WILPF BUSINESS MEETING
Feb. 9 at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave. This meeting is open to all members.
WOMEN IN BLACK
Feb. 1, noon to 1 p.m., at the Fresno County Courthouse (first Wednesday of each month; come on the month in which your birthday falls!). Wear black, bring a sign if you wish and stand in silence for peace.
ON KFCF 88.1 FM (listener-supported free speech radio for central California) Feb. 22 (4th Wednesday of each month). Jean Hays does outstanding interviews on subjects involving WILPF interests and activities on Stir It Up. …[Read the details]
By Lloyd G. Carter
A coalition of fishing and environmental groups has filed a Public Trust suit in Sacramento County Superior Court alleging the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) have mismanaged the public’s water supply, causing a continual decline of the Bay-Delta ecosystem, including salmon.
Under the California Constitution, Article X, Section Two, and the state water code, unreasonable use of water is outlawed. Under the Public Trust doctrine, the Water Board and DWR officials have an affirmative duty to protect aquatic ecosystems in the state when pumping millions …[Read the details]
Lloyd Carter is our “water guy,” our resident expert on the crazy world of Valley (and state) water politics. To spend an hour with Lloyd, as I just did, is to participate in an impassioned dialogue on nature, human folly, abuse of power and Doomsday scenarios—with brief portraits of inspiration, courage and fortitude thrown in for spice.
It is easy to get caught up in the torrent of Lloyd’s knowledge and outrage. But my primary interest was the question of how he got involved in these issues and how his involvement …[Read the details]
Does Rep. Devin Nunes’s support for HR 1837 make him a hypocrite?
All good conservatives believe 1) the federal government should be kept out of our lives as much as possible, 2) states should be allowed to conduct their own affairs and 3) private property rights, above all, are sacrosanct.
Funny, then that the San Joaquin Valley’s three most conservative members of Congress, Reps. Devin Nunes (R–Visalia), Jeff Denham (R–Atwater) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R–Bakersfield), are sponsoring a bill, HR 1837, the San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, that rides roughshod over all …[Read the details]
The Jerry Brown administration has backed away from a proposal to build two huge tunnels to divert Sacramento River water around the Bay Delta. Jerry Meral, the deputy director of natural resources, is a leading figure in the effort to resolve California’s water issues. He told the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee that the tunnel is no longer considered the leading option.
A peripheral canal or tunnel was previously being pushed by a “hydraulic brotherhood” of Valley water interests and politicians as a fait accompli. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan will consider other ways to balance Delta ecosystem …[Read the details]