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Restore the San Joaquin River? Who can be against reviving a lost treasure teeming with salmon? Before you load up the truck with fishing gear, let us review history and see what is really proposed.
Sixty years ago, Congress dried up a portion of the river. The stored water from Friant Dam was used conjunctively with underground water to successfully sustain East Side communities and farms.
Nearly two years ago, I walked across the Capitol to meet with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, in a bipartisan manner, intent on restarting settlement negotiations in the litigation between the National Resources Defense Council, Friant Water Users Authority and the Department of the Interior regarding the San Joaquin River.
Federal Court Judge Lawrence Karlton was poised to rule on the case and gave every indication that his ruling would be a disaster to the Friant Water Users.
Without the settlement, it is estimated that water users stand to lose at least 35% of their water -- or 452,000 acre feet.
It is disappointing that The Bee repeated a misleading claim that Congress is considering a fee on the nuclear industry to pay for San Joaquin River restoration ("River bill taps nuclear money," Nov. 20). In fact, the issues are quite separate.
By Alan Autry
I thought the settlement of a costly 18-year-old lawsuit and restoration of the San Joaquin River would allow our region to move forward. We were one step closer to being able to focus on improving California's water supply and an aged water delivery structure. California was getting back on track, and our economy was sure to follow.
Then we had a new federal court ruling in a separate lawsuit that will result in the reduction of Delta water supplies to protect the endangered Delta smelt. This ruling increases the challenges we face and having the Natural Resource Defense Council, a partner in the river settlement, at the center of the Delta smelt litigation is not viewed as being helpful.
by Rachel Olivieri / March 5th, 2008
My intent in writing is plain enough — to stay alert — to stay alive and to keep alive connections that foster buildable lifestyles and promote a responsible relationship with the earth’s resources — the only relationship that resonates meaningful living. With that intent, I care, I learn, I write, and I share.
When I went for a leisurely walk Sunday morning, the sky was cobalt blue, ravens side-slipped in a light breeze and tree’s swayed easily in rhythm. With a bright sun holding court over this scene, it seemed unimaginable that anything could be out-ofplace. In that moment, I wondered how anyone could communicate that anything was amiss. It seems all too perfect. Yet, everything is relative depending on whether you’re a person strolling on a beautifully day or a water system that’s failing under its gaze.
Chris Acree's July 14 Valley Voices commentary, "We must be good stewards of the San Joaquin," highlights the schizophrenic nature of Fresno County.
There are only two rivers in Fresno County, the San Joaquin and the Kings. After decades of mining and other destructive uses, great efforts are being made to restore the San Joaquin River. The Board of Supervisors has said this restoration work is a high priority and will be good for the whole county.
A Valley Voices commentary in The Bee (July 14) carried the headline: "We must be good stewards of San Joaquin." It concluded by stating, "Let's once again become stewards of the San Joaquin River and help rebuild the natural and cultural heritage that has been lost."
Thumbs up to George Folsom for receiving the President's Volunteer Service Award from the Environmental Protection Agency. As a leader of two area nonprofit groups -- the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust and Revive the San Joaquin -- Folsom actively recruits volunteers and helps with fundraising events.
Printed in August 2008 Undercurrent
Water is fluid and graceful. It follows the path of least resistance and lets gravity do all the work, slowly wearing away even the largest boulders in its path. Numbers and equations, on the other hand, are rigid and fixed and often spark bad memories of high school algebra class. Not many people think about numbers when they are swimming, or bathing, or drinking a glass of water. How can numbers stick to something so fluid? Water will sink into the ground only to be pumped right back up again, evaporate into thin air only to be rained back down. Assigning numbers to water is like walking a slippery slope.