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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.

Dam politics get tricky for the Valley's leadership

May 20, 2006  -  Top Valley government and community leaders are still struggling to solve the political pickle that is state Assembly Speaker Fabián Núñez, a Los Angeles Democrat.

To refresh, the Democrat-led state Legislature earlier this month passed a $37 billion bond package.

Valley officials were outraged for two reasons: The deal contained no money for local water storage, and Assembly Member Juan Arambula, a Fresno Democrat, got punished big-time by Núñez for abstaining on a vote pushed hard by the party leadership.

In Line For Water

Posted on Sun, Nov. 25, 2007
By MICHAEL G. MOONEY
mmooney@modbee.com

Winter is fast approaching, carrying with it the hope of much-needed rain and snow.

But some California water agencies no longer are willing to sit back, cross their fingers and hope for the best.

They're ready to buy water -- as much as possible, as soon as possible.

Water bank bill passes in U.S. House

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
By The Madera Tribune

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House of Representatives yesterday passed H.R. 1855, the Madera Water Supply Enhancement Act, said Rep. George Radanovich (R-Mariposa). The legislation has now been referred to the U.S. Senate, where California Sen. Feinstein has introduced identical legislation.

A win for Madera water bank

Saturday, August 19, 2006
By Charles Doud
 
Ron Pistoresi, president of the board for Madera Irrigation District, stands at one of the ponds on Madera Ranch that will help recharge the aquifer.

Madera Irrigation District has won a legal case that threatened to slow development of its underground water bank in southwestern Madera County. MID president Ron Pistoresi said the irrigation district should now be able to move forward with the water bank project, which could store about half as much water as Millerton Lake.

The Taxpayers Association of Madera County had sued the irrigation district under terms of the California Environmental Quality Act.

Want a water study? Dig deep

For funds, that is. Cache below Fresno Co. foothills can be probed with radar.
By Marc Benjamin / The Fresno Bee
09/17/07 04:09:29
 
How much water is there below Fresno County's Sierra foothills? How much development can that water support?

Those questions have nagged Fresno County officials for years.

Now, scientists hope to find answers by creating a three-dimensional computer map of the water trapped in rock fissures and underground pools. All they need is money.

Editorial - State's Water System at Breaking Point

The Bakersfield Californian- 7/13/08

California and Kern County is a brilliantly designed painting. From the farmlands in the Central Valley to the flowering landscapes of Southern California, the colors and diversity in texture are something out of a Monet masterpiece.

It is an extensive rearrangement of the existing natural order, created by the ingeniousness and will of man because of their use of one of our most precious natural resources: Water.

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.

Lloyd G. Carter: Much of California is a desert, we should live in it as such

By Lloyd G. Carter
Special to The Bee

Published: Sunday, Jun. 15, 2008 | Page 1E

That dreaded word drought has again intruded into the California public consciousness following Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's June 4 declaration that a drought is officially under way.

Dry country

Water rationing forces Westlands growers to abandon crops and lay off workers.
By Dennis Pollock / The Fresno Bee
06/14/08 22:22:48

MARK CROSSE / THE FRESNO BEE
An irrigation pipe has been disconnected from a cotton field whose water has been cut off due to lack of supply, even though the water had been allotted and paid for. The planting cost the farmer upward of $1,000 per acre; he will lose that money. Total acreage that has been cut off is 640 acres.

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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