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.

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 »

Lois Henry: There isn't enough.

Bakersfield Californian columnist Lois Henry wrote a column this weekend (June 13) wondering about the implications of the current drought for water policy changes in the state.  READ MORE »

USGS critiques feds' water deal with farmers

Is another selenium-poisoned wildlife disaster like that which occurred at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in Merced County in the 1980s going to occur again? READ AN ARTICLE HERE about the latest United States Geological Survey report which indicates more problems for western San Joaquin Valley agriculture. CLICK HERE for the USGS report.  READ MORE »

Water can be saved by farming smarter.

A consortium of European research institutes says a lot of water can be saved in the world's food production systems.
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Groups weigh in on new lake selenium standard

By Stephen Speckman
Deseret News
Published: May 21, 2008
The subject of selenium bioaccumulating up the food chain and into birds that frequent the Great Salt Lake has the attention of hunters and others who care about the mineral's potential impact on the lake's fragile ecosystem.
The 16-member Great Salt Lake Selenium Steering Committee gave stakeholders their chance Tuesday night at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality offices to sound off as state regulators work toward an unprecedented numeric selenium water quality standard for the lake.  READ MORE »

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