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.

USA Today environmental columnist Dan Vergano writes about selenium problems and muzzling of government scientists

USA Today environmental columnist Dan Vergano ran an article in the nationwide newspaper on Saturday (2013/04/06) about the harassment of federal biologist Joe Skorupa who wrote a critical report about selenium impacts at an Idaho phosphate mine, including two-headed fish.  He mentioned my website and the previous coverage I did of the harassment of Skorupa, who, in the late 1980s, confirmed selenium impacts on wildlife using farm wasterwater evaporation ponds in the Tulare Basin of the Southern San Joaquin Valley.  Vergano's article can be read here:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/vergano/2013/04/06/hansen-federal-scientists-communication/2053077/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+usatoday-TechTopStories+(Tech+-+Top+Stories)

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The Sacramento Bee plays dumb on real Delta issues

 

The Sacramento Bee plays dumb on real Delta issues  READ MORE »

In Memoriam: Bruce Tokars

 

 Salmon advocate and water warrior Bruce Tokars died this week of an apparent heart attack.  He was 64.  Bruce was known for his viral videos attacking industrial agriculture in the western San Joaquin Valley for its water grab and threat to the Delta.  Bruce's website, www.salmonwaternow.org, has many of his memorable five to 10-minute videos which weaved in clips from the news, old movies, commercials, cartoons, etc. that delighted and informed viewers.  He was a dear friend.  His brother-in-law was salmon fishing industry advocate Larry Collins.  Following are some quotes from the many people in California's environmental community who were saddened on learning of Bruce's passing.  I have left off the authors' names because I did not have time to contact them for approval although I feel certain they would gladly make their comments publicly known.  Here is a sample:  READ MORE »

EPA Survey Finds More Than Half of the Nation’s River and Stream Miles in Poor Condition



WASHINGTON — Today (March 26), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results of the first comprehensive survey looking at the health of thousands of stream and river miles across the country, finding that more than half – 55 percent – are in poor condition for aquatic life.

“The health of our Nation’s rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters depends on the vast network of streams where they begin, and this new science shows that America’s streams and rivers are under significant pressure,” said Office of Water Acting Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner. “We must continue to invest in protecting and restoring our nation’s streams and rivers as they are vital sources of our drinking water, provide many recreational opportunities, and play a critical role in the economy.” 
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Westlands' $20,000-a-month lawyer/lobbyist runs into new troubles

 

By Lloyd G. Carter

               Nearly a year ago  I blogged on this website about the Westlands Water District hiring Washington powerhouse lawyer/lobbyist Norman Brownstein, dubbed the "101st Senator" by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.  That two-part article was titled "How the West(lands) Was Won."  Just use the website search engine with the keyword "Brownstein" to find it.

              That series detailed the rise of the Denver, Colo. law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck, a major lobbying firm in Colorado and Washington, D.C., as well as a powerhouse law firm with branch offices in several states, including California.

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Water Watchdog Patrick Porgans publishes book exposing corruption in California Water World

 Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Truth De-Code-It by Patrick Porgans. The author's most recent book to date is a 6 x 9 paperback in the religious philosophy category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The webpage at www.outskirtspress.com/truthdecodeit was launched simultaneously with the book's publication.

Truth De-Code-It is a reflection upon an Era of Deception ending as we awaken out-of-necessity in a Golden Age-of-Global Change. Natural and human-induced conditions necessitate a change; as it is unmistakably clear the systems we have become dependent on, and the way we currently live, are not only unsustainable, they’re not working.

Noted Greek Philosopher Plato reportedly said, “The true creator is necessity, who is the mother of all invention.” Einstein, paraphrasing Plato, said, “Necessity is the mother of all invention.” The level of deception and impending-global crises invoke the creative-necessity to implement a naturally-sustainable way out of this human-induced mess commonly referred to as Manifest Destiny. As individuals, and fellow inhabitants of the earth, we have all contributed to its current condition; similarly, we have the ability to change it for the betterment of our families and other species.
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Madera County Groundwater Polluted

Build Another Kesterson? You're joking, right?

 

By Lloyd G. Carter

           A southern San Joaquin Valley water district is proposing to build an 1,800-acre evaporation pond to dispose of toxic subsurface drainage water in a scenario eerily reminiscent of the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge poisoning in the early 1980s.  READ MORE »

Napa Wine Country Water for Fish Showdown at Kimball Creek

 

by Patrick Porgans, Planetary Solutionaries

 

  Chris Malan, representing Living Rivers, is dead set on keeping fish alive in Kimball Creek, a tributary on the upper Napa River. Public records indicate that the City of Calistoga would be at fault for dead fish if it fails to release adequate flows from Kimball Dam and Reservoir, which are required to protect the downstream fishery. 

In Malan’s latest salvo “City must act now to protect fish” she makes a compelling argument, by backing up her stance on “water for fish” now, pointing out the fact “it’s the law,” placing the city on a major “fault-line” and in the line-of-sight of the State Water Resources Control Board.   READ MORE »

Liquid Gold Up for Sale

 “There has been a significant influx in capital from private equity and institutional investors in the water industry as more and more investors realize that, like other real asset classes such as gold, real estate and timber, water assets provide investors with inflation protection, portfolio diversification and crisis-resistant investments. As the subjects of water and food are inseparable, we will explore water investment strategies and topics in agriculture,” said Clay Landry, managing director of WestWater Research.

Read more: For the full story visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2013/1/prweb10300429.htm

 

 

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