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

Thousand Island Lake, headwaters of the San Joaquin River in the Minarets region of the High Sierra.

Breaking News: House Members Oppose Bond Measure

A group of California members of the House of Representatives have come out AGAINST The California Chamber of Commerce's water bond proposal for the November 2008 election. In a letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger, the congressmen complain there is TOO MUCH in the water bond proposal for the environment and NOT ENOUGH for new dams and a Peripheral Canal around the Delta. This may prove to be the death knell for the $11.7 billion bond proposal that was also pushed by the California Farm Bureau Federation. Gov. Schwarzenegger and the Legislature's leaders announced weeks ago that because of the budget deficit, they would not be proposing a new water bond on the fall election ballot. See the letter for yourself:

16 Year Old Fighting For River

Bakersfield Californian columnist Lois Henry writes about a 16-year-old boy's efforts to help revive the Kern River in Bakersfield. Read for yourself.

BY LOIS HENRY, Californian columnist | Saturday, Feb 16 2008 9:20 PM
Last Updated: Sunday, Feb 17 2008 11:59 AM

Remember this name: Conor O'Sullivan.


Photo by John Harte / The Californian

Conor O'Sullivan has printed up postcards seeking signatures to get water to run down the Kern River channel.  READ MORE »

Down In The Valley - February 08, 2008

Lloyd Carter, veteran journalist and observer of California water politics, offers his monthly assessment of the current hot issues in California's Water World.
Listen to "Down in the Valley" live on the second friday of every month at 3 p.m. Pacific Time on Radio KFCF 88.1 FM, Fresno, California.


Groups file suit against San Joaquin Valley water board

Groups file suit against San Joaquin Valley water board
Written by Gabriel Dillard
Friday, 15 February 2008
(AP) — A coalition of community groups is suing the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, saying the agency is breaking state law by allowing pollution from dairy farms to penetrate groundwater supplies used for drinking water.

Last year, the board issued a permit that requires existing dairies to regulate some of their own pollution.  READ MORE »

Letter to the DWR from Existing Water Rights Holders on the Kern River

Existing water rights holders on the Kern River are attempting to block State Water board hearings on a possible restoration of a flow in the stretch of the river through Bakersfield that is now dry most, if not all, of the year. See for yourself and note that nowhere does the letter mention the Public Trust Doctrine.

Concerning Harmful Aspects of On-line Incivility; An Essay

Anthony "Tony" Smith is an East Coast friend of mine who is distressed about what has happened to much of the mainstream environmental movement. What follows is his thoughts on that subject. Any comments?  READ MORE »

Radio Show Reminder

Reminding all that tomorrow (Feb. 8) is my monthly radio show "Down in the Valley" which focuses on San Joaquin Valley and California water and ag issues. It will air at 3 p.m. on 88.1 FM in the Fresno area. KFCF is temporarily off the air on the Internet but we hope to be broadcasting via the Internet again soon. On tomorrow's show I'm going to be talking about the behind-the-scenes lobbying of Senator Dianne Feinstein by agribusiness and Southern California developers who want Feinstein to publicly support a $12 billion bond measure to build a Peripheral Canal and more big dams in California - a bond measure which has already set off fierce reaction from Northern California and environmentalists. I will also talk about the collapse of the salmon fishery in California and the continuing downward spiral of the Delta estuary. Tune in if you can.


Editorial in today's edition of The Bakersfield Californian

The Bakersfield Californian newspaper today endorsed restoring the Kern River in an editorial. You can help! Read further.  READ MORE »

Actually, I Can Do Both

Bakersfield Californian columnist Lois Henry opines on the benefits of restoring a flow in the Kern River which has become a battleground again between competing interests. This column ran in the Californian on January 27, 2008. Read for yourself.  READ MORE »

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