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Paper shuffle allows for vast supply of easy money

By Mike Taugher
Staff Writer
Posted: 05/23/2009 09:36:41 PM PDT
Updated: 09/03/2009 11:22:25 AM PDT

It must have seemed like easy money.

The state was delivering more water than ever to its customers, and in Kern County some of those customers sold some of it back, through a simple trade, at a higher price.

Tens of millions of dollars in sales to the "environmental water account" were little more than paper shuffles.

The Resnicks: farming's power couple

By Mike Taugher
Staff Writer
Posted: 05/23/2009 09:39:21 PM PDT
Updated: 09/03/2009 11:22:41 AM PDT

Stewart Resnick is not your typical dirt-under-the-fingernails farmer.
The Beverly Hills billionaire's companies, according to tax records, appear to own more than 115,000 acres in Kern County, about the size of four San Franciscos and more than all of the East Bay Regional Park District's parks combined.

The operation is the largest pistachio and almond growing and processing operation in the world, according to the company's Web site, and part of a business e

State bond lets firms profit from water

Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
Sunday, December 27, 2009
(12-27) 04:00 PST Sacramento - --

Private companies could own, operate and profit from reservoirs and other water-storage projects built with billions in taxpayer dollars under a little-noticed provision of the $11.1 billion water bond that was approved by the Legislature and goes before California voters next year.

Lawmakers barely discussed the provision while considering the bond, and water experts who were asked about it by The Chronicle said they knew little about it or why it was a necessary pa

Gaming the water system

By Mike Taugher
Staff Writer
Posted: 05/25/2009 05:31:15 AM PDT
Updated: 09/03/2009 11:22:02 AM PDT

Just before Interstate 5 climbs the Grapevine out of the San Joaquin Valley is a massive underground reservoir that its owners say is the largest water banking project of its kind in the world.

Here among the desert where one natural river and two artificial ones pass: the Kern River, which originates in the southern Sierra Nevada; the California Aqueduct, which carries Delta water more than 400 miles to a reservoir in Riverside County; and the Friant-Kern Canal, whic

Rural water district squeezing to make every drop count

By Seth Nidever
Looking southeast from the parking lot of In-N-Out Burger in the tiny farm worker town of Kettleman City, a vast swath of orchards in the Dudley Ridge Water District stretches from the beginning of the Coastal Range into the flatland of the San Joaquin Valley.

Imported water from Northern California has transformed what would be dry brush, barren hillsides and prime coyote habitat into some of the most productive almond, pistachio and pomegranate trees in the state.

Now, drou

Another Kings County Water Transfer Weighed

By John Lindt

California - Another transfer of state surface water from farms in Kings County to southern California appears to be in the works.

Ruling delays massive development near Hwy. 41

Rio Mesa BluffBy Chris Collins / The Fresno Bee

A Madera County judge has ruled that a key environmental report for a massive housing development near Highway 41 lacks important information, forcing the county to rewrite part of the report and threatening to delay the 5,200-home project.

Patience Milrod, a Fresno attorney whose lawsuit for Revive the San Joaquin led to the ruling, said this week that

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.

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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