From Vacaville Reporter - Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Coalition response...This editorial does a good job in explaining the process of paying for the BDCP research and why public water agencies have been added as permittees to the BDCP's Memorandum of Agreement. It needs to be recognized that the safeguards called for by this editorial are already in place. The Federal Lead Agencies---Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service and the California Department of Water Resources--retain control of the decision-making process of the BDCP. Preparation of the habitat conservation plan is ultimately subject to review and approval of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Critics of the public water agencies prefer to spend the agencies' money but not allow them the role that is customary in formulating habitat conservation plans. Such an arrangement has already taken place in California in the development of the Colorado River HCP.
By Kate Poole
From NRDC - Monday, Oct. 31, 2011
Coalition response...This author's attempt to credit the "hardworking scientists" for creating biological opinions that resulted in "low numbers of smelt...killed in the pumps" is an attempt to rewrite history. First of all, these scientists along with the biological opinions have been found to be utterly lacking by a federal judge. Their testimony supporting the biological opinions was labeled by the judge as an attempt to mislead the court. The agencies formulating the biological opinions were found to be in violation of the National Environmental Protection Act by failing to consider the cost to humans. As a result, the biological opinions were ordered to be rewritten.
Secondly, this year's weather conditions may have resulted in increased exports because much more water was in the system. What is important to recognize is that the results of the weather conditions, including the ability to increase exports cannot be duplicated by operations of the State and federal water supply systems. From 2010 to 2011 an additional 15 million acre-feet of Delta outflow went to the ocean. In a normal year that would consume the entire flow into the Delta. For a factual look at Delta inflow, exports and outflow, visit www.farmwater.org/Res0911.pdf.
From IVPress - Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
From Fresno Bee - Monday, Oct. 31, 2011
From Western Farm Press - Monday, Oct. 31, 2011
From North County Times - Monday, Oct. 31, 2011
From Sacramento Bee - Tuesday, Nov.1, 2011
From SCWC - Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
From SF Chronicle - Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
From Modesto Bee - Monday, Oct. 31, 2011
From Sacramento Bee - Monday, Oct. 31, 2011
From San Luis Obispo - Monday, Oct. 31, 2011
By Alex Breitler
From Record Blog - Monday, Oct. 31, 2011
From Porterville Recorder - Monday, Oct. 31, 2011