Farmer Daniel Bays of Westley shows off a field of processing tomatoes that he planted this season thanks to supplemental water for irrigation through the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program, a partnership among the Del Puerto Water District, the cities of Modesto and Turlock and others.
Photo/Christine Souza
Wastewater is treated at the city of Modesto pumping plant.
Photo/City of Modesto
Del Puerto Water District farmers receive the treated water via an outfall facility along the federal Delta-Mendota Canal.
Photo/Christine Souza
Recycling project supplements farm water
Having received little to no water from the federal Central Valley Project in recent drought years, farmers in a western Stanislaus County irrigation district have partnered with cities to purchase tertiary-treated recycled water, to help secure a more certain water supply. Read more...

River flows: Water agencies, farmers say plan would cause pain
Saying the state water board appears to have ignored or discounted the significant impacts on people from its plan for stream flows in the San Joaquin River watershed, water agencies, farm organizations and other groups organized opposition to the plan in advance of its potential adoption next month. Read more...

Commentary: In California, all water use must be reasonable
The headlines about a huge new regulatory proposal for the upper San Joaquin River have me thinking about all of California's rivers, the water rights Farm Bureau members hold and use on those rivers, and a concept called "reasonable use." Read more...

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