By Jeffrey Michael
From San Bernardino Sun - Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012
Coalition response...Jeff Michael is a university professor of economics and he should know better than to make a statement that farmers "are already decades behind paying federal taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in interest-free loans." Those payments are not "decades behind" and instead are being made according to contracts; just check with State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP)officials.
The only "interest-free" aspect of the payment schedule is the action taken by Congress to waive the interest fee on water delivered to farmers within the CVP. These farmers are paying all other costs---construction, operation and maintenance. They are paying for the water they receive. Farmers within the SWP pay all costs, even for water not received during times of drought or delivery restrictions caused by environmental rulings.
From EarthSky - Monday, Oct. 22, 2012
Coalition response...Researcher Bridget Scanlon does a good job in describing the global picture of groundwater and its use. She singles out California water management practices as examples of how other areas could emulate. Her suggestion to "reduce irrigated agriculture and convert irrigated agriculture to rain-fed agriculture" would have dramatic effects on food production. Consumers need to know the enormous contribution irrigated agriculture plays in providing their food supply. Reverting to a less efficient form of food production would raise food prices and reduce the choices consumers have at the store.
By Matt Alto
From AccuWeather - Monday, Oct. 22, 2012
From Modesto Bee - Monday, Oct. 22, 2012
From National Public Radio - Friday, Oct. 19, 2012
By Wayne Lusvardi
From Cal Watchdog - Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012
From Modesto Bee - Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012
From Modesto Bee - Friday, Oct. 19, 2012
By Jeff Michael
From Valley Economy - Friday, Oct. 19, 2012