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How we move water in California and put it to its best use is a vibrant and ongoing discussion. Who's water is it and how is it being used? Read more to learn about where your water comes from and where it is going.

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

California's claims of three-year drought are all wet

California's "drought" is overblown. The alarmists calling it a historic disaster are trying to pull a fast one.

Water crisis demands attention now

State leaders must forge effective compromises to serve people of California.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2009

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KMJ hosts water forum

KMJ host Chris Daniel hosted a 2hr water forum on Wednesday night from 5-7pm. Guests included Tom Birmingham of Westlands Water District, Revive's Chris Acree, Bill Diedrich of San Luis Water District, Robert Silva Mayor of Mendota, John Shelton of CA Fish and Game, and Steve Haze representing the San Joaquin Valley Water Leadership Forum. The forum was a moderated discussion about the current status of water and water management in the San Joaquin Valley. The forum was a great oppotunity to introduce restoration of the San Joaquin River as a possible solution to our water management woes.

Revive's Grasslands Bypass Project Comments

Revive the San Joaquin submitted the following public comments to Judi Tapia, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation concerning the Draft Environmental Impact Report on the Grasslands ByPass Project.  The Proposed Project is asking for an additional 10 years to comply with state water quality and environmental regulations.


Revive the San Joaquin’s Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Grasslands Bypass Project 2010-2019

San Joaquin River wrangling continues


San Joaquin River wrangling continues


By Mark Grossi / The Fresno Bee
Monday, February 16, 2009

The revival of the San Joaquin River will officially begin with a shot of fresh water in October -- capping decades of courtroom battles and years of delicate negotiations over funding.

But the wrangling over the state's second-longest river is far from over.

Rio Mesa's 'litigation magnet'

Madera County plans in a vacuum, to the detriment of the entire region.
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009 - Editorial in Fresno Bee


In the eyes of its developers and their supporters, the Rio Mesa area in southeast Madera County will one day be a sparkling new community of upscale homes and comfortable suburban living. In the eyes of its detractors, Rio Mesa is like watching an accident about to happen, and being too far away to help.

The Fresno County grand jury - Building Moratorium until Water Proven

California Planning & Development Report, July, 2005 The Fresno County grand jury has recommended the county implement a building moratorium "until proven water sources are located, developed and preserved." The mid-June report arrived just as a newly formed water advisory committee got started on a plan to bring together water agencies, developers, civic leaders and local government officials.

Fears of more Valley drought grow

La Niña may bring third dry year and drastic cuts in water to Valley farms.

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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