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.

California worst in nation for mosquito problems

 

 

Sacramento, June 20, 2018 – California leads the nation in mosquito-borne disease cases over the last decade, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The State reported 9,254 cases of mosquito-transmitted diseases between 2004 and 2016, followed by New York with 7,167 and Texas with 6,648. California had 100 times more mosquito-transmitted disease cases than Alaska (87), which reported the lowest number of cases in the country during the same period. The report included the total number of local and travel-associated disease transmission cases per state and did not adjust for population.

 

“These numbers are startling as they only represent mosquito-transmitted diseases that were reported to health officials said,” David Heft, president of the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California. “Also not reflected in the data are the emerging disease threats the state faces due to the rise of invasive mosquitoes now present in 12 counties in Southern and Central California.”  READ MORE »

LA City Council opposes Delta Tunnel Scheme

 The Los Angeles City Council yesterday (March 21) voted unanimously to oppose staged construction of a proposed $10.7 billion Delta tunnel project if  any more costs fall on Los Angeles water customers.

 California Department of Water Resources (DWR) officials last month announced the staged construction as part of its California Waterfix project. The project would funnel water from the Sacramento River into one of proposed 35-miles tunnels to transport Northern Californiasouthern part of the delta through two 35-mile tunnels.

   The two tunnel proposed is estimated to cost nearly $17 million but DWR, short of financial backers, say they can build only one tunnel for $10.7 billion.  READ MORE »

Food grown with oily water

WASHINGTON, Jan.  READ MORE »

Radio show today, November 9, 2017

​Dear website visitors,

​    My monthly radio show airs today, November 9, 2017, at 1 p.m. on KFCF, 88.1 FM or live streaming at www.kfcf.org.  My guest today is water treatment expert Lisa Farman who is searching for an economical method to remove selenium from waste water.  She is also an expert on selenium removal, which is causing problems for western San Joaquin Valley farming.  Tune in.

​   Lloyd

 

Radio Show Thursday Sept.14

Dear Website visitors,  my monthly radio show on KFCF, 88.1 FM in Fresno airs this Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 1 p.m..  My guest will be author Jill Jonnes who has written a new book "Urban Forests" about the history of trees in American cities and how important they are.  Very informative.  If you are not in the KFCF listening area (San Joaquin Valley) you can listen live streaming at www.kfcf.org.

 

Lloyd

 

Bureau of Reclamation faulted for funding Westlands lobbyist

 An Interior Department agency responsible for managing water in the western United States improperly provided millions of dollars in subsidies to contractors in California, according to an inspector general's report, including to a major water district once represented by a lobbyist who is now Interior’s second highest-ranking official. 

The Bureau of Reclamation, the Interior Department's top watchdog concluded, didn't fully disclose to Congress and others the $84 million cost of its Bay Delta Conservation Plan in California. It also said the bureau couldn't provide paperwork for why the water contractors didn't have to pay back $50 million in federal funding. 

Though mentioned only once in the report, the Westlands Water District was part of the inspector general's analysis. That district, made up of more than 1,000 square miles of California farmland, was once represented by David Bernhardt, now the Interior Department's deputy secretary.  READ MORE »

RADIO SHOW TODAY

Website visitors,

 My monthly radio show will be held TODAY at 1 p.m. at KFCF radio, 88.1 FM and will focus on the proposed Temperance Flat Dam on the San Joaquin River upstream from Friant dam.  My guests include Ron Goode of the Mono Indian Tribe, geologist Shannon Lodge and Shannon's mother, Anita Lodge.  Their family has been living in the Temperance Flat area for five generations. If you are out of radio range, the show streams live at kfcf.org.

 

Lloyd

 

Internet of Things

 

The IoT and Energy Conservation

By Emma Bailey

From ancient Roman aqueducts delivering fresh water to advanced clean energy generation easing the burden of fossil fuels, technology has long been used to address the great problems facing humanity. The Internet of Things (IoT) may well represent the next evolution of this trend, leveraging the power of modern computing and connectivity to tackle some of our most difficult and pressing problems. In particular, the IoT has already demonstrated great usefulness in energy conservation and environmental protection efforts. To learn more, let's dig into how this fledgling technology may play a key role in reducing waste and promoting a more sustainable future.

Assembling an Internet of Things  READ MORE »

Dan Bacher to appear on my radio show

Attention Website Visitors:

 

 Sacramento Environmental Reporter Dan Bacher will appear on my radio show "Down in the Valley" this Thursday (July 13) at 1 p.m. on KFCF, 88.1 FM radio. Radio range is limited to about 100 miles from Fresno but internet users worldwide can listen to the show live streaming at www.kfcf.org.

 

      Lloyd

Former Rep. George Miller to be on radio tomorrow (Thursday, April 13) at 1 pm. PDT

George Miller, who spent 40 years as a member of Congress before retiring in 2014, will be interviewed on my radio show "Down in the Valley" at 1 p.m. PDT on KFCF, 88.1 FM if you are in the Fresno area. Internet visitors can go to www.kfcf.org and listen to the show live streaming.  Miller will be joined as a guest on the hour-long show by John Lawrence. who served as chief of staff for former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and also served as chief of staff to the House subcommittee on water and power in the 1990s.  Lawrence served Congress in various roles for 38 years before retiring in 2013.  Tune in. 

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