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  • California’s Green Drought

    04/06/2015 12:04:54 PM PDT · by fifedom · 47 replies
    The Wall Street Journal | April 5, 2015 | WSJ editors
    The liberals who run California have long purported that their green policies are a free (organic) lunch, but the bills are coming due. Lo, Governor Jerry Brown has mandated a 25% statewide reduction in water use. Consider this rationing a surcharge for decades of environmental excess.
  • Supreme Court lets stand delta smelt protection, dealing blow to farmers

    01/12/2015 10:42:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 1-12-15 | Michael Boyle
    What they’re saying • “The law prohibits us from making such fine utilitarian calculations to balance the smelt’s interests against the interests of the citizens of California. — Federal Judge Jay Bybee • “These regulations have harmed farmers and farmworkers in the Central Valley ... by diverting vast quantities of water away from human use and out to the Pacific Ocean, all to try to improve the habitat of ... a 3-inch fish on the Endangered Species Act list. — James S. Burling, director of litigation for the Pacific Legal Foundation The Supreme Court on Monday steered clear of a...
  • Solar companies learn to play nice with environmentalists [setting aside land]

    04/17/2014 5:00:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    GIGAOM ^ | flashback AUG. 9, 2011 | by Ucilia Wang
    As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmentalists. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement with the environmental groups to add thousands of acres near their projects for wildlife protection. As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmental groups. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement on Tuesday with the Sierra Club and others to add thousands of acres near their proposed projects for wildlife protection. The agreement...
  • Obama Hangs Californians Out to Dry: Fed action could alleviate the drought in California

    02/18/2014 6:57:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/17/2014 | Mona Charen
    There are many reasons that Barack Obama’s presidency has proven so ineffectual even by its own standards — boosting economic growth, improving health care, preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, enhancing America’s world reputation. One reason is that Barack Obama is the most ideologically rigid president in American history. He believes in all the wrong ideas, and holds to them with mulish tenacity. But there’s a second reason that was on vivid display in the past few days — overweening arrogance. This president has no patience with attempting to solve the actual problems that afflict the people he...
  • Tiny fish (Delta smelt) keeps protection as Supreme Court declines to review case

    10/31/2011 1:47:07 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 18 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | October 31, 2011 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON — Federal protections for California's delta smelt will remain intact, but Western water controversies will keep on boiling, with a Supreme Court decision Monday not to hear farmers' ambitious challenge to a key environmental law. The court's decision, issued without comment, effectively upholds the conclusion by a Fresno, Calif.-based trial judge and a lower appellate court that the Endangered Species Act can protect even those plants and animals that don't cross state borders.
  • Interior Department reviewing allegations in delta smelt case (department scientists lied?)

    10/14/2011 8:18:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1+ views
    LaTimes ^ | 10/14/11 | Bettina Boxall
    An Interior Department official said Thursday the agency will ask independent experts to review allegations by a federal judge that the testimony of two department scientists was so inconsistent and contradictory it amounted to deliberate deception. U.S. District Court Judge Oliver Wanger attacked the credibility of the biologists last month shortly before retiring from the bench. At a hearing on a motion in a court case involving delta smelt protections, Wanger called one of the scientists a "zealot" and accused the agency of engaging in "bad faith."
  • Judge's blistering rebuke of two federal scientists stokes fires under Obama administration

    09/23/2011 6:34:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/23/11 | Mike Taugher
    With a House Republican loading political ammunition in a national fight over government science, Interior Department officials said Friday they would stand by the work of two scientists whose integrity was attacked recently by a federal judge overseeing the Delta water wars. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger, in a lengthy and strongly worded assault Sept. 16, said the two scientists deliberately misled him when they urged him not to weaken new rules meant to help imperiled Delta smelt in wet years like this one. He called one scientist, Jennifer Norris of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a "zealot" who...
  • Sarah Palin takes jabs, makes no promises ("No need to destroy people’s lives over bait.")

