By Dan Bacher
From Daily Kos - Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012
Coalition response...Rejecting the benefits resulting from the proposed raising of Shasta Dam is to reject the years of science and research that has gone into developing the proposal. More water in storage means enhanced protections for Chinook salmon in dry or critical years as the cold water supply increases. Improved gravel augmentation for salmon in the upper Sacramento River is also included in the proposal. The water management flexibility for water operations in the proposal will result in an increased fish survivability rate.
Some critics of the proposal insist that local projects should replace the raising of Shasta Dam. These local projects usually are coupled with local benefits and would not provide the environmental benefits offered to Chinook salmon.
It is interesting to remember that this discussion would not be taking place today if the original construction plans, which called for a higher dam, were fully undertaken. The plans were adjusted at a time when our nation needed the building supplies for an effort to safeguard our nation during a time of war.
By Dan Nottoli and Darrell Fong
From Sacramento Bee - Friday, Dec. 14, 2012
Coalition response...Opposition to planned water system upgrades and ecosystem improvements in the Delta puts the water supply for more than 25 million Californians at risk. It also threatens huge swaths of farmland in the San Joaquin Valley that is the source for much of California's fruit and vegetable crops during certain times of the year.
Years of water uncertainty caused by drought and environmental restrictions, as well as a doubling of California's population from a time when much of our existing water system was built, tells us that the time is right to invest in our future. As President John F. Kennedy said at the groundbreaking for San Luis Reservoir near Los Banos in 1962, "Nothing could be more disastrous for this country than for the citizens of one part of the state to feel that everything they have is theirs and that it should not be shared with the other citizens of the state. That is the way to stand still."
Water rights for people in the Delta, or anywhere else for that matter, cannot be impacted by new projects. That's the law. Standing in the way of others who want to invest in tomorrow's more efficient water supply system is contrary to what Kennedy told us 50 years ago. And that surely is the way to stand still today.
From Valley Public Radio - Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012
By Brad Plummer
From Washington Post - Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012
From Imperial Valley Press - Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012
By Alex Breitler
From esanjoaquin - Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012
From KCRA - Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012
From LA Times - Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012
By Nancy Isakson and Norm Groot
From Salinas Californian - Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012
From Modesto Bee - Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012
From Stockton Record - Friday, Dec. 14, 2012
From Contra Costa Times - Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012