Friday, September 2, 2011

News articles and links from Sept. 2, 2011

Water Supply

California's water wars present difficult lifestyle choices


By John Sabo

From LA Times - Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

Coalition response...Claiming that farms use 80% of the water consumed in the West ignores the water that is designated for environmental purposes, such as refuges, salt sinks and wild and scenic rivers. California's Department of Water Resources reports that water use is divided according to environmental/48%, ag/41% and urban/11%.

The benefits of flood irrigation is also overlooked in the suggestion of converting this water practice to drip or overhead sprinklers. Water in flood irrigations that is not consumed by the plant soaks into the underground, recharging the aquifer. Most rural communities in our state benefit from these recharged aquifers by pumping a portion of that supply for drinking water. Eliminating flood irrigation could cause water shortages for the people of these communities.
Farms are an important part of the balance that exists between urban and rural areas in California. Their contributions go beyond the food that is produced and, as in this case, is often unrecognized.


Irrigation districts as Chicken Little


From Modesto Bee - Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

Coalition response...There are more facts than this letter-writer offers. Facts omitted from his letter include:

1. Other purposes for the construction of the Central Valley Project was water supply, flood control and recreation.

2. The biological opinions have been rejected by a federal judge, who called them "arbitrary and capricious," loaded with "faulty science." Just this week the same judge ruled the science used to erect a watery salt barrier in the Delta was "improper."

3. Read the website-- learn that scientists are pointing to predators as a "major" cause of salmon losses.

4. Members of the National Academy of Sciences called for further study into the predator impact on salmon and other Delta fish species.

Judge pans plan for delta smelt


From Modesto Bee - Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

NOTE: The following response was posted yesterday to the above story that appeared in other newspapers.

Coalition response...The proposed movement of X2 by federal fish agencies is a continuation of the poor science used to develop the biological opinions governing flow through the Delta. The same judge who earlier ruled the BOs were "arbitrary and capricious" and full of "faulty science" has now ruled that the X2 proposal is "scientifically improper." Agencies charged with developing regulations must realize that they cannot simply take a position without basing it on sound science. Failure to develop science-based decisions serves no purpose.


The other California


By Bruce S. Thornton

From City Journal - Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011


Delta counties to BDCP: Slow down


By Alex Breitler

From The Record - Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

Spanos soiree brings in cash


By Alex Breitler

From The Record - Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

Kern County Water Agency statement on federal court ruling preventing significant water losses

Press release

From KCWA - Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

Good science wins in latest delta smelt ruling

Press release

From Westlands Water District - Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011

Court blocks federal agencies from imposing arbitrary regulation on the State Water Project

Press Release

From State Water Contractors - Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011


Wanger's retirement will leave a huge hole


From Fresno Bee - Friday, Sept. 2, 2011

Perk of being a federal judge: Wanger says no political fundraisers


By Mark Grossi

From Fresno Bee - Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011


Nothing fishy is going on with salmon and Feather River Fish Hatchery


From Oroville Mercury-Register - Friday, Sept. 2, 2011

Warming streams could be the end for salmon


From UC Davis - Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

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