From Modesto Bee - Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013
From Stockton Record - Friday, Jan. 4, 2013
(The following comment is in response to the above articles.)
Coalition response...None of the recent stories on protecting fish by cutting water supplies have put a price tag on the cost to consumers. More egregious is the fact that water supplies are being cut without any plan to determine what, if any, benefits there will be to the environment. We can no longer simply say that fish need more and more water. It's more complicated than that.
During a 14-day period in December, public water agencies were required to reduce the amount of water they move through the Delta because of the Delta smelt. As a result, more than 200,000 acre-feet of water was lost without even a plan on measuring benefits for the environment. Continuing to use old solutions to today's complex problems doesn't cut it anymore, especially when the old ways aren't providing any improvements in the system. The lost water could have served more than a million people for a full year. It could have grown hundreds of millions of dollars in farm products and created jobs throughout the economy. Instead it went to the ocean and no one can say whether it did any good at all.
From Patterson Irrigator - Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013
Coalition response...Bill Harrison and Peter Rietkerk are right. Snow in the mountains today doesn't necessarily mean there will be an abundant water supply for farmers this summer. Constraints on how we store and deliver water have turned otherwise normal water years into a disaster because of antiquated rules designed to protect fish that are proven to not work. Who ultimately pays? Consumers who depend on California farms to fill the shelves at the grocery store. They are the true end user of farm water and if the trend continues, we will be more dependent on food products coming in from other countries instead of the safe, healthy and affordable supplies we could be growing right here in California.
From California Channel - Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013
From Siskiyou Daily News - Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013
From Chico Enterprise- Record - Friday, Jan. 4, 2013
From Monterey County Herald - Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013
State Water Board releases proposed low of standards for San Joaquin River on final day of 2012; no quantifiable benefit for Central Valley
From San Joaquin Tributaries Authority - Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013
From BDCP - Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013