Thursday, May 30, 2013

News articles and links from May 30, 2013

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Central Valley Business Times

Coalition response...Opponents to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan continue to reject the science that has been conducted over the years developing the current proposal. Economist Jeff Michael from the University of the Pacific rejects the work of economist David Sunding from the University of California, Berkeley. Other critics refuse to budge from their positions. Now is the time that all interests should put aside their self-interests and work together to resolve the water problems confronting California.

From: Cathy O'Connor, Sacramento Bee

Coalition response...It is time for all Californians to come together, including Delta advocates, to solve problems that in some cases have been 150 years in the making. Thousands of farms and 25 million Californians depend on water that flows through the Delta and they have experienced water shortages that have caused land to go unplanted and a cut back in jobs on San Joaquin Valley farms. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is intended to fix these delivery problems and at the same time restore the Delta ecosystem.

From: Matania Ginosar, Sacramento Bee

Coalition response...Where are the water subsidies that so many people are quick to claim? No subsidies exist for any user receiving water from the State Water Project. In fact, users pay a full contracted amount even in years when they receive less than their contracts call for. Congress decided when the Central Valley Project that the interest applied to construction costs would be waived and that is the only amount that is not charged. Considering the return in billions of dollars of crops produced with this water, it has been a great investment for the American people.  

People also need to realize the role that agricultural exports play in our state's economy. More than $16 billion of farm products are exported each year and that means jobs and tax dollars for California's economy.

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Press release, California Farm Water Coalition

From: Press release, Kern County Water Agency

From: Press release, State Water Contractors

From: Press release, California Natural Resources Agency

From: Announcement, BDCP

From: Pamela Martineau, ACWA

From: Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times

From: Wyatt Buchanan, SF Chronicle

From: Paul Burgarino and Steven Harmon, Contra Costa Times
From: Paul Burgarino and Steven Harmon, San Jose Mercury News

From: Alex Breitler, The Record

From: Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

From: Janet Zimmerman, Riverside Press-Enterprise

From: Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record

From: Ben van der Meer, Sacramento Business Journal

From: Associated Press, The Record
From: Associated Press, Fresno Bee
From: Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle

From: Nancy Vogel, California Majority Report

From: ABC 7 TV

From: John Myers, NBC 10 TV

From: Amy Quinn, Capital Public Radio

From: Bruce Ross, Redding Record Searchlight


From: Joshua Emerson Smith, Merced Sun-Star

Salton Sea

From: Colt Stewart, Desert Sun


From:Catherine Green, Los Angeles Times

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