From LA Times - Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012
By Dan Charles
From NPR - Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012
(The following response is posted to the above articles.)
Coalition response...Each area identified in the report produces a food supply for the local community and some areas are providing food for others around the world. The U.S. farmer produces enough food, on average, to feed 155 people. Farmers in California's Central Valley have been concerned for years with the overdraft situation of their water supplies from the aquifers. This concern was one reason why Californians supported the construction of the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project that delivered surface water to farms, homes and businesses that stretch from the San Francisco east bay to San Diego.
Dependable surface water supplies enabled farmers to turn off their irrigation pumps that lift water from the aquifer to their fields. The water from the aquifer remains as an insurance policy when years of drought diminish the supply of surface water. However, environmental regulations that restrict water flowing through the Delta to Central Valley farms and beyond have caused farmers to increase groundwater use to keep their farms productive. The solution to much of California's groundwater problem is to fix the surface water problem. Governor Brown's recent announcement to move forward with water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration projects will go a long way to improve the situation for California's groundwater.
From Imperial Valley Press - Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012
From Hanford Sentinel - Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012
From ACWA - Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012
From Aquafornia - Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012
From Sacramento Bee - Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012
By Alex Breitler
From esanjoaquin - Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012
Lawsuits challenge the Central Valley Water Board's programmatic EIR and renewed waiver for the Long-Term Irrigated Lands Program
By Cassie N. Aw-yang
From Somach Simmons & Dunne - Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012