines for wasting water.</p><p>The State Water Resources Control Board has adopted emergency regulations that allow local water agencies to levy fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water outdoors. Board Chair Felicia Marcus says collecting money isn’t the goal. Convincing urban water users to conserve is.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:01:01 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 35763 at http://kvpr.org Fines Now Possible for California Water Wasters Groundwater Helping Farmers Endure California Drought, UC Davis Says http://kvpr.org/post/groundwater-helping-farmers-endure-california-drought-uc-davis-says <div><p>Research from UC Davis suggests California farmers are mostly able to maintain production during the drought because of their use of underground water– but environmentalists, scientists and farmers agree the practice is not a long term solution. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:37:53 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 35762 at http://kvpr.org Groundwater Helping Farmers Endure California Drought, UC Davis Says Drought Hurts Fresno County Crop Value, Dropping Behind Tulare County http://kvpr.org/post/drought-hurts-fresno-county-crop-value-dropping-behind-tulare-county <p>A report released today shows that Fresno's agricultural industry has slipped out of its first-place standing in the state.&nbsp; The 2013 Fresno County crop report shows that its total gross value of agricultural products last year was $6.4 billion, over $1.3 billion behind Tulare County--the first time since 2002 that Tulare swung to the top of the list.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:32:18 +0000 Kerry Klein 35761 at http://kvpr.org Drought Hurts Fresno County Crop Value, Dropping Behind Tulare County Drought Could Cost California Economy $2.2 Billion In 2014, Says Study http://kvpr.org/post/drought-could-cost-california-economy-22-billion-2014-says-study <p>The California economy could lose $2.2 billion this year because of the drought. Max Pringle reports on <a href="http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10978">a UC Davis study</a> that shows the agriculture industry alone could lose $1.5 billion.</p><p>The study says California will have to make do with a third less water this year and that could lead to 430 thousand acres of fallow farmland. Former UC Davis Economist Richard Howitt says the pain won’t be spread evenly throughout the state.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:05:33 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35760 at http://kvpr.org Drought Could Cost California Economy $2.2 Billion In 2014, Says Study Forecasters: El Nino Not Likely To Help Ease Drought http://kvpr.org/post/forecasters-el-nino-not-likely-help-ease-drought <p>It's less likely an El Niño event will bring rain to parched California next fall or winter. And, as Ed Joyce reports from Sacramento, the drought is expected to continue next year.</p><p>National Weather Service <a href="http://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/enso/en-so">forecasters say</a> the chance of El Niño is about 70 percent during the Northern Hemisphere this summer and is close to 80 percent during the fall and early winter.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:08:32 +0000 Ed Joyce - Capital Public Radio 35521 at http://kvpr.org Forecasters: El Nino Not Likely To Help Ease Drought New Assembly Minority Leader Talks Of 'Rebranding' California GOP http://kvpr.org/post/new-assembly-minority-leader-talks-rebranding-california-gop <p>Assembly Republicans have a new leader in Sacramento, and she's from the San Joaquin Valley. Modesto's Kristin Olsen joined us on Valley Edition to talk about her priorities from education to a water bond. She also spoke about her ideas on how California Republicans can better connect with voters in the future.&nbsp;</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">On her vision for Republicans in California:</strong></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:23:17 +0000 Joe Moore 35385 at http://kvpr.org New Assembly Minority Leader Talks Of 'Rebranding' California GOP Levee Break On Canal Will Delay Water Deliveries http://kvpr.org/post/levee-break-canal-will-delay-water-deliveries <p class="p1">A major canal that supplies Kings River water to east side valley farmers will be out of commission for one week at the height of the&nbsp; growing season.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">A levee on the Alta Irrigation's District's Alta Main canal east of Sanger gave way on Sunday evening, flooding several homes and closing Highway 180 for a short time. Crews were able to control the flooding and turn off the water supply.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 01:25:18 +0000 Joe Moore 35322 at http://kvpr.org Levee Break On Canal Will Delay Water Deliveries Much Of California's Emergency Drought Relief Money Still Unspent http://kvpr.org/post/much-californias-emergency-drought-relief-money-still-unspent <p>It’s been four months since Governor Jerry Brown signed what he and Democratic lawmakers called “emergency drought legislation.” It promised nearly $700 million in immediate drought relief. But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, nearly 90 percent of that money has yet to be spent.</p><p>It was late February when Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced – with great fanfare – emergency drought legislation.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Brown:</em></strong><em> “What needs to be done will be done – and is being done.”</em></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:42:00 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 35249 at http://kvpr.org Much Of California's Emergency Drought Relief Money Still Unspent California Assembly Committee Passes Farm Worker Sexual Harassment Bill http://kvpr.org/post/california-assembly-committee-passes-farm-worker-sexual-harassment-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A California Assembly committee passed a bill Wednesday that would give the state the power to revoke the licenses of farm labor contractor’s if they hire supervisors who have sexually harassed workers.</p><p>Michael Marsh is an attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance. He says his office deals with complaints of sexual harassment and sexual assault on a regular basis.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:14:19 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 34776 at http://kvpr.org California Assembly Committee Passes Farm Worker Sexual Harassment Bill California Assembly Committee Passes Groundwater Rules Bill http://kvpr.org/post/california-assembly-committee-passes-groundwater-rules-bill <p>Local California water agencies would be able to establish rules governing groundwater use for the first time under a bill that passed an Assembly committee Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Backers of the bill say years of ground water over-pumping has led to wells drying up around the state and has also depleted surface water supplies. Maurice Hall is with the Nature Conservancy.