From Sacramento Bee – Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011
Coalition response...Farmers have historically sought ways to conserve water while producing a safe and reliable supply of food and fiber commodities. California farmers have invested more than $2 billion in upgraded irrigation systems over the last 10 years and this kind of efficiency helps stretch our water supplies and keeps food prices affordable for everyone. Farmers will continue these efforts as they seek to remain sustainable while producing the food we need.
By Dan Bacher
From Red, Green, Blue – Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011
Coalition response...The author mentions the high numbers of fish salvage at the Delta pumps that supply water to 25 million Californians and several million acres of farmland. Missing is the explanation by fish agency biologists that these high numbers are the result of this year’s water conditions. Also missing is the reporting from State fish agencies that the Delta smelt population is also up from year ago figures. The water conditions experienced this year were caused by Mother Nature and everyone needs to realize that these same conditions cannot be replicated by operations of the State and federal water systems.
By Mark Grossi
From Visalia Times Delta – Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011
From YubaNet – Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011