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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 12, 2016

Fresno State is in the process of developing a strategic plan for water.  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.  If you are a regular reader of our newsletter you know we have practically been begging for local leaders to help in the fight for water.  Maybe Fresno State can be the leadership we need.  

One of the survey questions asks that you list up to three water issues critical to the San Joaquin Valley.  We hope that they will get thousands of replies listing the Delta pumping issues regarding the Endangered Species Act, and the failure of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program.  These are the big issues and they must be taken on if Fresno State wishes to be redefined as "a recognized leader in the area of water technology, water resource management and policy."  That's what an article in the Fresno Bee (Help Us Devise a Strategic Valley Water Plan) says they want to be.  

If you want to go into a little more detail about the Endangered Species Act, here are two things we would like to see happen:  1) Environmental water accountability:  when environmentalists take ag water to help endangered species and it doesn't work, there is no penalty.  Usually, instead of a penalty they just get more water because their plan didn't work.  2) Take the impact on humans into consideration:  when they take ag water to help fish, the law doesn't demand the impact on farmers/humans be considered.  This should change.

When it comes to the San Joaquin River Restoration project, the Fresno Bee and Dianne Feinstein have both admitted it needs to be redone, but it never happens.  Environmentalists can't believe in both salmon on the San Joaquin River and climate change.  If you believe in climate change the river will be too warm for salmon.  We recommend a simple solution:  Agree on legislation to establish a 'warm water' fishery calling for a 'live' river 24/7, 365 days/year. It will not provide salmon, but will provide a robust fishery like exists for 40 miles below Friant Dam now, and it will allow East Side losses to be mitigated.

These problems must be solved or the rest is just fiddling while Rome burns.  We hope Fresno State will have the strength to take these issues on with the powers that be in California like the U.S. Senators and the Governor.  They say they believe in science.  Let's get science involved in this.  Environmental politics has ruled way too long.

Strategic Water Plan Survey

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