Monday, June 13, 2011

News articles and links from June 13, 2011

Water war heats up, farmers sue over move to save salmon


From Contra Costa Times – Friday, June 10, 2011

Coalition response...Action taken to reduce pumping in order to protect fall run Chinook and splittail is wrong on several fronts. First, these fish are not listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Second, the reduction in pumping by the Department of Interior violates federal law that Interior was instrumental in writing. The water users’ lawsuit seeks to have Interior follow the law, something that the rest of us must do.

Zeke Grader of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations is quoted in this article as opposing the water users’ lawsuit. Ironically just six days ago, Grader and a small group of fishing and environmental organizations filed their own notice that they intend to sue the federal government on another issue because in their opinion, it is not following the law.

California salmon fishing reopens, but trollers still worry


From LA Times – Saturday, June 11, 2011

Coalition response...Both fishermen and farmers have suffered because of actions taken by federal agencies. Fishermen have encountered closed and reduced fishing seasons because of reduced populations of salmon. These reductions have been caused by Delta predators feeding on juvenile salmon, ocean conditions that create poor availability of food, and wastewater discharge into the Delta. Biologists and scientists recognize these impacts as the leading causes for the drop in salmon numbers. Farmers suffered from badly written operational guidelines that govern the flow of water from the Delta. A federal judge has ruled these guidelines as “arbitrary and capricious” and void of consideration they would have on humans. Now is not the time for the fishing and farming communities to point fingers at one another. Now is the time to hold federal agencies responsible for their actions.


Cutback in delta pumping prompts suit


From Fresno Bee – Saturday, June 11, 2011

Water districts sue over Delta pumping restriction


From Fresno Bee/AP – Saturday, June 11, 2011

From Modesto Bee/AP – Saturday, June 11, 2011

From ABC/7 AP – Saturday, June 11, 2011

From News10/AP – Saturday, June 11, 2011

From KGET17/AP – Saturday, June 11, 2011

Board moving closer to water rules for farmers

From CBS/47 – Saturday, June 11, 2011

From KGET/17 – Saturday, June 11, 2011

From KFMB/8 – Friday, June 10, 2011

From Modesto Bee – Friday, June 10, 2011

Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Madera ID Water Supply

Press Release

From Bureau of Reclamation – Friday, June 10, 2011

Even in a good rain year, water supply still a concern


By Brad Mitzelfelt, Riverside Supervisor

From San Bernardino Sun – Sunday, June 12, 2011

Warring water agencies should tone down rhetoric


By Stuart Leavenworth

From Sacramento Bee – Sunday, June 12, 2011


Groundwater recharge talk in Glenn County


From Chico Enterprise-Record – Sunday, June 12, 2011


Dam removal will do more harm than good


By John W. Menke

From Redding Record Searchlight – Monday, June 13, 2011

Water quality suffers as Congress dithers


By Ani Kame’enui/Oregon Wild, Alexandra Borack/Friends of the River

From Redding Record Searchlight – Monday, June 13, 2011


Fish culturist’s ideas still live


By John Spencer

From Redding Record Searchlight – Saturday, June 11, 2011


Who are the radicals?


From Fresno Bee – Sunday, June 12, 2011

Obama should confront GOP on water


From Sacramento Bee – Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bill in Congress a threat to region’s water users, Delta protection


From Contra Costa Times – Saturday, June 11, 2011

HR 1837 seeks to overturn California water law


By Rep. Grace F. Napolitano

From SF Chronicle – Friday, June 10, 2011

H.R. 1837 Offers No Solutions for California’s Water Challenges


By Barry Nelson

From NRDC – Friday, June 10, 2011

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