More Dry Year Actions by the State

Monday, Feb 3rd, 2014

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the State Water Resources Control Board on Friday made announcements and took additional action in response to the dry conditions in California. DWR provided that: “except for a small amount of carryover water from 2013, customers of the State Water Project (SWP) will get no deliveries in 2014 if current dry conditions persist and deliveries to agricultural districts with long-standing water rights in the Sacramento Valley may be cut 50 percent — the maximum permitted by contract — depending upon future snow survey results. It is important to note that almost all areas served by the SWP have other sources of water, such as groundwater, local reservoirs, and other supplies.”

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The Sacramento Valley is Challenged by the Dry Year

Tuesday, Jan 14th, 2014

As we are now seeing throughout the state, 2013 was the driest year on record for California. The convergence of low carryover storage in reservoirs, coupled with minimal inflow into these reservoirs so far this year, has water resources managers in the Sacramento Valley concerned with our ability to serve water for cities and rural communities, farms, birds, fish and recreation. In the Sacramento Valley, water suppliers are facing significantly reduced surface water allocations, including certain parts of the Valley that will receive no surface water. This includes residential supplies in the Sacramento metropolitan area that depend upon water from Folsom Lake, as well as farms and wildlife management areas.

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The BDCP and the Further Need for Statewide Water Solutions

Friday, Dec 6th, 2013

With the state and federal agencies releasing the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) this week, the leaders in the North State are unified in our commitment to statewide water solutions that protect the economy, environment and quality of life in Northern California.

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Viewpoints: Agriculture is not just the Sacramento Valley’s heritage; it’s our future

Friday, Sep 27th, 2013

I love to eat in Sacramento’s warehouse district. The brick buildings and reused industrial sites are the perfect background for real food driven by the season’s local crops. Magpie Café is one of my favorites. Chef Ed Roehr does a fantastic job bringing the region’s best food to a bustling midtown.

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