The ongoing drought has cities across the Sacramento region urgently trying to cut water use. Some have a lot further to go than others.
Friday, February 14, 2014 12:00 am
The Woodbridge Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a water rate increase at its Thursday morning meeting as costs for improvements and equipment rise.
Saturday, January 25, 2014 1:25 am
If this year’s drought gets to a point where the state begins rationing water to municipalities, Lodi could see its flow from the Mokelumne River cut in half.
Thursday, January 2, 2014 12:00 am
There are many in Lodi who can’t afford to install solar panels or buy an electric car to “go green” and be more energy conservative.
Friday, April 19, 2013 12:00 am
After serving for 10 years on the Woodbridge Irrigation District's board of directors, Avery McQueen has completed his final meeting representing District 2.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 7:43 am
To help get everyone get growing, News-Sentinel columnist Fred Hoffman offer these tips:
Great for vegetables
The basic requirements for a vegetable garden are an open area with good drainage, plenty of light (6 or more hours) and a ready supply of water. Choosing the size of your garden should depend on how much time you wish to spend and the number of people you want to feed. A 300-square-foot garden will adequately feed a family of 4.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:00 am
The Woodbridge Irrigation District will hold a regular meeting on Thursday to report on a new pipeline project and a new drip irrigation system near Thornton.
Friday, November 2, 2012 12:00 am
Some of the water that meanders down from the Sierra Foothills in the Mokelumne River will soon be dripping out of some local taps once the new city of Lodi Surface Water Treatment Plant comes online, likely later this month.
Thursday, April 26, 2012 7:05 am
Here are five unique items you can find the Home Depot in Lodi:
A “Drip Irrigation for Dummies” kit: $17.97
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:00 am
As springtime weather finally comes to town, Lodi residents are starting up their sprinklers to water their beloved lawns.
Marcus Niggli, winemaker for Borra Vineyards, explains the difference between top drip and underground irrigation systems while in the local winery’s vineyards on Elliot Road in Acampo on Monday, March 26, 2012. Niggli supports Lodi Rules, a set of 70 “green” regulations adopted by some local wineries.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 12:00 am
From a lofty perch about 15 feet above the soil, a family of owls lay claim to the vineyard stretching out below. They only come out of their box at night. A small collection of mice and gopher skulls piles up on the ground after meals.
Drip lines are being set up on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Phillips Farms to irrigate 90 acres of farmland.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:00 am
Local growers will receive $40,000 in refund checks from the
Woodbridge Irrigation District for conserving water. The district
issued the checks as part of their 2011 flood and furrow metering
Frank Rashid, a Lodi grape grower, stands where two filter tanks
for his drip-irrigation system were once housed. The tanks and
their control system were taken either late Friday evening or early
Saturday morning, Rashid said. (Jordan Guinn/News-Sentinel)
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:00 am
More than a dozen acres of Frank Rashid’s Petite Syrah grapes
could shrivel in the sun this week. Because thieves ripped off a
system that keeps his irrigation lines running debris-free, Rashid
now has no way of getting water to his West Lane vineyard.
Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:00 am
Lodi City Council members Susan Hitchcock and JoAnne Mounce got
it right when they opposed a water treatment plant.
Saturday, November 6, 2010 12:00 am
For nearly 30 years, Jim Shults has been on call as
superintendent of the Woodbridge Irrigation District. He not only
worked with his hands in the bitter cold and sweltering heat on
pumps and pipelines, he also conducted cost analysis on potential
projects and determined the other workers' schedules. But after 28
years with the district, Shults officially called it a career
Sunday, July 11, 2010 6:48 pm
One of my treasured readers, Bill, emailed me at email@example.com to ask for a
list of dry farmed wines.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 12:00 am
Just like the Arbequina olives in Mike Coldani’s Lodi orchard
near Interstate 5 and Flag City, San Joaquin County’s future in
olive oil production is growing stronger by the day. Five years
ago, Coldani’s family started planting olive trees. They are part
of a larger trend that is sweeping the county.
Thursday, June 10, 2010 12:00 am
Now that voters have spoken and Measure C has been defeated,
what happens next? The News-Sentinel spoke with supporters and
opponents of Measure C, members of the North San Joaquin Water
Conservation District and local stakeholders to get their thoughts
on where the embattled district goes from here and what the
measure's defeat spells for local water rights.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 12:00 am
Winegrape growers Charlie Starr and Jackson Morehead have much
in common. Both rely on groundwater to irrigate their crops and for
personal use in their homes. Both have scenic views of the San
Joaquin Valley peeking between their manicured rows of winegrapes.
Both have family members who worked the land before them. And both
see the water level in their wells decreasing.
Charlie Starr, left, a vineyard owner in Acampo, monitors the drip-irrigation system in his vineyard on Wednesday. Starr is in favor of Measure C because he feels it is a step toward keeping local control of the region's water rights. (Jordan Guinn/News-Sentinel) Jackson Morehead, right, an Acampo farmer, uses a pot to illustrate the area's groundwater basin and how water flows to the lowest point, in his home Thursday. Morehead is opposed to Measure C because he won't receive a direct benefit and feels he could spend the money that would come from a fee on maintaining his own property. (Dan Evans/News-Sentinel)
Thursday, May 20, 2010 12:00 am
One of the most contentious items on the June 8 ballot is
Measure C, an initiative that would enable the North San Joaquin
Water Conservation District to enact and collect a fee to recharge
the area's diminished groundwater basin.