California Department of Water Resources quietly backs away from asserting that the BDCP will increase water supply reliability

By Deirdre Des Jardins

California Water Research



In August, 2012, California Water Research released a report, Incorporating Drought Risk Into California Water Resources Planning.  Since that time we have been waging a quiet campaign for the Department of Water Resources to recognize that their climate modelling for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has significant limitations and inconsistencies.  READ MORE »

The Sacramento Bee plays dumb on real Delta issues


The Sacramento Bee plays dumb on real Delta issues  READ MORE »

REPEATING Budgets, Billionaires, Bonds, Big Profits and the Brown Family – Parts One and Two

Editor's Note:  This two-part series first ran on this website in August of 2011.  It is being repeated by request.  READ MORE »

Word of the Day: Hydromancy


hydromancyAudio Pronunciation\HYE-druh-man-see\

Definition:  divination by the appearance or motion of liquids (as water)  READ MORE »

You Get What You Push Poll For

By Lloyd G. Carter


The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) has trotted out a Field Research Corporation poll taken in November, claiming it shows that an “overwhelming majority” of those surveyed agree “the state has major water problems and must invest [billions of dollars] in its water infrastructure to ensure reliable water now and in future years.”


Adds Mark DiCamillo, senior vice president with Field Research: “You still have a significant majority saying they are concerned about water, even though there are huge concerns about the economy today. There is also a core base of support for investing public dollars in upgrading and expanding the state’s water system through a water bond. That base is about 40 %, with another 22 % that is sympathetic and inclined to feel that way.” Well now, these are some bold claims – are they not? – for a highly controversial $11 billion water bond that will ultimately cost voters statewide some $22 billion, all drawn from the state’s already stressed out general fund, and undoubtedly forcing further layoffs of nurses, firefighters, police, and teachers, and more cutbacks in programs for the disabled, elderly, and poor.


Videotaped speech by newly retired federal judge Oliver Wanger at the Southern California Water Committee annual gathering

On November 17, 2011, Federal Judge Oliver Wanger gave his world view of California water politics and litigation in a  speech before a gathering of the Southern California Water Committee. You can watch the videotaped speech at

Farmers and Environmentalists can work together

Do farmers and environmentalists always fight? Not in Stockton, where they team up to fight the continuing pollution of the Delta by the city of Stockton. READ MORE HERE.


California environmental groups have grown increasingly concerned that U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is secretly negotiating a "sweetheart" deal with the Westlands Water District that will harm the Delta and will allow continued irrigation of high selenium soils. Environmentalists remain deeply suspicious of Westlands' claim that it has a viable solution for the drainage crisis affecting the western San Joaquin Valley. Westlands, which only has a few hundred growers, is seeking enough water annual to meet the needs of a city of 10 million people. The California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) and the California Sportsfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) recently wrote Sen. Feinstein to express their concerns.

Breaking News: House Members Oppose Bond Measure

A group of California members of the House of Representatives have come out AGAINST The California Chamber of Commerce's water bond proposal for the November 2008 election. In a letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger, the congressmen complain there is TOO MUCH in the water bond proposal for the environment and NOT ENOUGH for new dams and a Peripheral Canal around the Delta. This may prove to be the death knell for the $11.7 billion bond proposal that was also pushed by the California Farm Bureau Federation. Gov. Schwarzenegger and the Legislature's leaders announced weeks ago that because of the budget deficit, they would not be proposing a new water bond on the fall election ballot. See the letter for yourself:

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