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Sep 22, 2017
Gray's Bill
"Gray’s bill s a state-certified administrative law judge, like those used in disputes with other state agencies, between enforcement and appeal."

Sep 13, 2017
2017 Water Waste
80.7% of the fresh water that flowed through the Delta is now unusable salt water.

Sep 06, 2017
A Frog Story
"It's going to take several years to find out if it works."

Aug 30, 2017
At a Crossroads
The new yield will either be unavailable to us or too expensive for us to buy.

Aug 26, 2017
Simple Arithmetic
We want all the water we can get, but does this really deliver water to farms in a way that will really help?

Aug 23, 2017
Remembering Prop 1
“Voters are being misled if they think they are going to get a meaningful amount of water out of new dams.”

Aug 17, 2017
Tunnel Confusion?
Ratepayers, taxpayers and board members should be very uneasy about the way these issues are being deferred to the future.

Aug 15, 2017
Stuff Happens?
The Governor said he was unaware of the problems and proclaimed, "stuff happens and we respond."

Aug 11, 2017
Spoiled Americans
The United States has been able to count on low food prices for decades because of its reliable agriculture sector.

Jul 25, 2017
Common Sense from a Cattleman
I’ve always said “this really needs to burn.”

Jul 21, 2017
Gotta Lotta Nerve
There is not any money for dam projects to provide water storage.

Jul 20, 2017
Numbers Speak for Themselves!
46,369,900AF

Jul 13, 2017
Brown V. Washington
With all the water flowing to the ocean this year Congress is rightfully looking at how federal policy is impacting the state.

Jul 11, 2017
Another Lucy!
"Is it going to be about the building of dams or is it about looking at other options?"

Jul 07, 2017
PG&E & the Drought
The bad news is that when they don't use the deep wells and the power that reimburses PG&E, they get billed anyway.

Jul 03, 2017
Managing Climate
We think the real threat to our state are the humans who manage our water resources.

Jun 19, 2017
Lost to the Sea
You can see almost 49,000,000 acre feet of water have flowed into the Delta and 45,000,000 have gone through and out to sea.

Jun 07, 2017
Acre-Feet Lesson
The 16,000 acre-feet that are being lost every day is enough water for the whole city of Madera for 9-months.

May 20, 2017
Tapped Out
This is an excellent series that gives a good overall look at what's happening to agriculture and water in our Valley.

May 15, 2017
Deconstructing Oroville
Instead of owning up to the reality that maintenance of infrastructure has been neglected, the new spin is that it just shouldn't have been built in the first place.

Apr 30, 2017
Put a Bullet In It!
There are moments when circumstances require clear thinking and a willingness to ask hard questions and change course.

Apr 24, 2017
March for Science
We question the science of bringing back salmon to a river that climate change science says will be too warm for their survival.

Apr 17, 2017
Do the Right Thing
This type of conduct isn’t acceptable for a Professor at Fresno State.

Apr 14, 2017
100% Wrong!
When water records are being set all over California, the only decision that should have been questioned is whether farmers should get more than their 100%.

Mar 29, 2017
A Modest Proposal
We have the highest taxes in the nation, the highest unemployment rate in the nation, the highest number of homeless people.

Mar 24, 2017
Reaction to 65%
"If a 100 percent allocation is not possible this year, when, if ever, would a 100 percent allocation be possible?"

Mar 18, 2017
Why Work?
How is it here in the Central San Joaquin Valley where we commonly have double-digit unemployment that we also have 228,000 people on food stamps?

Mar 14, 2017
Fish Saved, Humans Evacuated!
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) was trying to make sure they were doing everything possible to save fish.

Mar 09, 2017
Fish First, Then People!
The dam operators wanted to fix the spillway to protect people, but the fish people asked them to compromise the safety of people for the protection of fish.

Mar 07, 2017
Sewage Is the Real Problem!
Recent storms "exposed problems with Sacramento-area wastewater systems that failed to contain sewage."

Mar 02, 2017
Brown's Legacy
"California now spends the least percentage of its state budget on infrastructure of any state."

Feb 25, 2017
Fixing Dams
An additional $387 million will be appropriated from funds generated by Proposition 1

Feb 23, 2017
Historic Rainfall
The devastation, due to rainfall here in California is not of historic importance.

Feb 18, 2017
Crisis Theory
Never let a crisis go to waste.  That's how the enviros think.

Feb 16, 2017
Sports Guy in Water War
"People who use words like “wasted” and phrases like “flushed to the ocean” only show their fourth-grade understanding of ecology."

Feb 14, 2017
Dam That Should Have Been
The article reveals that there was another dam that was supposed to be built in concert with the Oroville project.

Feb 09, 2017
Extended Man-Made Drought
Most of the people of California don't realize it's the government water officials who have caused the problem.

Feb 02, 2017
Board Ignores Concerns
So the board tells water districts they have to get their groundwater under control, but at the same time takes more of their surface water that they need to make it happen.

Jan 25, 2017
Flood Emergency=Drought Emergency
That means less and less water for everyone every year...unless we create more storage.

Jan 20, 2017
Too Much Water Kills
This study provides a scientific approach to determine biologically relevant flow preions

Jan 13, 2017
Why Fish Need Water
Now we have some new science, sewage science.

Jan 05, 2017
The Bully Pulpit
Fresno Mayor Lee Brand says he won't be shy about using his high profile position to push water policy changes in the Central Valley.

Dec 26, 2016
Cocaine in Your Salmon!
Bay area Cities are permitted to discharge over 380 Million gallons of polluted sewage water into the Bay-Delta EVERYDAY.

Dec 22, 2016
Is the Board Listening?
We'll say one thing. The Northern Valley is fighting with everything they have to make their case for Stanislaus, Toulumne and Merced River water.

Dec 14, 2016
Bureaucrat Kings
Unelected bureaucrats whose names we don't even know decided the fate of farmers in the San Joaquin Valley.

Dec 09, 2016
Hearing Trump's Footsteps
They can hear Trump coming and they appear to want to get something done before The Donald takes office.

Dec 07, 2016
No Water = No Business
In a region where water is currency, every spent better be worth it.

Dec 01, 2016
Will Calif Let Trump Succeed?
Remember, the revolution that took the rest of the country by storm stopped at the California border.

Nov 28, 2016
River Hearings
The agenda has been set for this meeting with mostly pro-more-river-flow people given most of the time.

Nov 16, 2016
Welcome to Our World
"For the sake of 1,000 more fish we can recreate the days of the Dust Bowl."

Nov 14, 2016
The Next Governor
It's beginning to look to us like Villaraigosa is setting up a North v. South strategy with water as a big component.

Nov 11, 2016
Phase 3 (Part 2)
It is time for all Valley citizens and publicly elected officials from our Valley to rise up and fight this.

Nov 07, 2016
Phase 3
We always say, if you want to know what the environmental left is up to, just ask them.

Oct 25, 2016
Something You Can Do
We think supporting the airing of these TV ads on Spanish language television across California is the most important thing we can do.

Oct 24, 2016
Do Bears Crap in the Woods?
Found their answer in the salmon that returned to their spawning pools and were eaten and distributed by predators — formerly grizzly bears

Oct 04, 2016
Fighting Back
They had the luxury of seeing what happens when farmers don't unite by observing what happened here in the Central Valley.

Oct 02, 2016
Wrong Message
The Fresno Bee editorializes "state lawmakers need to summon the backbone to...stop this agricultural water grab."

Sep 26, 2016
Political Science
This calmed the restless natives for the time being.

Sep 22, 2016
Thinking Like the Board
We assume the water board could see this coming and expected the reaction they got.

Sep 20, 2016
Divide & Conquer
Just because they haven't come for your water yet doesn't mean they don't have you in their sights.

Sep 12, 2016
Day of Reckoning
County elected officials, who represent 525,000 people, say they haven't been part of the discussion.

Sep 05, 2016
The Truth
If we don't act, hundreds of thousands of acres will be forced into retirement

Aug 30, 2016
Where the Smelt Are Hiding

Aug 28, 2016
Champions of the Working Class
Our elected officials seem to think that the most pressing issue is overtime.

Aug 25, 2016
Solving the Smelt Problem
If saving the smelt, the salmon and the Delta are so important, how is it that it's only worth 10 minutes?

Aug 23, 2016
More Water = More Fish?
"First and foremost, you can't fool fish. But you can fool people."

Aug 19, 2016
Truth About the Drought
No matter what you hear about climate change or the drought, keep this article in mind

Aug 17, 2016
Praying to the Wrong Gods
And they are not filled by the lord above, but by bureaucrats who let the water that should have filled them run out to sea.

Aug 15, 2016
Story Ideas for L.A. Times
Here is an idea for your next story. Spend time learning exactly why higher value crops have been planted.

Aug 02, 2016
So Let's Get This Straight!
The farms, cities and landowners who put their land up as collateral to build the dams, who are still paying for the dams, have No Right to delivery of any water?

Aug 01, 2016
The Silence Is Deafening!
Where is the outrage? Where are the editorials demanding a solution?

Jul 19, 2016
Will Even 5% Happen?
There is no outcry even from people in the San Joaquin Valley. It's like no one cares.

Jul 12, 2016
The Journey of Prop 1
They have been working on 'the first set of draft regulations for quantifying public benefits' of the projects.

Jul 07, 2016
Questions for the SJVWIA
But so far the group has come out opposed to a proposed ballot initiative that would take money away from high-speed rail and use it instead for water projects.

Jul 02, 2016
Who Gets the Water?
It baffles us why a fledgling Valley organization would have as one of its priorities to protect High Speed Rail, especially since they are using our tax money. 

Jun 29, 2016
Drought?
Looks like everyone has their water except the farmers.

Jun 22, 2016
Mark Watte: R.I.P.
He was a leader in every sense of the word and will be sorely missed.

Jun 12, 2016
Advice for Fresno State
They say they want everyone's input and ask that you complete a short online survey at californiawater.org. We hope you will take the time to do this.

Jun 04, 2016
Trump's Drought
Here's the problem: Donald Trump was right.

May 29, 2016
Trump Is Only Hope
Can you accept the status quo for 4 or 8 more years? Or vote for the crazy guy who says he'll fix it?

May 23, 2016
Senators & Water
The race, according to polls, is for second place between Democrat Loretta Sanchez and Republican Tom Del Beccaro

May 18, 2016
The Conference Committee
But, it doesn't appear to us that Democrats want to get to a Conference Committee. Why would we say that? Because they keep telling us.

May 16, 2016
Drought Bill: Take 3
In the Senate's latest incarnation of a drought bill, they don't guarantee the Central Valley anything.

May 13, 2016
Fallow 2-Million Acres?
Mark Cowin, director of the state Department of Water Resources agrees. “That looks right to me,” Cowin says.

May 10, 2016
A Way of Life
Nothing could be more disastrous for this country than for the citizens of one part of the State to feel that everything that they have is theirs and it should not be shared.

May 06, 2016
Never Any Consequences!
They don't guarantee the salmon runs will return if the dams are torn down. Of course not.

Apr 26, 2016
Them & Us
So, even though we think we're not getting enough water, the NRDC says we're getting too much.

Apr 19, 2016
It's Not Gutting!
If the decisions about water don't get the desired results there should be some consequences. But, there never are.

Apr 11, 2016
Pleading With Bureaucrats
If they won't listen to a U.S. Senator, we don't think the Supervisors will get very far with this argument.

Apr 04, 2016
The Modern Rain Dance
How is it that we have a society with the foresight to build this infrastructure, but won't use it?

Mar 29, 2016
The Frustration Grows!
Some California reservoirs are so full they are forced to release water because of flood control rules.

Mar 14, 2016
Will It Make A Difference?
There are no elected officials, no business people, and certainly no farmers currently involved in the decision-making process.

Mar 11, 2016
The Bee Must Be Stronger!
What defies common sense even more is that the Bee and Senator Dianne Feinstein continue to think the answer is to plead with unelected water bureaucrats

Mar 08, 2016
Your Help Is Needed
The people behind this only have a few more weeks to collect the needed signatures to put this measure on the ballot in November and they need your help.

Mar 04, 2016
Candidate Wants Ag Support
We would be happy to support a candidate for Mayor of Fresno who would be willing to take the lead on the water issues in our Valley.

Mar 01, 2016
Who's the Hog?
Why is it that while 500,000 acre feet are flowing to the sea, we hear more about the 37 acre feet in Bel Air?

