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.
California is in the midst of a four-year historic drought. Responsible leaders from all facets of the state’s business and regulatory communities are engaged in discussions to identify the most equitable and efficient means of managing this resource.
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Landowner “Waters of the U.S. Rule” (WOTUS) checklist will help to determine if you may be affected.
Landowner WOTUS Checklist 8-25-15
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
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,
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.
Water agencies serving Sonoma and Marin counties are pooling water-conservation efforts with agriculture and local businesses and industry groups to promote changes in attitudes toward water use among residents and the business community
County tightens rules on new wells
A plea for imperiled coho.
State asks for cuts in water diversions from key streams.
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.
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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.
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