Photo of the California Aqueduct in Palmdale

Who, Exactly, Is Sinking the California Aqueduct?

A state report released in December pinned blame for sinking along the California Aqueduct on excessive nearby groundwater pumping to irrigate vineyards and nut orchards. That was a pretty pointed finger, but not pointed enough for some committee directors ...

What Is SGMA? Here Are the Basics.

By Lois Henry SJV.org The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act was passed in 2014 and enacted in 2015. It aims to stop groundwater overpumping in critically overdrafted basins by 2040 and bring them int...
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Irrigation Water Prices Under SGMA Induce Sticker Shock

Reaction was hushed when Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District General Manager Eric Averett asked the small group of farmers Tuesday morning if any were interested in buying irrigation water at the previously unheard of price of $770 an acre-foot. No pa...
Photo of the South Fork of the Kings River in Kings Canyon National Park

Locals Gear Up to Keep Kings River Water

Just as they did more than two generations ago, Kern County farmers are looking to another Central Valley river to the north to refill their groundwater shortfall. But this time around, natives in the Kings ...
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