Posts Tagged Water

Jun 20 2011

California water pact attacked by GOP congressmen

Washington — House Republicans representing the San Joaquin Valley pressed their attack on California’s plan to restore water to fisheries and wildlife, holding a hearing Thursday on a bill that would gut a key bipartisan pact passed by the state Legislature in 2009 after decades of litigation.

The bill has environmental groups and Bay Area Democrats in an uproar, but it has an excellent chance of passing the GOP-controlled House this year – one of many areas from abortion limits to spending cuts where Republicans are moving aggressively to shift the direction of government.

In the Democratic-controlled Senate, however, the water bill faces strong opposition from California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both Democrats, as well as opposition from the Obama administration.
Read more at the San Francisco Chronicle.


May 10 2011

Where farmers, fishermen agree

Lance Iversen / The Chronicle

Brett Baker

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Here’s something that would surprise anyone tracking the heavily politicized debate over California’s water, fish and farms: Many of the state’s farming and fishing communities generally agree on a sustainable plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

These united farming and fishing communities have mutual interests and goals. They know that the delta’s agricultural economy and California’s king salmon runs all depend on a healthy delta; and a healthy delta, in turn, requires adequate freshwater flows.

You probably wouldn’t know about this alliance from reading the newspaper, however. But the 250 people attending the Farms & Salmon Summit in Antioch on April 27 served as a testament to our common views – and to common sense. And there are thousands of others like us across the state and the West.

Read the rest from The San Francisco Chronicle