Wednesday, April 6, 2011

News articles and links from April 6, 2011

No shortage of Water Mythmakers


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.

Water ‘dumped into the ocean’ – shocking!


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.

It will take more than a wet year to end California drought


By Harry Cline

From Western Farm Press – Wednesday, April 6, 2011

More water storage is desperately needed


From Contra Costa Times – Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Drought’s over, but still time to save


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.


MID takes lead


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.

Lake Oroville expected to fill after 5 years


From News 10 – Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Anti river comments still don’t hold water


By Lois Henry

From Bakersfield Californian – Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Soggy Watersheds Offer Farmers Comfort


From Sierra2TheSea – Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Public Comment Period Opens Related to Potential endangered Species Act Listing of Longfin Smelt


By Cassie N. Aw-yang

From Somach Simmons & Dunn – Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Salty groundwater major problem for Wine Country planning


From Press-Enterprise – Sunday, April 3, 2011


Farmers feel like they’re being water-boarded


By Pat Connolly, Tracy cattleman

From Modesto Bee – Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Flood emergency declared over Stanislaus County weakened levee


From Merced Sun-Star – Tuesday, April 5, 2011

From Modesto Bee – Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mountains of snow


From Redding Record Searchlight – Monday, April 4, 2011


Imperial Irrigation District votes to approve fallowing grant moneys; those denied may appeal


From IV Press – Wednesday, April 6, 2011

State wants tough Russian River frost diversion plan


From Press Democrat – Monday, April 4, 2011

Fresno River dam shows hydropower potential


From Business Journal – Monday, April 4, 2011

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