    05/02/2011 2:59:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Boston Herald / The Los Angeles Times ^ | May 2, 2011 | Robert Faturechi
    LEMOORE, Calif. — In what often sounded like a stump speech, Sarah Palin tailored a searing critique of big government to an audience in California’s Central Valley on Sunday, telling supporters the region’s woes could be blamed on politicians picking "a 3-inch fish" over jobs. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, speaking at a community college arena here, was referring to the delta smelt, a dwindling local species, protections for which have cut water shipments to the region and turned fertile land fallow. "This faceless government takes away their lifeline, which is water, and they did it, they turned off...
  • California’s Delta Smelt is Raising Your Food Prices

    02/18/2011 5:42:09 PM PST · by sfwarrior · 10 replies ^ | Adam Sparks
    The Commerce Clause that regulates interstate commerce is at issue in the legal battle of Obamacare. Can the federal government tell individuals that they must buy insurance? Not as well known is how the same commerce clause is destroying farms and raising food prices by stopping the flow of water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Rivers to the Central Valley in California. The feds at the urging of the state government has literally turned off the tap, destroying prime farmland in order to benefit the sex lives of the Delta Smelt.
  • Judge dismisses delta smelt protections

    12/15/2010 7:01:27 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 15, 2010 | Bettina Boxall
    A federal judge Tuesday threw out much-disputed delta smelt protections that have cut water shipments to Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley, finding that federal biologists failed to justify aspects of the restrictions. But the ruling in a long-running legal battle was not a clear-cut victory for water contractors, who lost some of their fundamental arguments against the pumping reductions. The decision by U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger means that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will for the second time have to rewrite the endangered species document that regulates operation of the huge state and federal pumps that...
  • Judge says Delta pumping rules, meant to protect fish, are too restrictive

    12/14/2010 8:42:32 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/14/10 | Mike Taugher
    The same federal judge who helped set in motion protests in California's farm country when he ruled three years ago that Delta pumping limits were too lax to prevent fish from going extinct determined Tuesday the new regulations go too far the other way. In a sharply worded, 255-page decision, U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger, of Fresno, concluded: "The public cannot afford sloppy science and uni-directional prescriptions that ignore California's water needs." He ordered regulators to rewrite significant portions of a permit for massive Delta pumps that deliver water to the Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. The...
  • New U.S. panel aims to unify smelt, salmon protection

    05/04/2010 4:04:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 196+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 5/4/10 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Monday set up a new task force to wrangle California water decisions, with long-term hopes of consolidating protections for smelt and salmon. The new task force eventually envisions one unified environmental management plan assisting the fish species dependent upon the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Guided by an Interior Department veteran with considerable California experience, the task force has shorter-term goals, as well. "(This will) ensure that we are coordinating to use state-of-the-art science and to find the best alternatives to protect both endangered fish and water supplies," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement....
  • EIB Sob story idea: The Delta Smelt Food Desert

    04/11/2010 2:01:27 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 13 replies · 580+ views
    For those who don't remember, this link will give you some background into what california has had to deal with. My idea is this: California's farmers were hit very hard when the water got shut off, why not have their stories be heard on the EIB network? I certainly don't remember any progressive journalist rushing out there to have their story reported on.
  • Buying Votes With Water

    03/18/2010 5:21:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies · 1,413+ views ^ | March 18, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The water spigots are back on, at least temporarily, in California's Central Valley. Turned off to protect a tiny fish, they happen to be in the districts of two congressmen "undecided" on health care reform. One could chalk it up to good fortune or just good constituent service. But in the middle of a contentious health care debate marked by Cornhusker Kickbacks and Louisiana Purchases, we may be forgiven if we find an announcement by the Department of the Interior regarding California's water supply a tad too coincidental. On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior announced it was increasing...
  • CA: Changes needed to rules governing Delta smelt (the "two smelt and you're out!" rule)

    03/13/2010 2:29:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 749+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 3/13/10 | Laura King Moon
    This winter, on certain days, it would take only two small fish known as delta smelt to show up at California's two largest water projects to trigger pumping restrictions causing the loss of hundreds of millions of gallons of water a day. If two more smelt appear the next day, the pumps are cut more, and so on. Since Jan. 1, the State Water Project has lost nearly 370,000 acre-feet of water, enough to serve the residential needs of San Jose for nearly three years." This is how the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) has been implemented on a day-by-day,...
  • Meg Whitman and the Delta Smelt

    03/10/2010 11:15:52 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 17 replies · 632+ views
    Real Meg Whitman ^ | 7 March 2010
    Meg Whitman and the Delta Smelt Meg Whitman’s charitable foundation, established ostensibly for charitable purposes, inexplicably gave at least $300,000 to the Environmental Defense Fund’s Center For Rivers and Deltas. In 2007, Meg Whitman’s foundation gave $100,000 to EDF. Not content with that amount, Meg Whitman doubled down in 2008 by donating $200,000. The water crisis is affecting jobs in the Central Valley, with most cities and towns hovering near a 15% unemployment rate. The EDF has continually sided with the fish over the farmers and Meg Whitman’s $300,000 donation helped fund these efforts. Over the past few years, EDF...
  • California's Two Gated Solution Rejected

