By Wayne Lusvardi
From Cal Watchdog – Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Coalition response...This blog does a good job in responding to the myths and half-truths used regularly by farm water bashers. There is broad public support for farmers and that is reflected in an ever-widening circle of individuals willing to stand up to the attacks.
From Sacramento Bee – Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Coalition response...This editorial is stunning in its rhetoric and the absence of a grasp of reality. In fact, millions of Californians have benefitted from these so-called “taxpayer-subsidized water projects.” They are the foundation of what made California an economic powerhouse. Water development in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s fueled the industry and farming that has become the envy of the world. As far as whether or not these projects were a wise investment, the federal Central Valley Project cost $10 billion to build, yet it returns over $3 billion in new related tax revenue every year. Do we want more projects like this? Absolutely!
Prior to most of these water projects Sacramento was regularly under 10 feet of water. Check out some of the original storefronts at the basement level in Old Sacramento. Much of the downtown area was raised one floor level to combat those pesky floods.
Before leveling too much criticism at efforts to improve California’s water supply systems, it’s a good idea to take a hard look at why we have the ones that we do.
By Harry Cline
From Western Farm Press – Wednesday, April 6, 2011
From Contra Costa Times – Tuesday, April 5, 2011
From Valley Signal – Wednesday, April 6, 2011
(NOTE: The following response is posted online to the above three articles.)
Coalition response...California’s recent drought serves a valuable lesson that our State simply cannot sit back and wait for the next drought to arrive. Yes, conservation efforts that Gov. Brown calls for will continue to play an important role in managing our water supply but more will be needed. New storage facilities and an improved conveyance system must be undertaken in order to utilize high water flows such as we are currently experiencing. California’s decision-makers must be willing to step forward to safeguard our water future.
From Merced Sun-Star – Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Increasing the water storage at Lake McClure by up to an additional 70,000 acre-feet is the result of looking into the future and taking action now by the Merced Irrigation District.
From News 10 – Tuesday, April 5, 2011
By Lois Henry
From Bakersfield Californian – Tuesday, April 5, 2011
From Sierra2TheSea – Tuesday, April 5, 2011
By Cassie N. Aw-yang
From Somach Simmons & Dunn – Tuesday, April 5, 2011
From Press-Enterprise – Sunday, April 3, 2011
By Pat Connolly, Tracy cattleman
From Modesto Bee – Wednesday, April 6, 2011
From Merced Sun-Star – Tuesday, April 5, 2011
From Modesto Bee – Tuesday, April 5, 2011
From Redding Record Searchlight – Monday, April 4, 2011
From IV Press – Wednesday, April 6, 2011
From Press Democrat – Monday, April 4, 2011
From Business Journal – Monday, April 4, 2011