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:45:08 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 34738 at http://kvpr.org California Assembly Committee Passes Groundwater Rules Bill CNN Journalist Aims To Kayak San Joaquin River From Fresno To San Francisco http://kvpr.org/post/cnn-journalist-aims-kayak-san-joaquin-river-fresno-san-francisco <p>Journalist <a href="http://twitter.com/jdsutter">John D. Sutter</a> is on a quest to do something that many valley residents do, kayak on the San Joaquin River. But instead of going for a short trip from Lost Lake Park to Highway 41, he has a much longer journey in mind - <a href="http://cnnuslive.cnn.com/Event/My_trip_down_the_most_endangered_river_in_America">Friant Dam all the way to San Francisco Bay.&nbsp;</a></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:57:41 +0000 Joe Moore 34681 at http://kvpr.org CNN Journalist Aims To Kayak San Joaquin River From Fresno To San Francisco Senate Rejects Alternate Water Bond; Brown To Weigh In? http://kvpr.org/post/senate-rejects-alternate-water-bond-brown-weigh <p class="p1">California water bond negotiations are entering a critical stretch. Time is growing short to replace the current $11 billion measure on the November ballot. As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, one proposal failed a key test vote Monday.</p><p class="p3">Typically, water politics break down along regional lines. But this vote fell on party lines. Democratic Senator Lois Wolk argued that her proposal stands the best chance of passing the legislature this summer – and winning voter approval this fall.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:48:21 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 34649 at http://kvpr.org Senate Rejects Alternate Water Bond; Brown To Weigh In? The 'Deepest Straw Wins' In Central Valley Scramble For Groundwater http://kvpr.org/post/deepest-straw-wins-central-valley-scramble-groundwater <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The California drought is becoming a source of tension between homeowners and farmers in the Southern Central Valley. Farmers are seeing unprecedented reductions in their allotments to surface water. Homeowners are watching their private wells run dry. Pauline Bartolone has more about how people in the Fresno area are tapping into underground water. &nbsp;</p></div><p>The home where Ruth Griffin planned to retire looks like it’s an island in a sea of almond orchards.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 34190 at http://kvpr.org The 'Deepest Straw Wins' In Central Valley Scramble For Groundwater Fresno State Breaks Ground On New Research Center http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-state-breaks-ground-new-research-center <p>Fresno State officials broke ground today on a $24 million agricultural and engineering research center.</p><p>The 30,000 square-foot facility will host labs and foster collaboration among students and faculty in the university’s agricultural, engineering and science and math colleges.</p><p>The Jordan Research Center aimed at solving agricultural challenges will be located on the corner of Barstow and Woodrow avenues.</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 01:00:31 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34188 at http://kvpr.org Fresno State Breaks Ground On New Research Center Lawmakers Get Pressured To Act On Water Bond http://kvpr.org/post/lawmakers-get-pressured-act-water-bond <p>California lawmakers are debating whether to put a scaled-down water bond on the November ballot. And as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, a rally at the Capitol Monday demonstrated the increasing pressure on the legislature as it wades through a number of bond proposals.</p><p>Business, agriculture and environmental leaders gathered under the blazing sun, in front the brown Capitol lawn to express the dire need for a water bond. Bryce Lundberg is a rice farmer and a member of the North State Water Alliance. His group has some criteria they’d like to see included in a bond.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:47:29 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 33964 at http://kvpr.org Lawmakers Get Pressured To Act On Water Bond California Officials Developing Groundwater Management Plans http://kvpr.org/post/california-officials-developing-groundwater-management-plans <div><p>California state officials are working on a five-year plan they hope will lead to better local management of underground water supplies. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>The state says groundwater levels are in alarming decline – and that must be reversed. In times of drought, more water is pulled from the ground. A number of government agencies are generating a five-year plan to make sure that over years of use and replenishment, there’s adequate supply of groundwater</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:39:27 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 33963 at http://kvpr.org California Officials Developing Groundwater Management Plans California's Drought Isn't Making Food Cost More. Here's Why http://kvpr.org/post/californias-drought-isnt-making-food-cost-more-heres-why The entire state of California is in a severe drought. Farmers and farmworkers <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/22/303726931/fields-and-farm-jobs-dry-up-with-californias-worsening-drought">are hurting</a>.<p>You might expect this to cause food shortages and higher prices across the country. After all, California grows 95 percent of America's broccoli, 81 percent of its carrots and 99 percent of the country's artichokes, almonds and walnuts, among other foods.<p>Yet there's been no sign of a big price shock. What gives?<p>Here are three explanations.<p><strong>1. Fri, 23 May 2014 20:10:25 +0000 Dan Charles 33167 at http://kvpr.org California's Drought Isn't Making Food Cost More. Here's Why California Water Managers May Limit River Water Diversion For Crops http://kvpr.org/post/california-water-managers-may-limit-river-water-diversion-crops <p>Some California farmers may not be allowed to divert river water to irrigate their crops this summer. The restriction is part of new rules being considered this week by state water managers.</p><p>Some members of the Water Resources Control board say suspending water rights is an unavoidable temporary emergency measure caused by the drought.</p><p>Felicia Marcus Chairs the Board, and says any limits on water rights should be clearly explained, and narrow in scope.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 01:22:49 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 33064 at http://kvpr.org California Water Managers May Limit River Water Diversion For Crops