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.

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Tuesday, 01 July 2008
(AP) - An unpaid water bill is grounding a flight school for aspiring aviators, possibly for good.

A Merced County spokesman says the commercial flight school at a decommissioned Air Force base in Atwater failed to pay its water bill in May.

That blunder forced the eviction of the 100 students from dormitories at Castle Commerce Center on Friday. Many students had come from India to train at the school and were heading back following the evictions.  READ MORE »

Farmers and Environmentalists can work together

Do farmers and environmentalists always fight? Not in Stockton, where they team up to fight the continuing pollution of the Delta by the city of Stockton. READ MORE HERE.

Some Things Never Change: Drought

The current mini-drought California finds itself in reminds me of events of 30 years ago when the Golden State experienced another short, but severe drought. The water battles in California then remain strangely the same.  READ MORE »

Draft plan of activities related to solving problems in California's Bay-Delta area.

The State Water Resources Control Board staff has prepared a draft plan of activities related to solving problems in California's important Bay-Delta area.
This draft plan identifies how the State Water Board will achieve Bay-Delta commitments the Governor identified for it in his February 29, 2008 letter to legislative leaders.
The draft is being circulated to stakeholders and the public and is scheduled to be presented to the State Water Board by staff at its regular meeting on July 1st and considered on July 15th. Environmental critics say the draft plan does not go far enough in protecting the Delta. Judge for yourself. READ THE DRAFT PLAN HERE.

C-WIN and CSPA Praise Senator Feinstein for USGS Selenium Report

Thank you, Senator Dianne Feinstein, for releasing a damning report of selenium treatment technology strategies, and for your leadership on the difficult drainage issues in the San Joaquin Valley, but we want you to ask tougher questions of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation about recent secret proposals for new selenium treatment technologies.

Read the full story including the letter here.

EWG seeks California Government Affairs Director

Dear friends,

 
Environmental Working Group is seeking a savvy, seasoned advocate to represent us at the State Capitol in Sacramento. We're looking for someone to help us build on our reputation as a provider of data and analysis that drives policy change. This legislative session, we're sponsoring two bills – SB 1313 (Corbett), to ban perfluorinated chemicals in food packaging, and SB 1713 (Migden) to ban bisphenol A in baby bottles and feeding products – and we plan to increase our involvement in legislative issues next year. The job would begin this fall in time to prepare for the 2009 session. 

 
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Down in the Valley - June 13, 2008

In his June 2008 monthly radio show, Lloyd Carter talks about Governor Schwarzenegger's drought declaration for California and what can be done to conserve precious water supplies.

Some Things Never Change

Here is a clipping from a new story in 1985 that I took part in. It clearly shows that over 20 years later, SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE.

About Some Things Never Change:
Some Things Never Change is a semi weekly column highlighting how water issues from 20 years ago are still very much relevant today. Lloyd digs in his massive archive of his works and finds articles that could have easily been written for today.

Dianne Feinstein Questions US B of Reclamation

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is brokering a deal to solve the drainage crisis in the Westlands Water District, has written the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation asking some questions about a recent U.S. Geological Survey report on the feasibility of proposed drainage solutions. Click here to read.

Lloyd Carter Opinion Published in SAC BEE

Lloyd G. Carter: Much of California is a desert, we should live in it as such[/b]

By Lloyd G. Carter - Special to The Bee
Published 12:00 am PDT Sunday, June 15, 2008
Story appeared in FORUM section, Page E1

[img_assist|nid=118|title=|desc=|link=node|align=right|width=100|height=54]That dreaded word drought has again intruded into the California public consciousness following Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's June 4 declaration that a drought is officially under way.  READ MORE »

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