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.

Federal investigators look into bird kill in Tulare County

By GARANCE BURKE Associated Press Writer
Article Launched: 05/14/2008 06:20:28 PM PDT

FRESNO, Calif.—Federal investigators said Wednesday they were looking into claims that up to 3,000 eggs and hatchlings of a protected migratory bird were crushed under harvesting machines in one of the largest bird kills in recent California history.
A scientist with the California Native Plant Society who was surveying rushes on a nearby plot of land in Tulare County first reported the deaths to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week.  READ MORE »

Water, the new oil, takes centre stage

Water, the new oil, takes centre stage
Film looks at who owns it. Quantity is diminishing, Maude Barlow says
KATHERINE MONK, Canwest News Service
Published: 15 hours ago

Just when you thought gasoline might be the most precious liquid on Earth, along comes water, tastelessly crowding the geo-political stage with its own see-through brand of urgency. According to filmmaker Irena Salina and Canadian activist and author Maude Barlow, the world could run out of drinking water in our lifetime.  READ MORE »

Lloyd to Speak at Forum

Water takes center stage on May 15, 2008 at 7 p.m. during the IT'S OUR WATER forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church. I will be there as a Board Member of California Save Our Streams Council and Rivive the San Joaquin to make a presentation and talk water as well as Nancy Price, member of WILPF's National Save the Water Campaign. Click here for the flyer.

Down in the Valley - May 09, 2008

C-WIN and CSPA file complaint.

For those of you who saw the news release on the posting of the C-WIN/CSPA complaint with the State Water Resources Control Board earlier this Spring, attached is the actual complaint. Read HERE.

Federal regulators weigh status of longfin smelt in delta

Federal regulators weigh status of longfin smelt in delta

Written by Staff Report
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

(AP) - Federal authorities will consider whether to designate another delta fish for protection under the Endangered Species Act after a sharp population decline last year.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will review the status of the longfin smelt to determine whether it is a threatened or endangered species.  READ MORE »

Glaser named BOR Mid-Pacific regional director

Donald R. Glaser has been named the new Mid-Pacific regional director of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.  READ MORE »

Felix Smith Whitepaper

Felix Smith, the whistleblower in the selenium poisoning of the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge, has written a white paper on the dangers of irrigating an alkali desert loaded with the trace element selenium. READ WHITE PAPER HERE and REFERENCES HERE.

Save the Date... May 29th, 2008

Water Industry’s Role in Reducing Greenhouse Gases and Promoting Energy Savings

Monday, May 29, 2008

1:00 p.m.

North Coast Water Quality Control Board
5550 Skylane Boulevard, Suite A
Santa Rosa, California 95403
Phone (707) 576-2225

Hosted by: The Water Energy Climate Action Team

Agenda: State Legislative Update
Local updates
Public Discourse

Groups write letter to US BOR.

A coalition of environmental groups has written the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expressing deep skepticism about a planned drainage "solution" for the Westlands Water District. To read the letter click HERE.

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