Monday, September 26, 2011

News articles and links from Sept. 26, 2011


Our salmon runs are going extinct - the time for protections is now


By Kate Poole, NRDC

From California Progress Report - Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011

Coalition response...It is difficult to connect the words of this blogger with reports from fishermen who are on the Sacramento River catching salmon. Fishermen are reporting "excellent salmon fishing" and an "improvement in salmon numbers." DFG is reporting that "recreational river fishermen have taken their full allotted quota already" on the Klamath River. Claiming that salmon are facing extinction is difficult to accept when reports from fishermen prove otherwise.

The 2009 rewrite of the biological opinions failed to follow the National Environmental Protection Act, as ruled by the judge. Specifically, NEPA requires consideration of those impacts on humans and the public. This failure is another reason why fishery protections in the Delta have been paraded through the courtroom. The recent ruling by the judge pointed out the inappropriate actions by two federal scientists in formulating the biological opinions. These mis-actions and claims of unproven extinction seems to be a pattern that threatens California's future water supply.

Judge's blistering rebuke of two federal scientists stokes fires under Obama administration


From Contra Costa Times - Friday, Sept. 23, 2011

From SJ Mercury News - Friday, Sept. 23, 2011

Judicial temperament


By John Howard

From California Water Wars - Monday, Sept. 26, 2011

(The following response is posted online to the above articles.)

Coalition response...It is inconceivable that a bureaucrat would hold himself above the law and discount a legal ruling by a federal judge. The words spoken in the courtroom to characterize the testimony offered by two federal scientists as "unlawful" and "misleading" are a part of the public record. Ignoring these comments and others by the judge is tantamount to writing one's own law. A greater concern is the biological opinions that govern the flow of water through the Delta are being rewritten by these same federal agencies and scientists. Will the results of this rewrite be destined once again for the courtroom in order to provide a safeguard for farmers and 25 million Californians?

Examining impact of Lake McClure project


By John Sweigard

From Merced Sun-Star - Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011

Coalition response...Pending congressional legislation would allow further consideration of this proposal by Merced Irrigation District. The proposal provides a reasonable solution with minimal impact, 1800 linear feet, to the 122.5 miles of the Merced River that is designated as wild and scenic. As noted by the writer, the 1992 amendment to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act encroached on the FERC boundary for Lake McClure. The benefits resulting from moving forward with the MID proposal would be widespread to the public served by the water supply from Lake McClure but the rest of California as it adds more flexibility to our water supply system.


Federal judge who ruled in water cases steps down


From North County Times - Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011

From SF Chronicle - Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011


Klamath deal needs a boost from Congress


From Sacramento Bee - Monday, Sept. 26, 2011

We're in trouble when we're arguing about the numbers


by John Fleck

From Inkstain - Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011

Let the Klamath River dams come down


From SF Chronicle - Friday, Sept. 23, 2011

Financing our water future may be this generation's biggest challenge


By Tim Quinn

From ACWA - Friday, Sept. 23, 2011


Draft SWRCB Water Quality Coordinating Committee concept paper: Development of strategic work plan for groundwater


From Aquafornia - Monday, Sept. 26, 2011


$5 a head fish bounty versus $6 billion dam


By Dennis Wyatt

From Manteca Bulletin - Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011

Feds file opposition to PLF's request for Supreme Court review of delta smelt case


By Brandon Middleton

From Pacific Legal Foundation - Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011


Fall chinook restrictions go into effect on lower Klamath


By Dan Bacher

From IndyBay Media - Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011

Salmon are back


By Dan Bacher

From Appeal-Democrat - Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011

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