By Henry I. Miller
From Forbes - Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012
Coalition response...While this article provides a thoughtful look at bio-engineered crops and the efficiencies of America's farmers, it misses the mark on one point. It states that 70% of the worldwide water is used by agriculture and that number is even higher in California. Not so, according to the California Department of Water Resources. It's State Water Plan reports California's water use is divided as: urban/11%; agriculture/41%; and environmental/48%.
(The following article is a syndicated column and appears in multiple newspapers.)
By Thomas D. Elias
From Long Beach Press-Telegram - Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012
Coalition response...Naysayers of the proposed tunnels will be quick to criticize this column while overlooking the truth presented by the author. Conditions in the Delta aren't getting better, despite 30 years of environmentally-based flow restrictions. Doing nothing, as some insist is the path our state should take, will only continue the problems that plague threatened and endangered species as well as our water system. The proposed tunnels would separate water that would flow to farms and 25 million Californians from water dedicated for fish and the Delta's ecosystem. The tunnels are designed for a delivery capacity of only 9,000 cfs. The canal voted on by the voters in 1982 had a capacity of 22,000 cfs. A 1966 report stated ,"the canal must be operational by 1974" to "prevent great damage to the commercial and sport fisheries that are dependent on the delta." Thirty-eight years have gone by since the canal was proposed to be finished. The Delta is a mess. Water supplies are unreliable. Food-producing land is fallowed every year because of water shortages and consumers pay the price at the checkout stand. Governor Brown is demonstrating the kind of leadership now that will move California forward and away from the do-nothing, gridlock mentality that hurts the rest of the state.
From Fresno Business Journal - Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012
From Modesto Bee - Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012
By Dan Walters
From Sacramento Bee Blogs - Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012
From Vacaville Reporter - Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012
From DWR - Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012
From NBC Bay Area - Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012
From KCRA - Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012