Feb 25, 2016
No Water with DiFi Bill
David Murillo testified yesterday in Washington D.C. that Feinstein's bill would not increase water deliveries from pumping.

Feb 23, 2016
Exactly Wrong!
I did some research on these guys, read their bios, looked up their political history, and tried to get a sense of why they would come out against the one thing that could lead to some real water

Feb 18, 2016
No Wonder We Never Win
We are again seeing the spectacle of one group of valley representatives attacking another.

Feb 16, 2016
And We Lose More Water
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has decided that this is a good time to release water down the San Joaquin River to restore salmon.

Feb 11, 2016
Lucy Pulls the Football, Again!
We have used the image of Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown at the last minute many times in our commentary about Dianne Feinstein.

Feb 02, 2016
Water Saved, Water Wasted!
Since December 20, 2015 over 2 million acre feet of water have flowed to the Delta, through the Delta and out to sea

Jan 27, 2016
Enviros Want More Water
The latest battles concern the Tuolumne, Stanislaus and Merced and Rivers in the North Valley.

Jan 25, 2016
Mayor Doesn't Mention Water
We'd like to think that the industry that is most important to the region would deserve a comment at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C.

Jan 19, 2016
High-Speed Rail or Water?
Californians could get to answer that question if a proposed ballot measure makes it to the November election.

Jan 13, 2016
Water Down the Drain
Total delta outflow (water lost to the ocean) was 468,296 acre-feet, enough water to almost fill a bone-dry Millerton Lake.

Jan 08, 2016
Dead Harvest Documentary
Please take the time to view the documentary that we link to below.

Jan 06, 2016
The Real End Game
Why build dams when you can just buy the land that needs the water?

Dec 29, 2015
Tip of the Iceberg
What's more important? Keeping 2500 old jobs, or getting a thousand new ones?

Dec 22, 2015
Floods Created Dams
In this time of drought we forget why these dams were built in the first place.

Dec 16, 2015
What a Load of Crap!
It is like Lenin and Stalin discussing what form of Communism was best.

Dec 11, 2015
Feinstein Then & Now
Such a water diversion, she said, would have proved devastating to "10,000 small, family farms."

Dec 10, 2015
DiFi Strikes Again!
There's always a reason she can't get it done, but it's never her fault, of course.

Dec 08, 2015
Studying the Delta
Now state and federal officials are proposing a $130 million 16 acre research center that would house 180 employees.

Nov 25, 2015
Guess Which Path California Took
For environmentalists, their fear was that "we had built it and they had come."

Nov 19, 2015
A Lesson in Delta Water
When it comes to Delta water no one is better at grabbing it than the water districts surrounding it.

Nov 11, 2015
Latest Theory of Fish Decline
The Delta's decline that has nothing to do with pumping water to farmers, but the only people getting punished are farmers.

Nov 05, 2015
A Year After the Water Bond
There are so many bureaucratic hurdles and conditions and a timeline that is endless that any real progress is only a dream.

Nov 02, 2015
Fresno Bee Gets One Right (Finally)
It took the Bee long enough to come to this conclusion, but at least they finally got it right.

Oct 22, 2015
Drought Tax on Republicans
Because higher reduction goals are harder to meet, penalties for too much water use are mostly (75%) in the Republican districts.

Oct 20, 2015
The $2 million Fish
30,000 acre feet of water were flushed down the Stanislaus River in May in an effort to grow the salmon population.

Oct 19, 2015
High-Speed Rail Officials Delusional
They don't appear to be able to get crony capitalist companies to pony up to the public trough to suck up the slop.

Oct 15, 2015
High-Speed Fantasies
"They are not bringing their checkbook yet, but they are bringing their ideas, their interest, their commitment to work with us."

Oct 05, 2015
Governor Blows Off Farmers!
The Governor should climb down from his Ivory Tower and visit some real people in Central California

Sep 29, 2015
FPV Board Members to Speak at Water Rally
We are not going to conserve our way out of this drought so we need to make finding real solutions a priority by calling a special session now.

Sep 24, 2015
Tips for Travel to Spain
Even enthusiastic Spanish officials are curious about the logic of starting in the sparsely populated Central Valley.

Sep 24, 2015
The Spain Train
We wrote this newsletter in January 2012

Sep 15, 2015
Climate-Change Religion
The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda.

Sep 10, 2015
State Really Doesn't Want New Dams!
It's no surprise to us that the State of California doesn't really want to build any dams, but it might still be to some.

Sep 09, 2015
Do You Support Us?
We don't come to you very often seeking funding, but we do need to do it every now and then.

Aug 27, 2015
Our Signs Are Everywhere
and they are also in newspapers like the L.A. Times.

Aug 24, 2015
Voting for Climate Change
Cant be a Republican because they do not understand or appreciate the facts of climate change and the stupidity of building dams.

Aug 18, 2015
A (Only In) California Water Story
So, instead of releasing the water for farm benefits which can be proven beyond the shadow of a doubt, they hold back the water for some speculative, maybe, can't-be-sure event in the future.

Aug 14, 2015
$100,000 Per Fish!!!
Is this amount of money per fish really accountable?

Aug 13, 2015
Dam Fight at the Baseball Game!!
Families Protecting the Valley is teaming up with one of our favorite sponsors, Gar Tootelian, for a Water Rally

Aug 05, 2015
Storage-Gate
Does anyone want to take a wild guess as to when the next dam will be built in California?

Jul 31, 2015
Shasta Not Eligible for Prop 1 Funds!
Funding cannot go to any project that would negatively affect a river protected under the state's Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Jul 29, 2015
The Feinstein Drought Bill
The State could "also not participate in construction because of the McCloud River's status as a protected wild trout stream"

Jul 23, 2015
Bold Predictions!
Jerry Brown joins a long list of doomsdayers who have absolutely and unequivocally been 100% wrong about every prediction they've made

Jul 21, 2015
Temperance Flat
"The dam will increase supplies for cities and farmers by a piddling amount, but it's main purpose is storing cold water to help revive fish habitat."

Jul 13, 2015
Did Farmers Finally Win One?
"I don't think, from the board's perspective, there is a practical impact" from the judge's ruling, he said.

Jul 09, 2015
Never Accountable!!
Environmental water use is never held to any standards of accountability. They just assume environmental=good.

Jul 08, 2015
Do You Know What's Happening?
Enviros will go after more and more water and they will not stop until we stop them.

Jul 05, 2015
When Will Law Abiding Citizens Have Had Enough?
At the same time, they only obey the laws which they consider just in their mind.

Jul 03, 2015
California Is Becoming a Dust Bowl
Here are several columns by Victor Davis Hanson that make good reading for your July 4th weekend.

Jul 01, 2015
100% Attention on a 3% Problem
We're all running around 'drought shaming' each other, getting mad at farmers, and generally worrying about the wrong things.

Jun 25, 2015
FPV Taking Part in Two Drought Discussions
Families Protecting the Valley Board Member Kole Upton and Executive Director John Broeske will take part in two different drought discussions today and tomorrow in Fresno.

Jun 25, 2015
Where's the Water Going?
The State Water Project exported just 5% of Delta water since May 1.

Jun 15, 2015
Why We're Where We Are!
This point of view isn't what most of the people of California are hearing from their elected officials.

May 21, 2015
Environmental Water Use Never Questioned!
In the latest Field Poll, 57 percent of adults say the state’s agriculture industry could reduce the amount of water it uses by changing crops and using water more efficiently.

May 19, 2015
Does Water Bond language prohibit raising Shasta Dam?
And here's the kicker: "And the language in the bond also appears to rule that out."

May 14, 2015
Contrary Views Not Allowed!
Environmental groups are enraged because Saracino is "considering" the expansion of Shasta Dam.

May 12, 2015
He Says It Like It Is!
The latest indictment of farming framed by environmentalist word crafters cites almond growers.

May 07, 2015
Fresno County Supervisors Get It Right!
Local leaders from every city and county in the Valley should be in the middle of this fight.

May 06, 2015
Phony Drought Forums
Every time we see a drought forum we know it will be the same old story with the same old answers.

May 05, 2015
You're Already Drinking Sewage!
Everyone who gets water from either of those projects has been drinking what’s derided as “toilet to tap” since the water started flowing.

Apr 27, 2015
SJ River Restoration Saves More Scientists Than Salmon!
"We hope they come back," Portz said. "How many will make it? Out of 1,000, probably one."

Apr 20, 2015
The Dismissal of Assemblyman Adam Gray
Adam Gray was able to convince other Democrats on the committee that his perspective had merit. For that, he had to be punished.

Apr 17, 2015
Dog & Pony Show
In simple terms, the enviros have already fought for the water while we fight to install the cement.

Apr 15, 2015
'Thumbs Down' to Pacific
Citizens are sick of being ‘railroaded’ by unelected bureaucrats

Apr 13, 2015
The Wall St. Journal Gets It, The Fresno Bee...Not So Much!
Yet, the paper of record in the heart of farm country, the Fresno Bee editorializes "As the rest of California comes to grips with the state’s historic new water mandates, there’s an elephant in the room. And it’s wearing a farmer’s hat."

Apr 10, 2015
This Says It All!!
During the last two winters amid the drought, regulators let more than 2.6 million acre-feet out into the bay.

Apr 06, 2015
An Engineered Drought
"The very idea of a 20-million-person corridor along the narrow, scenic Pacific Ocean and adjoining foothills is just as unnatural as “big” agriculture’s Westside farming."

Apr 02, 2015
How Many Gallons to Grow a Smelt?
And we're worried that it takes one gallon to grow an almond?

Mar 31, 2015
Who Really Uses the Water?
If it takes 3&1/2 gallons of water to grow a head of lettuce and you eat it, did you use the water or did the farmer use the water?

Mar 30, 2015
Almond Farmer Responds!
My almond trees are a lot less permanent than the houses that continue to get built in California on the same dwindling water supply.

Mar 25, 2015
Why Do Enviros Love Forest Trees, But Hate Almond Trees?
A lot of those trees are bigger and suck up a lot more water than almond trees, not to mention the undergrowth.

Mar 23, 2015
At Least 1 Democrat 'Gets It'!
“It is ludicrous to demand we develop policies for sustainable groundwater and at the same time take away the single most important recharge element – irrigation water."

Mar 19, 2015
The Calculated Attack on Almonds
"Why should I conserve water when they're planting 40,000 acres of almonds in the desert?"

Mar 12, 2015
Ignore Disease. Treat Symptoms!
Instead of solving the Delta water issues and stop sending drinking water to the ocean

Mar 11, 2015
A Little Is Too Much to Ask!
You probably haven't heard about the State Water Resources Control Board's (SWRCB) decision not to allow even a tiny amount of additional water diverted out of the Delta

Mar 06, 2015
Trucking Salmon!
Climate change theory says that the San Joaquin River will be too warm for salmon, a cold water fish. Nevertheless, the experiment goes on.

Mar 04, 2015
Is the New Field Poll Good for Farmers?
It doesn't really matter what the polls say as long as voters keep electing the same people.

Feb 25, 2015
Insanity!!
You can see all the millions of acre feet farmers have had to do without over the past twenty years, yet no improvement to fish populations.

Feb 19, 2015
Keeping Up With the SWRCB
No one can give any definitive testimony that all the water we devote to the smelt is doing them any good.

Feb 09, 2015
"I'm From the Government, and..."
Now we know all we need to know about their plan in this headline from the San Francisco Chronicle, "Federal drought relief money to help state save salmon run."

Feb 06, 2015
One State Employee Stops Water to Valley Farms
"There is not currently adequate information to indicate that this export level is reasonable given the current status of species and their distribution in the Delta."

Feb 05, 2015
Kit Fox Takes a Bullet(Train)!
Lin's tractor was confiscated, he was ordered to stop working the land until the case was resolved, but creditors still demanded to be paid.

Feb 04, 2015
If You Tell a Lie Often Enough
It's difficult to counter the misinformation put out by so-called environmentalists

Feb 02, 2015
Statistical Whoppers!
The State Water Resources Control Board is using what looks to be like totally misleading statistics to make their case to take more water.

Jan 28, 2015
Shasta Damned!
"They cannot endorse a $1.1 billion plan to raise the height of the dam at California's largest reservoir, Shasta Lake, because of its impact on endangered salmon."

Jan 26, 2015
Storage-gate
"The only reason we can come up with to dink around for two years is to come up with excuses to not build reservoirs."

