Monday, March 12, 2012

News articles and links from March 12, 2012


Delta fix must include higher flows, reduced water exports

By Gary Bobker
From Sacramento Bee - Sunday, March 11, 2012

Coalition response...
Bobker's piece masquerades as a balanced approach to solving Delta ecosystem problems but it does so on the backs of Central Valley farmers and the communities they support. Stating that the solution is "an appropriately sized diversion ensuring that drinking water supplies are never cut off..." conveniently omits any mention of water for farms that grow food and employ tens of thousands of people.

He adds, "We also must ensure that all water users - not just Delta exporters - are required to do their part in helping solve the problem." Required to do their part. What does that mean? Why isn't Bobker up front about what he wants? I believe its because his intentions aren't so palatable when all of the details are in the light of day. Those unmentionables include job losses, increased dependence on imported food and higher food costs. That is the inconvenient truth. And nowhere does he mention that environmental water use is completely devoid of any efficiency standards.

The solution can no longer be simply more flow. If water truly is a public resource, then the public deserves to know what it is getting in return for the water used to support or restore the environment.

Money does go where water flows. ( It supports the economies of a large part of California that is the food production envy of the world. Let's be truthful, folks. If the solution is "Grow less food and put people out of work" then be honest about it so the rest of us know exactly what you're talking about.


Refighting California's water war

By Jim Newton
From LA Times - Monday, March 12, 2012

No 'March miracle,' but rain in forecast

From Fresno Bee - Sunday, March 11, 2012

Storms will bring snow to the Sierra, rain to Northern California this week

From Sacramento Bee - Sunday, March 11, 2012

Modesto Irrigation District to consider increasing water rates for farmers

From Modesto Bee - Saturday, March 10, 2012

Northern California water leaders say habitat, water storage linked

From Chico Enterprise-Record - Friday, March 9, 2012

La Nina on its way out, but so is winter

From KQED - Friday, March 9, 2012


On the Lighter Side: Why build this...

By Stuart Leavenworth
From Sacramento Bee - Sunday, March 11, 2012

Could a peripheral canal/tunnel increase drought risk?

By Jeff Michaels
From Valley Economy - Sunday, March 11, 2012

Peripheral Canal II

From SF Chronicle - Saturday, March 10, 2012

Army Corps budget hearing held, Bay Delta request is $51.5 million

From ACWA - Saturday, March 10, 2012

Settlement stops government from promoting habitat destruction in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

From Sacramento Bee - Friday, March 9, 2012


San Joaquin Tributary Association urges caution in relying on uncertain estimates from PFMC's 2012 salmon population projections

Press release
From Healthy Delta For All - Friday, March 9, 2012


Feinstein waves white flag in water war

From Cal Watchdog - Monday, March 12, 2012

Herger votes to ship our water south

From Chico Enterprise-Record - Saturday, March 10, 2012

HR 1837

From SF Chronicle - Saturday, March 10, 2012

Denham, Feinstein seek deal on Calif. water bill

From Fresno Bee - Friday, March 9, 2012
From Modesto Bee - Saturday, March 10, 2012

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