Tuesday, April 12, 2011

News articles and links from April 12, 2011

Important Facts for Today’s Congressional Hearing on California Water Supply


By Doug Obegi

From NRDC – Monday, April 11, 2011

Coalition response...It’s too bad this blog was not written AFTER the congressional hearing because the facts would have caused the author to change his writing. Here is a recap of comments made at the hearing:

1. ESA Protections Have Had No Impact on Water Allocations This Year---It was clearly explained at the hearing that the early announcement of water allocation by the Bureau of Reclamation was low because of the biological opinions, despite water conditions at the time justifying a higher allocation. This low allocation caused farmers to plan on reducing their planted acreage this year because of the uncertainty of water deliveries.

2. Protecting Endangered Species in the Delta Protects Fishing Jobs---Farm water officials agreed that it is important to protect fishing jobs, just as it is important to protect farm jobs. These same spokesmen called for cooperation between fishery and farming interests...a statement that was noticeably absent from the fishery representative.

3. Recently, Lack of Demand for Water Completely Shut Down the Delta Pumps---The cause of reduced pumping from the Delta was the absence of anywhere to store the water. Statements at the hearing by farm water officials, a Contra Costa supervisor and congressional representatives agreed that failure to complete the State Water Project and build additional storage facilities have resulted in a loss of available water for use by California.


Water debate rages at hearing


From Fresno Bee – Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A few other things I heard at the congressional hearing


By Mark Grossi

From Fresno Bee – Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Positions hardened at Fresno water hearing


From Merced Sun-Star – Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fishermen vs. Farmers plays out in Fresno

TV News

From ABC-30 – Monday, April 11, 2011

Congressional Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Water

TV News

From CBS-47 – Monday, April 11, 2011

Congressional water hearing gets heated in Fresno

TV News

From KMPH-26 – Monday, April 11, 2011

Local Residents Stress Need for Congressional Action to Address California’s Man-Made Drought

Press Release

From Natural Resources Committee – Monday, April 11, 2011

Democrats call for “All-California” water approach at Fresno hearing

Press Release

From Aquafornia – Monday, April 11, 2011

McClintock’s opening statement from the hearing in Fresno


From Aquafornia – Monday, April 11, 2011

Larry Collins testimony to Fresno House Water Hearing


From IndyBay Media – Monday, April 11, 2011

Tom Birmingham’s statement at Fresno hearing


From SCRIBD – Monday, April 11, 2011

Highlights from the hearing


By Alex Breitler

From The Record – Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Delta diversion plan takes a hit when judge sides with farmers


From Sacramento Bee – Tuesday, April 12, 2011

State workers can't set foot on Delta farms to start designing a controversial canal or tunnel to divert water south, a Stockton judge has ruled.

Bay Delta Conservation Plan hosting public meeting Monday, April 25th


From Aquafornia – Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Water, Birds and Rice in the Central Valley


By Dawit Zeleke, The Nature Conservancy

From Calrice – Monday, April 11, 2011


NOAA finds petition to list Chinook salmon in Upper Klamath and Trinity rivers basin may be warranted

Press Release

From NOAA – Monday, April 11, 2011

Did Trucks Prompt the Salmon Resurgence?


From East Bay Express – Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The ocean salmon fishing season is set to open on April 2 and fishery managers estimate that coastal waters currently boast more salmon than at any time in the past five years.


Quantification Settlement Agreement fallowing money is being divided


From IV Press – Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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