Monday, May 2, 2011

News articles and links from May 2, 2011

Solutions for future of water


From Santa Maria Times – Saturday, April 30, 2011

From Lompoc Record – Saturday, April 30, 2011

Coalition response...Regardless of the validity of climate change studies and reports, California’s water future is not secure if our state does not take action to safeguard our supplies. Desalination efforts, continued conservation, improved conveyance and an expanded reservoir system are all part of what needs to be and in the future. Contrary to this editorial, long-range discussions and planning have been an ongoing part of the water dialogue---where to build; who pays; how are they operated; etc.. New reservoirs will enable a beneficial use of a portion of the water supply during years of high flows like we are currently experiencing. Failing to act to capture some of these high flows for later use jeopardizes California’s water future.

Water Won’t Wash Away Valley’s Recession: Two Years Later


By Jeff Michael

From Valley Economy – Sunday, May 1, 2011

Coalition response...The author’s continued insistence that the success of California agriculture in increased revenue belies the effects that reduced water deliveries caused by environmental regulations and the drought caused on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. This author is also a co-author of a September 28, 2010, report on the economic impacts of reduced water supplies in the San Joaquin Valley in 2009. This report acknowledged that certain segments of the valley suffered more than others---“There was also significant variation within Counties, for example, within Fresno County, east-side regions saw little change in harvested acres compared to west-side regions.”

Today, there are individuals who attempt to gloss over the impact felt among the farming community on the valley’s west side by simply stating that statewide agriculture is doing just fine. Such claims do not fully represent the impacts suffered by farmers, farm workers and rural communities devastated by reduced water deliveries in recent years.

Here are the latest numbers from the California Department of Food and Agriculture for statewide agriculture for those years during the greatest water cutbacks---

2009 --- $34.8 billion

2008 --- $36.2 billion

2007 --- $36.4 billion (record high)


Palin decries water restrictions at Calif. college


From Record Searchlight – Sunday, May 1, 2011

From Fresno Bee – Sunday, May 1, 2011

From Ventura County Star – Sunday, May 1, 2011

From The Record – Monday, May 2, 2011

From CBS13 – Sunday, May 1, 2011

Dry April in Fresno; snowpack is a whopper


By Mark Grossi

From The Fresno Bee – Monday, May 2, 2011


A more effective, less expensive Delta plan


By Alex Hildebrand

From Manteca Bulletin – Sunday, May 1, 2011

Delta advocates tell Secretary Laird that actions must match words


By Dan Bacher

From Indybay Media – Saturday, April 30, 2011

Incorporating Climate Change into Planning California’s Bay-Delta Future


From U.S. FWS – Friday, April 29, 2011


Untreated groundwater in Imperial County normal, according to new report


From IV Press – Saturday, April 30, 2011

Study samples state’s groundwater basins


From Lake County News – Monday, May 2, 2011


There isn’t enough water to go around


From Record Searchlight – Saturday, April 30, 2011

Fish and Game must rethink its water use


From Record Searchlight – Saturday, April 30, 2011

SF salmon season opens with few fish


From SF Chronicle – Monday, May 2, 2011

One Fish, Two Fish, False-ish, True-ish


From NY Times – Sunday, May 1, 2011

Water agencies contribute to effort to rescue stranded fish


From Sacramento Bee – Friday, April 29, 2011


Exchequer Dam project endangering scenic Merced River


By Ralph Mendershausen/Michael Martin

From Merced Sun-Star – Saturday, April 30, 2011


No thanks on water tax


From North County Times – Sunday, May 1, 2011

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