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.

Wonders Never Cease

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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Down In The Valley, December, 2008

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 »

Some Things Never Change

This is the second of our Thursday columns entitled Some Things Never Change. We take a look at water standards (or the lack thereof) in a 1984 UPI article. The article goes back further to 1974 and this goes to show that even 33 years later, some things never change. CLICK HERE

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Secret study shows canal back in play

Contra Costa Times – December 8, 2007

By Mike Taugher, staff writer

Customers of one of the state's largest water delivery systems secretly commissioned a study last year to estimate how much it would cost to build a highly controversial peripheral canal to deliver water around the Delta.

The $50,000 study, completed in August 2006, shows that contractors of the State Water Project were actively considering a new canal similar to the aqueduct voters killed in 1982.  READ MORE »

Some Things Never Change

Attached is a Op-Ed article from the April 20, 1984 Modesto Bee. This article is still relevant today and is the first of my Some Things Never Change column. CLICK HERE

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Water Facts of the Day


1. Estimated amount of oil, in barrels, used to make the bottled water containers sold in the United States last year: 16 million.
2. The ratio of the amount of water used to make the containers to the amount of bottled water consumed: two to one.
3. Average number of liters of bottled water delivered to U.S. Troops in Iraq every day: 1.4 million.
SOURCE: Harper's Index
Harper's Magazine, Vol. 315, no. 1887, Aug. 2007

Dam Facts, Dam Lies, and Statistics

Dam Facts, Dam Lies, and Statistics.

Reality Takes a Back Seat to Hyperbole in Water Debate

By Steve Evans
Friends of the River Conservation Director

It's a sad state of affairs when good public policy takes a back seat to sound bites that have no basis in reality. So here is a selection of pithy-sounding but less-than-factual sound bites of dam proponents compared to the real facts of the matter (complete with footnotes).  READ MORE »

Interview on Public Radio with Lloyd

40:52 minutes (9.36 MB)

Down In The Valley, October, 2007

Lloyd's October 2007 Radio Show.

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.

Felix Smith reports on October 1,2007 meeting I attended with Fish and Wildlife Service

Sense of the Meeting

Meeting with Mr. Steve Thompson and John Engbring of the California - Nevada Operations Office of FWS at 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA. October 1, 2007 at approximately 1:00 PM. Attending were Lloyd Carter (California Save Our Streams), Lisa Coffman (Executive Director, California Water Impact Network), Bill Jennings (Director, California Sports Fishing Protection Alliance), Karen Schambach (California Director, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) and Felix Smith (Save the American River Association).  READ MORE »

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