san joaquin valley

California Agribusiness Sows Bitter Fruit

A letter to the editor published in the New York Times from Lloyd. This is from 1996.

Published: June 26, 1996

To the Editor:

A June 20 news article on the conversion of Fresno County, California, "the most fruitful farm county in America," to uncontrolled urban growth is a lament for family farmers, but it leaves out the costs that industrial agribusiness, as practiced in the county's San Joaquin Valley, has extracted from the resource base.  READ MORE »

Dam Facts, Dam Lies, and Statistics

Reality Takes a Back Seat to Hyperbole in Water Debate

By Steve Evans
Friends of the River Conservation Director
It's a sad state of affairs when good public policy takes a back seat to sound bites that have no basis in reality. So here is a selection of pithy-sounding but less-than-factual sound bites of dam proponents compared to the real facts of the matter (complete with footnotes).

"Do you know that for 20 years, well, actually since the late '70s, they have not built a dam? I mean, think about that. They have not built a dam."  READ MORE »

Public Trust Alliance Email to State Water Resources

What follows is an e-mail from Michael Warburton, executive director of the Public Trust Alliance to a State Water Resources Control Board official regarding his views on the water board's public trust duties.  READ MORE »

Radio Show Reminder

Reminding all that tomorrow (Feb. 8) is my monthly radio show "Down in the Valley" which focuses on San Joaquin Valley and California water and ag issues. It will air at 3 p.m. on 88.1 FM in the Fresno area. KFCF is temporarily off the air on the Internet but we hope to be broadcasting via the Internet again soon. On tomorrow's show I'm going to be talking about the behind-the-scenes lobbying of Senator Dianne Feinstein by agribusiness and Southern California developers who want Feinstein to publicly support a $12 billion bond measure to build a Peripheral Canal and more big dams in California - a bond measure which has already set off fierce reaction from Northern California and environmentalists. I will also talk about the collapse of the salmon fishery in California and the continuing downward spiral of the Delta estuary. Tune in if you can.

Lloyd

Dam Facts, Dam Lies, and Statistics

Dam Facts, Dam Lies, and Statistics.

Reality Takes a Back Seat to Hyperbole in Water Debate

By Steve Evans
Friends of the River Conservation Director

It's a sad state of affairs when good public policy takes a back seat to sound bites that have no basis in reality. So here is a selection of pithy-sounding but less-than-factual sound bites of dam proponents compared to the real facts of the matter (complete with footnotes).  READ MORE »

Further Adventures of the Hydraulic Brotherhood

Further adventures of the Hydraulic Brotherhood: Westlands Update
By Lloyd G. Carter
In the past few years public and media attention in the San Joaquin Valley have been focused on the long court battle over restoring a fishery flow in the San Joaquin River and the alleged impacts it would have on East Side agriculture.  READ MORE »

A living river

'A living river'
(Updated Thursday, January 12, 2006, 5:31 AM)
Let us hope that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation does the right thing and endorses the recent settlement between environmentalists and Friant Unit farmers to partially restore the San Joaquin River fishery.  READ MORE »

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