Friday, August 26, 2011

News articles and links from Aug 26, 2011


California's Water Wars


from City Journal - Summer 2011

California's water wars aren't about scarcity. Even with 37 million people and the nation's most irrigation-intensive agriculture, the state usually has enough water for both people and crops, thanks to the brilliant hydrological engineering of past generations of Californians.


Region makes pitch for water


From Chico Enterprise-Record - Friday, Aug. 26, 2011

As the state prepares its latest promised monumental water plan and the courts continue to weigh in, the north state is going on the offensive by playing a little self-defense. Just in case the state wants to pick winners and losers in the water wars, north state farmers are wisely trying to state their case.

Unhealthy Delta degrades water system


By John Foley, MWD Chairman

From Orange County Register - Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011

Orange County has much at stake as the process to solve California's largest water problem heads into the home stretch toward a historic solution. The problem is 400-some miles away in Northern California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.


Killing Sea Lions to Save Salmon, Again


By Felicity Barringer

From NY Times - Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011

This summer, federal fisheries officials took away the hunting license they had awarded to state officials in Oregon, Washington and Idaho who wanted to kill the sea lions that are eating endangered salmon.

Wine vs. Salmon: Water Wars Hit Sonoma County


From Bay Citizen - Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011

The dense forests of redwood, oak and Douglas fir that once covered much of Sonoma County have for many decades been giving way to pastures, orchards, subdivisions - and vineyards. Now, those vineyards are emerging as yet another threat to a fish that would go just perfectly with the region's signature pinot noir: the coho salmon.


Attempt to keep Cogdill, Kelley on water panel blocked in Senate


From Sacramento Bee - Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to remove two GOP appointees to the California Water Commission sparked a partisan dispute under the dome this morning as Senate Republicans sought to approve the appointees despite Brown's plans to replace them.

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