Water debate in Sacramento draws valley growers

SACRAMENTO — Champions of competing fish and farming interests gave state water leaders plenty to think about Wednesday in a long and colorful hearing attended by hundreds of worried people from Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties. Most attendees from the region argued stridently against the concept of restoring fish runs at the expense of agriculture, the...

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Showdown Over Salmon: River plan would require more water for the fish

SACRAMENTO — While environmentalists say newly proposed regulations for the San Joaquin River and its major salmon-bearing tributaries don’t go far enough, irrigation officials decry predicted negative economic impacts. The Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan in its draft form would require the irrigation districts to leave significantly more springtime...

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Press Release: San Joaquin Tributaries Authority Adopts Resolution Opposing State Water Board’s Proposed Flow Changes on San Joaquin River

Sacramento, CA – Adding to the growing opposition surrounding the State Water Resources Control Board’s controversial proposal to require increased flows on the San Joaquin River, the San Joaquin Tributaries Authority (SJTA) has adopted a resolution criticizing the plan and offering sensible and more cost-effective alternatives. In a series of ongoing meetings with...

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Modesto Bee Letter: Water proposal could cost millions

John Michelena was right to sound the alarm about overregulation of farmers by the State Water Resources Control Board “Environmentalist camel’s nose is under farmers’ tent,” (Feb. 21, Opinions). A recent proposal by the State Water Resources Control Board to release 35 percent of unimpaired flow on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers is a...

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Press Release: Federal Study Finds 93 Percent of Salmon Smolts on Tuolumne River are Consumed by Striped Bass and Other Non-Native Predators

Report proves predation is a significant drain on native salmon populations and must be addressed to restore fishery For Immediate Release                                                     Feb 19, 2013 Sacramento – Just days after state fish and wildlife officials warned that six of the Delta’s imperiled fish species suffered declines last year, a report released...

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Video: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Fisheries Manager admits he wants flows increased but can’t say why.

The video below says it all. The Water Board is willing to sacrifice the economies of Stanislaus, Merced, and San Joaquin all on the hope that increasing flows in the San Joaquin River might improve the fisheries. The worst part is that the Water Board continues to ignore non-flow alternatives such as predator suppression and ocean harvest procedures that have been shown...

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