Thursday, February 28, 2013

News articles and links from February 28, 2013


From Patterson Irrigator - Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

Coalition response...This reporter does a good job in explaining the causes for the low allocation number for CVP water users. We've had dry years before that have resulted in low allocations but the loss of nearly 800,000 acre-feet of water because of dubious efforts to protect fish is unbelievable.

Water stored in federal reservoirs (Trinity, Shasta, Folsom and San Luis) totaled 7.3 million acre-feet on Feb. 26, 2013. In 1977, the driest year on record, that total was only 3.3 maf. The initial water allocation in 1977 was 25%, the same as this year; yet the amount of water in storage this year is more than double the 1977 number.

Federal regulations that have taken nearly 800,000 acre-feet of water away from farms, families and businesses need to be changed if California is to avoid a disaster in future years.


(This editorial was previously printed in the Fresno Bee.) 
From Merced Sun-Star - Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
From Modesto Bee - Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 

Coalition response...The latest comparison from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan regarding the two tunnels versus alternatives reveals that as many as 137,000 full-time equivalent jobs would be created with the twin tunnels ( The capacity for these tunnels would be 9,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). A previous study noted that a single tunnel with a capacity of only 3,000 cfs would create 70,000 jobs and 130,000 jobs from a larger 15,000 cfs set of tunnels.
While some individuals and groups suggest that a 3,000 cfs tunnel would save money, it does not accomplish the goals set forth by the Legislature. Natural Resources Secretary John Laird has stated, "A tunnel this size, which would move much less water than is currently permitted, is not adequate to protect California from a disaster."
Years of study and research by scientists have gone into the effort to reach a solution for Delta ecosystem restoration and a reliable water supply, the goals set forth by the Legislature. These studies are available at the above referenced website. "Frank and fair public discussions" will benefit our state's water future but those involved must be committed to leave their agendas aside for the betterment of all California. 


From Porterville Recorder - Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

From Imperial Valley Press - Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013


By Karla Nemeth
From California Majority Report - Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013


From Marysville Appeal-Democrat - Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

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