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The Sacramento- San Joaquin River Delta is the largest estuarine system on the west coast of the Americas and a rich national treasure. So why do we treat it like sewer? Read more to unfold the many mysteries and current challenges facing the Delta.

Grassroots’ Latino Water Coalition registered to ag industry lobbyist

By Malcolm Maclachlan | 10/01/09 12:00 AM PST..

Anyone who works in or around the Capitol has likely seen them in the last few months: clumps of Latino farm workers holding blue and white signs with slogans such as “Farm water=Jobs” or “If you like foreign oil, you’ll love foreign food.”


The California Latino Water Coalition is one of several groups that have sprung up in recent years as the Golden State has tried to address its water woes. But according to critics, those blue signs are hiding another color: the green of Astroturf. In politics, “Astroturfing” means creating and financing a group to make it appear to be a real grass-roots organization when, in fact, it isn’t. It is a common practice in the high-stakes world of Sacramento lobbying and communications strategy.

Water: Think Food Security

By Philip Erro

Published in Community Alliance

Amid the present controversy about whether the west side of the San Joaquin Valley should receive Northern California water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, few voices have addressed domestic food security.

California has an enormous federal water project called the Central Valley Project (CVP) that transports Northern California water south.

Tunnel under delta could be alternative to canal

By Michael Gardner
U-T Sacramento Bureau
2:00 a.m. July 31, 2009


SACRAMENTO – A possible answer to Southern California's water-delivery woes has emerged right underfoot, literally.
The state Department of Water Resources is exploring the price and engineering challenges associated with digging a roughly 35-mile tunnel under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to bring more supplies to Southern California.

“We don't have the costs worked out,” said Lester Snow, California's water chief.

Environmental groups sue to stop water tranfers

The Contra Costa Times – 4/15/09

By Heather Hacking

Environmental activists, including the Butte Environmental Council, filed a lawsuit Monday stating the state Department of Water Resources, the state Natural Resources Agency and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are not following environmental laws for planned water transfers.

After filing the lawsuit, representatives from the groups said they will likely seek an injunction to halt the proposed water transfers.

Calif. river system is nation's most endangered

Tuesday, Apr. 07, 2009
By GARANCE BURKE - Associated Press Writer

FRESNO, Calif.

Bureau increases water allocation to senior water rights holders

Apr 2, 2009 10:22 AM

The Bureau of Reclamation has increased from 75 percent to 100 percent the water allocation to senior water rights holders and wildlife refuges north and south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The increases result from additional precipitation, improved snowpack, and improved runoff into Shasta Reservoir since the March snow surveys by the California Department of Water Resources’ (DWR).

Ocean 'indicators' help develop forecasts

The Columbia Basin Bulletin
March 20, 2009

Canal wins few converts in Delta

The Stockton Record
By Alex Breitler
March 19, 2009

State water supply vulnerable to quakes, floods

The San Francisco Chronicle
By Kelly Zito
March 21, 2009

Sacramento River's chinook face double whammy

The San Francisco Chronicle
By Jane Kay
March 19, 2009

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