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.

Letter to the DWR from Existing Water Rights Holders on the Kern River

Existing water rights holders on the Kern River are attempting to block State Water board hearings on a possible restoration of a flow in the stretch of the river through Bakersfield that is now dry most, if not all, of the year. See for yourself and note that nowhere does the letter mention the Public Trust Doctrine.

Concerning Harmful Aspects of On-line Incivility; An Essay

Anthony "Tony" Smith is an East Coast friend of mine who is distressed about what has happened to much of the mainstream environmental movement. What follows is his thoughts on that subject. Any comments?  READ MORE »

Radio Show Reminder

Reminding all that tomorrow (Feb. 8) is my monthly radio show "Down in the Valley" which focuses on San Joaquin Valley and California water and ag issues. It will air at 3 p.m. on 88.1 FM in the Fresno area. KFCF is temporarily off the air on the Internet but we hope to be broadcasting via the Internet again soon. On tomorrow's show I'm going to be talking about the behind-the-scenes lobbying of Senator Dianne Feinstein by agribusiness and Southern California developers who want Feinstein to publicly support a $12 billion bond measure to build a Peripheral Canal and more big dams in California - a bond measure which has already set off fierce reaction from Northern California and environmentalists. I will also talk about the collapse of the salmon fishery in California and the continuing downward spiral of the Delta estuary. Tune in if you can.


Editorial in today's edition of The Bakersfield Californian

The Bakersfield Californian newspaper today endorsed restoring the Kern River in an editorial. You can help! Read further.  READ MORE »

Actually, I Can Do Both

Bakersfield Californian columnist Lois Henry opines on the benefits of restoring a flow in the Kern River which has become a battleground again between competing interests. This column ran in the Californian on January 27, 2008. Read for yourself.  READ MORE »

An Article on the San Joaquin River

Today I dig into my San Joaquin River archive and pull out an article I wrote in June of 2005 about the San Joaquin River. Speaking of the San Joaquin River, Revive the San Joaquin, one of the non profits I am associated with, just updated their website with new content and news articles. Go check it out:

Editorial: River fishery flows, ag can co-exist
Fresno Bee – 6/21/05
By Lloyd Carter, director of the conservation group Revive the San Joaquin



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Private Water Contractors in CA Owe Taxpayers $500 million

New government audit finds that the bulk of an interest-free loan from the 1960s is still unpaid by irrigation water contractors

WASHINGTON - Four large irrigation water districts in the Central Valley of California still owe federal taxpayers nearly $500 million for a network of dams and canals constructed for their benefit in the 1960s, according to a new report issued by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO). Only 14 percent of capital costs have been repaid.  READ MORE »


The California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance have filed comments on a proposal by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to alter the way DWR distributes State Water Project water in times of plenty and in times of drought. Is it another big giveaway of a publicly-owned resource? Judge for yourself. CLICK HERE

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Some Things Never Change

A 1964 article on drainage for your reading pleasure. Click Here

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