Tuesday, July 26, 2011

News articles and links from July 26, 2011

Water supply

Water systems key to restoring jobs, food production


By Zeke Grader

From Modesto Bee – Monday, July 25, 2011

Coalition response...The author fails to acknowledge recent scientific studies that have pinned the drop in salmon numbers on ocean conditions, including warm water temperatures and a lack of an adequate food supply. The biological opinions that are held to such high esteem by the author have been ruled “arbitrary and capricious” and “sloppy science” by a federal judge. Federal fish agencies have been ordered to rewrite the opinions. The author also fails to reference comments by the National Academy of Sciences’ committee that stated further study is needed into the impacts of predators on juvenile salmon. The inclusion of select informational items and the purposeful exclusion of factual information renders this opinion article as seriously lacking in its believability.


Why the Scientists Say Delta Smelt Population Improved Slightly this Year


From Green Roots – Monday, July 25, 2011

Coalition response...Flows alone will not cause an increase in smelt numbers. An adequate food supply that is not threatened by wastewater discharges containing ammonium is needed. While flows may have aided in diluting the ammonium that biologists agree endanger the food supply found in the Delta, it is the food that smelt and other species need to flourish. These higher than usual flows were caused by Mother Nature; these levels cannot be achieved through the operations of the current water supply systems.


Congressman Nunes’ Attempt to Destroy California’s Salmon and Fishing Jobs


By Zeke Grader

From SF Chronicle – Monday, July 25, 2011

Coalition response...This author’s use of inflammatory descriptions to mischaracterize farmers along the San Joaquin Valley Westside provides a false depiction of those who are growing the food and fiber that we all require. For several months during the year the only source of lettuce for consumers comes from these farmers. He labels these farmers as “agribusiness barons” and attempts to label them as “corporate farmers” as if that is a derogatory term. He and others need to realize that over 90% of all California farms have incorporated while maintaining the decision-making process within the family. His attempt to liken these family farmers to those whose operational decisions are made in corporate board rooms fails the test of truth. It’s too bad his admitted “anger” fueled his continued use of falsehoods in describing California farmers.


Kern County Water Agency Mourns Loss of Former General Manager Thomas N. Clark Press release

From KCWA – Monday, July 25, 2011

Kern’s water rainmaker was a force


By Lois Henry

From Bakersfield Californian – Monday, July 25, 2011

Former Kern water agency chief dies


By Mark Grossi

From Fresno Bee – Monday, July 25, 2011

Nelson statement

By Peter Nelson, CFWC President

From CFWC – Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Updates on Lake Powell and Lake Mean/Monsoon Moisture


By Ken Clark

From Accuweather – Monday, July 25, 2011

Highlights of July’s CWC meeting


By Paul Selsky

From Brown and Caldwell Water News – Monday, July 25, 2011


Canal or tunnel would devastate local economy


By Craig W. Anderson

From SJFB News - July 2011

Who’s in charge here?


From Restore the Delta – Monday, July 25, 2011


Salmon may face greater threat than water shortage


From SF Chronicle – Monday, July 25, 2011

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