Wednesday, January 18, 2012

News articles and links from Jan. 18, 2012


Head to Head: Should California build a Delta water canal it rejected in the 1980s?


From Sacramento Bee - Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

Coalition response...Pia Lopez's position is absent of some very important facts. She characterizes the west side as the "Westlands Water District Project" when the benefits of water flowing through the Delta to San Joaquin Valley farmers stretch from Tracy to Bakersfield, a region several times larger than Westlands Water District. These well as 25 million Californians...will benefit from an improved conveyance that delivers a reliable supply of water. The farmland along the west side of the valley is some of the most productive farmland in the world with valuable crops grown sustainably on all types of land, resulting in job creation and economic productivity.

The claim of "arid, marginal lands that are increasingly saline" ignores the facts of how farmers, public water agencies, environmental groups and governmental agencies are working together to maintain 100,000 acres of productive farmland in the Grasslands Bypass Project, which EPA hailed recently as a "success story." A visit to the area would provide Lopez with a better understanding of the land that produces much of the food we all depend on.

PPIC studies assume peripheral canal doesn't increase water exports


By Doug Obegi

From NRDC - Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

Coalition response...The PPIC's most recent report focuses on the study of a peripheral canal and does not include other factors that have caused the decline of the fishery population in the Delta. This author makes a broad statement of "...unprecedented levels of diversions during the 2000s under the Bush Administration, which led to the collapse of fishery populations in the Delta and the federal courts ordering pumping restrictions in 2007." The author fails to mention that the court subsequently threw out that decision and ordered federal fish agencies to start over on the biological opinion. By omitting such causes as wastewater discharges, predation, and a decline in food and habitat, the author presents an incomplete portrayal of causes impacting Delta fishery. It seems as though these factors are being purposefully ignored because resolving them might allow higher export levels. NRDC has already decided to oppose higher exports, regardless of any scientific justifications that might emerge under BDCP.

Readers of this blog should also realize that the current draft of the BDCP is just that---a draft. Work continues to provide a workable document that is based on science. Unfortunately, not all people or organizations will agree with the applied science and instead insist that it is faulty because it does not conform with their positions.


Wet winter pattern returns to California


From National Weather Service - Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

California farmers eagerly await rain


From Sacramento Bee - Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

California crop weather: fruit growers await rain


From Western Farm Press - Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

Reclamation releases draft environmental documents for San Joaquin River flow modifications

Press release

From USBR - Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012


NRDC files response to water users' motion to dismiss X2 appeal


By Brandon Middleton

From Pacific Legal Foundation - Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

Parties in salmon litigation file stipulation rgarding CVP and SWP operations in 2012


From KMTG - Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012
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New tool for cleaning up soils and waterways: Prickly pear


From USDA - Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

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