From California Economic Summit - Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012
Coalition response... CDFA Secretary Karen Ross is exactly right when she says we need to update the state's water supply infrastructure. There is a direct connection between water supply reliability for farmers and the availability and cost of food at the grocery store. Consumers have a direct connection and a financial stake in California's farms because they share the benefits and bounty with the farmers who grow the food and fiber we depend on every day. Americans would be spending an additional $3,820 per year (in 2010 dollars) if our food costs matched those in 28 other high-income countries around the world. Adequate and dependable farm water supplies help make those savings possible.
From The Record Searchlight - Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
From Stockton Record - Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
From Modesto Bee - Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
From CBS 47 - Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
The following response is for both of the above stories.
Coalition response... Seeing salmon returned to the San Joaquin River, even experimental populations, is exciting for many people but we can't let the news of the day divert our attention from a serious situation. Thousands of farmers gave up water in the negotiated settlement to restore the river and downstream areas that are subject to flooding without adequate protections. Promises were made that provided for a way to recapture some of the water used to restore the river and return it for the purposes of growing food. So far the promise remains without any concrete plan on how, or even if, it will happen. The other issue is the need for a set of protections that must be in place to prevent crop losses and private property impacts in the downstream reaches of the river after restoration flows commence. We have already seen flooding from earlier experimental flows. Full restoration of the river without addressing these lingering issues could devastate local economies and the food supply that comes from one of California's most important farming regions.
By Ellen Hanak
From Sacramento Bee - Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
From Water Food Environment- The Blog of David Guy - Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012
From Public Policy Institute of California - November 2012
From BDCP Blog - Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
From Red Bluff Daily News - Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012