By Zeke Grader
From SF Chronicle - Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Coalition response...The author references scientists who agree with fisherman in his claim that water exports from the Delta shoulder the blame for recent declines in salmon population. However, he ignores a study released this year from National Research Council scientists who cite multiple causes for the drop in Delta fish numbers. These scientists, part of the National Academy of Sciences, stated it could not rank one stressor over another. The scientists insisted that addressing the Delta ecosystem must include a multi-faceted approach directed at all of the stressors.
In his rush to continue his campaign against sending water to 25 million Californians and to the production of a reliable and healthy food supply, the author omits such factors as predators that await the arrival of juvenile salmon in the Delta as they make their way to the ocean. Fish agencies have also pointed to ocean conditions resulting in poor habitat and food supply as an ever-increasing cause of the low salmon numbers. Add the ammonia being discharged into Delta waters by local municipalities and you begin to grasp a more accurate look at all the factors impacting fish numbers.
From Central Valley Business Times - Thursday, May 3, 2012
Coalition response...This lawsuit appears to insist that farmers receive water based on the numbers written into existing contracts. Not true. During recent years of increased environmental regulations and less than normal rainfall, Reclamation has reduced the amount of water it delivers to farmers despite existing water contracts. Farmers this year are experiencing a 60% reduction in their deliveries of water that flows through the Delta. This lawsuit ignores the real-life circumstances that surround water deliveries and should be rejected by the court.
From Fresno Bee - Thursday, May 3, 2012
From KFSN/30 - Thursday, May 3, 2012
From SF Chronicle - Friday, May 4, 2012
By John Fleck
From Inkstain - Thursday, May 3, 2012