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Dams or Diversions? How to get California's water plans back on track.

By Chris Acree Printed in March 08 Undercurrent

California has 1,200 major dams, and the San Joaquin Valley has more developed water infrastructure than anywhere in the world, so why are we so stirred up over our current water situation? The recent attempts at a statewide water bond reinvigorated discussions in the legislature that could lead to big changes in the State’s water system, and hopefully take the edge off a looming water crisis. After a year of bond negotiations and a special session of the legislature, however, we failed to find consensus on the correct course of action. Now, as the State fiscal crisis threatens momentum on a water bond, maybe it’s time to take a deep breath and re-evaluate our water woes.

Can a River Survive a City?

Printed in September 2008 Undercurrent
Chris Acree

Fresno is big and getting bigger. Despite our unhealthy air and extremely hot weather, we still manage to draw in more new residents than most other U.S. cities. Maybe this is because Fresno is a great place to live and raise a family, or maybe we are just stuck here and having lots of babies. Either way you look at it, life in the San Joaquin Valley is changing. A new habitat restoration project for the San Joaquin River could give valley residents more opportunities to enjoy this place we live, that is, if the restored river can survive our way of life.

Water in Balance

By Chris Acree, Printed in September 2007 Undercurrent

Lately when I think of the word ‘balance’, all that comes to mind is how ‘out of balance’ things are surrounding water issues in the San Joaquin Valley. I attribute this to the drone of news articles talking about California’s current struggles to balance the budget, and the legal battles between environmentalists and our government over water use in the San Joaquin River and the Delta.

Least expensive

Thursday, June 23, 2005

In his June 16 letter, Jon Alsdorf called for new dams on the San Joaquin
and Kings rivers, and asked what solutions are proposed by Revive the San
Joaquin, a new Fresno group advocating fishery flows in 70 miles of
dewatered riverbed.

Revive the San Joaquin believes farming and a living river can co-exist.
It's being done on the Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne rivers. We support
the most recent Department of Water Resources California Water Plan
proposals for developing new supplies.

Let's cooperate to preserve San Joaquin

By George Folsom
Saturday, June 11, 2005

      River ecosystems like the San Joaquin have linked the magnificent Sierra Nevada to the Pacific Ocean with flowing waters rife with life for millions of years. In less than a century of use and abuse, this crown jewel of the Valley is nearly dead. Our San Joaquin River must flow again as a life-giving resource and economic wellspring for all Valley people.

Editorial: River fishery flows, ag can co-exist

Fresno Bee – 6/21/05

By Lloyd Carter, director of the conservation group Revive the San Joaquin

I testified at the recent hearing of the House Subcommittee on Water that a restored San Joaquin River can co-exist with agriculture. I believe that because the Merced , Stanislaus and Tuolumne rivers already have healthy fisheries, including salmon runs, and still provide water for farming and urban interests. This can also be done on the San Joaquin , fairly and reasonably.

Sky Will Not Fall

by Walt Shubin

Fresno Bee - July 10,2005

It seems some of our farmers, politicians, mayors, water officials and the public have been misled and misinformed by the very people who are perpetrating an injustice that began over 60 years ago: drying up the San Joaquin River for 70 miles on the Valley floor to benefit growers who aren't even in the watershed.

Polluted water politics leaves state up a creek

The Fresno Bee – 7/13/08
By Jim Boren

In the debate over the state's precious water, the talking points are very clear. It's a battle over helping wealthy corporate farmers or saving the fish. You are either for the big guys or those who want to save the planet. There's no middle ground.

But like most difficult public policy questions, the issues are not so black and white when it comes to dividing up California's water. In a drought year, the rhetoric gets even more extreme.

We must be good stewards of San Joaquin

By Chris Acree, Revive the San Joaquin Executive Director.

Watch streaming video of the Feb 4 debate on water issues at Fresno State, moderated by U.S District Judge Oliver Wanger.

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