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.

Peripheral Canal Cost Soar

From the San Jose Mercury Times:

The price tag for addressing the declining health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while providing a reliable water supply to California cities and farmers keeps getting higher.Officials met Thursday to discuss one of the state's most contentious proposals-piping fresh water around the delta and into the canals that carry it south and into the San Francisco Bay area. The various options are projected to cost between $4 billion and $17 billion.  READ MORE »

Lloyd published in the Sacramento Bee

From the Sacramento Bee...

Lloyd G. Carter: A California water story of individual tenacity
By Lloyd G. Carter - Special to The Bee
Published 12:00 am PDT Friday, April 25, 2008
Story appeared in EDITORIALS section, Page B7

You have to give 75-year-old Felix Smith of Carmichael credit for tenacity.

A quarter-century ago, Smith became the conscience of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service when he blew the whistle on the selenium poisoning of the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in western Merced County.  READ MORE »

Coleman Hatchery to Release 1.4 Million Salmon Smolts into Bay Acclimation Pens.

Coleman Hatchery to Release 1.4 Million Salmon Smolts into Bay Acclimation Pens.
by Dan Bacher

For the first time in over a decade, the Coleman National Fish Hatchery, operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will truck 1.4 million of its 12.6 million Chinook salmon smolts to be released this spring to San Pablo Bay to assess the effect of the release site on salmon harvest and returns to the hatchery.  READ MORE »

They Said It...

"In the San Joaquin Valley, about 1.5 million of the 5.6 million irrigated acres have drainage-related problems. In Westlands alone, over 200,000 acres have saline groundwater within 10 feet of the soil surface."
From the Westlands Water District website on January 24, 2001. (See )

Lloyd Carter spoke to a Berkeley gathering of State Water Board regulatory staff in the Spring of 2008.

Also in attendance were officials from the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, EPA, and some district attorney's offices.  READ MORE »

Down In The Valley - April 11, 2008

Lloyd Carter, veteran journalist and observer of California water politics, offers his monthly assessment of the current hot issues in California's Water World.

Listen to "Down in the Valley" live on the second Friday of every month at 3 p.m. Pacific Time on Radio KFCF 88.1 FM, Fresno, California.


Oppose the San Luis Drainage Resolution Act - bad for taxpayers ...

Oppose the San Luis Drainage Resolution Act - bad for taxpayers ...
By brthomas
Selenium, arsenic and other toxins that are released from these irrigated toxic waste farms pollutes southern California. These pollutants then return north via the San Joaquin River to poison the California Delta and San Francisco Bay. ...
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Judge Wanger issues ruling...

Federal Judge Oliver Wanger has issued a 151-page ruling that exports of Delta water by massive federal irrigation projects in the Western San Joaquin Valley are harming populations of Chinook Salmon and Steelhead.
Read the opinion HERE:


California environmental groups have grown increasingly concerned that U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is secretly negotiating a "sweetheart" deal with the Westlands Water District that will harm the Delta and will allow continued irrigation of high selenium soils. Environmentalists remain deeply suspicious of Westlands' claim that it has a viable solution for the drainage crisis affecting the western San Joaquin Valley. Westlands, which only has a few hundred growers, is seeking enough water annual to meet the needs of a city of 10 million people. The California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) and the California Sportsfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) recently wrote Sen. Feinstein to express their concerns.

Intelligent water use?

Rice field near Firebaugh. Rice requires nine feet of water per acre for irrigation. The value of the water exceeds the value of the crop produced. Rice is a subsidized crop.


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