Thursday, April 18, 2013

News articles and links from April 18, 2013


From The Record - Thursday, April 18, 2013

Coalition response...Take a look at to gain a better understanding of how water that flows through the Delta would be managed under BDCP. When flows in the Sacramento River are low, such as 15,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), the export level is significantly reduced. In this situation the flow through the tunnel would be less than one-third its capacity when using the example of Sunday's mean flow of the river at Freeport. It is important that people realize how export operations are actually planned under BDCP, and not base opinions on frightening examples that will be prevented by operational plans already being discussed.

From Chico News & Review - Thursday, April 18, 2013

Coalition response...Individuals and organizations who state they do not trust the state government are refuting the seven years of study by scientists that has gone into developing the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). Instead of continuing the "lose-lose situation" in the Delta as correctly pointed out by Mr. Winternitz, BDCP provides the best opportunity to create a reliable water supply and restore the ecosystem of the Delta, both mandated goals by the Legislature in 2009.

The benefits resulting from the efforts of farmers in any one area of the state are spread through other regions of California's economy and way of life. Jobs are created and financial contributions are made at both local and statewide levels. Creating a reliable water supply that will allow San Joaquin Valley farmers to grow a healthy and affordable supply of food that consumers depend upon will help everyone.

The operation of the federal Central Valley Project and the State Water Project, which rely on reservoirs in Northern California, has enabled California and its citizens to prosper for nearly three-quarter of a century. BDCP provides the opportunity to continue that prosperity.


From Chico Enterprise-Record - Thursday, April 18, 2013

Coalition response...Past transfers by Sacramento Valley water users have been rigidly reviewed by the California Department of Water Resources before implementation. Area of origin water users and the environment must not be harmed as a result of a transfer and the same applies to these proposed transfers. As the water moves through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a portion of the water remains in the Delta for environmental benefits.

Transfers safeguard the area of origin and also provide a needed water supply that is used by farmers to grow the food that consumers depend upon.


TV news
From KCET - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Coalition response...The report by American Rivers incorrectly indicates that HR 934 would remove the Merced River from its Wild and Scenic River designation. This is false. The legislation by Rep. McClintock would only lift the designation for the last 1,800 feet of the river for 2-3 weeks every few years as it flows from Yosemite to New Exchequer Dam. The stretch of the river affected is only 1/350 of the protected stretch of the river. The Legislation would increase the spillway, not the dam, by 10 feet, resulting in an increased reliability of available water for farmers to grow food for consumers.

Individuals should realize that construction of New Exchequer Dam was completed in 1967. Twenty years later in 1987 the Wild and Scenic River Act encroached on the hydroelectric project boundary on the Merced River.


Press Release
From USBR - Wednesday, April 17, 2013
From Fresno Business Journal - Wednesday, April 17, 2013
From Western Farm Press - Thursday, April 18, 2013

From Fresno Bee - Wednesday, April 17, 2013


By Alex Breitler
From eSanJoaquin - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

From ACWA - Wednesday, April 17, 2013


From Fresno Business Journal - Wednesday, April 17, 2013
From ACWA - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

From Hanford Sentinel - Tuesday, April 16, 2013


By George Skelton
From LA Times - Wednesday, April 17, 2013


By Paul Shivley
From Sacramento Bee - Thursday, April 18, 2013


From Bakersfield Californian - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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