Jan 20, 2015
Back to the 40's
The San Joaquin River Settlement is one of the policy decisions that has to be fixed if our valley is ever going to get back to the business of ag.

Jan 16, 2015
Costa's Disappointment
But, the fact of the matter is that the court's not the problem. The problem is the law.

Jan 14, 2015
Contrary to Our Claims?
"The drought is what's causing a water shortage, not the smelt." - Earthjustice attorney Trent Orr

Jan 07, 2015
10,000,000 Miles a Day!
California's motorists drive nearly 1 billion miles a day, so the supposed impact as voiced by the project's cheerleaders represents about a 1 percent reduction.

Jan 06, 2015
Why Millennials Don't Vote
If you were a young person growing up today, wouldn't you wonder what difference it makes to vote?

Dec 30, 2014
California Water & Federal Law
Even though lower courts rule in favor of farmers when it comes to the Endangered Species Act, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns them in favor of the fish.

Dec 29, 2014
Why DiFi Is Doomed to Fail!
Environmentalists don't give a hoot about this careful balance, and they sure as hell aren't interested in compromise.

Dec 24, 2014
Merry Christmas!
Not a lot got done to help farmers with their critical water situation.

Dec 22, 2014
The Big Picture
If you'd like to get a good overview of the entire water situation in California, from where we are to where we're going

Dec 18, 2014
Nothing's Changed!
As usual, the Senate can't and won't change any aspect of the federal rules for the smelt. Until they do, we live with the same old rules.

Dec 11, 2014
Reignite the Water Wars!
Farmers know they're in a water war because they're having to pull trees out of the ground or just let them die.

Dec 10, 2014
DiFi Delivers Again!
But, in the end, it's the same old DiFi. Over promising, under delivering.

Dec 09, 2014
Misinformed!
Why do we say policy is a major reason for the situation we're in? Because it's true.

Dec 09, 2014
Water Districts Must Face the New Reality
From now on any surplus water will need to go directly into the underground to replace any water that has been pumped. The days of surplus surface water are over.

Dec 01, 2014
The New Groundwater Rules
"The most significant set of water reforms to pass the legislature since at least the Burns-Porter Act in 1960 that authorized the State Water Project."

Nov 24, 2014
NRDC Congressman Releases a Statement!
Congressman Huffman contends all this water is the property of environmental and northern California interests. It is not!

Nov 20, 2014
60 Minutes' Glaring Omission
Most of the media didn't notice a thing, and Media Matters, a very liberal website thought the 'glaring omission' was climate change.

Nov 14, 2014
If We Had a Drought Forum
If we had a drought forum we would put forth some ideas on how to get something done right now.

Nov 13, 2014
The No-Cost Water Solution
We can recommend a couple of policy changes so that when it does rain we will be able to use the water that Mother Nature provides for us.

Nov 12, 2014
Lies, Innuendoes, Mistruths!!
Ag has been demonized, segregated, and pigeon holed by the press, the public, and our government.

Nov 06, 2014
It's 40%, Stupid!
While the environment gets more and more, farming, by definition, must get less and less.

Oct 31, 2014
Another Attempt to Destroy the Central Valley
Not satisfied with the Valley getting 0% this year, they demand even more be taken.

Oct 24, 2014
Why Do We Build Dams?
We used to build dams for storage. Now, we build dams to provide water for fish.

Oct 22, 2014
NRDC: Prop 1 is not earmarked for new dams
"Funds are not earmarked for Temperance Flat dam or other environmentally harmful and economically infeasible new dams."

Oct 14, 2014
We'd Like You to Meet Some Farmers
Just a story about a writer who met some Central Valley farmers.

Oct 06, 2014
Will the Water Bond Deliver?
They lose over and over again to the NRDC, but think somehow this time they will win.

Oct 03, 2014
The Water Bond and Klamath Dams
We should also mention, in case it's been forgotton, that the voters of Siskiyou County voted 80% to 20% in 2010 to keep the dams.

Oct 02, 2014
Steep Climb for High-Speed Rail
"The steep grades over the Tehachapi mountains that have produced obstacles that might prove unsurmountable unless the project changes direction again."

Oct 01, 2014
Birds Die So Smelt Can Live!
"The amount of water available from the estuary has declined in recent years because of protections for fish."

Sep 29, 2014
All Elected Officials Should Take This Approach
Where does your mayor, your supervisor, your councilperson stand on this issue?

Sep 26, 2014
Only 9 More Years to Dump Crap in the Delta!!
Almost 4 years later they are finally going to do it, but they have until 2023 to get it done.

Sep 24, 2014
Trying to Like the Water Bond
"The bond was deliberately left vague so that projects would go through a public competitive grant process."

Sep 22, 2014
The Two Demands of Radical Farmers
"A proposed law requiring environmental water releases be held to the same standards for efficiency and accountability as required of urban and agricultural uses."

Sep 19, 2014
The EPA Farm Team
Bottom line: the left has more money, more groups, and more people who rise to top management at the EPA.

Sep 15, 2014
NRDC Supports the Water Bond
When we find ourselves in agreement with the NRDC we are forced to take another look.

Sep 12, 2014
What Part of Zero Don't They Understand?
"So, as long as CVP water is comparatively cheap, demand is relentless, something that often results in more deliveries.

Sep 10, 2014
Who's Right and Who's Wrong?
The Friant leadership has led their farmers into this mess and they still won't listen to the truth.

Sep 08, 2014
Maria's Right!!
Conserve, conserve, conserve, that's all we've heard over the years. Were they right? Obviously and absolutely not!

Sep 04, 2014
Salmon vs. Salmon
The Kokanee salmon in the reservoir are dying because of the low lake level, and the Chinook salmon in the river are dying because of the low flows on the river.

Sep 02, 2014
The New Groundwater Regs
We don't see anything yet that tells us farmers can't pump water from under their own land to water their own crops.

Aug 29, 2014
Turn On The Pumps To Save The Smelt!
The pumps "created the perfect spawning grounds for Delta Smelt." When they turned off the pumps, they turned off the hatchery.

Aug 27, 2014
Water: Paying, But Not Getting
Never mind that Santa Barbara had already paid its $60 million for its 2014 annual share.

Aug 25, 2014
Everything's Great!
The political class has done nothing about our unfunded liabilities, the high-speed rail remains unpopular, and the twin tunnels is hated by much of Northern California.

Aug 21, 2014
Shadowy Organization?
The sad truth is many of the so-called environmental organizations are nothing more than 'shakedown artists' who use environmental laws to gain court awarded fees

Aug 18, 2014
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!
In the current ad Cortopassi claims that "all water bonds are in fact deliberately disguised to hide both internal and external pork"

Aug 13, 2014
Water Well Moratorium
The basic rule of sustainability is that for every of water pumped out of the ground, an equal amount must be percolated back in.

Aug 11, 2014
The New Ground Rules
You know there are going to be new rules regulating groundwater. It's going to happen. Make no mistake about it.

Aug 06, 2014
Back to the Future!
He calls it “a no-frills, no-pork water water bond that invests in the most critical projects without breaking the bank.” Apparently "no-frills" means no storage.

Jul 31, 2014
20,000,000 Gallons!!
They say they lost 20,000,000 gallons. Sounds like a lot.

Jul 29, 2014
Iffy Ridership Numbers
Transit officials say there was a 5% increase to 115-million riders this year. Are you suspicious? You should be.

Jul 25, 2014
Losing the P.R. Battle
Even with this drought, the people aren't screaming for revised water policy, but rather debating on how to snitch on their neighbors.

Jul 23, 2014
Waste of Time & Money
Remember it wasn’t too many years ago they forced us to use low flush toilets and shower heads with the same mantra

Jul 21, 2014
Interest From Private Investors?
We eagerly looked to see who stepped up to the table with some private high-speed rail money.

Jul 18, 2014
Editorial Misses the Mark
California farmers would gladly welcome a standard that held them to the same standards as environmental water use.

Jul 17, 2014
Enviro Sloppy Science Loses Again!
Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill ruled "that the smelt are not in the Delta in the summer and thus would not be affected by sales of water that would be conveyed through the Delta."

Jul 15, 2014
When the NRDC Is In Charge
“Having a dirty car and a browning lawn is a badge of honor.” - State Water Resources Control Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus

Jul 14, 2014
Who Should We Fine?
Even without more storage we wouldn't be in the fix we're in if we had better stewards of our water resources.

Jul 10, 2014
Typical Dianne
"The solution of diverting farm water for fish before backfilling that lost farm water for droughts and emergencies has resulted in a great, unplanned water-shortage disaster."

Jul 09, 2014
One More Thing About Those Trees
What the Board of Forestry should also be asking is how much water logging companies are saving by thinning out the excess trees that have created our overgrown forests.

Jul 08, 2014
The Tree Thing Deserves a Look!
They can tell you how much water you're wasting growing crops that they don't think are worthy, but don't seem to care how much water is wasted on trees that don't grow anything.

Jul 03, 2014
Letter to a Congressman
Simple answers are short and sweet.

Jul 01, 2014
If Talk Was Water We Would All Be Drowning
Only a pittance of funding would go for Central Valley farmers facing a scorching drought and high unemployment rates.

Jun 25, 2014
Up S**t Creek Without a Paddle
But the good news is if you are over 11 years old and in good physical shape you will be able to paddle down the river

Jun 23, 2014
Fish Kill Brewing
So, now that the 800,000 acre feet of water is gone, there isn't enough to keep the salt water out of the Delta now.

Jun 17, 2014
The P.R. Battle for Water Storage
We guess it must be true that only when people don't see water coming out of their faucets will they see the need.

Jun 16, 2014
Water Center at Fresno State
We would ask only one thing of the innovators at Fresno State: add a political wing to the Center.

Jun 12, 2014
Environmental Efficiency
No mention is made of the huge waste of water occurring yearly by environmental releases that provide no benefit whatsoever to the environment.

Jun 10, 2014
Doing Nothing Is Still Too Much!
The Times concludes that the Feinstein Do-Nothing Bill does too much and therefore negotiating between bad (Feinstein's Bill) and worse (House Bill) is not acceptable.

Jun 06, 2014
Recharging the Underground Instead of Building Dams?
It takes time for water to percolate into the underground. You actually need dams for this to happen.

Jun 05, 2014
What You Can Do About River Deal
The idea of restoring salmon to the San Joaquin River is not realistic.

Jun 03, 2014
We Fight for Dams, Enviros Fight for Water!
While they make the argument for more storage, enviros are making sure the water goes to the environment/fish.

Jun 02, 2014
Frustration!
A small group of citrus producers worked themselves into a frenzy and a bit of anger as they talked about tree removal.

May 30, 2014
It's the Law, Stupid!
Environmentalists have somehow convinced Friant that fighting for their water rights is a violation of an agreement no one else pays any attention to.

May 28, 2014
Positioning
They want us to beilieve that there isn't any reason to give the Republicans anything in the conference committee.

May 27, 2014
Dear Jim Costa
It is clear the 'fix' is in unless Congressmen like you speak up loudly and clearly.

May 22, 2014
What Does Friant Support?
Please watch the video and see what conclusion you come to.

May 22, 2014
We Won!!
"The truth is, she's won. There isn't any need to go forward with the legislation, which could be hijacked by some of our House colleagues and create bigger problems."

May 22, 2014
Friant Is the Last to Know!
Friant agencies appear to be the only signees to an agreement who think they have to abide by it.

May 15, 2014
Dianne Feinstein's Bill (Con'd)
"The outcome of a conference committee concerns me." - Congressman John Garamendi

May 14, 2014
The Drought Goes to School
The drought impacts jobs and families and where they live and go to school.

May 13, 2014
Flexibility
You get 10% instead of 5% and they tout the virtues of flexibility.

May 08, 2014
High-Speed Trees vs. Farm Trees
We will let millions of trees die because of the drought and the zero allocation of water to farms. But, we will plant thousands of trees to offset high-speed rail greenhouse gas emmissions?

May 06, 2014
The New Fight for Old Water Rights!
"How could anyone get away with such an outrageous grab? By getting a bigger brother to grab it for them."

May 05, 2014
Public Comment on HSR in Fresno
The Kings County group spear-heading the opposition to HSR urges all of your support in being there to show unity and opposition.

May 02, 2014
Kiss Control of Your Groundwater Goodbye!
"So you have to be able to say okay at a certain point, it’s going to get really expensive if you use more.”

