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Keep your eye on the ball

Of more immediate interest to people in the Delta is the new Watermaster, Craig Wilson, who was introduced at this week’s Water Board hearing. The Watermaster position was created by the Delta Reform Act of 2009.According to the Water Board’s press release, “The Delta Watermaster will act with a high degree of independence within the Delta to implement and enforce existing water rights laws and State Water Resources Control Board permits, licenses, and decisions and authority to issue a notice of proposed cease and desist order or administrative civil liability complaint.”Carolee Krieger, executive director of the California Water Impact Network, has said that the legislation creating the Watermaster position was developed under pressure of west side San Joaquin Valley agribusiness [...]

Delta water users dismiss call for steep cutbacks

By Mike Taugher Contra Costa Times SACRAMENTO -- A powerful state board on Tuesday for the first time adopted criteria defining how much water must flow through the Delta to the Bay to maintain a healthy ecosystem. The criteria, while nonbinding, are based on findings that showed the state's farms and cities are using far too much Delta water, results that could shift how policymakers balance the needs of the environment and the state's farms and cities. "This is something that some of us have been awaiting for more than two decades," said Zeke Grader, executive director of a trade group for commercial salmon fishermen, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations. Grader and several environmentalists said the report's central [...]

Delta’s bounty is a shared treasure – except when greed cuts ahead in line

By Brett Baker The Sacramento Bee My family has been farming in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta since 1851. The Sierra's Gold Rush lured my ancestors to California - but the Delta made them stay. Gold played out in a few years, but the resources of the Delta have sustained our region of the state for over 150 years now. The rich soil and the reliable flows of fresh, sweet water from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers yielded a bounty of crops that brought prosperity to the region's farmers and fed Sacramento and the cities of the Bay Area. We're still at it today. I represent the sixth generation of my family to farm the land on Sutter Island [...]

Hollywood Stars Come Together Against Proposition 18

SACRAMENTO - The No on 18 Campaign today announced its release of a public service announcement against Proposition 18, the $11.14 billion pork-laden water bond that remains on this November's ballot. The PSA features such actors as David DeLuise, from "Wizards of Waverly Place" and son of Dom DeLuise; Justine Bateman, from "Family Ties," "Californication" and "Desperate Housewives;" Kelly Williams, from "Lie to Me," "The Practice" and "Scrubs"; Anna Belknap, from "CSI: NY." The 60-second spot points out the bond will cost Californians $22 billion over the next 30 years in addition to the attempt by the legislators to postpone the measure until 2012. It also calls on voters to contact their local legislator and demand they scrap the bond [...]

“You won’t even know we’re there”

This week a Courtland landowner caught a couple of trespassers in a pick-up full of BDCP maps. After the landowner pressed for identification, one of the trespassers provided a card listing AECOM as his employer. According to its website, AECOM “is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.” Their vision: “to make the world a better place.” We guess that’s why the trespasser was a bit flip in his answers to the landowner, as the landowner was interfering with the trespasser’s quest to make the Delta “a better place.” Watch for AECOM employees at a potential conveyance alignment or intake area near you. [...]

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