Wednesday, June 29, 2011

News articles and links from June 29, 2011


GOP water bill would fail to help economy

Press Release

From Aquafornia - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Coalition response...Relying on a faulty study to make her point regarding congressional legislation damages Rep. Napolitano’s position. The study in question goes to great lengths to establish the statewide increase in agricultural production to offset reports that farmers and their employees suffered from water delivery cutbacks caused by environmental regulations and the drought. While farmers throughout the state may have done well, those farmers hit with water restrictions saw their overall revenue drop while being forced to lay off workers. Even economists from UC Davis and UOP recognize this fact. The report cited by Napolitano lacks a real understanding of what takes place on California farms during times of reductions in water deliveries.

Water supply

Don’t mess with wild and scenic Merced River


From Sacramento Bee – Monday, June 27, 2011

Coalition response...Rejecting HR 869 doesn’t make sense. Raising the spillway at Lake McClure would only impact 1,700 feet of the 122-mile designation of Wild and Scenic for the Merced River. Water levels in the river regularly rise to cover this same level. The Merced Irrigation District only wants to extend the length of time that the river would be at the higher level in order to create an increased water supply and new power. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this congressional approval is that the local irrigation district will pay for the project with no money coming from the State or federal governments.

What doesn’t make sense is the Sacramento Bee’s rejection of this proposal while its sister publications---The Fresno Bee and the Merced Sun-Star---have already endorsed it.


Reclamation increases releases to the Lower American River

Press release

From Bureau of Reclamation – Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Feds dumping more water from Folsom Lake to make room for June rain

TV News

From CBS 13/Sacramento – Tuesday, June 28, 2011


California Fish and Wildlife strategic vision holds first public meeting


By Dan Bacher

From IndyBay Media – Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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