Apr 30, 2014
What's With the FWA?
We continue to be baffled by the Friant Water Authority's reluctance to revisit the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement.

Apr 22, 2014
No 5% Water Til Sept. 1!!
We aren't the kind to go looking for conspiracy theories, but if you get the Fresno Bee you didn't get this key piece of information.

Apr 21, 2014
Enough Water for 300,000 Fresnans!
Why doesn't the City fight for this water?

Apr 16, 2014
Your Choice: Cut Off One Arm, or They'll Take Both!
There will be a limit on how much you can pump, or there will be a premium.

Apr 14, 2014
Friant Farmers Speak!
We implore the other Friant Water Authority contractors to quickly send a similar letter reflecting the same views.

Apr 11, 2014
Is Dianne Feinstein Finally Helping Farmers?
"Most people who get their water from the Central Valley Water project will also not get their allocations."

Apr 10, 2014
Most Endangered River?
Why would an enviro organization come out with a list showing the San Joaquin River as the country's most endangered river?

Apr 08, 2014
Why Do Fish Die?
"We hope they come back. How many will make it? Out of 1,000, probably one."

Apr 07, 2014
Drought Is Only Half the Story
Historical facts show that for 20+ years Democrats have been long on talk about California’s worsening water supply shortage but short on delivery of any real solutions.

Apr 04, 2014
Fish Instead of People
The state of the State of California as told by Victor Davis Hanson

Apr 01, 2014
Enough Is Enough!!
If pomposity, arrogance, and smugness were capable of producing water, the three gentlemen in the article could produce enough water to put California in a flood condition.

Mar 31, 2014
The New Normal
Will the New Normal be permanent farmland out of production to the tune of hundreds of thousands of acres? Or, will our California voters wake up?

Mar 29, 2014
Are We the Only Ones Who Notice?
We missed the last two storms, so maybe we can get it figured out for this one.

Mar 26, 2014
Some Drought Relief?
So, what does the 'big' announcement mean? Maybe you'll get some water, maybe not.

Mar 25, 2014
Is Temperance Flat the Answer?
Contrary to nearly every dam, Temperance Flat’s primary justification is not water supply, but environmental restoration.

Mar 21, 2014
Who Is the State Leader Who Didn't Show Up for the Hearing?
Before her appointment to the Water Board, Felicia was the Western Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Mar 20, 2014
Most Important Paragraph From Fresno Hearing
If an environmental water release is not accomplishing the task for which it is being released, then it should be made available to the other water users.

Mar 19, 2014
FPV Board Member Mark Watte Testifies at Fresno Hearing
Overall, the fish populations are no better off and perhaps worse. The activist answer is to flush more water.

Mar 19, 2014
FPV Board Member Kole Upton Testifies at Fresno Hearing
With no other options, farmers have turned to the underground aquifers to sustain their crops. Now, we are in crisis with the underground being depleted at an unsustainable rate.

Mar 18, 2014
Water Rally at City Hall
A good turnout says a lot. A bad turnout also says a lot.

Mar 17, 2014
The #$% Smelt!!!
The judges said the regulations were a “jumble of disjointed facts and analyses,” and “a ponderous, chaotic document"

Mar 11, 2014
Ag Does Not Use 80% of the Water!!!
For the record, here's the bottom line: Environment 47%, Ag 42% and Urban uses 11%.

Mar 10, 2014
Second look at Restoration? What took so long?
Thousands of acre feet could have been saved just in the past few months, but the restoration was 'off the table' for re-negotiation according to Senator Feinstein.

Mar 06, 2014
Water Under the Bridge
Are you aware that 500,000 acre feet of water have been sent out to sea just in the month of February?

Mar 03, 2014
Keeping Track of DiFi's Drought Bill
Looks like more of the same from Dianne Feinstein who has a way of looking like she's getting things done without ever getting them done.

Feb 26, 2014
Marching To Our Own Grave
The governor just changed the name of a program farmers never would have supported, called it Emergency Drought Legislation, and farmers swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

Feb 24, 2014
A Reminder of How We Got Where We Are
They say they need the water for the environment, to flow through the Delta and out to sea. But, they couldn't prove it to a judge.

Feb 20, 2014
State May 'Transfer' Farm Water to Cities
So, while farmers were being told by Feinstein and Boxer that transfers would be a good thing for them, it isn't necessarily so.

Feb 19, 2014
Did you get the same message from the President's visit as we did?
Not one elected official or representative of any city, county, or water agency in Merced or Madera Counties from the East side was invited.

Feb 13, 2014
Water Crisis: It Really Is Fish Versus People
Could not scientifically prove that a single delta smelt or any other species had been saved or even benefitted, NOT ONE.

Feb 12, 2014
DiFi's Proposal
The Senators are flying to Fresno with the President and we can assume he will endorse their proposal.

Feb 10, 2014
The President and the Drought
The President isn't coming to California to tell us how much he loves Republican ideas.

Feb 07, 2014
Which S.J. River Settlement Are We Talking About?
Bottom line, the River Settlement today is a sham with no possibility of achieving both goals, while devastating the East Side with losses of surface water.

Feb 05, 2014
Governor Resists Republican Effort to Give Him More Power
They are trying to give the governor the power to work around these restrictive federal laws, yet the governor appears to be refusing their efforts.

Feb 04, 2014
What Makes DiFi Tick?
She has made it abundantly clear that she has no intention to compromise when it comes to the Delta pumps or San Joaquin River Restoration.

Feb 03, 2014
Confusion in the Water Wars
Of course it's political. That's why we call it a man-made drought, a congressionally created drought.

Jan 29, 2014
Where Is the Carryover Water?
"This would be the greatest heist of personal property ever perpetrated,” said grower Ted Sheely.

Jan 28, 2014
What the Central Valley Needs to Know About the Drought Debate
As difficult as it might be to believe, there is another side to the debate, led by the Natural Resources Defense Council, but joined by many others.

Jan 27, 2014
Pass the Farm Bill! It Has Some Surprises!
The House has added the emergency drought relief package to start the Delta pumps and stop the San Joaquin River Restoration flows to this bill.

Jan 23, 2014
Fresno Bee Endorses Restoration Moratorium!
It's well documented and not disputed that sending the restoration water down the San Joaquin River is literally selling farmers 'down the river'

Jan 22, 2014
Same Ol' Debate
The feds say it's a state problem and the state says it's a fed problem. Stalemate. Nothing gets done and everyone blames everyone else.

Jan 17, 2014
Why Doesn't S.F. Chronicle Want Drought Declaration?
They don't want us to get the water. "Does it make economic sense to environmental protections to move around more water?" They obviously don't think so.

Jan 15, 2014
Some Get It Right
The current impasse on water is the result of a deliberate campaign to pit water districts and local officials against one another, and to create a giant, impenetrable bureaucracy

Jan 13, 2014
"Can't Make It Rain"
The BDCP (twin tunnels) is falling apart, high-speed rail is falling apart, the water bond is falling apart, and the governor has inter-party difficulties on all of them.

Jan 10, 2014
Jim Patterson Writes Letter, and You Should Too!
This is something everyone in the Valley should be able to agree on, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

Jan 08, 2014
Pray For Rain?
We would argue that God has given us adequate resources. It is the management of these resources that needs analysis and prayer.

Jan 07, 2014
Some People Just Don't Get It!
Let's try again. There is no money. They need a billion dollars worth of improvements. It doesn't exist.

Jan 02, 2014
No Extinction! No Matter What!
"Over the course of Earth's history, anywhere between 1 and 4 billion species have existed on this planet...the overwhelming majority of these species are now extinct."

Dec 27, 2013
The Drought Task Force
Our immediate need is for short-term solutions. Short-term should be the primary focus of the task force.

Dec 23, 2013
Dear Barack, Dianne, Barbara and Jerry
President Obama who has issued more Executive Orders than any President in history could issue an Executive Order deferring water releases for the San Joaquin Restoration Program for 2014.

Dec 19, 2013
There's Something You Can Do Right Now!
All we are asking is that we be given a 1-year SJ River Restoratiion moratorium to use the water in a useful way, for farms and jobs.

Dec 18, 2013
A Tale of Two Developments
But if it turns out she is correct, then Madera County Supervisors have approved a project that is questionable at best.

Dec 17, 2013
The Revolving Door
Most of the people involved in environmental or water policy in state government come from what we know as the environmental movement, not from business, and move freely between the two worlds.

Dec 16, 2013
Gerawan vs. UFW
From the fields to the farm houses, new employee-employer relationships are developing outside the control of the UFW.

Dec 11, 2013
Quotes From the BDCP
"Friends of the River and its allies will fight to save our rivers, the Delta, the Bay and the fish from the water tunnels in the public arena, in the courts when it is time for months, years, decades, for as long as it takes."

Dec 09, 2013
Overdraft!
If farmers don't take the lead on this issue, someone else will.

Dec 05, 2013
Wiggle Room
Significant policy discretion? How much? 5%? 10%? 50%? We'd like to know.

Dec 03, 2013
The Great Lie!
Our groundwater is being mined to the point of exhaustion to replace the hundreds of thousands of acre-feet required for this flawed experiment.

Nov 27, 2013
Stopped In Its Tracks? Or Not?
We suppose they'll keep working as long as their checks clear.

Nov 25, 2013
HSR Gets Dose of Sanity from Judge!
This project finally is being held to account to follow the rules under which it was authorized.

Nov 20, 2013
Where Are The Kennedys?
Contemporary liberals, who revere JFK as one of the greatest presidents of all time, are dominated by radical environmentalists who would rather send water out to sea than send it to the reservoir built by Jack.

Nov 18, 2013
Do You Read and Like Our Newsletter?
Everything we do and all we've accomplished does cost money, and we hope you agree with us that what we are doing is necessary and vital to our future.

Nov 15, 2013
If You Had To Bet $1000
If you bet $1000, it would be $1000 more than any proponent of high-speed rail has at stake in the project.

Nov 12, 2013
HSRA: Doesn't Matter What the Judge Says
When the judge asked HSR attorneys what it would mean if he invalidated the funding plan, Attorney Michele Inan said "there is no effect to the authority."

Nov 06, 2013
"Not for the Faint of Heart!"
We believe it's reasonable to assume opponents will tie this up in court as long as they can, and they now are indicating they are willing to take it to the voters as well.

Nov 04, 2013
Hate To Say We Told You So!
They've spent $100,000,000 so far, but "the dry river is just as incapable today of carrying water as it was in 2006 when an historic agreement was struck."

Oct 30, 2013
Wasted Water Down the River!
The San Joaquin River restoration is a joke. There's no other way to look at it.

Oct 28, 2013
The Dirty Politics of Dirty Water
“The quality of the water is not an issue, but painting a perception that the water is bad is the intent and if the water is presented as being bad, then the money will be there.”

Oct 25, 2013
Toxic Polluted Sewage & Salmon
As these same Bay-Area cities take more fresh water out of the system each year they dump more and more pollution into the Bay-Delta and blame others for fish kills.

Oct 23, 2013
DiFi Supports $2B Dam in Kentucky!
This was part of the bill to re-open the government after the shutdown.

Oct 21, 2013
Watch This Farm Video
The gathering produced a video that shows all the businesses that rely on that alfalfa field, whether it be the restaurant, the supply store, the fertilizer sales, the well drillers, the tractors, the pipes, and don't forget the tax revenue that runs the

Oct 21, 2013
Good Tunnel vs. Bad Tunnel
When enviros want to build a tunnel to bring pure Hetch Hetchy/Yosemite water under the Bay-Delta to San Francisco, no problem.

Oct 16, 2013
CC County Doesn't Want Us To Do What They Do!
Contra Costa County joins other 'water grabbers' like the City of San Francisco and the East Bay who get their water before it gets to the Delta, but don't want others to do the same.

Oct 14, 2013
Conflicting Headlines
California's High-Speed Rail has been nothing but bad news almost since the beginning, but with the President on-board, the Governor riding shotgun

Oct 10, 2013
How Enviros Negotiate California Water
Remember, environmentalists work together much better than what we would call 'our' side.

Oct 07, 2013
For Every Water Plan There's...
Will the tunnels ever be built? Maybe, but not until every conceivable legal challenge and lawsuit has been filed and taken to court.

