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 »
The California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance have filed comments on a proposal by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to alter the way DWR distributes State Water Project water in times of plenty and in times of drought. Is it another big giveaway of a publicly-owned resource? Judge for yourself. CLICK HERE
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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.
In 1985, the Inspector General's Office of the Department of Interior completed an investigation into the alleged cover up of the contamination at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge. Critics promptly branded it a white wash. Judge for yourself. CLICK HERE
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1985 Geo Survey Report
In 1985, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that sodium sulfate-based irrigation water from Northern California was ruining the soils of the western San Joaquin Valley. Here is the story I wrote on that report.CLICK HERE
December 21, 2007
West Virginia adds fish advisory for selenium
By Ken Ward Jr.
Charleston, W.V Sunday-Gazette-Mail Staff writer
West Virginia regulators have begun warning state residents not to eat fish from certain waterways because of high levels of selenium pollution caused by mining wastes.
The state Bureau for Public Health recommended that anglers limit themselves to one meal per month of any sport fish caught from Mount Storm Lake in Grant County, Upper Mud Lake in Lincoln County and Pinnacle Creek in Wyoming County. READ MORE »
Bay Area Congressman George Miller's Miller Statement on the order issued December 14 by Fresno Federal Judge Oliver Wanger in the Bay-Delta Protection Case. Wanger has ruled that the huge state and federal pumps at Tracy in the southwestern corner of the Delta must reduce their winter pumping to protect dramatically declining populations of the endangered Delta Smelt. READ MORE »
Has the Westlands Water District, a regular target of the environmental community for its irrigation of high selenium lands, decided to "go enviro" and help the Delta Fishery? Decide for yourself by reading this article from Mike Taugher, of the Contra Costa Times, probably the best daily journalist in California now writing about water issues. CLICK HERE
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In his December, 2007 radio show, "Down in the Valley", California water expert Lloyd Carter discusses a proposed $11.6 billion dollar bond initiative measure that the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Farm Bureau Federation hope to put on the statewide ballot in November of 2008. The proposed initiative calls for new dams and a "peripheral canal" to pump Northern California water around the problem-plagued Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Southern California. Carter warns this will set off another north-south water war in California. Carter also discusses other items of current interest 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. READ MORE »