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.

Judge Wanger issues ruling...

Federal Judge Oliver Wanger has issued a 151-page ruling that exports of Delta water by massive federal irrigation projects in the Western San Joaquin Valley are harming populations of Chinook Salmon and Steelhead.
Read the opinion 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.

Intelligent water use?

Rice field near Firebaugh. Rice requires nine feet of water per acre for irrigation. The value of the water exceeds the value of the crop produced. Rice is a subsidized crop.


US Bureau of Reclamation announces request for proposals.

The Bureau of Reclamation's Klamath Basin Area Office (KBAO), working in partnership with other Federal and Oregon State agencies, announces the availability of $2 million in Reclamation funds for the Klamath River Watershed Restoration Program in fiscal year (FY) 2008.  READ MORE »

State Senate Gives Final Approval to Salmon Restoration Bill

State Senate Gives Final Approval to Salmon Restoration Bill

by Dan Bacher

The State Senate gave final approval today (April 1) to Senate Bill 562, legislation by North Coast Senator Patricia Wiggins (D - Santa Rosa) to designate $5.3 million in '"urgent funding" for coastal salmon and steelhead fisheries restoration projects.  READ MORE »

Felix Smith Responds to US BOR and CA DWR.

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.

Turlock facing $216,000 fine for sewage discharge (from the Modesto Bee)

Violations like this happen across the state. It is an indication of how broken our waste water system is.

Turlock facing $216,000 fine for sewage discharge violations
last updated: March 27, 2008 10:48:53 AM

[img_assist|nid=71|title=|desc=The City of Turlock is facing a $216,000 fine for 72 discharge violations into the San Joaquin River since January 2000. - Modesto Bee - Brian Ramsay|link=none|align=right|width=300|height=168]The City of Turlock is facing a $216,000 fine for 72 discharge violations into the San Joaquin River since January 2000. - Modesto Bee - Brian Ramsay

TURLOCK - The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has proposed a $216,000 fine against Turlock's waste-water treatment plant for 72 discharge violations into the San Joaquin River since January 2000.  READ MORE »

Lake Tahoe on its way to deep green from clear blue.

Blame it on Global Warming, tainted run-off, failing economy, overly excessive building, or whatever you want, but researchers from UC Davis are predicting that the once pristine clear blue Lake Tahoe waters will, within a decade, be an algae filled mess as the climate changes the temperature of the water. We've already seen what human activity can do to our water with the Clear Lake in Lake County and many other water ways and bodies of water. Read the full article at

March 22 is World Water Day

Water situation bleak in India

20 Mar, 2008, 1302 hrs IST,Gem Paul, TNN

NEW DELHI: There is no doubt that water and sustainable development are inextricably linked. Once viewed as an infinite and bountiful resource, water today defines human, social, and economic development. Without adequate supplies and management of fresh water resources, Socio-economic development simply cannot take place.  READ MORE »

Salmon Declining

California's salmon populations are declining dramatically. Can we save them? Here's a suggestion how we can start. CLICK HERE

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