From Stockton Record - Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012
Coalition response...This article indicates that restoration officials believe the relocation of a few salmon to the base of Friant Dam will provide information on fish survivability. That is interesting considering that about $100 million has already been spent on the restoration project with no completion of any construction project identified in the plan.
While officials are waiting for answers, so, too, are farmers. Friant Division farmers gave up a portion of their water supply for the restoration on the assurance that part of the water would be returned to them. These farmers are still waiting for answers that will fulfill that promise. Downstream farmers are also waiting for answers about whether the increase in flows down the river will flood adjacent farmland. Increased flows last year caused seepage problems that flooded productive fields, a condition that farmers warned about before the restoration efforts ever commenced.
Consumers should be watching this carefully. Impacts that reduce the ability to grow food, either through lost irrigation water or damaged, flooded cropland, will ultimately affect the price people pay for fresh fruit and vegetables at the grocery store.
By Nancy Vogel
From BDCP - Monday, Nov. 19, 2012
Coalition response...Delta farmers who have expressed concerns over potential crop losses due to higher salinity should be pleased. Early estimates as high as $54 million in annual crop losses were often quoted as a reason not to move forward with water supply reliability projects that would benefit 25 million Californians and several million acres of farmland south of the Delta. The study by UC Davis researchers puts that number at $2.3 million per year, a better projection than what was previously thought.
From LA Times - Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012
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From Siskiyou Daily News - Friday, Nov. 16, 2012