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California does not track groundwater banking—but projects tapping flood flows show promise

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The state does not have a mechanism for tracking the amount of floodwater that water managers and landowners are diverting to groundwater recharge projects. But the looming threat of groundwater regulations has propelled a new race to grab more water in the wet years to prepare for the dry years.

Innovative new collaborations are showing both promise and the regulatory hurdles ahead in scaling up efforts to tap into this natural water supply storage.

Continue reading on Agri-Pulse

‘A game-changer’: San Joaquin Valley farmers help replenish groundwater by flooding their fields

in Community/Environment/News

For farmers throughout California, dealing with drought is one of many stressors.

San Joaquin County almond farmer Christine Gemperle says it's something she thinks about every single day.

"I guess I've had anxiety over it, sometimes despair," Gemperle said.

Continue reading on KCRA

Evacuation warning issued for parts of Stanislaus County

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An evacuation warning was issued for parts of Stanislaus County on Friday afternoon, according to the Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services.

The warning is in place for rural Patterson and the Grayson area along the San Joaquin River.

Continue reading on KCRA.com

Tuolumne River Trust looks out for spawning salmon amid drought. How many this year?

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Seven canoes carried 11 people to see how Tuolumne River salmon are faring after three years of drought.

The Tuolumne River Trust organized the Nov. 12 trip to press its point that too much water goes to farms and cities.

Continue reading on Modesto Bee

Another step toward agreement on California’s water | Dan Walters

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For at least a decade, off and on, state water managers and local water agencies have pursued the holy grail of a master agreement to improve the environmental health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by increasing its water flows.

At any given moment, California’s water supply is a zero sum game. Therefore, increasing flows through the Delta to improve habitat for salmon and other species would require local water agencies, particularly those serving farmers, to take less from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and their tributaries.

Continue reading on Santa Maria Times

Five Men, Six Days, and 34 Miles Across the Sierra Nevada

in Environment/News/People

Picture the young man, after a hard day’s travel by foot and horse, jotting down a few words in his journal by the stub of a candle. It’s October of 1833, a searingly cold, snowy season in the Sierra Nevada.

California, along with the rest of the world, is in the grip of what will later be known as the Little Ice Age, a period of punishing temperatures that lasted from 1500 till 1880. 

Continue reading on Alta Journal

Turlock Community Gardens a Labor of Love

in Community/Environment/News

Half a mile from Stanislaus State, the Turlock Community Gardens serves as a public park and a congregation for local growers that has been built on the backs of hard-working volunteers.

Two Stan State graduates who serve as members of the garden’s board of directors, President Melissa Been and Composting Committee Chair, Hector Vera, shared how they came to be involved in the project, their advice for novice gardeners, and their future goals.

Continue reading on CSU Signal

SSJID canals could be used to generate hydro & solar power

in Environment/News/technology

Water and power.

It is what drives economic prosperity.

That is why South San Joaquin Irrigation District that has spent the last  113 years securing, developing and protecting water supplies for Manteca Ripon, and Escalon is pursuing a three-prong strategy in a bid to harness the same water to generate lower cost “green” electricity.

Continue reading on Manteca Bulletin

Record-breaking heat wave continues to bake Modesto as people seek ways to stay cool

in Community/Environment/Weather

At least 67 people used cooling centers in Stanislaus County over the Labor Day holiday weekend heat wave, according to the county Office of Emergency Services.

That number is only for people who stayed at one of the eight county branch libraries that served as cooling centers and does not include people who used cooling centers at a few other locations, such as the Patterson City Hall lobby, Ceres Community Center and Oakdale’s Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center.

Continue reading on Modesto Bee

Solar on canals moves closer to reality

in Community/Environment/Government

In February pv magazine reported on Project Nexus, which planned to install solar panels over California canals. Now that project is about to move forward with groundbreaking planned for the fall.

The Turlock Irrigation District (TID) is partnering with the Department of Water Resource (DWR), Solar AquaGrid, and the University of California, Merced in the project funded by the State of California. The project will include energy storage to study how storage facilities can support the local electric grid when solar generation is lowered due to cloud cover.

Continue reading on pv magazine USA

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