Monday, October 31, 2011

News articles and links from Oct. 31, 2011


Water suppliers' delta accord under scrutiny


From SF Chronicle - Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

Delta water plan needs to be balanced, inclusive and transparent


From Contra Costa Times - Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011

From San Jose Mercury News - Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

From Oakland Tribune - Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011

Agencies announce comment period for public in Delta plan


From The Record - Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011

Delta contract dispute forces feds to back down


From Contra Costa Times - Friday, Oct. 28, 2011

Water agreement should be rescinded


From SF Chronicle - Friday, Oct. 28, 2011

Representatives question short comment period for Delta plan


By Dan Bacher

From IndyBay Media - Friday, Oct. 28, 2011

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

Coalition response...The BDCP memorandum of agreement is misunderstood by those raising objections to the inclusion of the public water agencies' new role. The public water agencies are not granted a controlling role in the process. That role remains with the Federal Lead Agencies---Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service and the California Department of Water Resources.

Preparation of a habitat conservation plan, which is the function of the BDCP planning efforts, is typically an applicant-driven process that also involves the applicant to pay for the HCP, which is ultimately subject to review and approval of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The public water agencies have already paid $140 million and are expected to add another $100 million to that total to complete the BDCP.

Adding the public water agencies to permittee status for the BDCP follows an already-established practice. This happened previously in California in the development of the Colorado River HCP.

Again, the control that many fear has been bestowed upon the public water agencies does not exist because it would be contrary to law.


Massive California farm-to-city water deal snared in litigation


From LA Times - Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011

From Western Farm Press - Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

Modesto Irrigation District water deal stirs up debate


From Modesto Bee - Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011


Supreme Court declines to hear farmers' challenge to delta smelt protections


By Michael Doyle

From Fresno Bee News Blog - Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

High Court declines smelt case, but PLF's "save our water" fight continues

Press release

From Pacific Legal Foundation - Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

Delta: $5.5B economic engine


By Dennis Wyatt

From Manteca Bulletin - Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

Be careful what you wish for


By John Bass

From Delta National Park - Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

Bill averts disaster while protecting California's water


By Sen. Michael Rubio

From Hanford Sentinel - Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011


Calfornia farmers face future of grueling water regulations


From Western Farm Press - Monday, Oct. 31, 2011


Conservation of rivers key to protecting wild salmon


By John Spencer

From Record Searchlight - Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011

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