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.

Lloyd Carter Opinion Published in SAC BEE

Lloyd G. Carter: Much of California is a desert, we should live in it as such[/b]

By Lloyd G. Carter - Special to The Bee
Published 12:00 am PDT Sunday, June 15, 2008
Story appeared in FORUM section, Page E1

[img_assist|nid=118|title=|desc=|link=node|align=right|width=100|height=54]That dreaded word drought has again intruded into the California public consciousness following Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's June 4 declaration that a drought is officially under way.  READ MORE »

Lois Henry: There isn't enough.

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 »

USGS critiques feds' water deal with farmers

Is another selenium-poisoned wildlife disaster like that which occurred at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in Merced County in the 1980s going to occur again? READ AN ARTICLE HERE about the latest United States Geological Survey report which indicates more problems for western San Joaquin Valley agriculture. CLICK HERE for the USGS report.  READ MORE »

Water can be saved by farming smarter.

A consortium of European research institutes says a lot of water can be saved in the world's food production systems.
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Groups weigh in on new lake selenium standard

By Stephen Speckman
Deseret News
Published: May 21, 2008
The subject of selenium bioaccumulating up the food chain and into birds that frequent the Great Salt Lake has the attention of hunters and others who care about the mineral's potential impact on the lake's fragile ecosystem.
The 16-member Great Salt Lake Selenium Steering Committee gave stakeholders their chance Tuesday night at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality offices to sound off as state regulators work toward an unprecedented numeric selenium water quality standard for the lake.  READ MORE »

Show Me The Water

The California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) has produced a primer on California water laws and policy which is a useful introduction to the Byzantine world of state water politics. Click HERE:


California Department of Water Resources Operations Chief Carl Torgersen now admits his workers suffered from complacency the day two divers drowned in the California Aqueduct in the Western San Joaquin Valley. Tim Crawford and Martin Alvarado were performing an inspection dive at the Dos Amigos Pumping Station when they got sucked up against the trash racks by one of the massive pumps.  READ MORE »

Use Westlands’ Irrigation Water to Restore Rivers and Delta, Salmon Fisheries

Congress considers continuing irrigation of contaminated lands; C-WIN proposes ambitious plan to end water waste  READ MORE »

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 »

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