Oct 02, 2013
Aerial Photo Shoot to Help Farmers
Your presence in this photograph will help convey the true economic, operational, and human impacts water supply shortages have which continue to diminish agricultural production in the Central Valley.

Sep 30, 2013
Tone Deaf!
The people don't want nationalized health care that costs trillions more than advertised, nor do they want moderate-speed trains that cost tens of billions more than advertised or they voted for.

Sep 26, 2013
Storage Gets Little Discussion in Water Bond Hearing
“Three quarters of the Assembly wasn’t around in 2009 and frankly they don’t care what we did in 2009”

Sep 24, 2013
What Does Groundwater Monitoring Mean?
For example, in Madera County there is an annnual 150,000 acre foot overdraft. Will they have to idle 50,000 acres that are currently being farmed?

Sep 20, 2013
Not to Worry
The debate will go on for years, probably well past your retirement, if it ever happens at all. That's the way the enviros like it.

Sep 19, 2013
HSR DoubleSpeak
After the first target was missed, construction was scheduled to begin by the end of 2012, then early 2013, then July, then late summer

Sep 18, 2013
Reject Salas Bill ASAP!
Is this legislation good for the San Joaquin Valley, its agricultural economy and its farm workers and smaller family farms?

Sep 12, 2013
Less Water, More Ag Value, What's the Problem?
So, while gross revenue can make things look good, things aren't necessarily as good as they look.

Sep 10, 2013
Two Water Bonds: Both Bad
We would hope that local city councils and boards of supervisors throughout the Valley will send a message by voting to oppose both of these proposals

Sep 06, 2013
True Ecological Disaster
We have seen this groundwater basin systematically DE-WATERED by political decisions driven from the SHORT – SIGHTED San Francisco bay area politicians

Sep 03, 2013
The New Smelt
The tunnels, of course, will interfere with the habitat of the endangered sandhills. Who could have guessed?

Aug 30, 2013
Canary in a Coal Mine
In Paso Robles it has pitted farmers against rural homeowners who blame the farmers for taking too much water and forcing them to drill deeper and deeper, costing them more and more for their water.

Aug 29, 2013
Where's Our State of Emergency?
The Governor has declared a state of emergency for San Francisco because it relies on water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Aug 23, 2013
Water Folly
The environmentalists don't want to admit that moving water to where they live is just as problematic as moving it to where we live.

Aug 21, 2013
Lucy Is Back!
The new tunnel route, which has been changed because of residential and environmental concerns has now "infuriated environmentalists"

Aug 19, 2013
Why Jim Patterson Opposes HSR
None of those promises to the people have been kept by the High Speed Rail Authority.

Aug 15, 2013
Tunnels By the Numbers
“I lost track of the number of times I read the words assumed, expected, anticipated or potential funding sources, which seems counter"

Aug 12, 2013
The Art of Writing a Letter
If you give them wiggle room, guess what? They will wiggle. And you will squirm.

Aug 08, 2013
Can We Find An Endangered Species in the Aquifer?
We could then make the case that the water in the delta would have to be pumped south to get it back into the aquifer to protect the endangered bug.

Aug 06, 2013
Does It Ever Dawn on Anyone?
The State of California has borrowed $10-Billion from the feds to pay for unemployment benefits, even with crops rotting in the fields for lack of workers.

Aug 05, 2013
The 'Big Gulp' Theory
Stopping the SJ River Restoration would be like increasing Millerton by 200,000 acre feet, and it wouldn't cost a dime.

Aug 03, 2013
Urgency Ordinance!
The deeper and deeper drilling situation is also pitting city against county, city dweller against farmer, us vs. them.

Jul 31, 2013
If We Had A Water Summit
We would be discussing which ecological disaster is greater, the collapsing of our aquifers or the endangered delta smelt.

Jul 29, 2013
California' Fish Fry
So, is this a valient effort by the governor to re-plumb the delta? Or a giant $25-billion waste of time and money?

Jul 26, 2013
"We Are Just In Survival Mode Now"
They talk about solutions that will take 10 to 15 years to materialize. BUT they won't dare talk about turning the pumps on NOW!

Jul 25, 2013
All County Boards and City Councils Should Do the Same!
The Tulare County Board of Supervisors has voted not to support the re-written California Water Bond if it does not contain storage.

Jul 24, 2013
Twin Tunnels to Open in 2038!
"Though critics of the plan say it will be more like 20 or 25 years by the time money is obtained and lawsuits are settled."

Jul 23, 2013
A Good Question
This would be a federal loan that makes a lot more sense than the green energy projects.

Jul 22, 2013
They Will Fight You Every Inch of the Way!
Do you really think they won't find an endangered bug or snail in the mud under the delta that needs protecting before any shovels are turned?

Jul 18, 2013
You Can't Conserve What You Don't Have!
Do they really believe farmers who only get 20% of their water allocations are wasting it?

Jul 16, 2013
Who Is Federal Judge Lawrence Karlton?
Farmers never felt they had a chance for a fair and balanced trial with Karlton on the bench and therefore were forced into making a deal with environmentalists

Jul 15, 2013
This Is Happening All Over the Valley!
Fresno is just beginning to debate tremendous increases in water rates and maybe it will wake up city officials to the fact that this water debate isn't just a farm problem.

Jul 11, 2013
Save the Trees and Save the World! Just Not Our Trees!
Our government, which recognizes the value of trees in other countries, seems to be completely at ease in turning off the water to our trees.

Jul 10, 2013
Self-Inflicted Disaster!
Tells the story of how regulations, not drought, are keeping water from farmers. But, what are lawmakers doing about it?

Jul 03, 2013
'Proposed Principles'
So, now, the key element of the water bond is just an 'earmark' like any other "local projects that were placed in the bond for political purposes."

Jul 01, 2013
Ignoring the Water Problem
In my opinion, Valley legislators should drop everything – now - and collaborate on a bill to create sustainable water supplies for our Valley.

Jun 26, 2013
Why Did Chevron Support Leticia Perez?
There are four reasons we can think of: AB 32, fracking, Michael Rubio and Democrats run California.

Jun 18, 2013
Misplaced Outrage!
But, what does the Bee get it's knickers in a knot over on the editorial page?

Jun 17, 2013
Good Cop/Bad Cop
If these politicos could find a way to support something like Devin Nunes' H.R. 1837 while we debate all these long-term solutions farmers in the San Joaquin Valley could survive long enough to make it to the long-term.

Jun 13, 2013
Delta Water Healthy for Bass!
How is it that a fish like the bass can thrive in what environmentalists call an ecological disaster zone, but the smelt don't?

Jun 11, 2013
Economic Recovery Bias
It is a shame when people as talented as Mr. McEwen allow their bias to stand in the way of looking objectively at the situation here in the Valley.

Jun 10, 2013
I Don't Know Whether to Scream or Give Up!
We have been trying to make people see the connection between the ag economy and other problems in local governments like police and fire.

Jun 07, 2013
$80B and Not a Dam in Sight!
Guess we'll ride that high-speed rail right out of Dodge.

Jun 03, 2013
We'd Better Start Building Dams!
We'd hate for it to take a major flood to wake people up to the need for another dam at Temperance Flat.

May 31, 2013
Saving the Smelt for Extinction
Looks like we're using farm water to save the Delta Smelt now so that climate change can wipe them out later.

May 29, 2013
Call for More Delta Outflow Doesn't Pass Litmus Test
The Bee’s assertion that the foregoing facts are nothing more then “convenient theory” is either selective amnesia or willful ignorance.

May 28, 2013
Groundwater & Sea Level
If we could get the water from the Delta to the Central Valley instead of sending it to the ocean, we wouldn't have to pump it out of the ground and none of it would end up in the ocean contributing to sea level rise

May 23, 2013
Modesto Does the Right Thing!
This is the same kind of treatment plant we've practically begged Sacramento to build.

May 20, 2013
Canary in the Coal Mine or Baitfish?
"What are the chances that once the smelt issue is fixed that environmentalists won’t find another reason to sue to stop the water flows?"

May 16, 2013
This Is Pure Insanity!
So, 170,000 acre feet literally down the drain while farmers are cut another 42,500 acre feet. You can't make this stuff up.

May 15, 2013
What's the Biggest Problem in the Delta?
The Sacramento Bee is trying their best to poo-poo the idea that sewage, ammonia, pathogen and pharmaceutical pollution from their sewage treatment plant are to blame

May 08, 2013
Releasing Criminals and the Delta Smelt
In the case of the Delta Smelt, the decision was made without regard to the human species

May 06, 2013
The Valley Water Pledge
What are we going to do today, tomorrow, or next year until dams and tunnels are built in 10 or 20 years?

May 01, 2013
What's Good for the Goose...!!
You know what we want? We want the same deal they got.

Apr 29, 2013
We Can See Where This is Going
So, it's beginning to look like Plan A, the 15,000 cfs BDCP is morphing into Plan B, the 3,000 cfs BDCP with promises of storage somewhere down the line.

Apr 26, 2013
Fresno Gets What Farmers Got From Day One!
The high-speed rail folks are treating Fresno like it’s something smelly on the bottom of their shoes.

Apr 24, 2013
Wasted Water
1,820 acre feet PER DAY are now flowing down the San Joaquin River in an ill-conceived effort to save the salmon.

Apr 22, 2013
The Last Sentence in the Story!
No matter how much support farmers give to the political opposition, nothing constructive ever seems to happen.

Apr 16, 2013
Mark Had It! When Will the Others?
Congressman Devin Nunes has been telling people like Borba that they are wasting their time and money supporting Democrats like Feinstein and Governor Brown because they "laugh at these guys over drinks, playing them for money."

Apr 12, 2013
The Great Delta Toilet Bowl Continues!
Every time the Sacramento politicians flush they are polluting the drinking water of 25 million people downstream

Apr 10, 2013
Who Will Lead?
Local officials like mayors, councilmen and supervisors apparently have not seen this as their fight.

Apr 08, 2013
Moral High Ground?
The information on the Times front page could never justify an endorsement of high-speed rail on the editorial page.

Apr 04, 2013
How Long Will Wastewater Keep Killing the Smelt?
No matter how many smelt are killed by this wastewater, the only consequences being paid for dead smelt are being paid by Central Valley farmers.

Apr 02, 2013
What About the Next 20 Years?
Are we just going to sit around with 20% water allocations for 20 years until these tunnels get built? If they ever get built?

Apr 01, 2013
This Is Good News?
The California High-Speed Rail Authority's continued reliance on additional federal spending is naive and misguided at best.

Mar 27, 2013
Cyprus & Water Allocation
We would suggest that the average Joe now understands what it's like to be a farmer in California when water allocations are announced

Mar 21, 2013
Who Are We Kidding? We Are Cyprus!
What's amazing to us is that people don't seem to understand that it is happening here, only in a much more subtle way

Mar 19, 2013
Tunnels: Will They Ever Be Built?
Within minutes of the announcement, however, there were already threats of lawsuits and ballot initiatives to stop it.

Mar 17, 2013
High-Speed Rail and the Twilight Zone
The only conclusion we can draw is that those pushing this project be be living in a different reality

Mar 15, 2013
The BDCP Is Here!! (Sort Of)
The NRDC's 'portfolio' approach "will rob 750,000 acres of the world's best farmland of its water supply."

Mar 13, 2013
Big Deal or No Bid Deal?
We would expect more from what is billed to be the biggest water news since the advent of the Delta Smelt and the San Joaquin River Restoration Act

Mar 11, 2013
Budget Negligence? Or Just Politics As Usual!!
We suspect that as governments found that they could spend money on all kinds of services that helped secure votes, they kicked the replacement infrastructure costs down the road

Mar 06, 2013
Does It Never End?
Only the California High-Speed Rail Authority would put them at the front of the line because they are convicted felons.

Mar 04, 2013
Another Bump-in-the-Road for High-Speed Rail?
High-speed rail has had more bumps and grinds than a North Beach pole dancer.

Mar 01, 2013
Insanity!
The initial 25 percent is the lowest since 2009 following a drought year, not a bureaucratic drought like this year.

Feb 25, 2013
NRDC 'Small Ball' Strategy
By the way, the NRDC doesn't call their plan the 'screw the farmer and Central Valley plan' which it what it should be called, but rather the 'portfolio-based conceptual alternative'

Feb 21, 2013
Is 20% the New 50%?
Westlands Water District officials have warned their farmers to expect to get only 20% of their water this year.