    01/14/2010 9:58:56 AM PST · by jazminerose · 10 replies · 367+ views ^ | 1/13/10 | Joy Tiz
    A plan that could have brought relief to the drought ravaged central valley was rejected by the Department of Interior. Indolent bureaucrats killed the project so that “experts” could review the scientific underpinnings of the project. No federal “experts” have provided any suggestions as to how farmers in the Valley are expected to survive. The proposed solution for sparing the stupid Delta Smelt, a tiny fish prone to suicide, was to construct barriers in river channels in hopes of appeasing environmental bedlamites and spare the Valley from complete decimation. “The idea is to submerge massive barriers in river channels to...
  • California Should Copy Texas

    12/07/2009 5:10:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 1,738+ views ^ | December 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    California: While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worries about rising seas, his state sinks below the waves. Don't mess with Texas, they say. But California and the nation could follow its lead. Last Wednesday, Gov. Schwarzenegger released a new report based on research compiled by the California Energy Commission claiming that by 2100 San Francisco Bay would be more bay than San Francisco, with Fisherman's Wharf and Treasure Island under the rising waters of climate change. His show-and-tell, which included a new Google Earth application the commission spent $150,000 to help develop, goes a long way toward explaining the once-Golden State's slide...
  • 2 new lawsuits to save S.F. Bay-delta smelt

    11/15/2009 10:17:41 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 1,286+ views ^ | 11/15/09 | Bob Egelko
    Two environmental groups sued the federal government Friday seeking greater habitat protections for two San Francisco Bay-delta fish species, one of them the delta smelt, a small but important creature in California's water wars. One lawsuit asks a federal judge in Sacramento to require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to respond to the groups' March 2006 request to change the delta smelt's status from "threatened" to "endangered." That action would somewhat tighten federal standards for development or water-use permits. A second suit, filed in San Francisco, challenges the federal agency's decision in April to deny protected status to the...
  • (Feinstein Favors) Fish Vs. Farmers

    09/26/2009 3:04:40 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 90 replies · 3,839+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Sept. 25, 2009 | Editorial
    Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Farmers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt. (snip) The Senate rejected the amendment by a largely party-line 61-36 margin, with Feinstein opposing the restoration of water deliveries to farmers. The California senator claimed she was blindsided by the amendment to the bill she was managing in the Senate, bizarrely comparing the move to a "Pearl Harbor." "No one from California has called, written or indicated they wanted this on the calendar," Feinstein protested.
  • Fish Vs. Farmers

    09/25/2009 5:23:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 2,148+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 25, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Delta smelts: Preferred over humans. Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Farmers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt.There was a time when the San Joaquin Valley was the most productive agricultural region in the world. It was a large part of what made the Golden State golden.Now it's a place where farmers no longer farm, but instead line up at food banks to feed the families of those who once fed the rest of the country and a good chunk of the...
  • A Fishy Tale (Farmers vs. fish in California. Americans develop bad habit of avoiding tough choices)

    09/24/2009 8:30:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 1,898+ views
    National Review ^ | 9/24/2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Nearly a quarter-million acres worth of contracted federal irrigation deliveries have been cut from the big farms of the west side of the San Joaquin Valley in central California. The water in large part is being diverted to the salty San Francisco Bay and the delta to improve marine ecology. The result of the cutbacks is that many crops in the San Joaquin Valley have gone unplanted. Farm income is down. Thousands of farm laborers are unemployed. Growers and workers are now livid at environmentalists, federal bureaucrats, and judges for worrying more about fish than about people and food growing....
  • Cali’s man-caused drought: Senate rejects water restoration effort; (Senate votes down 61-36)

    09/23/2009 11:36:15 AM PDT · by kara2008 · 146 replies · 4,928+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 9/23/2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Last week, FNC’s Sean Hannity traveled to the San Joaquin Valley to report on the man-made drought that’s wreaking havoc on farmers in the name of saving the Delta smelt: {video}...Earlier tonight, GOP South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint tried to turn the water back on. The Senate voted down his amendment, 61-36. Here’s the roll call vote.
  • Hannity's "The Valley Hope Forgot" On FOX Now

