Lloyd Carter, veteran journalist and observer of California water politics, offers his monthly assessment of the current hot issues in California's Water World.
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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 »
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.
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 »
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.
The Bakersfield Californian newspaper today endorsed restoring the Kern River in an editorial. You can help! Read further. READ MORE »
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 »
Today I dig into my San Joaquin River archive and pull out an article I wrote in June of 2005 about the San Joaquin River. Speaking of the San Joaquin River, Revive the San Joaquin, one of the non profits I am associated with, just updated their website with new content and news articles. Go check it out: http://www.revivethesanjoaquin.org.
CENTRAL VALLEY ISSUES:
Editorial: River fishery flows, ag can co-exist
Fresno Bee – 6/21/05
By Lloyd Carter, director of the conservation group Revive the San Joaquin
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Private Water Contractors in CA Owe Taxpayers $500 million
New government audit finds that the bulk of an interest-free loan from the 1960s is still unpaid by irrigation water contractors
WASHINGTON - Four large irrigation water districts in the Central Valley of California still owe federal taxpayers nearly $500 million for a network of dams and canals constructed for their benefit in the 1960s, according to a new report issued by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO). Only 14 percent of capital costs have been repaid. READ MORE »