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Mussel tussle: Ventura County water districts at odds over invasive quagga

By   /  Friday, February 7th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, East Ventura County, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Mussel tussle: Ventura County water districts at odds over invasive quagga

Amid a historic statewide drought, low reservoir levels and diminishing groundwater supplies, two Ventura County water districts are caught in a saga over the invasive quagga.

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Cloud farming : SLO firm brings sensor technology to the fields

By   /  Friday, February 7th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Cloud farming : SLO firm brings sensor technology to the fields

The Tri-Counties may or may not see many rain clouds this year, but farmers around the region will be using cloud computing to manage their irrigation with San Luis Obispo-based Hortau.

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Region’s ranchers look for relief amid record drought

By   /  Friday, January 24th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  1 Comment

The drought plaguing the Tri-Counties and the rest of the state has the agriculture industry on red alert. With 2014 forecast to be the driest year in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency in the state, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 27 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas, including the tri-county region.

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Editorial: Smart management and technology could ease water woes

By   /  Friday, January 24th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Smart management and technology could ease water woes

Gov. Jerry Brown’s timely drought declaration on Jan. 17 may become a pivotal moment in the history of California and the region. It may be the impetus needed to spur large infrastructure projects and get California’s vaunted technologists working on a problem.

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Rivals team up on Paso Robles water as lawsuit threat looms

By   /  Friday, December 13th, 2013  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Rivals team up on Paso Robles water as lawsuit threat looms

An agreement reached by two of the groups jockeying to shape the future of a water district in Paso Robles wine country won’t stop two lawsuits that could lead to years in court and millions of dollars in legal fees to sort out the water basin’s woes.

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Paso groups agree on water plan

By   /  Thursday, December 5th, 2013  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Paso groups agree on water plan

With potentially expensive lawsuits looming in the background, two of the groups jockeying to shape the future of a water district in Paso Robles wine country have put aside their differences in hopes of avoiding years in court and millions of dollars in legal fees.

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Dry spell: Ventura County struggles to refill from Santa Clara River

By   /  Friday, November 22nd, 2013  /  Agribusiness, East Ventura County, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Dry spell: Ventura County struggles to refill from Santa Clara River

Farms, industries and municipalities in Ventura County could see a severe reduction in the amount of water they receive from the Santa Clara River watershed and sharply higher prices if a pair of environmental challenges are successful, a top groundwater manager said Nov. 16.

Tony Morgan, groundwater department manager for the United Water Conservation District, said at a symposium in Santa Paula that the district is unlikely to be able to supply anywhere near the water this year that it has in the past because of prolonged dry weather.