Today’s quick hits, April 5, 2023

Record snowpack, flood risk: After three of the driest years on record in California, the snowpack statewide is 237 percent of its average for early April; state officials said they have pivoted to flood response and forecasting the impending snowmelt. (Department of Water Resources)

E15 hits 1 billion: Sales of E15, a 15 percent blend of ethanol into gasoline, were a record 1.02 billion gallons in 2022, up by 26 percent from 2021 due to attractive prices and EPA permission for summertime sales. (Renewable Fuels Association)

Got milk? No, thanks.: Members of Generation Z buy 20 percent less milk than the national average so the dairy industry “has embarked on a full-frontal marketing assault” that portrays the dairy product as a sports drink and as the beverage of gamers. (New York Times)

WOTUS lawsuit dismissed: A federal district judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state of Kentucky to overturn the Biden administration’s “waters of the United States” rule on grounds the state failed to show damage or an infringement on its powers. (DTN/Progressive Farmer)

Support for innovative conservation: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is to announce USDA funding to boost innovative conservation practices on agricultural land during a visit to Iowa State University on Thursday. (FERN’s Ag Insider)