The bills, if Governor Jerry Brown signs them, would designate local agencies to write sustainable groundwater management plans. The local agency could be a single water district, or a coalition of water agencies and county officials, all connected to a groundwater basin. Many of these governing bodies have already been established, as a result of 2009 legislation that encouraged areas to set up a groundwater tracking program. The program was not mandatory.
The wine is flowing, grapes are being picked and Napa Valley vineyards are open for business, but it could take most of this week before the real victims of last week's earthquake - small specialty wineries - finish tallying their damages.
The new legal framework not only empowers local control of groundwater, it sets out another requirement: When localities fail to manage their aquifers sustainably, the state can step in. Water managers in 126 of more than 500 groundwater basins - the ones designated high or medium priority - must develop groundwater-management plans by 2020 or give way to the state
Napa Valley's roughly 500 wineries still are compiling financial estimates for the quake's impact, spokeswoman Cate Conniff of the Napa Valley Vintners trade group said. The most commonly reported damage was the fallen stacks of wine barrels.
The barrels each hold the equivalent of 25 cases of wine. At some wineries and wine-storage centers after the quake, spilled wine from broken barrels pooled over workers' feet and ran under doors to puddle on streets and sidewalks.
A 3.2-magnitude aftershock was one of two small temblors to hit Napa Valley on Sunday, one week after a 6.0 earthquake caused widespread damage around Napa and Vallejo, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
After they started doing the testing, they said, no, don't bolt them, the tanks will tear apart. Put them on a stand so that the tank has the capacity to roll with the earthquake. The good news was, our stacks of barrels were able to go with the roll. It looks like that didn't happen in Napa.
Yarrow has turned his attention to print, marrying his eye for design and penchant for poetic writing into a 150-page hardcover coffee table book that celebrates the singular flavors and aromas found in wine
The annual auction has grown almost exponentially over the last three years, after the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance partnered with the Sonoma County Vintners for a combined fundraising campaign that fills an entire weekend with wine and food events, culminating in the Sunday auction