BAY DELTA CONSERVATION PLAN
(Note to readers: CFWC monitors stories after it posts comments and below is a follow-up response to a story that appeared in yesterday's News Line.)
From Central Valley Business Times - Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Coalition follow-up response...I see almost nothing factual in the comments published by Barbara Barrigan-Parilla and Chris Gulick. The SWRCB issues water rights permits for time and place of use. Water in California is used over and over and over again, making it possible (and common) for rights to be issued for multiple uses of the same water. Farmers in the San Joaquin Valley have no intention, and are legally prevented, from taking "the water away from Northern California users and fisheries." SJV water users want a dependable system to deliver the water, which they already have rights to.
Chris Gulick doesn't elaborate on what "subsidy" he's talking about. If there are plans for a taxpayer (or ratepayer) subsidy that benefits farmers it would be nice if he could tell us specifically what it is. And as far as BDCP primarily benefitting "...a segment of industry that provides a small fraction of the GDP for the state," Gulick should know that 25 million Californians receive a portion of their supply from water that flows through the Delta and it irrigates approximately 3 million acres on almost 4,000 Westside farms from Patterson to Bakersfield. Additionally, 100,000 acres of habitat restoration is a planned part of BDCP, which should thrill Ms. Barrigan-Parilla, since "Restore the Delta" is her organization's name.
From Fresno Bee - Thursday, March 7, 2013
From KQED - Thursday, March 7, 2013
From Merced Sun-Star - Wednesday, March 6, 2013
From Modesto Bee - Wednesday, March 6, 2013
By Ellen Hanak
From California WaterBlog - Monday, March 4, 2013
From SF Chronicle - Tuesday, March 5, 2013
From Redding Record Searchlight - Wednesday, March 6, 2013