Thursday, May 19, 2011

News articles and links from May 19, 2011

Death in the Delta: The Slaughter Continues


By Dan Bacher

From IndyBay Media – Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Coalition response...Fishery experts within federal agencies have repeatedly stated that current conditions are favorable for soaring populations of splittail and the increased salvage of fish at the pumps are not unexpected. The splittail is not listed as an endangered species because of this very fact that its population dramatically moves up and down. Individuals who continually attempt to demonize the pumps should tell the full story to their readers.

Delta plans not well thought out


From The Record – Thursday, May 19, 2011

Coalition response...If the plan studied by scientists of the National Research Council was the final plan for he BDCP then resolving Delta issues would be back at the starting point. But it wasn’t the final plan and we are not back at the beginning. The scientists were only reviewing a status report from last December. Since that time several reworked drafts have been issued, according to a previously announced schedule. The NRC scientists stated in a press conference that the BDCP science is “sound” and there is no need to start over with the process.

A Strange Season: Lawsuits, & the BDCP


From YouTube – Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Coaliton response...It’s unbelievable that this video devotes the bulk of its time attacking Westlands Water District after introducing the video with the salmon lawsuit brought by the San Joaquin River Authority. Westlands has no involvement in the lawsuit but it doesn’t deter the makers of the video from their criticism. The lawsuit calls for federal agencies to rescind the current salmon season, citing an uncertainty with projected salmon population numbers. Even Zeke Grader, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, indicated in a Feb. 20, 2011, article printed online in World Fishing Today that there is reason to be cautiously optimistic when looking at the projected salmon numbers. This video serves no purpose other than to spread false and misleading information.


Valley ag, water visionary Jack Stone dies at 93


From Fresno Bee – Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Kings County agriculture fixture Jack Stone dies at 93


From Hanford Sentinel – Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Valley water projects get a boost


From The Record – Thursday, My 19, 2011


Local leaders, don’t give up the Salton Sea fight


From The Desert Sun – Wednesday, may 18, 2011

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