    09/20/2009 6:24:07 PM PDT · by NorwegianViking · 43 replies · 2,031+ views
    FOX ^ | Sept. 18, 2009 | Hannity
    SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And ladies and gentlemen, you are looking live at the thousands of people who have shown up here in the Central Valley of California. They want their farms back, they want their jobs back, and they want the water turned back on. Now, tonight, you are going to hear from some of the politicians who are fighting on behalf of the citizens in this region. We will also talk to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. And we will even hear from an environmentalist who is actually defending the government's decision that are responsible for drying up this once...
  • Feds: Calif. water crisis isn't Washington's fault (Delta longfin smelt and salmon win again)

    09/03/2009 5:23:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,673+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/3/09 | AP
    FRESNO, Calif. – Top Obama administration officials are taking California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to task for blaming the state's water crisis on federal environmental restrictions. The governor sent a letter to Washington Wednesday demanding a response to "catastrophic impacts" he said were caused by environmental rules that have slashed water deliveries.
  • The Buzz: Fresno fundraiser offers endangered smelt on menu

    08/31/2009 9:03:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 1,538+ views
    A Republican running for a Fresno-area Assembly seat next year is offering a Delta delicacy of sorts at an upcoming fundraiser. An invitation from Brandon Shoemaker, at right, for an Oct. 3 feed promises Delta smelt appetizers with a robust meal featuring barbecued beef.
  • Schwarzenegger seeks aid for California drought zone

    06/19/2009 7:07:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,551+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/19/09 | AFP
    LOS ANGELES (AFP) – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked President Barack Obama to declare a federal disaster in the drought-stricken heart of the state's agricultural industry. As well as requesting federal support for parched Fresno County, Schwarzenegger also issued a local order allowing for emergency state funds to be made available to the region, part of California's Central Valley. "California's Central Valley is our nation's agricultural engine and unemployment here is devastating the economy and hurting the people of California," said Schwarzenegger. "These are dire circumstances -- no water means no work -- and no work means people cannot...
  • Republicans Call for Action to Address Man-Made Drought (California farmers lose fight to fishes)

    05/13/2009 5:04:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 2,045+ views ^ | 2009
    Republicans Call for Action to Address Man-Made Drought Projections: Up to 35,000 Jobs Lost and 300,000 Acres of Farm Land Unused Ranking Member Doc Hastings, along with Representatives Devin Nunes, Tom McClintock, Kevin McCarthy, Ken Calvert and George Radanovich, hold a press conference to highlight the man-made California drought and policies that provide water for fish (like the three-inch smelt shown above), but not people. WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House Natural Resources Committee held a full committee hearing today on the "The California Drought: Actions by Federal and State agencies to address impacts on lands, fisheries and water users." Witnesses,...
  • Sean Hannity: Environmentalists Protect Two-Inch Fish; Costs 80,000 Jobs In California (Video)

    05/09/2009 3:08:05 PM PDT · by DrGop0821 · 12 replies · 1,003+ views
    Sean Hannity and Ainsley Earhardt report on California's radical, leftist environmentalism gone awry. California's unemployment rate continues to sky rocket. As many as 80,000 California farming jobs may be lost to protect a 2-inch minnow. Food banks are also packed because the crop yield is down. Ridiculous.
  • CA: State must boost water storage

    12/19/2008 8:36:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 600+ views ^ | 12/19/08 | Editorial
    THE TIME MAY be coming, if it is not already here, when decision-makers in Sacramento finally understand that California must store a lot more water in reservoirs or lose much of its agriculture. That message was delivered Monday by federal regulators, who placed severe restrictions on pumping water out of the Delta. The new rules in a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit will require more freshwater to be released into the Delta and a lot less water to be pumped out of the estuary. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger ruled that the old pumping permit was highly flawed because...
  • Activists sue to shut down Delta pumps { WATER WARS }

    12/02/2008 7:57:46 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 554+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/2/8 | Mike Taugher
    Reaching back to the laws of ancient Rome, environmentalists sued Monday to cut off Delta water operations and dramatically shake up the long-term balance between economic and environmental needs in the region. If it succeeds, the lawsuit would shift the focus from the worsening conflict between individual species of fish and the amount of water pumped out of the Delta to a comprehensive attempt to balance competing interests. "The only things that are already protected are already endangered," said Michael Jackson, a lawyer for the environmental groups. "But what's happening is the whole bottom is falling out of the ecosystem....
  • CA: Give 'em the hook - Stop handing Delta water rules to activists (Save the longfin smelt)

