Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District

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Erosion estimated to cost Iowa $1 billion in yield

Wind and rainstorms like those that pummeled most of Iowa last week help carry tons of rich, fertile topsoil from its farmland each year — and potentially cut $1 billion in yield from the state’s 88,000 farms, says an Iowa State University agronomy professor.

Watch the video here.

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Using worms to purify dairy wastewater at Fresno State

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Hundreds of thousands worms in sawdust and wood chips are used in a large bio filtration device are used in a pilot program by Bio Filtro, a Chilean company in a process to clean dairy wastewater at Fresno State’s Water, Energy and Technology Center (WET). Video: John Walker/The Fresno Bee

Watch the video here.


California Water Bond: The Burning Questions

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com

Having passed an on-time budget and concluded their committee hearings, California lawmakers have escaped Sacramento for a few weeks and retired to their districts for a July recess. When they return, much of the remaining legislative session will be devoted to trying to get a new water bond on the November ballot.

Water policy remains one of the most complex and potent topics to engulf the state Capitol. Here are some answers to the key questions in the water bond debate:

What happened to the other water bond they passed?

Read the full article here.


Nearly 80% of California now under ‘extreme’ drought conditions

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Harsh, dry conditions continue to drive more of California into the highest possible category of drought, the National Weather Service announced Thursday.

Nearly 80% of the state was under “extreme” drought conditions in June, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map. Within that area, the amount considered to be in the highest category of drought — “exceptional” — grew from 33% in May to 36%.

Read the Los Angeles Times article from July 3, 2014