Wednesday, June 1, 2011

News articles and links from June 1, 2011

North Coast Farmers and Fishermen United To Stop Water Grab


By Vic Bedoian

From Community Alliance – Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Coalition response...Dick Poole’s personal “take” on salmon population isn’t based on facts or science. One year ago Federal Judge Oliver Wanger ruled in the salmon biological opinion court case that pumping restrictions were a product of “guesstimations,” and that federal fish agencies acted “arbitrarily and capriciously in formulating actions to protect threatened species under the ESA,” and that the actions “lack factual scientific justification.”

Additionally, a 2009 report to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council stated that a broad body of evidence suggests that anomalous conditions (poor upwelling, warm surface temperatures and lack of food) in the coastal ocean in 2005 and 2006 resulted in unusually poor survival of the 2004 and 2005 broods of Sacramento River Chinook.

The judicial and scientific records clearly show that salmon are suffering but it’s not export pumping that is causing the problem. Until and unless people like Poole are willing to look at the real causes for the changing ecosystem, we cannot begin to help species like salmon recover to their historic levels.


Snow, rain and regulatory drought


By John Harris

From Fresno Bee – Wednesday, June 1, 2011

State Water Resources Control Board to hold public workshop on agricultural water use efficiency

Press release

From Aquafornia – Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rising water costs lead to uncertain future for farmers


From Ag Alert/CFBF – Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Sierra snow piled high, but flood risk minimal


From Contra Costa Times – Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Water bill is bad for the north state


By Tom Stokely

From Redding Record Searchlight – Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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