By Barry Nelson
From NRDC – Monday, Jan. 31, 2011
Coalition response...The author’s reference to a bank ATM card ignores the fact that most people have a second bank account. That second bank account for farmers and 25 million Californians is the surface water deliveries from State and federal projects. Recent reductions in surface water deliveries caused by environmental regulations in the Delta and drought years have forced farmers and others to turn back to groundwater supplies. Those environmental regulations were based on flawed science as determined by a federal court. Add a growing population and increased demands from the environmental community for more water and a result is the need to draw more water from the underground by farmers who are producing the food we all rely upon.
From SJ Mercury News – Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011
Coalition response...Farmers do pay for their share of costs relating to the State Water Project, even when they receive less water than their contracts call for. It is also understood that new water infrastructure, including a conveyance system to move water around the Delta, will be funded by those who benefit. California farmers have been conserving water for years, spending billions of dollars to install improved irrigation systems while increasing their crop production...which benefits the consumer.
From The Record – Monday, Jan. 31, 2011
From Fresno Bee – Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011
From Sacramento Bee – Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011
By Alex Breitler
From The Record - Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
From Sonora Union Democrat – Monday, Jan. 24, 2011
By David Zetland
From Aguanomics – Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
From SF Chronicle – Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011
From Fresno Bee – Friday, Jan. 28, 2011