Monday, February 6, 2012

News articles and links from Feb. 6, 2012


California's water myths and facts


By Doug Obegi

From SF Chronicle - Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012

Coalition response...This author continues to point toward water exports as the blame for population decreases for fish in the Delta. He fails to add the list of stressors that scientists are in agreement with, namely, predators, water quality, loss of food and habitat. He conveniently ignores that California Department of Fish and Game biologists estimate that striped bass devour up to 50% of juvenile salmon. He also does not mention the millions of gallons of wastewater loaded with ammonia that is dumped into the water flowing to the Delta.

The author also introduces the suggestion that Californians can save "trillions of gallons of water" by altering their water use practices. Conveniently he does not mention a Center for Irrigation Technology report released in November that puts agricultural water use efficiency potential at about 330,000 acre-feet. Obegi's overly optimistic numbers come from an old CalFed report that admitted almost 3 million acre feet of agricultural "conservation" potential would mostly be the result of shorting other users, which is not true conservation.


Needed rain on the way to California


By Kristina Pydynowski

From AccuWeather - Monday, Feb. 6, 2012

Water bond will sink if it stays bloated


From Sacramento Bee - Sunday Feb. 5, 2012

Proposals could mean big change for Colorado water


From Capital Press - Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012

Dry winter raises concerns about available water


From Visalia Times-Delta - Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012

Who's watching the San Joaquin River?


From Cures


Report: Strengthening Delta levees critical to economy


From Sacramento Business Journal - Monday, Feb. 6, 2012

Nostalgic trip down Delta drifts too far from the facts


By Randy Fiorini

From The Record - Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012

Solving the Delta's identity crisis


By Michael Fitzgerald

From The Record - Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012

Glenn joins chorus of criticism against Delta Plan


From Enterprise-Record - Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012

Poll finds few know about Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta


From Modesto Bee - Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012

Most people in California are clueless on the Delta


By Mark Lubell

From Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior/UC Davis - Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012

The striped bass saga


By Alex Breitler

From The Record - Friday, Feb. 3, 2012


Group's mail campaign advocates for Yuba salmon run


From Appeal-Democrat - Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012

Many grape growers plan to voluntarily comply with water rules


From Press-Democrat - Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

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