February 14, 1999 |
J.G. Boswell Co. has been the main force in farming within the Tulare Lake basin for more than 70 years. The company was founded by Col. James Griffin Boswell, one of 13 children from a patrician cotton-farming family that was chased out of Georgia by the boll weevil in the 1920s. Boswell migrated to Corcoran and began carving out a cotton-growing and -ginning empire. He and other farmers struggled to control the four rivers that emptied into the lake.
August 20, 1988 |
Avian birth deformities similar to those that devastated bird populations at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge and forced its closure have been found in wildlife at another site 100 miles to the south, federal officials report. Preliminary results of a yearlong study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that the rate of deformities among some birds at the second site is even higher than at Kesterson.
March 17, 1994 |
Eleven farms and districts that use irrigation drainage ponds in Tulare Lake Basin have been fined a total of $130,000 for failing to file adequate plans to eliminate toxic salts. The Regional Water Quality Control Board in Fresno has sent notices that operators of ponds located in Tulare, Kings and Kern counties will be fined for failing to file corrective plans on time or filing incomplete plans.
May 11, 1988 |
Birds in the Tulare Lake basin are being poisoned by nesting and feeding at farm water evaporation ponds containing dangerous levels of selenium, according to a new federal study released Tuesday. Numerous comparisons between Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge and the 398-acre Westfarmers evaporation ponds near Lost Hills are contained in the Department of Interior report.
October 20, 1987
Department of Fish and Game crews applied the chemical rotenone to lakes, ponds, canals and streams in Tulare and Kings counties below Lake Kaweah to continue their efforts to eradicate white bass in the Tulare Lake Basin. The chemical was injected into Lake Kaweah on Oct. 9 to begin the project to eliminate the predatory white bass from the basin so they would not escape into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, where officials fear they would threaten commercial salmon and striped bass fisheries.
March 17, 1990 |
State water officials said Friday they expect to cut by half the amount of water delivered this year to agricultural customers, citing low rainfall and dwindling storage as California faces a fourth year of drought. The Department of Water Resources said, however, that full water deliveries would continue to urban areas.