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Top Federal Water Official Gives States Deadline To Pass Colorado River Drought Deal | KUNC

Top Federal Water Official Gives States Deadline To Pass Colorado River Drought Deal | KUNC | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
LAS VEGAS -- Water leaders throughout the West now have a hard deadline to finish deals that would keep the Colorado River’s biggest reservoirs from
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Congress just passed an $867 billion farm bill. Here’s what’s in it. - The

Congress just passed an $867 billion farm bill. Here’s what’s in it. - The | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
In: expanded federal farm subsidies. Out: stricter work requirements for food stamps.
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Fraser River chinook critical to orcas are in steep decline, new research shows | The Spokesman-Review

Fraser River chinook critical to orcas are in steep decline, new research shows | The Spokesman-Review | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
Fraser River chinook, one of the most important food sources for southern resident killer whales, are in steep decline and should be listed for protection as an endangered species, a Canadian independent science committee said.
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Colorado River conference is a key battle in the new water war

Colorado River conference is a key battle in the new water war | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
There's a reason states are trying to convince each other that they are ready to sign the Drought Contingency Plan, even if that may not be the case.
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Gov. Ducey outlines caveats for drought plan | Local | azdailysun.com

Gov. Ducey outlines caveats for drought plan | Local | azdailysun.com | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey threatened Tuesday to veto any drought contingency plan that does not equitably divide up the pain of Arizona having less water in 2020.
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Oil and Water: Finding New Uses for Fracking Waste Water | The Pew Charitable Trusts

Oil and Water: Finding New Uses for Fracking Waste Water | The Pew Charitable Trusts | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
Even in dry states, it’s unclear whether the reused water would be safe.
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Pat Roberts touts tentative compromise on farm bill | The Kansas City Star

Pat Roberts touts tentative compromise on farm bill | The Kansas City Star | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
Sen. Pat Roberts says negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on the outstanding issues with the farm bill. Congress needs to pass the bill before the end of the year.
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U.S. farm bill accord delayed by forestry provisions | 2018-11-28 | World Grain

U.S. farm bill accord delayed by forestry provisions | 2018-11-28 | World Grain | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — A dispute over forestry management measures seems to have become the principal holdup to completing a compromise farm bill that may be submitted to both houses of Congress for approval and then sent to U.S. President Donald Trump for his signature.         Heretofore, it was the insistence of House Republicans on imposing more stringent work requirements on recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits that stood out as the most contentious disagreement to be resolved. But Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, . . .
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U.S. House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves

U.S. House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it
Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out o
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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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