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Zeke Grader Says it Best…

Below you will find a letter written to Senator Joe Simitian of the Senate Select Committee on Delta Conservation.  Zeke expresses perfectly why the report on flow criteria for the Delta approved last week by the State Water Resources Control Board is a document that should be used for making decision regarding future management of the Delta.  Please take the time to read it. Click here for a PDF of the Flow Criteria letter by Zeke Grader

Pressure behind the Ayes

On Monday, the Legislature voted to postpone the water bond to 2012, demonstrating once again that they are incapable of making decisions about water with calm deliberation and in the light of day. The Senate backed postponement from the outset, but the Assembly took several votes, with Jared Huffman arguing to keep the measure on the ballot or pull it altogether and revise it, leaving the ballot date open. It took until 9:35 p.m. for the last Assembly holdouts, Assembly Member Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) and Assembly Member Sandre Swanson (D-Alameda), to respond to pressure from legislative leadership and vote to postpone. Thanks to Food and Water Watch, we know exactly who is behind the pressure. In a fact sheet [...]

When green is not “green”

Let’s look at development in arid regions of the state. We really hate to quote the Public Policy Institute of California, creator of the Apocalypse vision of the Delta. But in a 2005 report, “Lawns and Water Demand in California,” the PPIC estimated that the amount of irrigated landscaping in California equaled the size of Westlands Water District.According to our own researcher, Deirdre Des Jardins, “The report says that California’s Landscape Task Force concluded that outdoor use constitutes about half of residential demand in the state (California Urban Water Conservation Council, 2005), which was about 5.8 MAF in 2005, according to the 2005 California Water Plan.“That would mean that residential landscaping uses as much as 2.9 MAF of water – [...]

What percentage of California’s water comes from the Delta?

While calling for smarter use of the water we have (a subject short-changed by the water bond), we need to keep pointing out the flawed implication in DWR’s oft-reported statement that two-third of Californians are served by water from the Delta.The suggestion, always, is that the well-being of a large percentage of Californians depends on fixing this fragile region we call the Delta.Really, how many Californians rely on water from the Delta?There are lots of questions here, including what constitutes reliance on water from a particular source. If you rely on that source, how much do you “need”? Enough to drink? That plus enough to flush your toilet, shower, and run your garbage disposal? All those plus enough to wash [...]

Despite Lack of Public Support, Legislature Delays Bad Water Bond Instead of Dumping it Altogether

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Roger Salazar (916) 284-1255 No on Proposition 18: Despite Lack of Public Support, Legislature Delays Bad Water Bond Instead of Dumping it Altogether Bond’s prospects just as poor in 2012 as it is in 2010Sacramento, August 9 – Members of the No on Proposition 18 Coalition today agreed with legislators who admitted that the $11 billion water bond is immensely unpopular with voters, but did not expect support to improve by 2012, when the measure is now scheduled to be placed on the ballot.“The bond is bad now and it will be bad two years from now,” said Elanor Starmer, Western Region Director of Food & Water Watch, a consumer group organizing against the water bond. “The Governor [...]

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