Feb 14, 2013
Ghosts of the Water Bond
There was more for-sure money in the water bond to prevent water storage than to create new water storage

Feb 12, 2013
The 'Farmer' Ad in the Super Bowl
Life for farmers has been generally good for the past few years. But, it's not because your lawmakers are trying to make it easier.

Feb 11, 2013
Politicians in Sacramento Don't Understand Economics!
Many people moved their money around and took the gains at the end of last year to avoid higher rates after the first of the year.

Feb 06, 2013
Water Bureaucrats
He has an uphill battle within his own party considering the past positions of the leaders of the Democratic Party in California.

Feb 05, 2013
Another Nail in the Coffin?
You will see a mixture of alphabet soup like you've never seen before. And it's all there to make your life more miserable.

Feb 04, 2013
Dam(n) Relicensing!
All the other 34 studies appear to lean in favor of environmentalists (suprise!). Need we say more!

Jan 29, 2013
David vs. Goliath
The High Speed Rail issue will be an interesting battle between the powerful and elite vs. the ordinary folks just trying to save their homes & livelihood

Jan 28, 2013
Is It the Train or the Tunnels?
If it's either/or, which one do Californians need the most? Water or a train?

Jan 25, 2013
Water Sale Could Cost Modesto Plenty!
In other words, if you think you have enough excess water to sell, then we (the state) certainly have a use for it and will be glad to take it off your hands.

Jan 22, 2013
HSR: How Much Per Mile?
Even as the price came down, the cost per mile continued to go up.

Jan 18, 2013
San Diego Taking the Bait!
It looks to us like environmentalists have come to the conclusion that some form of the BDCP is going to happen.

Jan 16, 2013
Rx for California
The biggest challenge facing the state is the demise of upward mobility for the vast majority of Californians. The cure: Economic growth.

Jan 14, 2013
Normal Isn't Normal Any More!
Or maybe we should just say normal isn't anywhere near the 100% farm contracts say are supposed to be delivered.

Jan 11, 2013
Flawed Science
More water agencies are daring to fight biological opinions that they believe are flawed

Jan 10, 2013
More $, Less Water
One sure thing you can bet on is that at the end of all this spending the districts will receive less water.

Jan 07, 2013
SWRCB & FERC Want the Water Now and Will Look for the Benefits Later!
We can no longer simply say that fish need more water. It's more complicated than that.

Jan 03, 2013
More Proof As If We Needed It!
This story should show us all how far into the rule book environmentalists and officials within the water and energy bureaucracy will dig to find technicalities

Jan 02, 2013
Here's a Wake Up Call the Valley Should Heed!
Relicensing is the latest trick in their bag of tricks.

Dec 27, 2012
Wild and Scenic Roadblock
For too long, the most radical of the environmental community has been allowed to set policy for our society.

Dec 21, 2012
More Regulations!
Some people have removed themselves from the regulatory environment by dropping out of the rat race altogether, all thanks to the same government that is regulating the rest of us to death.

Dec 18, 2012
Wind + Solar = Fossil
The more wind and solar energy we produce the more fossil fuel we need to back it up.

Dec 10, 2012
The Food Stamp Bill
80% of the farm bill is related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

Dec 07, 2012
Elections Have Consequences
Many of the problems with HSR in the Valley have been self inflicted by the arrogant and dismissive attitude of the engineering firms hired to do the outreach

Dec 06, 2012
Equal Playing Field?
Our olive oil producers are in Washington asking for a level playing field while our own Dept. of State is spending 100's of millions to help a foreign country.

Dec 04, 2012
No Dams in Water Bond?
We will now apparently spend another $11B and still have no new water and now new reservoirs.

Nov 29, 2012
How Much for S.J. River Restoration? Part 2
So, is it $400M, $800M, $892M, $1B or $2B?

Nov 28, 2012
All-American Water Deal With Mexico?
The old saying "we might have been born at night, but it wasn't last night" comes to mind

Nov 26, 2012
Everywhere You Look!
The Republican Party is constantly attacked as the 'party of no', but who is more a 'party of no' than environmentalists?

Nov 16, 2012
New FPV Radio Ad
Our new radio commercial urges Republicans in the House of Representatives to hold the line on increased government spending.

Nov 12, 2012
Put Students Before Fish!
California could have avoided most of the $2 billion funding cut it imposed on higher education this year or given another 61,500 students four-year scholarships.

Nov 02, 2012
20th Anniversary of CVPIA
Some of us aren't celebrating

Oct 31, 2012
Lucy, Charlie Brown and the Football
The latest version of Lucy's water deal is the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan which is the tunnel deal

Oct 26, 2012
There's a Sucker Born Every Day!
"It is in my estimation, the most dangerous decision for the Inland Empire that could ever come down from a court"

Oct 25, 2012
Westlands & Prop 30
It will be a lot easier for Westlands to make their case that SoCal should support the water plan if they can say they supported the Governor's tax plan

Oct 23, 2012
Building Bridges, Not Dams
And that's our problem with Senator Feinstein. Most of what she does when it comes to water does little to settle the matter.

Oct 18, 2012
Bandit River
"It is more like a one-sided win for politicians and environmentalists at the cost of farmers and the public purse."

Oct 12, 2012
Farmers, Salmon Both Win
Not only did water get taken from farmers, but rates for the water farmers did get were increased to pay for the restoration.

Oct 04, 2012
The Human Right to Water
So instead of passing a bill that would pay for the fixes, the legislature passes a highfalutin bill that sounds good but does nothing.

Sep 27, 2012
A Bankrupt City and the Delta Smelt
On the one hand we have highly paid government workers and retirees with expensive salaries, pensions and health care demanding more and more, and on the other hand we have environmentalists doing all they can to destroy the businesses needed to pay them.

Sep 25, 2012
The Williamson Act
But, make no mistake about it, this is policy created by central planners(legislators) to get what they wanted, not a tax give-a-way to a special interest group.

Sep 19, 2012
Water Regs for Ponds?
So we have 25 new enforcement personnel to track them down and hand out the tickets.

Sep 17, 2012
The Koch Brothers
On environmental issues, the count is 553 liberal groups against 32 conservative ones, and the left has 462 times the funding of the right.

Sep 14, 2012
The Humane Treatment of Farm Workers Act
The problem we have is something Nancy Pelosi said: "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it."

Sep 07, 2012
John Diener's High-Speed Rail
If Mr. Diener is so in favor of High Speed Rail, maybe he should recommend it go through his land on I-5 instead of appearing to ‘sellout’ his fellow farmers

Sep 06, 2012
How Much For S.J. River Restoration?
So, it looks like the Bee knows when the government says something will cost $900M and maybe $2B, it means it will cost $2B.

Sep 04, 2012
Delta Lessons 101
The article below explains that the cost of wholesale water from the Metropolitan Water District has gone up 75% since 2008

Aug 30, 2012
So, How Are We Doing?
And, while all this isn't going on, our legislators in Sacramento continue to sit in their think-tanks trying to find ways to make it even more difficult to farm.

Aug 22, 2012
Bankruptcies: Connecting the Dots!
The political mismanagement of our finances is no different than the mismanagement of our water supplies

Aug 21, 2012
Editorial: Argument for High-Speed Rail? Or Amtrak?
Maybe they're making a better case for Amtrak rather than high-speed rail without even realizing it.

Aug 16, 2012
JFK Revisited!
The devisiveness comes primarily from the environmental faction of the Democrat Party.

Aug 06, 2012
Devin's Deal or Tunnel Deal?
Remember H.R. 1837? It was Devin Nunes' solution to California's water war

Jul 30, 2012
SoCal Learning About the Delta!
Water's a utility. People turn on the faucet, water comes out, end of story.

Jul 26, 2012
The Peripheral Tunnel
Like a lot of others involved in the water debate we are going to take our time to look at this, see if it makes sense, then take a stand

Jul 25, 2012
Intelligent and Inspired Leadership - A Rare Commodity in California
The Clovis Chamber of Commerce reverses its stand on the project and its reasoning is included below.

Jul 23, 2012
Groundwater Regs Are Next!
Now the same regulators who took our surface water supplies are concerned that our groundwater is being depleted. Duh!

Jul 21, 2012
Higher Ed, Taxes, Pay Raises & HSR
The governor has sent out his univerity presidents to tell the voters if his tax increase doesn't pass, higher ed will suffer. What are we to do?

Jul 14, 2012
Made in China!
But has no problem using USDA government money to purchase food from China to feed Central Valley farmworkers who are out of work.

Jul 12, 2012
Water Bond: Where's the Common Sense?
Are they just hoping the economy comes roaring back so strong voters won't care about all the pork in 2014?

Jul 07, 2012
Exactly Backwards!
They kicked the water problem, which we really need to solve, down the road, and moved full speed ahead on the not-so-high-speed rail

Jul 05, 2012
Austerity and Mega-Spending
The bullet train won't be on the November ballot, but it will be on many Californians' minds as they decide the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax proposal.

Jun 30, 2012
Two Frauds: Obamacare & HSR
Are the people who support Obamacare in touch with the American people? Are the supporters of HSR in touch with the people of California?

Jun 25, 2012
How the World Works?
The Chinese don't give aid to countries; they invest in countries.

Jun 22, 2012
Rare Display of Sanity!
Environmentalists, farmers, and fiscal conservatives rallied together to form an unbeatable coalition

Jun 18, 2012
Farm Worker Safety Act
AB 2346 will require that water shall be provided at a distance no more than 10 feet from any agricultural employee. 10 feet?

Jun 15, 2012
Have Something Good To Say About High-Speed Rail?
Since we can't find any good news about the project, we'd like to offer anyone out there who is for the project the opportunity to write their positive reasons for supporting it.

Jun 11, 2012
Ashley & Jerry: Connect the Dots!
But he undermines the frugality image by continuing to champion a financially indefensible plan to link the major metropolitan areas of the state

Jun 08, 2012
Wasting Water
No one ever thinks to look at environmental water wasting. But, they waste the most of all.

Jun 02, 2012
What's Good for the Goose
If environmental rules can be used to halt construction of anything good for farming, why not use the same rules to halt construction

May 30, 2012
HSR: Fiction vs. Reality
Now we get news that we will have to breathe even worse air for 20-years before we get any benefits from high-speed rail

May 29, 2012
15%+ Unemployment, But Workers Hard to Find
Do we really want to keep borrowing money for people who say they want a job, but don't want some jobs because they say they're just too hard?

May 24, 2012
Governor: Environmental Rules Are Too Cumbersome!
But now, the state has two major projects it wants to build, high-speed rail and a tunnel to send water under the delta, and it's going to fast-track the projects

May 16, 2012
Showdown in Tombstone!
Rangers say the Wilderness Act prohibits "motorized" or "mechanized" equipment because it might damage the wilderness and disturb endangered species.

May 09, 2012
NRDC's Deception
The NRDC and Barry Nelson continue to keep the myth afloat that "the core problem (of the Delta) is the amount of water we pump out of that system"

May 08, 2012
Feinstein Opponent Announces Water Policy
As McClatchy News reported on March 27th, "running for re-election this year, the 78-year-old Feinstein hasn't yet broken a sweat against unknown and underfunded Republican opponents."

May 04, 2012
$1B of Private Money for High-Speed Rail?
A billion and more? Wow! There's only one problem: "The group doesn't have money in the bank."

Apr 30, 2012
High-Speed Rail: A Better Idea
Wouldn't it make more sense to build a segment from Bakersfield to Los Angeles first?

Apr 27, 2012
FPV Radio Campaign
The commercial time for the campaign has been generously donated by Gar Tootelian Inc. in Reedley

Apr 25, 2012
99.5% of Birds Survive Drought!
"The bacterial disease, which does not affect humans, killed only a small proportion of the 1.8 million to 2 million birds."

Apr 24, 2012
Just Be Honest!
"The only analysis that says it makes sense is High-Speed Rail [Authority board members] themselves."

Apr 23, 2012
The Great California Exodus
"The progressive war on the middle class" which is being fought with 'smart growth', AB32, the bullet train, green jobs, taxes and water policy.

Apr 18, 2012
The Walmart Dilemma
Why are so many people unemployed? Why are so many people homeless?

Apr 12, 2012
Where Are the Kennedys?
JFK's speech is inspiring, a bipartisan support for growing food and jobs for Americans. Why do we no longer hear this from the Democrats?

