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.

Felix Smith Responds to US BOR and CA DWR.

Felix Smith is the Kesterson whistleblower who filed a petition with the State Water Resources Control Board to halt the irrigation of high selenium soils on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. Both the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources filed responses to Smith's petition, which were posted earlier on this website. Now Smith has responded. His response is attached. CLICK HERE.

Turlock facing $216,000 fine for sewage discharge (from the Modesto Bee)

Violations like this happen across the state. It is an indication of how broken our waste water system is.

Turlock facing $216,000 fine for sewage discharge violations
By MICHAEL R. SHEA
mshea@modbee.com
last updated: March 27, 2008 10:48:53 AM

[img_assist|nid=71|title=|desc=The City of Turlock is facing a $216,000 fine for 72 discharge violations into the San Joaquin River since January 2000. - Modesto Bee - Brian Ramsay|link=none|align=right|width=300|height=168]The City of Turlock is facing a $216,000 fine for 72 discharge violations into the San Joaquin River since January 2000. - Modesto Bee - Brian Ramsay

TURLOCK - The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has proposed a $216,000 fine against Turlock's waste-water treatment plant for 72 discharge violations into the San Joaquin River since January 2000.  READ MORE »

Lake Tahoe on its way to deep green from clear blue.

Blame it on Global Warming, tainted run-off, failing economy, overly excessive building, or whatever you want, but researchers from UC Davis are predicting that the once pristine clear blue Lake Tahoe waters will, within a decade, be an algae filled mess as the climate changes the temperature of the water. We've already seen what human activity can do to our water with the Clear Lake in Lake County and many other water ways and bodies of water. Read the full article at http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_8684690

March 22 is World Water Day

Water situation bleak in India

20 Mar, 2008, 1302 hrs IST,Gem Paul, TNN

NEW DELHI: There is no doubt that water and sustainable development are inextricably linked. Once viewed as an infinite and bountiful resource, water today defines human, social, and economic development. Without adequate supplies and management of fresh water resources, Socio-economic development simply cannot take place.  READ MORE »

Salmon Declining

California's salmon populations are declining dramatically. Can we save them? Here's a suggestion how we can start. CLICK HERE

Public Trust Alliance Email to State Water Resources

What follows is an e-mail from Michael Warburton, executive director of the Public Trust Alliance to a State Water Resources Control Board official regarding his views on the water board's public trust duties.  READ MORE »

C-WIN and CA Sportfishing Protection Alliance file petition.

Two statewide environmental groups today filed a [img_assist|nid=62|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=49]petition with the State Water [img_assist|nid=63|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=94]Board contending current operations of the Delta are a violation of the Public Trust and an unreasonable use of water and a waste of water under state law. Here is the press release of the California Water Impact Network and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance

19 March 2008

Public Trust, Unreasonable Use Complaint Filed With State Board
Groups will Sue in 60 Days if Board Fails to Schedule Evidentiary Hearing
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CA Dpt of Water Resources Response to High Selenium Levels in the Western San Joaquin.

The California Department of Water Resources has answered Kesterson whistleblower Felix Smith's petition to the State Water Board alleging that irrigation of high selenium soils constitutes an unreasonable use of water under state law. Judge the merits of the petition for yourself. CLICK HERE. Compare DWR's response with the earlier response from the Bureau of Reclamation also posted on this site.

Bureau of Reclamation's Letter to the State Water Board RE: Selenium in Western San Joaquin

Felix Smith, the whistleblower on the bird deformities at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge back in the 1980s, has filed a complaint with the State Water Board over the continued irrigation of high selenium soils in the Western San Joaquin Valley. He wants the water board to declare irrigation of these tainted soils an unreasonable use of water under California law. He is joined in his complaint by the California Salmon and Steelhead Assocation. The Water Board has asked the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which supplies Northern California to federal irrigation districts farming the high selenium soils, to explain what is being done to solve the selenium crisis, now in its third decade. The Bureau of Reclamation recently replied to the Water Board's inquiry. See if you can spot the flaws in the Bureau of Reclamation's arguments that the problem is being solved. Here is the Bureau's response: CLICK HERE  READ MORE »

Speaking Engagement

Lloyd will be speaking to the Oakhurst Democratic Club on Saturday, April 5, at the Ol' Kettle Restaurant in Oakhurst at 9:30 a.m. If you're heading north on Highway 41 from Fresno, it's on the left-hand side in front of the Shilo Inn. The street address is 40530 Highway 41. Any questions call Ellie Schermerhorn at (559) 656-2342. For more information on Lloyd's Speaking Engagements, visit this page.

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