State board proposes to take more from valley than water

MERCED — It is one of the oldest tricks in the book. If there’s bad news to be released, do it on the eve of a major holiday. That is exactly what the State Water Resources Control Board did when it proposed increased water flows for the San Joaquin River on New Year’s Eve. No doubt, the state board knew the proposal — with devastating impacts to the...

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Modesto, Turlock water users could be in for rate increase

MODESTO — A state push to help Tuolumne River fish means bad news for farmers and Modesto water customers, irrigation leaders heard in a somber update Tuesday. Water and power rates eventually would rise for customers of the Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts because the agencies would get less water, an attorney told the MID board. The proposal also would...

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Water posturing stifles compromise

We can’t resist pointing out the irony: A year ago, a debate was raging over whether the Modesto Irrigation District should sell a relatively small amount of water to San Francisco and undertake a study to sell much more. The price for the smaller sale would have been $700 per acre-foot, although opponents claimed that the Bay Area was trying “to steal our...

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State Plan: Sacrifice Northern San Joaquin Valley economy for questionable fish gains

The State Water Resources Control Board is no stranger to controversial decisions that shape the course of nature and the quality of life in the urban world. Such is the case with the Board’s recent recommendation to increase flow by 35 percent along the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers from Feb. 1 to June 30 each year. This long-promised reworking of the 2006...

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Counts drop for all six imperiled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fish species in latest survey

Any hopes that six imperiled Delta fish species might be trending back from the brink of extinction have been dashed by a new population survey: Counts for all six species got worse in 2012. The species, all residents of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, include Delta smelt, a protected finger-size fish, and striped bass, an introduced species that is a popular...

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Water users blast State Water Board’s proposed decision

A proposed decision by the State Water Resources Control Board mandating increases in the amount of water flowing into Central Valley rivers will not solve issues with declining salmon populations, says an organization representing water users. The proposed revisions to the flow requirements for the San Joaquin River and the Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne rivers is to...

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