Madera groundwater plans kicked back by state for not protecting domestic wells, ignoring subsidence

The state kicked Madera County groundwater plans back for a redo on Thursday, noting, in particular, that they had set water levels so low it could endanger hundreds of domestic wells. The plans also all but ignored ongoing damage to roads, bridges and canals caused by sinking land, subsidence, opting mostly to “monitor” the situation. That isn’t…

A turkey testicle festival and water projects; how Fresno County plans to spend COVID money

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors agreed to fund a list of projects that will receive nearly $14 million in funding as part of the county’s American Rescue Plan Act spending plan. While top awards included money for water infrastructure, youth programs, and insurance, smaller awards address negative economic impacts on local businesses, tourism, travel,…

State warns more Valley groundwater agencies that their plans don’t meet standards

Six groundwater subbasins covering nearly all of the central and southern San Joaquin Valley do not have adequate plans to address falling groundwater levels, according to letters sent Thursday by the Department of Water Resources to local groundwater agencies. Subbasins with plans not likely to pass muster include the Delta-Mendota, Kaweah, Kern County, Kings, Tulare…

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