Wednesday, July 13, 2011

News articles and links from July 13, 2011

Water supply

Ag prospers, but Valley’s crop of social ills persists


By Bill McEwen

From Fresno Bee – Saturday, July 9, 2011

Coalition response...This article is disappointing to read because of the false picture it paints of San Joaquin Valley farmers as being uncaring about their workers and squirreling away huge profits while not contributing to the social malaise affecting the valley. Farmers do care about the lives of their workers and their families; many of these workers have been employed for over 10, 15 and 20 years by the same farmer. This doesn’t happen if a callous disregard exists toward the worker, despite the level of mechanization that has developed.

The writer’s attempt to portray a shifting of farm revenue from the valley to “corporate headquarters and investors outside of the Valley” belies the fact that only 7% of the 81,000 farms in California are corporate-owned. Farmers rely on their local communities not just for a source of employment but also supplies that keep their farms operational.

This writer has been with The Bee for over 30 years and it is sad to realize that in all that time he has failed to understand the important role that farming plays in the life and economy of the San Joaquin Valley.


Carnage at the Delta death pumps continues unabated


By Dan Bacer

From IndyBay Media – Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Coalition response...This tired old drum will collapse pretty soon if critics of the flow of water from the Delta to 25 million Californians and several million acres of farmland that grows food and fiber products continue to beat it in relation to the reported number of fish taken at the pumps. Biologists have explained this spike in numbers as a result of weather conditions. These biologists knew that the take number would increase in proportion to the overall population explosion of these species. Biologists have recorded the ups and downs of the take numbers at the pumps over the years in relation to weather conditions and the species are still around. No alarm has been sounded over these numbers other than by those individuals and groups who continue to talk among themselves.


Agricultural Water Stewardship


By California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply

From Aquafornia – July 13, 2011

State Water Board General Fund cuts Result in Increased Fees


From ACWA – Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Groundwater and Secession in California


From California Greening – Tuesday, July 12, 2011


IID could bring in “fresh blood” for second opinion on QSA


From IV Press – Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Agricultural water discharge approval is challenged


From Central Valley Business Times – Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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