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.

Federal regulators weigh status of longfin smelt in delta

Federal regulators weigh status of longfin smelt in delta

Written by Staff Report
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

(AP) - Federal authorities will consider whether to designate another delta fish for protection under the Endangered Species Act after a sharp population decline last year.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will review the status of the longfin smelt to determine whether it is a threatened or endangered species.  READ MORE »

Glaser named BOR Mid-Pacific regional director

Donald R. Glaser has been named the new Mid-Pacific regional director of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.  READ MORE »

Felix Smith Whitepaper

Felix Smith, the whistleblower in the selenium poisoning of the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge, has written a white paper on the dangers of irrigating an alkali desert loaded with the trace element selenium. READ WHITE PAPER HERE and REFERENCES HERE.

Save the Date... May 29th, 2008

Water Industry’s Role in Reducing Greenhouse Gases and Promoting Energy Savings

Monday, May 29, 2008

1:00 p.m.

North Coast Water Quality Control Board
5550 Skylane Boulevard, Suite A
Santa Rosa, California 95403
Phone (707) 576-2225

Hosted by: The Water Energy Climate Action Team

Agenda: State Legislative Update
Local updates
Public Discourse

Groups write letter to US BOR.

A coalition of environmental groups has written the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expressing deep skepticism about a planned drainage "solution" for the Westlands Water District. To read the letter click HERE.

Water rationing isn't in Bakersfield's (immediate) future


Water rationing isn't in Bakersfield's (immediate) future

The Bakersfield Californian - 5/4/08

By Robert Price

Rationing is an unpleasant word. It conjures up images of angry mobs pillaging relief trucks and humanitarian workers abandoning their distribution stations and running for their lives.

The word sounds considerably more palatable through the prism of the American experience. In fact, it has patriotic overtones.

No sugar, no coffee, no tires, no fuel oil? That'll be pretty tough, but our boys in uniform need those things. We can manage.  READ MORE »

Proposition 84 and Proposition 1E Status Meetings

Proposition 84 and Proposition 1E Status Meetings

The California Department of Water Resources has scheduled three informational meetings on the status of the IRWM grant program. The purpose of these meetings is to provide interested stakeholders with an update on the status of the IRWM Program and associated funding from Proposition 84 and Proposition 1E (Stormwater Flood Management grants). DWR Staff will also solicit informal input on program concepts. The agenda is embedded below. Meeting dates and locations are:

May 13, 2008 10 am
Elihu M Harris Building, Room 7  READ MORE »

WWD investment will pay... notice the inference that Westlands can sell water to So Cal

Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2008

Fitch Rates Westlands Water District, California's $30.1MM 2008A COPs 'A'

SAN FRANCISCO — Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to Westlands Water District, California's (WWD) $30 million adjustable-rate refunding revenue certificates of participation (COPs), series 2008A. Fitch has also assigned an 'A' rating to WWD's approximately $230 million outstanding parity certificates. The Rating Outlook is Stable.  READ MORE »

Delta canal measure put on hold

Delta canal measure put on hold
By E.J. Schultz -
Published 12:00 am PDT Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Story appeared in Sacramento Bee MAIN NEWS section, Page A3


An Assembly committee on Tuesday shelved legislation to build a canal around the suffering Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, telling the bill's author to try again next year.

Two years in the making, Senate Bill 27 tackled a subject so politically charged that author Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, carefully avoided using the "P" word – Peripheral Canal – as he presented the bill as a way to shore up state water supplies without harming the environment.  READ MORE »

Response to the Felix Smith article from top Interior Department official from 1985 to 1990.

Ed Imhoff, was a top Interior Department official who headed a $50 million five-year study of the drainage problems on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley from 1985 to 1990. He saw my story on Felix Smith in the Sacramento Bee, , and sent me the following note:  READ MORE »

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