The Chronicles of the Hydraulic Brotherhood
Lloyd G. Carter, former UPI and Fresno Bee reporter, has been writing about California water issues for more than 35 years. He is President of the California Save Our Streams Council. He is also a board member of the Underground Gardens Conservancy and host of a monthly radio show on KFCF, 88.1 FM in Fresno. This is his personal blog site and contains archives of his news career as well as current articles, radio commentaries, and random thoughts.

Picture of the Week

Sibling embryos of the bird species Stilt collected from a single nest on the same day from a Tulare Basin evaporation pond in the Southern San Joaquin Valley in 2001. The overtly teratogenic embryo on the left, exhibiting stunted growth, no eyes, deformed bones (in right foot) contained 72 parts per million selenium(dry weight, whole egg), while the overtly normal sibling, on the right, contained 16 parts per million selenium. (photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) Selenium triggered massive wildlife deformities in birds at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in Merced County in the early 1980s. The deformities were caused by selenium in drainage water from the Westlands Water District moving up the food chain into the birds nesting at Kesterson. The federal government has never enforced international and federal bird protection laws in the Tulare Basin to halt the selenium poisoning.

"Press" skeptical of Peripheral Canal plans.

The "Press" is the newspaper in Tracy, a south Delta community where the massive state and federal pumps are located. The Press is highly skeptical of plans to build a Peripiheral Canal around the Delta region to ship Northern California water south to the western San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. Here is the editorial the newspaper wrote about it:  READ MORE »

Autry threatens to stop paying income taxes.

Fresno Mayor Alan Autry is calling for citizens to stop paying their taxes until more water is delivered to the Westlands Water District. He says he'll stop paying his taxes and go to jail if necessary. Autry spoke to the Fresno Bee editorial board Tuesday afternoon (July 22) and offered his views on the current drought situation. Bee editorial page editor Jim Boren posted the following on his blog at the Bee's website.  READ MORE »

July 18 ruling will help salmon and steelhead fisheries.

On July 18, 2008, Fresno federal Judge Oliver Wanger issued a ruling that will help salmon and steelhead fisheries in the Bay-Delta Estuary.

If you are interested in reading the judge's ruling CLICK HERE

TRUTH HURTS: Funding Behind CA Rpt on Peripheral Canal

Wonder who funded that Public Policy Institute of California report recommending a Peripheral Canal?

Stephen Bechtel Jr. Funds Peripheral Canal Report!

by Dan Bacher

The people and foundations who fund "scientific" reports and studies often reveal what is the real agenda behind the publishing of any document.  READ MORE »

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Down in the Valley - July 11, 2008

In his July 2008 monthly radio show, California water politics activist Lloyd Carter discusses the proposal by Governor Schwarzenegger to place a $9.3 billion bond on the November ballot which discusses funding for two highly controversial large dams.

The Old Man and the Sea

Sea water to solve our food and water problems? One 71-year-old man farming with salty ocean water in the gulf of California thinks so.  READ MORE »

Some Things Never Change: SWRCB Five Year Plan

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 »

A word to the water wise

Think Canada's got plenty of fresh water? Think again.  READ MORE »

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