Wednesday, March 6, 2013

News articles and links from March 6, 2013

From Sacramento Bee - Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Coalition response...The strong leadership of past years that resulted in a water supply system that fueled our great state is in need of repair. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan provides an answer to part of that need. The leadership at work in developing California's water future through the Bay Delta Conservation Plan needs to continue its efforts.

From Sacramento Bee - Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Coalition response...Individuals who suggest that California is going to steal land and water from Northern Californians are not focusing on the facts about land and water rights. The twin tunnels under consideration as part of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan are designed to move water to which users in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California already have rights. Water rights holders in Northern California are protected by language in the California Water Code that prevents any project from negatively impacting an existing water right. Furthermore, the amount of water that will be allowed through the tunnels is limited by the available supplies in the Sacramento River. During a wet year more water can be moved because more is available in the system. When it is dry, smaller amounts would be moved. A simple fact sheet outlines this process here:

From Central Valley Business Times - Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Coalition response...The State has invested $300 million since 2005 to strengthen Delta levees and water officials report that those investments will continue. However, according to DWR Director Mark Cowin, " rely solely on levees to safeguard a water supply critical to the state's nearly $2 trillion economy would be negligent." We agree.

One of the goals for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is to establish a reliable water supply. If improved conveyance is not part of the future then only strengthening levees will not provide that reliable water supply. It is important to realize that the current movement of water through the Delta is subject to federal biological opinions that have already taken 815,000 acre-feet of water since early December away from farmers and 25 million Californians (

If the legislative mandated goals of a reliable water supply and a restored Delta ecosystem is to be achieved, then an improved conveyance system must be a part of California's water future.




From Ag Alert - Wednesday, March 6, 2013

From Merced Sun-Star - Tuesday, March 5, 2013


From Redding Record Searchlight - Tuesday, March 5, 2013

TV news
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From Stockton Record - Wednesday, March 6, 2013


From ACWA - Tuesday, March 5, 2013


By Beth Pandol
From Bakersfield Californian - Tuesday, March 5, 2013


From Western Farm Press - Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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