Apr 11, 2012
No Delta Solutions!
Once again, like other studies done before, there is no way to identify one stressor or even list in any order a number of stressors

Apr 05, 2012
Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You...
Realize you are being bribed, realize you are now a crony capitalist, realize you sold out to make a few bucks.

Apr 04, 2012
California Farmers Feel Pain
"Being a farmer in California is worse than going to Las Vegas," said Mark Borba

Apr 02, 2012
How to Make a $35B Increase Look Like a $30B Decrease
Could we just please get back to a $33-billion plan that was on the ballot?

Mar 30, 2012
Is the Fix In?
Are the Governor, the California High Speed Rail Authority, and a few environmental groups trying to circumvent the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for high-speed rail?

Mar 28, 2012
The Bullet Train and the Law
Does it even matter to California bullet train proponents that the current project doesn't come close to resembling what was passed by voters in 2008?

Mar 26, 2012
Extending a Hand
The people who have put years into the effort to put the Water Bond on the ballot are getting what they always get when they 'extend a hand': it gets chopped off.

Mar 19, 2012
Does Dianne Feinstein Oppose Removal of Klamath Dams?
Oh wait! Senator Feinstein didn't say that.

Mar 15, 2012
Winning The Lottery
If I were an employeee I would be asking myself how the Mayor can ask me to work for less while she advocates spending $100-billion for high-speeed rail.

Mar 13, 2012
And Then There Is Reality!
What if the entire end game of the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) which appears to be to build a tunnel under the Delta is all about making water so expensive that farmers can't afford it?

Mar 08, 2012
Devin's Deal or Tunnel Deal?
Can the ag community afford their share of building it, their share of the debt service and try to make a living for the 10 or 20 years it's going to take before they get any water out of it?

Mar 05, 2012
Gleickgate
Gleick, and many like him, are so convinced that their side of arguments are the only side that they will do anything to discredit their opponents.

Mar 01, 2012
House Passes Nunes Water Bill
We spent the better part of 5 hours yesterday watching and listening to the debate in the U.S. House of Representatives over the Water Reliability Act

Feb 28, 2012
Can Valley Ag Unite for Water?
According to Nunes, the Friant Water Users Authority professional management and their lobbyists are working behind the scenes to scuttle his legislation

Feb 27, 2012
Nunes Lays It on the Line and Names Names!
In particular, Nunes names the Friant Water Users Authority professional management and lobbyists who he says have refused to allow their members to take an up or down vote on his bill.

Feb 24, 2012
McClintock: Just the Facts!
The first article below is a response by Congressman Tom McClintock to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle about the Water Reliability Act

Feb 21, 2012
Watching Hetch Hetchy
It's ironic that San Francisco has committed the biggest environmental rape of all, but to get water we all must make some environmental sacrifices

Feb 17, 2012
What's Their Solution?
Instead of solving problems during the wet years we continued to kick the can down the road and now we're in for a rough water year.

Feb 10, 2012
Carefully Disguised Stripers
The simple logic of this is to reduce the number of striped bass available to eat salmon and smelt, therefore leaving more endanged species alive at the end of the day.

Feb 08, 2012
NRDC Disinformation Campaign
The environmentalists will never stop their campaign of disinformation, misleading stories and lawsuits.

Feb 06, 2012
The Striped Bass Saga
It would seem that if you want to protect endangered species you would do something about the not-endangered fish that are eating them.

Feb 02, 2012
This Is Kinda Scary!
78% of all Californians don't know what the Delta is. 86% of Southern Californians do not know about the Delta.

Feb 01, 2012
Nobody Wants To Pay!
We don't think any one entity should have to shoulder the burden of the Delta's problems, but there's only one group being penalized year after year.

Jan 27, 2012
Keystone Pipeline vs. California High-Speed Rail
Does anyone doubt that had this exact same route been for high speed rail, rather than a pipeline, it would already have been approved?

Jan 24, 2012
Demolish O'Shaughnessy Dam?
It's amusing to watch the enviros in San Francisco defend their source of water after spending most of their political careers trying to destroy ours.

Jan 19, 2012
Trains vs. Dams
A dam at Temperance Flat is estimated to cost $2 billion, 1/50th of the projected cost of high-speed rail, yet there are no concrete plans to build it.

Jan 17, 2012
The Spain Train
Why bother sending a reporter all the way to Spain if you're not going to listen to the evidence he brings back?

Jan 09, 2012
Sham Science Vindicates Sham Scientists!
If we told you the President of Resolve is the former Executive Director of GreenpeaceUSA, you might have some doubts about how neutral they would be.

Jan 06, 2012
High-Speed Denial
Predictably, officials at the California High-Speed Rail Authority reacted as they always do, with high-speed denial

Dec 29, 2011
Young Farmers?
Why would a young person want to get into a business that doesn't allow you to know how many acres you will be able to plant next year because you don't know how much water you will have?

Dec 27, 2011
Delta Stressors: Where to Begin?
If they think ranking Delta stressors is a tough job, they should try farming where you have to deal with what Mother Nature gives you, what politicians take from you, and what scientists claim to be the 'truth'.

Dec 23, 2011
High-Speed Rail Jobs Estimate Too Good to Be True!
"First, they counted every year of work as a separate job. So if one person were to work 10 years, that would count as 10 jobs."

Dec 22, 2011
We Have to Pass It to See What's In It!
Silly to think we have to pass a bill to find out what's in it, isn't it? Not really. It's actually the way things work.

Dec 20, 2011
The Water War Is Still On!
You can read the letter below and see how the Congressmen implore Secretary Salazar to make sure the "new Delta Smelt biological opinion be clearly grounded in the best available science, not just the best science the federal agencies have to offer."

Dec 19, 2011
Whether You Like It Or Not!
The City of Bakersfield just voted to oppose the project, and what was the reaction of the High-Speed Rail Authority? The usual arrogance they display for all who quesiton their infinite wisdom

Dec 15, 2011
Double-Crossed Again!!
The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to give a 5.4 mile stretch of the San Joaquin River 'scenic river' status.

Dec 06, 2011
Wanger & Westlands
It appears that the editorial boards can't find anything wrong with what he's doing, but they just don't like it.

Nov 18, 2011
FPV Board Member Helps Secure Bush for Farm Show
When Families Protecting the Valley Board Member Mark Watte gave a helicopter tour of Valley ag

Nov 17, 2011
How to Build a Healthy Economy
California's bureaucracy needs to get out of the way, and we need to elect people that can make it happen.

Nov 14, 2011
There's A Lot Worse Than Pork in the Water Bond!
All we hear about regarding the Water Bond is the pork, but pork is only the beginning of the problems in this legislation.

Nov 07, 2011
The High-Speed Rail Outreach Program in Action
What has this country come to when the Occupy Wall Street protesters are allowed to take over communities and trash them without consequence, but in this case, the citizens in Central California are threatened with police actions when trying to express th

Nov 03, 2011
Shouldn't We Really Vote Again?
We would suggest, as others do below, that since this isn't what we voted for in 2008 that we get a chance to vote again

Nov 01, 2011
OKV: Occupy Klamath Valley
While you keep one eye on the Occupy Wall Street movement, we recommend you keep the other on events surrounding the removal of four Klamath River Dams.

Oct 28, 2011
'Zealot' Scientist Receives Award for Her Work!
Instead of going back to the drawing board and re-doing their bad science, the Fish & Wildlife Service gave one of the scientists their Star Award

Oct 27, 2011
Community Colleges Cheerleading for HSR!
Should not the function of an educational system be to objectively study and evaluate this project instead of being a cheerleader for it?

Oct 26, 2011
Water=Jobs, Now Air=Jobs!
But a cost-benefit analysis is necessary when implementing something as draconian as AB32 which is an effort to cap greenhouse gas emissions with the cap-and-trade emision system.

Oct 24, 2011
2030
The funny thing is that even as recently as five years ago we would have laughed at this possibility, but it doesn't seem so far fetched now, does it?

Oct 20, 2011
Who's Not Bringing Their Water to the Table?
These diversions are bigger than the water pumped from the South Delta to farms and urban areas in the southern half of the state.

Oct 19, 2011
Economics & Water
That's why we pay attention when we see headlines like the following: Lowes to Close 20 Stores (affecting 1950 employees), Gap to Close 189 US Stores, Expand in China, Walmart Plans Smaller Stores, Best Buy to Reduce Square Footage by 10%, Mall Vacancie

Oct 18, 2011
The Dam Problem!
There are always the expected lawsuits over endangered fish and scenic rivers not to mention climate change.

Oct 14, 2011
Is It Rain or Pumping Restrictions?
You can believe the NRDC or you can believe Judge Wanger

Oct 12, 2011
When The Rubber Hits The Road!
The train will cut a 20-mile diagonal through the heart of the city, impacting 15-20% of land area.

Oct 11, 2011
The River vs. The Dam
The Merced River has 122.5 miles of Wild and Scenic River designation. This modification of the Exchequer Dam would impact 1/2 mile of it.

Oct 07, 2011
Water Police
The U.S had the right to stop him from plowing because it could ruin the ponds and hurt the fairy shrimp and salamanders

Oct 06, 2011
Why Did the Chicken Plant Close and 185 Workers Lose Their Jobs?
Well, it all starts with the benevolent idea of biofuels

Oct 05, 2011
High-Speed Rail: A Better Idea!
Maybe instead of clinging to an idea that just gets worse and worse, it would be prudent to 'think outside the box' for a change

Oct 04, 2011
How Many Water Plans Are There? We Don't Know Either!
"I know of no one who has all of these in his/her head and can see how they fit together."

Sep 28, 2011
230,000 New EPA Jobs!
The cost of all this is being billed at $21 billion, which doesn't include the economic cost of the regulations themselves.

Sep 26, 2011
What Do You Call the Generation That Demolishes What The 'Greatest Generation' Built?
Why is it that if we all loved 'The Greatest Generation' we are so unlike them?

Sep 23, 2011
Job Creation Through Destruction!
They believe in tearing down dams to create jobs.

Sep 22, 2011
Science Gets A Black Eye!
It is ever more apparent to more and more people that scientists are nothing more than politicians in white coats.

Sep 19, 2011
Why The U.S. Economy Is Going To Hell!
It is damn near impossible to keep up with the insanity that passes for economic policy in this country

Sep 17, 2011
Wanger Court: Environmental 'Bad Faith' Exposed Again!
The enviros continue to try to shove the 'bad science' down our throats with the help of the courts

Sep 14, 2011
Who Are These Scientists and What Is Their Agenda?
We're all starting to see that politics might be more important to some scientists than science

Sep 07, 2011
Environmental Money Machine
The vast majority of large, well known environmental groups are nothing more than money machines

Sep 07, 2011
Labor Day Breakfast Dreams
It's necessary to make a point about 'green' energy. It's not about politics.

Sep 06, 2011
Record Income For California Farms!
But when the rain stops, we'll be right back where we started because nothing's been done to fix the problems

Sep 02, 2011
Wanger Retirement: Good News or Bad News?
So, someone is going to have to absorb his caseload including ruling over these very important water issues

Sep 01, 2011
Farrmers Prevail Over Enviro Junk Science Again!
Today we have Judge Wanger's ruling calling environmental junk science and credibility into question once again

Aug 30, 2011
Squeezing A Balloon!
When there are water problems in one area it impacts other areas as well, like squeezing a balloon.

Aug 29, 2011
Reaching Across the Aisle
For all his work with the Democrats his reward is to be removed from the California Water Commission

Aug 25, 2011
Sucker Punched!
We have our Delta Smelt. In Southern California they have their Santa Ana Sucker.

Aug 24, 2011
Water Trumps Rail!
The governor should push ahead with water plans, and sidetrack the high-speed rail proposal before it rolls over taxpayers.

Aug 23, 2011
Obama's Paradoxes
The fiscal and regulatory policies coming out of Washington (and out of Sacramento) have not worked, yet leaders who believe in them want more of the same.

Aug 22, 2011
Rachel Maddow And Hoover Dam
When we saw MSNBC's Rachel Maddow standing in front of Hoover Dam in a t.v. promotion (called 'Lean Forward') proudly extolling the virtues of building dams, we about fell off the couch.

Aug 20, 2011
The ESA in SF
Now if that was a Swainson's hawk nest anywhere in the San Joaquin Valley all human activity within a radius of up to 1 mile would have to come to a dead screeching halt

Aug 19, 2011
EPA Ozone Levels Too Tough For Yellowstone Park!
“As soon as Obama was elected president, the radicals at the EPA are just running wild”

Aug 18, 2011
U.S. Funding New Dam In Pakistan?
Why is it that we can build a dam in Pakistan, but not in California?

