Don Wright is a contributor to The San Joaquin Valley Sun. He is also the publisher of WaterWrights.net, a comprehensive guide to agricultural irrigation news in the San Joaquin Valley. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amid worst-ever drought, Calif.’s top water agency is focused – on fighting racism
When did California's top water agency change from a bureaucracy administering water rights to an arbitrator and avenger of unrelated injustices? When Californians got too tired to call the agency to account.
October 6, 2022
The latest flashpoint in Calif.’s drought? Striped bass. Here’s why.
There's something fishy going on with the striped bass and it could have major implications on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
August 24, 2022
As drought deepens, focus of Calif.’s chief water officials is elsewhere: on race.
On the drop-dead deadline for Valley water agencies to submit groundwater plans, California's State Water Resources Control Board undertook a freewheeling exercise to discuss racial equity.
August 4, 2022
Valley’s ‘water blueprint’ makes splash with statewide push for $6.5bil in water funds
A coalition of Southern California, Bay Area, and trade groups joined the Water Blueprint for the San Joaquin Valley in pressing Sacramento for long-term water improvements.
April 27, 2022
Newsom’s drought order poses a big question on water well permits for Valley farmers
"This is California and this is water therefore history is populated with myriad examples of unintended consequences from government actions. The legality of this order is questioned."
April 10, 2022
Water bonds failed bone-dry California. A 2022 initiative offers a different path.
On the 110th birthday of California's initiative system, Don Wright asks: How about something different than bonds to fix California's overworked water infrastructure?
October 27, 2021
Senate Bill 1 tries to limit water supply by stopping time
Senate Bill 1 freezes the law and regulations for air and water quality to those in effect on the final day of the Obama presidency.
August 20, 2019
The good, the bad, and the ugly of SGMA, explained
What is the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act? And why is it such a big deal for the San Joaquin Valley's agricultural sector?
May 9, 2019