Tuesday, April 5, 2011

News articles and links from April 5, 2011

Allow more water transfers


By David Festa and Spreck Rosekrans

From Fresno Bee – Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Coalition response...I agree that the judicious use of water transfers is one part of the solution to solving California's water dilemma. Barriers to these transfers need to be eliminated in order to best serve all water users in California. It is also important to realize that increased water use efficiency by farmers does not necessarily mean that water always becomes available for other users. When it does, sensible water transfer policies will provide the flexibility farmers need to stay in business.

Drought is over; MID has a plan


From Merced Sun-Star – Saturday, April 2, 2011

Coalition response...Merced Irrigation District is on the right path to safeguard against future droughts by proposing to increase water storage in Lake McClure by up to an additional 70,000 acre-feet through an increase in height for the spillway and gates. The House and Senate should support and pass HR 869, which will allow the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider authorizing the proposed project as part of MID’s hydro-electric relicensing application. Additional benefits to groundwater recharge, flood control and increased power generation prove the positive contribution of this project and should be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The rest of California would do well to mirror MID by taking action now to capture available water during high-flow years.


Farmers Say Water Drought Isn’t Over

TV News

From KERO/TV 23 – Monday, April 4, 2011

Keep your eye on Firebaugh as spring melt fills San Joaquin


By Mark Grossi

From Fresno Bee – Monday, April 4, 2011

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Reducing Water Reliance on Delta for Future Needs – For Whom?


By Tom Philp

From SF Chronicle – Monday, April 4, 2011

A market solution for treatment plant costs


By Roger Dickinson, Matt Mahood and Cesar Diaz

From Sacramento Bee – Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Delta Watch: No such thing as a silver bullet


From Coalition for a Sustainable Delta – Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act: the lynchpin of a biological opinion


By Brandon Middleton

From Pacific Legal Foundation – Monday, April 4, 2011

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