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.

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 »

Down In The Valley, September, 2007

Lloyd's September 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.

Shameless demagoguery

Shameless demagoguery

The Sept. 7 commentary by Assembly Member Mike Villines labels federal Judge Oliver Wanger “irresponsible” for ordering the federal government to take steps to protect the Bay-Delta fishery, including seasonal pumping reductions.
Two things are certain: Assembly Member Villines is little familiar, if at all, with the requirements of environmental law or the thousands of pages of scientific evidence in the case, and he is shamelessly pandering to narrow western San Joaquin Valley agribusiness interests and cares little for Delta farming or fishing interests.  READ MORE »

Some Things Never Change: Westlands water rustlers' latest job

Westlands water rustlers’ latest job FURTHER DOWN THE DRAIN BY LLOYD G. CARTER “Since pre-Columbian times, the Westlands area was known to be part of the uninhabitable Great California Desert.” From the history section of the Westlands Water District Website, For more than half a century, growers in the fabled Westlands Water District have been the “bad boys” of federal irrigation projects in the American West, ignoring residency and acreage requirements for taxpayer-subsidized water, getting Congress to change laws they didn’t like, seducing both Republicans and Democrat politicians with a river of campaign contributions, and reaping more crop, water and power subsidies, tax breaks, and debt forgiveness than any other group of farmers in America. Now they are poised to pull off the biggest coup in their controversial history. If they get what they are asking for, 260 billion gallons of publicly-owned water a year for 60 years, they will capture water worth anywhere from $20 to $40 billion - that’s billion with a B - with which they are free to farm tainted soils with, OR resell to urban interests at fantastic profit margins.  READ MORE »

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