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Hanford Sentinel

Seth Nidever, Staff Reporter

HANFORD – Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, has introduced a major new water bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that could increase the flow of Northern California water to Kings County.

Valadao announced the legislation Tuesday.

BY THE FRESNO BEE EDITORIAL BOARD

We hope the state water board left Modesto having heard one message: It won’t be easy taking the water the San Joaquin Valley depends on.

Similar messages had already been delivered in hearings in Stockton and Merced. Tuesday, more than 1,000 people were in Modesto’s Centre Plaza just five days before Christmas to either convince the State Water Resources Control Board of its folly or confront it with defiance.

BY MICHAEL DOYLE, DALE KASLER AND RYAN SABALOW

mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com

WASHINGTON 

President Barack Obama on Friday signed a massive infrastructure bill designed to control floods, fund dams and deliver more water to farmers in California’s drought-ravaged Central Valley.

By Christine Souza, AgAlert.com

Central to the ongoing tug of war about how best to balance California water uses is a plan by the State Water Resources Control Board to leave more water in the main tributaries of the San Joaquin River during periods it considers key for at-risk native species. Opponents of the plan—those in agriculture who say it goes too far, and environmental and fisheries groups that say it doesn't go far enough—appeared before the board in Sacramento, at the first of five public hearings.

Posted Oct. 27th, 2016 by Barbara Duckworth

BANFF, Alta. — The humble cow is being charged with environmental degradation for doing what comes naturally —eating grass, chewing its cud and burping.

Cattle that graze on pastures have been linked to climate change be-cause of greenhouse gas emissions such as methane.

 

Jane Wells@janewells CNBC

Happy cows may come from California, but their farts could be overheating the atmosphere.

A new state law aims to reduce methane from cows, but the cattle industry thinks the regulation stinks.

Katie Migliazzo, For USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

I’m exhausted. I mean, absolutely beat. But that’s what happens after you enjoy the adventure of a lifetime.

California air regulators were convinced that volatile fatty acid losses from silage piles in the state’s San Joaquin Valley were large enough to impact air quality in the valley.

HANFORD — A landmark methane reduction law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week has local dairy farmers wondering how they’ll achieve the goal.

The bill is likely to require dairies to cut their manure methane emissions to 60 percent of 2013 levels by 2030.

Dairies previously had been regulated for volatile organic compounds coming from silage that contribute to local air pollution, but this is the first time that nitty-gritty regulations for methane have been specifically spelled out in legislation designed to combat climate change.

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