WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for Sept 13-18: Groundwater externalities and the ag response to water pricing; Guest commentary: Almond growers are committed to finding water solutions

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This week’s featured articles …

AG WATER PRICES: Groundwater Externalities and the Agricultural Response to Water Pricing

Dr. Ellen Bruno is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Ag and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley. At a recent Silver Solutions webinar, she shared some of the preliminary results on a paper she is working on with colleagues Katrina Jessoe at UC Davis’ Ag and Resource Economics Department,and Michael Hanemann with Arizona State University who is also a professor emeritus in the Department of Ag and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley. The study considers the impacts of agricultural water pricing and the effect on water use and land use change.

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Almond growers are committed to finding water solutions that work for people, farms, and fish

This guest commentary is written by Don Cameron of Terranova Ranch:

Back in late February and early March, California almond growers experienced what many are calling the perfect bloom. Perfect weather resulted in the abundant crop filling almond trees, uniquely suited to the state’s Mediterranean climate, up and down the Central Valley. This year’s record crop – estimated to hit 3 billion pounds – is proof that California is the best place in the world to grow almonds. Almonds account for more than 100,000 jobs in California and contribute $11 billion to the state’s GDP.

And yet, the announcement of the record crop drew an immediate attack from Marin County attorney David Zeff, a board member of the Golden State Salmon Association, who dredged up the old “fish versus farms” fallacy to attack almond growers in his July 15 guest commentary in Maven’s Notebook.

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In water news this week from around the web …

WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST:  After the blazes: Poisoned water and ‘a flood on steroids’; Possible atmospheric river this week; CA’s water crisis hits farmworkers hardest; Trout don’t follow the weather forecast; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest

MONDAY:  Extraordinary heat, rare summer snow brought unprecedented West Coast firestorms; Western wildfires damage, contaminate drinking water systems; A rebuilt Paradise nervously watches the horizon; Pandemic, unpaid bills test utilities’ social justice vows; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest

TUESDAY:  Senators to discuss bipartisan take on reducing fire risks; AR update/weather pattern shift coming; Monterey fight over desalination is now about environmental justice; How can California make water data work for decision makers?; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest

WEDNESDAY: Past wildfires offer future roadmap for forest management’s effects on water; Creek Fire ignites fire management debate over dead trees; CSPA asks San Francisco water agency to withdraw voluntary agreement; Water shortages in US West likelier than previously thought; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest

THURSDAY:  Cal Am withdraws desal project bid; Elevating NGOs and community groups in groundwater decision-making; A tale of two coastlines: desalination in China and CA; East Tule GSA to charge farmers for pumping water; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest

FRIDAY:  First water futures contract is coming with the West on fire; Experts say drought, wildfire risk to persist across much of US this fall; If California won’t enact a plastic waste overhaul, will anyone?; Water wars at the Supreme Court: ‘It’s only going to get worse’; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest

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