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As Shortages Loom in the Colorado River Basin, Indian Tribes Seek to Secure Their Water Rights

As Shortages Loom in the Colorado River Basin, Indian Tribes Seek to Secure Their Water Rights | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
WESTERN WATER IN-DEPTH: A pending study of tribal water rights could shed light on future Indian water use
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EPA Proposes EPCRA Reporting Exemption for Farms

EPA Proposes EPCRA Reporting Exemption for Farms | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
The EPA is proposing to extend an existing reporting exemption under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) to release notification rules under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The CERCLA extension applies to air emissions from animal waste at farms. In the proposal, the EPA argues that reporting requirements under …
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How a 3.5-mile-long irrigation canal used by 23 farms caused the Yuma E. coli outbreak

How a 3.5-mile-long irrigation canal used by 23 farms caused the Yuma E. coli outbreak | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
FDA offers its first full assessment of what happened in Arizona.
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Tough Water Decisions in 2018 Election Initiatives

Tough Water Decisions in 2018 Election Initiatives | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
Voters will decide on infrastructure spending, oil and gas development, and salmon habitat protection. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue In California, it’s an $8.3 billion bond measure. In Colorado, it’s oil and gas regulation. And in Alaska, it’s how much deference to give salmon habitat when permitting mines, roads, and other infrastructure. This election …
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PRESIDENT ISSUES ORDER ON WESTERN WATER SUPPLIES

PRESIDENT ISSUES ORDER ON WESTERN WATER SUPPLIES | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump - flanked by California Republican Congressmen - held a press conference earlier today in Scottsdale (ARIZONA) following his signing of
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California’s almond harvest has created a golden opportunity for bee thieves

California’s almond harvest has created a golden opportunity for bee thieves | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
Each year, millions of bees are trucked into California to pollinate almond trees. It’s big business, and thieves are taking advantage.
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The stalled farm bill is threatening demand for American food overseas

The stalled farm bill is threatening demand for American food overseas | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
From Kansas wheat to Washington apples, Indiana popcorn to Georgia peanuts, government initiatives drive sales of American commodities overseas. Now those programs hang in the balance.
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Schools Seek Local Farmers to Supply Fresh Produce for Meals | Big Island Now

Schools Seek Local Farmers to Supply Fresh Produce for Meals | Big Island Now | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
The Hawai'i State Department of Education (HIDOE) is seeking more local vendors and farmers to supply fresh produce for student meals on their island.
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Trump poised to sign bipartisan water infrastructure bill

Trump poised to sign bipartisan water infrastructure bill | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
President Trump is poised to sign a bipartisan water infrastructure bill after it passed the Senate 99-1 this week. 
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Salmon, Climate Change Cast Doubt on Future of Dams — Water Deeply

A major federal court decision requires reassessment of four dams on the Lower Snake River in Washington, and may set a precedent for others. The dams block access to some 5,500 miles of historic salmon spawning.
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Congress Struggles to Pass the 2018 Farm Bill | Rural Counties

Congress Struggles to Pass the 2018 Farm Bill | Rural Counties | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
Negotiations between the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to craft a reauthorization of the Farm Bill remain at a standstill.  The major differences between each chambers’ versions of the 2018 Farm Bill have not, and will not, be reconciled by Sunday, September 30, 2018, when the 2014 Farm Bill expires.
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NM’s reservoirs weathered this year. But what will happen next year?

NM’s reservoirs weathered this year. But what will happen next year? | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Right now, New Mexico’s largest reservoir is at about three percent capacity, with just 62,573 acre feet of water in storage as of September 20. Elephant Butte Reservoir’s low levels offer a glimpse of the past, as well as insight into the future. Over the past few decades, southwestern states like New Mexico have on average experienced warmer temperatures, earlier springs and less snowpack in the mountains. And it’s a trend that’s predicted to continue.

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California groundwater decision could tie farmers’ hands

California groundwater decision could tie farmers’ hands | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

A court ruled that groundwater pumping that depletes a river could violate California law. Farmers might have to deal with new restrictions before SGMA, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, kicks in.

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Hoover Dam as Giant Battery? The Hurdles Are More Legal Than Technical

Hoover Dam as Giant Battery? The Hurdles Are More Legal Than Technical | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Los Angeles is proposing to build a 20-mile pipeline to transform Hoover Dam into a pumped storage hydropower project. It’s certainly feasible – except for the ongoing political and legal conflict over the Colorado River.

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In New Mexico, Move to Reuse Fracking Water Stirs Cry for Transparency

In New Mexico, Move to Reuse Fracking Water Stirs Cry for Transparency | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

The state formed a working group, with the blessing of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to find ways to reuse wastewater from natural gas fracking wells. But concerned citizens say the process needs more daylight.

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Monsoon Storms, Key to Recharging Groundwater, May Become Less Common

Monsoon Storms, Key to Recharging Groundwater, May Become Less Common | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

A new study has revealed that monsoons in the Southwest have already become less common but more extreme in nature, posing new challenges for water managers eager to capture crucial runoff.

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California’s Plan to Store Water Underground Could Risk Contamination

California’s Plan to Store Water Underground Could Risk Contamination | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

California's unique geology may be putting state residents at risk from a natural but occasionally toxic element.

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Oregon Reaches Critical Drought Levels After Driest Summer West of the Cascades in 40 Years

Oregon Reaches Critical Drought Levels After Driest Summer West of the Cascades in 40 Years | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

According to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), 93 percent of Oregon is in a drought and 100 percent of the state is classified as abnormally dry.

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WGA webinar Sept. 24: The Importance of State Authority under Clean Water Act Section 401

WGA webinar Sept. 24: The Importance of State Authority under Clean Water Act Section 401 | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

The Western Governors’ Association will host the webinar, The Importance of State Authority under Clean Water Act Section 401, to provide an overview of states’ legal authority to issue water quality certifications and the importance of Section 401 in the protection of the nation’s water resources.

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Helium producer leases land, environmentalists worry

Helium producer leases land, environmentalists worry | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Desert Mountain Energy Corp. leased just over 3,000 acres of federal land in Arizona last week, and the company plans to drill for helium on the land.

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Everyone agrees the country needs new farmers. But they can't afford land

Everyone agrees the country needs new farmers. But they can't afford land | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Nearly 100 million acres of U.S. farmland will change hands in the next few years, but most of it will go to investors and developers.

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State board weighs Lake Powell Pipeline financing options

State board weighs Lake Powell Pipeline financing options | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Utah has some difficult financial decisions to make as it considers the Lake Powell Pipeline.

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Is the Second Farm Crisis Upon Us?

Is the Second Farm Crisis Upon Us? | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Farmers across the country are in a state of emergency with dairy and grain producers, new farmers, and farmers of color being hit the hardest.

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Crisis at Lake Powell Looms Large as Long-Term Drought Reaches

Crisis at Lake Powell Looms Large as Long-Term Drought Reaches | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Water shortages at Lake Mead have drawn all the attention in recent years. Now water rationing has reached far into the Colorado River’s snowy headwaters, prompting concern about the long-term operation of Lake Powell.

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Farmer Lobbying Group Sells Out Farmers, Helps Enshrine John Deere's Tractor Repair Monopoly

Farmer Lobbying Group Sells Out Farmers, Helps Enshrine John Deere's Tractor Repair Monopoly | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Farmers have been some of the strongest allies in the ongoing battle to make it easier for everyone to fix their electronics. This week, though, a powerful organization that’s supposed to lobby on behalf of farmers in California has sold them out by reaching a watered-down agreement that will allow companies like John Deere to further cement their repair monopolies.

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