Two Ways to Do the (Dam) Thing

Breaching Snake River dams could save salmon and orcas, but destroy livelihoods, Ron Judd’s recent article in the Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine, does a pretty good job of presenting a side that doesn’t generally get a whole lot of air west of the Cascades. This is not to say it isn’t very sad, but […]

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Three-Legged Stools: Good for Idaho, California

When I interviewed with the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission last month, someone on the panel equated the conservation partnership in the recent past between local, state, and federal agencies to a three-legged stool: each leg of the stool is equally important to anyone planning on sitting down. If you know anything about me, […]

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Forest thinning would yield additional water, study says

Not only does forest thinning provide economic benefits to rural communities and reduce the amount of vegetative fuels for fires on public and private lands, but it yields another important benefit, as well: more water. This article was previously published by California Farm Bureau Federation in Ag Alert on April 13, 2011. Thanks, Farm Bureau! As the […]

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Delta flow criteria analysis, Farm Bureau weighs in, and LA Times on Water Bond

Here’s more on the State Water Resource Control Board’s (SWRCB) Delta Flow Criteria Report. State Board Adopts Delta Flow Criteria, an analysis posted on Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard’s website at http://www.kmtg.com. August 10, 2010 “The State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) on August 3, 2010, adopted Delta flow criteria pursuant to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta Reform […]

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SWRCB adopts Delta flow criteria report, spin-cycle continues

The State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) Tuesday adopted a draft flow criteria report, leading some to herald its adoption as comprehensive and long overdue even as at least one Board member denied it’s more than a preliminary review. Under legislation passed a year ago, the SWRCB was required to prepare the report within a year of […]

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Delta water flow criteria report stirs controversy

Long time adversaries in the Delta water wars are weighing in on a State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) draft report released this week. Highly controversial, it contains recommended criteria to establish water flow requirements for the Delta, the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, and their tributaries. It returns to the SWRCB for action on Aug. 3rd. Folks who […]

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Delta flow criteria report ratchets up conflict, tension

A draft State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) report on criteria for establishing instream flow requirements through the Delta was released yesterday.  While it’s good news for the Delta’s natural environment, it’s not so good for the rest of us. There’s gonna be a rumble, me thinks. Here are some articles about the report and folks’ responses: Californians […]

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