    11/26/2008 9:30:13 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 421+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 11/26/08 | Editorial
    Environmental activists continue to deny Californians more water in the name of saving fish. Last year, responding to an activist lawsuit, a federal judge ordered a 31 percent cut in water pumped from the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta – a water supply for 25 million residents. The judge acted in an effort to end the decline of the three-inch-long Delta smelt. Last year, responding to activists, a judge demanded that the Department of Water Resources, which runs the State Water Project in the Delta, get a permit to “take” Delta smelt. The California Fish and Game Commission ordered the state to...
  • CA: State mulls longfin smelt for endangered status; legal battle looms (Where's muh beer batter?)

    02/07/2008 8:55:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 147+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/7/08 | Ed Zieralski
    The state Fish and Game Commission made the longfin smelt a candidate for the state's endangered species list Thursday, setting off alarms statewide among both water agencies and construction contractors. The three commissioners voted unanimously to list the tiny fish that ranges from California to Alaska as a candidate species for one year. After a year of study, the fish could be added to the state's list of endangered or threatened species. During that year-long study, however, the commission will limit the amount of water that can be pumped south out of the fish's habitat in the San Francisco Bay-Delta...
  • Judge's order gives [California] water suppliers fits

    12/23/2007 10:36:47 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies · 186+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Sunday, December 23, 2007. | ALISHA SEMCHUCK
    SACRAMENTO - The order by a federal judge to reduce pumping by 30% in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta leaves water suppliers who rely on the California Aqueduct, including those in the Antelope Valley, in a bind. Just last week U.S. District Court Judge Oliver Wanger issued his final word regarding the slowdown in pumping operations at the Harvey O. Banks, the starting point of the 444-mile California Aqueduct, core to the State Water Project that furnishes drinking and agricultural water to much of Southern California. Wanger mandated the pumping reduction in order to protect an endangered fish species, the...
  • Water users to sue power plants over troubled delta fish (California Delta SMeltDown!)

    09/27/2007 7:38:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 96+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/27/07 | Don Thompson - ap
    A coalition of water users filed a notice Thursday stating its intent to file a lawsuit alleging that power plants are harming fish in the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The four water districts allege that Mirant Corp.'s natural gas-fired power plants in Antioch and Pittsburg are harming species including the delta smelt. The smelt's decline triggered a recent federal court decision that was expected to limit the amount of water available from the delta for people and farmers, including those served by the Belridge, Berrenda Mesa, Lost Hills, and Wheeler Ridge-Maricopa water districts. The plaintiffs say that Mirant's power plants...
  • 'Environmentalists' run amok (Longfin Smelt case may strip away 33% of H20 supply to humans,farms)

    09/15/2007 6:13:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 556+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/15/07 | Jeff Miller
    The Endangered Species Act has run amok. The latest example is the longfin smelt. Another species nearing extinction? That's what a handful of very rich lawyers disguised as environmentalists and some so-called "expert" from Arizona say. Connect them to a bonehead judge and you, too, could strip away 33 percent of the water that serves 25 million people. They want us to believe that a couple of large pumps are sucking in and killing off a single species of fish from more than 1,000 miles of waterways. I don't buy it. Maybe that's because in their own case they noted...
  • Schwarzenegger administration promotes new dams as delta fix ('smelt' this one coming)

    09/05/2007 8:14:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 269+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/5/07 | Samantha Young - ap
    The Schwarzenegger administration on Wednesday dusted off a failed dam proposal as a way to shore up California water supplies in light of a federal judge's ruling limiting shipments from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. But it seemed doubtful that the Democrat-controlled Legislature - long-opposed to new dams - would go along in the waning days of its 2007 session. At a Capitol news conference flanked by city water leaders, farm and building industry representatives, Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman said an Aug. 31 ruling by a federal judge in Fresno could cut water flows out of the delta by about a...
  • Editorial: A judge's landmark ruling roils Delta waters

