water resources control board
The State Water Resources Control Board recently issued a draft five-year work plan on the Delta ecosystem's water needs. This so-called "work plan" has been fiercely criticized by the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) and the California Sportsfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) for being nothing more than foot-dragging. READ MORE »
The State Water Resources Control Board staff has prepared a draft plan of activities related to solving problems in California's important Bay-Delta area.
This draft plan identifies how the State Water Board will achieve Bay-Delta commitments the Governor identified for it in his February 29, 2008 letter to legislative leaders.
The draft is being circulated to stakeholders and the public and is scheduled to be presented to the State Water Board by staff at its regular meeting on July 1st and considered on July 15th. Environmental critics say the draft plan does not go far enough in protecting the Delta. Judge for yourself. READ THE DRAFT PLAN HERE.
Bakersfield Californian columnist Lois Henry wrote a column this weekend (June 13) wondering about the implications of the current drought for water policy changes in the state. READ MORE »
From the Sacramento Bee...
Lloyd G. Carter: A California water story of individual tenacity
By Lloyd G. Carter - Special to The Bee
Published 12:00 am PDT Friday, April 25, 2008
Story appeared in EDITORIALS section, Page B7
You have to give 75-year-old Felix Smith of Carmichael credit for tenacity.
A quarter-century ago, Smith became the conscience of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service when he blew the whistle on the selenium poisoning of the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in western Merced County. READ MORE »
Felix Smith is the Kesterson whistleblower who filed a petition with the State Water Resources Control Board to halt the irrigation of high selenium soils on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. Both the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources filed responses to Smith's petition, which were posted earlier on this website. Now Smith has responded. His response is attached. CLICK HERE.