Blog round-up: Bombs, guns, and lawsuits each have a similar purpose; More Delta wrangling; plus Delta tunnels, water markets, ballot initiatives, and more …

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“Mother Nature” exhibit at the Mosaïcultures Internationales Competition, Montreal’s Botanical Garden (Photo by Andre Vandal)

 

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Bombs, guns, and lawsuits each have a similar purpose: Todd Fitchette writes, “Some media statements are so ripe with contradictions they’re laughable. Sadly, people believe them, along with the false premises and outright lies contained within.  Recently a gaggle of activist groups announced changes in their legal complaint against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and California rice growers because “salmon are on the brink of extinction” due to greedy corporate farmers (my words based on their premise).  The statement from the National Resource Defense Council and Earth Justice claims that less than 2 percent of the water flowing through the California Delta region was dedicated to protect fish and wildlife this year. … ”  Read more from the Western Farm Press blog here:  Bombs, guns, and lawsuits each have a similar purpose

More Delta wrangling:  Damien Schiff writes, “Earlier this week, a coalition of “corporate”** environmental groups sought leave to file a supplemental complaint in NRDC v. Jewell, to challenge the Bureau of Reclamation’s water allocations to Sacramento River water users.  The nub of this case—which has been going on for a decade—is the environmentalists’ objections to the Bureau’s renewal of dozens of water contracts without first determining if the contracted water deliveries would hurt the delta smelt.  Last year, the Ninth Circuit ruled in the environmentalists’ favor. … ” Read more from the PLF Liberty Blog here: More Delta wrangling

Brown’s Delta tunnels project draws strong opposition:  James Poulos writes, “To his cherished high-speed rail project, Gov. Jerry Brown can now add his ambitious Delta tunnel project to the list of big plans arousing strong opposition.  Especially in the Delta region itself, public opinion has turned sharply against the scheme, which would cost over $15 billion dollars and reshape the area with massive infrastructure construction. “In recent weeks, opponents protested at the state Capitol and submitted volumes of critical comments to state and federal officials on the environmental impact of the plan,” the Sacramento Bee reported. “A wealthy Stockton-area farmer and food processor, Dean Cortopassi, qualified for the November 2016 ballot a measure that could complicate the project, if not stop it altogether.” ... ”  Read more from the Cal Watchdog blog here:  Brown’s Delta tunnels project draws strong criticism

What would enhancing a California water market next year mean?  “The next reason it is hard to apply techniques from Australia’s water market to California’s drought is that I’ve never seen a description of what California’s water market would be.  This isn’t my usual gripe about no-defined-goal.  Even among people who want a market just ’cause they know it would be so great, I haven’t seen a description of what that market would be.  Next year, if it is a dry Year 5 and we heed the calls for a water market, what would we do? … ”  Read more from the On the Public Record here:  What would enhancing a California water market next year mean?

Can a water measure drown High Speed Rail? The high-speed rail project has avoided roadblocks from lawsuits (so far), negative media reports and legislative efforts calling for a new vote of the people – but can it withstand a new initiative proposal that calls for moving unspent high-speed rail bond money from the rail undertaking to build surface water and groundwater storage projects? … ”  Read more from Fox and Hounds here:  Can a water measure drown High Speed Rail?

Saving San Francisco Bay: Scott Weiner writes, ” … Fifty years ago, the Bay Area launched the world’s first coastal protection movement in the successful effort to stop the rampant filling of the Bay. At the start of this movement, the Bay was shrinking at a rate of 2000 acres a year. Today, it is larger than it was in 1960, as formerly diked land has been restored to tidal marsh. Today, our resolve to protect the Bay is being tested by another threat – excessive water diversions that are draining the lifeblood of a remarkable ecosystem. … ”  Read more from the Huffington Post here:  Saving San Francisco Bay

More trouble for OID: Eric Caine writes, “The beleaguered Oakdale Irrigation District (OID) got more bad news this week when attorneys for rice farmer Robert Frobose claimed OID had hired an engineering firm to address its redistricting problems without first soliciting competitive bids for the job.  Earlier this year, OID was found in violation of state requirements to change district boundaries based on updated census results. In response to the problem, OID hired CH2M Hill. ... ”  Read more from the Valley Citizen here:  More trouble for OID

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About the Blog Round-up: The Blog Round-up is a weekly journey through the wild and varied tapestry of blog commentary, incorporating the good, the bad, the ugly, and sometimes just plain bizarre viewpoints existing on the internet. Viewpoints expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily my own; inclusion of items here does not imply my endorsement of their positions. Items are chosen to express a wide range of viewpoints, and are added at the editor’s discretion. While posts with obvious factual errors are excluded, please note that no attempt is made on my part to verify or fact check the information bloggers present, so caveat emptor – let the buyer beware.

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