    09/05/2007 8:14:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 443+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/5/7 | Editor
    Could ruling to protect smelt drive foes to the table to agree on restoring the Delta? For years, anyone watching the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has known that a smack-down was looming over endangered smelt. These tiny fish, a bellwether for the ecosystem, have declined over the last decade while water exports from the Delta have been rising.The Endangered Species Act gives judges wide latitude in curtailing government operations that prompt the extinction of a species. And while the smelt and other Delta fish appear to face a variety of threats -- including invasive species, water pollution and loss of habitat...
  • Canal bypass could solve Delta problems

    07/13/2007 10:39:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies · 404+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Friday, July 13, 2007. | ALISHA SEMCHUCK
    Water woes in California awakened some elected officials to the need for a peripheral canal, an alternative to the state's existing water delivery system, where the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta pumps can be shut down at any time for any number of reasons. Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, has become a proponent and has called for construction of an alternate water conveyance system - a peripheral canal - that would transport water supplies from Northern California to the southern regions of the state. Their unified stance intensified after the Department of Water Resources voluntarily shut down the pumps for 10 days...
  • Hearings to address smelt, Delta pumping

    06/19/2007 7:29:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 211+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/19/7 | Denis Cuff
    A congressional panel will hold a hearing in Vallejo in two weeks on how to restore the Delta's ailing ecosystem without destabilizing California water supplies. A recent 10-day shutdown of the state's giant Delta water pumps shows that state and federal agencies lack a sustainable plan to meet California's water needs and protect its environment, federal lawmakers said. Court rulings that the state failed to protect the threatened Delta smelt triggered the state pump shutdown from May 31 to June 9. Federal pumps in the Delta also were turned down, but not off, to help protect the smelt. "We have...
  • Delta's silent pumps signal the need for change

    06/03/2007 8:17:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 35 replies · 1,131+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/3/7 | Editor
    California's electricity crisis a few years back is remembered for its bizarre blackouts. They resulted from a system that grew more dysfunctional over time until the lights simply couldn't stay on. Now California's water world is getting a taste of its version of blackouts. In the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, an endangered two-inch smelt is forcing a historic shutdown of pumps that supply 23 million residents and 5 million acres of farmland. Water will continue to flow from taps and onto fields during this shutdown as the water districts find various ways to maintain a steady supply. Never before have Delta...
  • Pump shutdown to save fish could affect local water supply { Smelt over people }

    05/31/2007 4:02:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 619+ views
    San francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/31/7 | Chronicle Staff Report
    SACRAMENTO -- The state has shut down the large pumps that send water to 25 million Californians in order to protect a tiny fish teetering on the brink of extinction. State officials said the shutdown could affect water supplies available to users in the Bay Area, the Central Valley and Southern California. Local areas that receive water from the State Water Project include the Tri-Valley, Santa Clara County, Yuba City and Solano County. Some of those areas can obtain water from other sources, including groundwater. The shutdown is expected to last seven to 10 days, officials said. Numbers of Delta...
  • Delta pumping violates endangered species laws, judge rules { Smelt over people}

    05/26/2007 4:40:04 PM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies · 902+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/26/7 | Mike Taugher
    A federal judge Friday ruled the permit that allows massive Delta water delivery projects to kill a tiny endangered fish is illegal. It is the second time in two months that a court has declared the state's water projects in violation of endangered species laws. The ruling comes the same week new information emerged showing the Delta smelt population has plunged yet again closer to extinction. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger in Fresno did not immediately revoke water agencies' ability to operate, saying such a step would amount to a "draconian" impact on the state's farms and cities. However, his...
  • Activists move to save Delta smelt

    03/09/2006 9:55:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 379+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/9/06 | Douglas Fischer
    A tiny fish native to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta deserves stronger protection under the Endangered Species Act, based on mounting evidence that preservation efforts have done nothing to stanch its rapid decline, environmentalists said Wednesday. The number of Delta smelt swimming today in the waters feeding San Francisco Bay has declined 2.6 percent from levels in 1993, when the federal government originally declared the species "threatened." "The population has completely collapsed since 2002," said Jeff Miller of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of three groups petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for an emergency listing of the...
  • Saving tiny delta fish carries heavy price tag, report says

    10/19/2005 6:37:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 577+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/19/05 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Saving the endangered delta smelt, a tiny fish considered a key indicator of the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a report to be released Thursday. The price tag includes projects that also could aid other troubled species and the overall ecology of the delta, which provides drinking water to more than 70 percent of Californians. This summer, scientists said the delta smelt population had fallen to its lowest level since scientific measurements began in 1959. Three other bellwether fish populations also are at record or near-record...