Aug 17, 2011
Obama To Unveil Plan To Boost Rural Jobs!
He could boost rural jobs in the San Joaquin Valley at zero-cost by not allowing fish to be more important than people.

Aug 16, 2011
How About A Hearing For People?
There is so much concern for the fish, but not too much for the people who create the jobs and pay most of the taxes.

Aug 15, 2011
Unemployment As Stimulus?
Apparently its hard for even "highly educated" people to think things through, and that's why we are where we are

Aug 12, 2011
Wonder Why The EPA Is The Way It Is?
The Obama administration announces it is expanding a liberals-only internship program that we don't need with money we don't have.

Aug 11, 2011
Regulation Nation!
At a time when deregulation should be the order of the day, it's just the opposite

Aug 10, 2011
Hey! I Have An Idea!
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom thinks something is wrong with the economy of California. Yah think?

Aug 09, 2011
California's HSR Boondoggle Was Predictable - And Predicted!
“This is the first time I am unable to endorse a high-speed rail plan,” he told the senators, saying that he found the California High Speed Rail Authority’s work to be “the poorest I have ever seen.”

Aug 08, 2011
We Can't Let West Side Go Dry!
Victor Davis Hanson writes below about how California's green dreams are colliding with the economy

Aug 02, 2011
Enviros Get 86% of Delta Water and Want Even More!
If 25.4 million acre feet out of 29.6 million acre feet flowed through the Delta and out to sea

Jul 29, 2011
NASA Debunks Global Warming!
It means "far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted

Jul 26, 2011
I'm Here To Help!
Let's just go ahead and put everybody out of business and see how much tax receipts shrink.

Jul 25, 2011
HSR Moment Of Truth!
Does anyone really think if another vote were to be taken on this bond today it would have a chance of passing?

Jul 22, 2011
SoCal & Farmers on Same Side in Water Fight!
Southern California Residents Paid over One Billion Three Hundred Million Dollars ($1,311,300,000) For WATER THEY DID NOT RECEIVE

Jul 19, 2011
HSR Racing To Make Errors?
We don't believe there has ever been a government project that has limped along so stubbornly when the facts are so negative and with this much bad publicity.

Jul 18, 2011
EPA, Enviro Collusion!
Enviro groups get grants, win lawsuits, have their legal fees paid, and you lose water and pay the fees

Jul 15, 2011
Fix The Delta!
How long do people get to try to fix something if everything they do makes things worse?

Jul 14, 2011
No Good News About HSR!
It's difficult to keep up with the never-ending stream of bad news about high-speed rail

Jul 08, 2011
Droughts & Water & Jobs
Some would have you believe farm unemployment wasn't a problem during the drought, but it just isn't true.

Jul 01, 2011
Taxes on the 4th of July!
So, how is it if things are so bad that property taxes are going up?

Jun 30, 2011
FPV's New Signs!
Average citizens don't know that many farmers have to pay for 100% of the water even though they only get 50% or 60%.

Jun 29, 2011
Train To Nowhere!
It is crystal clear that this project will be a mullti-billion dollar albatross on California

Jun 24, 2011
Budget Boondoggle Award!
Even though Congress has already zeroed out new high-speed rail appropriations for fiscal year 2011

Jun 23, 2011
Purposeful Flooding
In other words, they used the dam system to re-create the river as if there weren't dams

Jun 22, 2011
Groundwater Pumping Can Sink HSR!
The Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) project only a few years old is now at risk because of subsidence

Jun 20, 2011
Outnumbered!
It's fair to say that when analyzing coverage by the mainstream media we are simply outnumbered

Jun 16, 2011
Ag Doesn't Matter!
Investors have figured out that the dollar is no place to keep the dollar.

Jun 13, 2011
It's Tough Enough!
So, not only do we have to fight against unfair laws

Jun 09, 2011
Who Started the Water Wars?
They can't stand it when the other side fights back

Jun 07, 2011
High-Speed Rail Meeting Tonight
We hope you can attend regardless of your position on the issue

May 31, 2011
A Deal Is A Deal! Or Is It?
This meant farmers couldn't get the water back they had been promised.

May 26, 2011
David vs. Goliath
California High Speed Rail continues to spend millions of dollars by hiring expensive lobbyists

May 23, 2011
Sloppy Science
While scientists study, farmers go broke.

May 17, 2011
California's Perpetual Water Wars
While farmers get back to growing crops, enviros get back to doing what they always do

May 12, 2011
The San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act
Devin Nunes promised that when he had the chance he would do what he could to repeal it(River Restoration)

May 06, 2011
The Science of Water
Farmers never thought they'd have to get post-graduate degrees in biology and environmental science

May 04, 2011
Connecting The Dots
So is their solution is to shut down more tax-paying businesses that could help balance the budget?

May 01, 2011
Groundwater and Surface Water
Our system doesn't have enough surface storage available to make water banking work

Apr 28, 2011
River Restoration Public Hearings
This is an effort to explain their 3-year study to restore flows to the San Joaquin River

Apr 25, 2011
Chinese Bullet Trains
Today, Liu Zhijun is ruined, and his high-speed rail project is in trouble

Apr 21, 2011
Properly Managed Forests
It could also get back 1 million to 3 million acre-feet or more of additional water

Apr 16, 2011
Too Dammed Expensive!
The problem of underground storage is directly linked to above ground storage,

Apr 14, 2011
Not Dependent On Hydrology
It's not helping the rivers, the delta, the smelt, the salmon or anything else.

Apr 12, 2011
FPV Board Members Testify at Congressional Hearing
Board members Kole Upton and Mark Watte testified before the Congressional Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee

Apr 08, 2011
The Myths of Peter Gleick
Dr. Gleick is an ivory tower guy who as far as we know has never worked in a field in his life, yet is never short on advice on how to farm

Apr 07, 2011
Fresno Hearing on Man-Made Drought This Monday
We encourage all who can attend to go in support of policies

Apr 05, 2011
We Need Dams, Not High-Speed Trains
In recent days, more than 300,000 acre-feet of water is moving through the Delta and out to sea every day

Apr 01, 2011
Drought or Flood: Why Build Dams?
If droughts won't build dams, maybe floods will.

Mar 31, 2011
Facts Are Pesky Things!
High Speed Rail is not fiscally responsible

Mar 30, 2011
The Costa Plan
We suspect his problem will come from his own party.

Mar 29, 2011
Can They Totally Shut Down the Pumps?
They actually say "this case could completely change the game in the Delta, shutting down the pumps"

Mar 24, 2011
Just Had To Get This Off My Chest!
How much rain must the clouds dump on us before we get all the water we need?

Mar 23, 2011
FPV Board Member Testifies!
The problem is that this project was sold under the concept that HSR would use existing corridors

Mar 23, 2011
Is 70 the New 100?
The problem is no longer the amount of water, but the ability to move it around

Mar 17, 2011
Bullet Train Has No Business Plan!
He goes so far as to say that high speed rail lacks a "disciplined, genuine business plan"

Mar 14, 2011
Connecting the Dots Revisited
Here we are in the agricultural capitol of the world and we're begging for money from Walmart

Mar 11, 2011
Some Can't See the Forest for the Trees
Some people are beginning to see that there are many problems in the Delta, but others refuse

Mar 09, 2011
PPIC Report: They are Coming for the Water Rights!
But my consistent, recurring thought as I read the PPIC report was “Oh man, ag is NOT gonna like that”

Mar 07, 2011
It's Not So Complicated!
We have to face the fact that Democrats and Republicans have two very different views on water policy

Mar 05, 2011
What (Who) Is The PPIC?
So, is this really independent, objective, nonpartisan research?

Feb 28, 2011
Every Win Counts!
You could say we've had three wins in three months

Feb 25, 2011
It's Every Fish For Himself!
Yet, the Department of Fish and Game has done nothing to reduce the striped bass population

Feb 23, 2011
FPV To Speak At Madera County Farm Bureau Regional Conference
They will discuss 'The Delta and Our Water', a look at the marketing campaign

Feb 21, 2011
Environmental Wackos With A Plan
The truth is that they are smart and probably five steps ahead of the rest of us.

Feb 16, 2011
Librarians And Farmers
Just in cast they didn't 'connect the dots' between the farm and the library, we are happy to do it for them

Feb 15, 2011
Why Is The EPA In The Delta?
Why after decades of studies has the EPA decided to get involved at this time?

Feb 11, 2011
The Love Train
If just 1/10th of this money were spent on California's water infrastructure, think what it would do for the economy.

Feb 08, 2011
How Many Smelt Does It Take To Shut Down The Pumps? 93!

Feb 04, 2011
The Next Play In The NRDC's Playbook
One of them is the 'reasonable use' clause of the 'public trust' doctrine

Feb 01, 2011
They Finally Admit They Don't Know!
They now say there are over 40 potential causes for the Delta's decline.

Jan 28, 2011
Social Audits For Farms? Where Does It End?
Are you aware that large customers have decided shippers need to undergo "social audits?"

Jan 26, 2011
Train To High-Speed Bankruptcy!
Doesn't all this add up to something that just doesn't add up?

Jan 23, 2011
'No Dam' People!
Because there is no place to put this excess water, it will never be used for families or farms.

Jan 21, 2011
Nothing Reasonable About 'Reasonable Use'
First of all, it doesn't make any sense for farmers, who fight for every acre foot they get, to waste any of it.

Jan 16, 2011
'Public Trust' Next Big Fight(Part 2)
It is a huge mistake for Sacramento to attack Agriculture, its largest industry.

Jan 14, 2011
'Public Trust' Next Big Fight(Part 1)
It means that there is now a new front in the war on ag water.

Jan 12, 2011
Sacramento Bee Publishes FPV Response!
They called Families Protecting the Valley a 'cuddly sounding front group'

Jan 09, 2011
Drought Or Flood? It Looks Like Both!
But, it's no joke as the Board voted unanimously for both the flood and drought emergency

Jan 06, 2011
Who Is John Laird?
The Mercury News calls him an 'environmental advocate' who will have a powerful voice in oversight

Dec 30, 2010
Connecting The Dots
Why are so many people unemployed? Why are so many people homeless?

Dec 15, 2010
Sloppy Is No Way To Run A Delta
Judge Wanger then has to determine if the bureaucrats's interpretation of bad law makes any sense

Dec 11, 2010
SAC BEE Blames FPV For Sewage Decision!
We take full credit for our part in the public relations campaign to spread the word about the damage

Dec 11, 2010
Sac Bee Blames FPV for Sewage Decision!

Dec 10, 2010
Rare Win In Water Wars!
This has been a long, difficult battle

Dec 03, 2010
We Really Can't Say Too Much About This!
We distributed over 600,00 of the flyers through newspapers in the San Francisco/Sacramento Bay-Delta area

Dec 01, 2010
Train Just Keeps Truckin'
Despite all the bad news almost on a daily basis, the darn train just keeps truckin' down the track

Nov 29, 2010
Important Hearing Next Week!
Families Protecting the Valley, among other water organizations, has been very vocal in educating the public about wastewater

Nov 23, 2010
Water Wars Are Not Over
It looks like the same old story of bringing farmers to the table in an effort to get them to agree to cut their own throats

Nov 16, 2010
Seperate Truth From Fiction
If someone is accused of subsidies, Westlands gets blamed

Nov 01, 2010
Enviros Never Get Billed!
When water is diverted from farms for the environment, farmers are the only ones to pay

Mar 13, 2010
Newsletter: It Takes Water To Make Mud
The 15,000 farm families do not consider themselves as separate from these communities.

Mar 11, 2010
Is It The Striped Bass Or The Pumps?
Why does one of our government agencies file suit against farmers to protect the salmon while another government agency stocks predator striped bass

Mar 08, 2010
Newsletter: And They Wonder Why We Don't Trust Californians
We found it curious that the California water bill package on the November ballot has $250-million for dam removal

Dec 29, 2009
Newsletter: Here We Go Again
'Where does the Valley think this will lead?'

Nov 15, 2009
Newsletter: Devil In The Details
Although there is supposed to be 3-billion-dollars for surface water storage in the bond, we can find no guarantee that anything will be built.

Nov 14, 2009
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