Arizona Department of Water Resources Director Thomas Buschatzke says the Grand Canyon State is not in a “water crisis,” thanks to a century-plus of planning which has helped conserve the ‘liquid gold’ amid rapid population and economic growth.
Yet Arizona’s water pendulum is swinging closer to an official shortage tied to prolonged drought in the Colorado River basin and more promises of the same....More
The July 16 passage of H.R. 2898 - the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 (HR 2898) - is a positive step toward legislation that could bring common sense to supply water and protect listed species, according to the Westlands Water District (WWD).
The district says the legislation demonstrates the possibility to advance legislation that can balance the needs of people and the environment....More
Kurt Davis is the new Arizona Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) chairman for the agency’s 2015-2016 fiscal year.
Davis, who took office July 1, succeeds Robert Mansell who will continue to serve on the commission until his successor is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.
"Serving on a commission dedicated to conserving and protecting Arizona's wildlife - more than 800 species - is an honor of a lifetime,” Davis said....More
2015 California almond production is forecast at 1.80 billion meat pounds, down 3 percent from May's subjective forecast and 4 percent below last year.
The objective crop estimate, based on a National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) survey funded by the Almond Board of California (ABC), is based on 890,000 bearing acres.
Production for the Nonpareil variety is forecast at 670,000 million meat pounds, down 6 percent from last year’s deliveries. The Nonpareil estimate is 37 percent of the total California almond crop....More
Today I wrote down on the white board I use for planning purposes what I think NASS will come out with tomorrow when the objective almond forecast is released.
No… I’m not going to publish it just yet. I will truthfully reveal my guess in a future blog. You’ll just have to trust me....More