From Chico Enterprise-Record - Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012
Coalition response...It is always important to remain vigilant over existing water rights. Safeguards have been put into the State Constitution and the California Water Code in recent decades that have strengthened these rights. The law clearly states that existing water rights cannot be negatively impacted by new water projects. Water transfers are allowed only when certain requirements are met, such as the agreement between a willing buyer and a willing seller. Also, it must be demonstrated that the proposed transfer will not harm existing water users in the area of origin and local environmental and human impacts are minimal.
From Stockton Record - Monday, Dec. 3, 2012
Coalition response...People may be exuberant over the reintroduction of salmon into the San Joaquin River but they must realize that this effort comes with a price. When the restoration plan was drafted, thousands of farmers gave up a portion of their water for a promise that their water would be restored. They are still waiting for the assurances that their water is not lost forever. Farmers along the river have experienced flooding in their fields as experimental flows have increased the amount of water sent down the river. A loss of water supply and flooding of fields mean a reduced food supply produced by California farmers. Consumers will likely feel the financial impact of higher food prices caused by the restoration efforts unless these impacts are resolved as the law requires.
From USA Today - Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012
From Fresno Bee - Monday, Dec. 3, 2012
From Oroville Mercury-Register - Monday, Dec. 3, 2012
From Capital Press - Monday, Dec. 3, 2012
By Steve Knell
From Modesto Bee - Monday, Dec. 3, 2012
From ACWA - Monday, Dec. 3, 2012