Friday, September 23, 2011

News articles and links from Sept. 23, 2011


Judge questions honesty of Interior Department scientists


From Washington Examiner - Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

Angry federal judge rips 'false testimony' of federal scientists


By Ron Arnold

From Washington Examiner - Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

Coalition response...Endangered fish species in the Delta must be's the law. But the law must be applied in a lawful manner and a federal judge has repeatedly found that federal agencies have failed in that effort. Phrases such as unjustified, clearly erroneous, unlawful, bad science and others have been levied at the fishery agencies responsible for federal rules that govern the flow of water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The result of this failure to comply with law has been an ongoing legal effort that never should have taken place if the agencies had done their job right from the beginning. Once again the judge has directed the agencies to rework portions of the biological opinions that govern flows through the Delta to farmers and 25 million Californians. Hopefully they got the message and will correctly rewrite these rules.

Salmon ruling appears to help fish and farmers


By Jim McCarthy

From Earthjustice - Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011

Coalition response...Missing from this post is the verbal lashing the judge levied at federal agencies and their biologists for submitting testimony in support of the biological opinions that was deemed "unjustified," "clearly erroneous," "unlawful" and "bad science." In his order to require NMFS to rewrite the biological opinion, the judge stated that the "2009 Salmonid BiOp and its RPA are arbitrary, capricious, and unlawful..." Californian can no longer afford "bad science."

Attempts to link farm revenues with water exports overlooks the fact that revenues are driven by prices farmers receive in the market, not water deliveries. As an example, during recent years when environmental regulations and drought restrict water deliveries, lettuce plantings in the westside of the San Joaquin Valley shifted to other parts of the state. Revenues were still obtained on a statewide basis for the lettuce crop but farmers, farmworkers and local communities along the westside suffered.


Wanger delivers tongue lashing to government; water users approve


By John Ellis

From Fresno Bee - Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011


La Nina is coming, but reservoirs are looking good


By Mark Grossi

From Fresno Bee - Friday, Sept. 23, 2011

Climate change and California water: A bad situation likely to get worse


By John Fleck

From Inkstain - Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011


CCWD chief sounds off on proposed Delta water plan


From Calaveras Enterprise - Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011


Salazar's dishonest agency exposed


By Rep. Devin Nunes

From Rep. Nunes - Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

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