Jul 9, 2012
From SF Chronicle – Sunday, July 8, 2012
Fish versus farms is the common shorthand Californians use to discuss how we decide to use our most valuable natural resource: water. Today, the debate is over fish versus financing of a “conveyance,” as Sacramento describes a peripheral canal to “fix” the delta.
California Farm Water Coalition response –
There are other questions that should be asked: “What happens if California does not move forward in addressing the Delta/water supply issues that includes restoring the area’s ecosystem and constructing a peripheral canal or tunnel? Will the ecosystem be allowed to decline? Will the uncertainty of a reliable water supply continue to plague 25 million Californians, including the farmers who grow the food most Californians buy to feed their families?” An uncertain and costly food supply, and one more dependent on imported food, is an even bigger concern for consumers.
Efforts are currently underway through the Delta Stewardship Council and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan that will work toward securing California’s water future as it relates to the Delta. Discounting what these results might be before they are even announced requires a bit of gazing into the crystal ball. It might be wiser to allow the planning efforts to continue and then seek the answers that will be needed.
By Dan Walters
From Sacramento Bee Blogs – Monday, July 9, 2012
Dan Walters questions whether California’s “water wars” will ever end.
Cardella family focus is water efficiency, quality wine
From Western Farm Press – Monday, July 9, 2012
The drive around the Panoche Circle near Mendota, Calif., in western Fresno County is a picturesque experience with a cornucopia of vegetable, fruit, and tree nut crops.
By Jim Boren
From Fresnobeehive – Monday, July 9, 2012
State lawmakers again delayed putting an $11 billion water bond before California voters — a move to give it the best chance of passing. The measure has been moved to the 2014 ballot in hopes the economy is better and voters will approve the bond.
From Fresno Bee – Sunday, July 8, 2012
The California Legislature wisely decided to push a proposal for a massive state water bond to the 2014 ballot. It is unlikely that voters this November would be willing to approve an $11 billion water bond.
By Ross Campbell
From Modesto Bee – Sunday, July 8, 2012
Farming was the economic driver of the local economy from the early 1900s through 1960. Between 1960 and 1995 industrial development, urbanization and low utility rates were the drivers of the local economy. Since 1995, federal and state laws and regulations, along with increasing utility rates, have done much to dampen the local economy.
It has been 50 years since Success Dam, initially costing $14.3 million, at Success Lake was dedicated – one year after completion. The project was built primarily for flood control and irrigation.
Water bond delay expected by north state water leaders
From Chico Enterprise-Record – Friday, July 6, 2012
The state Assembly and Senate both voted Thursday to postpone the $11-plus billion water bond until 2014 ballot, the second time the hefty bond proposal has been delayed.
From San Diego Union-Tribune – Friday, July 6, 2012
The San Diego County Water Authority supports the Legislature’s decision to postpone a public vote on an $11 billion water bond that includes at least $100 million for the region’s primary supplier.
From Fresno Bee – Monday, July 9, 2012
With regard to the July 1 article, “Price for river restoration: $900m”: As a lifelong resident of this Valley, I understand that all of the good things we have come from the San Joaquin River — our history, our sense of community, our connection to nature, our economy.
From LA Times – Sunday, July 8, 2012
Southern California’s most important lake is located in a distant part of the state and has a name most of us wouldn’t recognize. Clifton Court Forebay, between Oakland and Stockton, forms the manufactured headwaters of the manufactured river known as the California Aqueduct, which over four decades has supplied millions of residents from the Bay Area to the Mexican border with drinking water and thousands of growers from Santa Clara to Santa Maria to San Diego with irrigation.
Jul 9, 2012
SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
On Sunday, July 8, 2012 at around 8:28 p.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to a call of a possible distressed or missing person last seen working on a gold mining dredge on the Upper Klamath River in a location north of the Collier Rest Area, in the vicinity of Klamathon Road. Deputies arrived on scene and were assisted by Cal-Fire. The Siskiyou County Sheriffs Dive Recovery Team was called to assist in searching for the missing person as well. On scene deputies located the dredger equipment and discovered that it was turned on but had run out of fuel, fuel was added to the dredger in an attempt to provide the missing diver with oxygen. Prior to the Dive Team’s arrival at approximately 9:45 pm the body of a Medford, Oregon man was recovered from the river. Mr. Jay Dee Myers, 55, was recovered fully submerged in the water near the dredge. Although there were no obvious signs of trauma the cause and manner of death is pending the results of an autopsy, which is scheduled to be conducted this week.
Sheriff Jon Lopey stated “This case is still under active investigation. On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to take this opportunity to provide our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Myers.”