California North Coast Water Tables Stable...


While the West Coast drought has been catastrophic for grapegrowers in some areas of California, it has had little impact on vineyards in other parts of the state. Comparing data about groundwater tables in various California grapegrowing regions highlights how different conditions can be. Read more about the West Coast drought here.


American Farm Bureau Federation Impacts to Farming and Ranching...

Farming and Ranching Under the New “Waters of the U.S.” Rule. How could this affect you?

  • Why should I try to identify WOTUS on the land I farm?
  • What features on my lands may be WOTUS?
  • What types of farming or ranching activities may trigger CWA liability and permit requirements?
  • What are my options if I farm areas that I believe may include WOTUS?
  • Where can I get more information?

AFBF Impacts to Farming and Ranching 8-17-15

Landowners along four Russian River streams to receive state order on water use...

Thousands of rural Sonoma County landowners will receive orders, starting this week, to provide state w

Grif Okie used to swim during summer months in Mark West Creek in this pool that was up to his armpits and in some places deeper,

Grif Okie used to swim during summer months in Mark West Creek in this pool that was up to his armpits and in some places deeper,

ater regulators with details of their use of surface and well water, the latest step in an emergency effort to protect coho salmon and steelhead trout in four watersheds draining into the Russian River.

North Bay Public-Private Drought Coalition Forms...

Water agencies serving Sonoma and Marin counties are pooling water-conservation Droughtefforts with agriculture and local businesses and industry groups to promote changes in attitudes toward water use among residents and the business community

Higher prices, fewer tons keep North Coast winegrape value unchanged at $1.4B...

The value of the 2014 winegrape crop in most of the North Coast region was virtually unchanged from the record level of last year, as a nearly 7 percent drop in tonnage from the record-setting 2013 crop was offset by a grape-price increases in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties, according to preliminary official figures released Tuesday.

Read the full article from the North Bay Business Journal

Upper Russian River water rights cut...

State authorities Thursday began notifying hundreds of water rights holders on the upper Russian River to stop diverting water from the drought-stricken watershed because there isn’t enough supply to go around.

The unprecedented step affects 652 water rights issued after Feb. 19, 1954, held by dozens of growers and local water agencies, some of which rely on the river for their main supply. Many have other sources, however, that could help protect them through the dry season.

The order, which was dated Wednesday and takes effect immediately, was issued in letters sent out by the state Water Resources Control Board.

Read the full article from the Press Democrat