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A "temporary" barrier for the Delta?

Submitted: May 10, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 The last of the permits was received earlier this week. In addition to a levee modification permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a California Endangered Species Act permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, DWR sought and received a Temporary Urgency Change Permit renewal from the State Water Resources Control Board.

In addition, DWR must consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service on protections for Delta smelt, Chinook salmon and other listed species. All of these agencies have worked cooperatively on the Real-Time Drought Operations Management Team for the past year. -- California Department of Water Resources, May 8, 2015.

 

 

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Hogwash, flattery and 2 million acre-feet

Submitted: May 07, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Politicians striking poses in the face of natural disaster is older than the pharaohs. It is easier to imagine a tree falling unseen and unheard in a forest than it is to imagine a disaster without politicians crawling all over it flattering their own efforts and the strength of "their people."

"Heck of a job, Brownie"...etc.

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Environmental consequences of development of water and of energy in the Caliornia drought

Submitted: May 04, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Carl Pope, former executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club, spells out the connection between the development of water and of energy in California. It is a brief, important report based on a good question. -- blj

 

 

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Ferment

Submitted: May 02, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 

 

 

 Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy, investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.

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AB1242 Gray, D-Merced: All business and no good faith

Submitted: Apr 24, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The drought in the San Joaquin Valley -- let's call it the Great San Joaquin Valley Drought ,,, no, we should call it The Greatest Drought in World History, because we like to have the biggest things in the world here -- biggest cheese plants, biggest almond crops, biggest winery, biggest land subsidence, greatest destruction of bees, biggest air-quality problems, and our water quality was recently the subject of a genuine United Nations investigation on behalf of the farm workers, mostly citizens of another country, which must have been the reason the UN got involved because, you know, being citizens of another country, they aren't exactly our responsibility, at least you could argue that people without the proper paperwork to be here don't really have a right to safe water supplies and sewer services. They're just farm workers, after all, you have to draw the line somewhere,, and where water is concerned, that line has to be clearly drawn because our sacred San Joaquin Valley economy is based on Irrigated Agriculture. And this year farm workers are cheaper than water and a sewer in compliance with state and federal regulations.

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Where's all the Ladino clover at? The cowboys is all gone nuts.

Submitted: Apr 22, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Badlands editors ran into this poiuted, 2-sentence public utterance in the Modesto Bee yeterday. We thought we'd pair it with a sample of the flak from the Trinitas website. We marvel at how much money the hedgefund doubtedless paid for the presentation of so much lack of information in such expansive, high-class fontage. We spared you the pictures of "our team," which may be real or may be additional expenses from Central Casting.

All is definitely not well in the former "Ladino Clover Capital of the World." The cowboys is all gone nuts. -- blj

 

4-21-15 

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Some things going on in the rest of the world

Submitted: Apr 18, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

Hey, we've got enough worries right here in the Valley, the Garden of the Sun, the California Cornucopia, without looking outside for more trouble than the worst drought in 1,200 years,  right? Our economy is about agriculture and our main interest in foreign policy is more trade and better terms. Right?

 

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Water, the state,the city and UC Merced

Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 • Several central San Joaquin Valley communities may be required to conserve 35% of their residential water use under proposed state conservation goals. -- Robert Rodriguez, Fresno Bee, April 8, 2015

In Merced County, both Merced (279.6 gal. daily per-capital home water use) and Los Banos (228.2 gal.) will be asked to reduce water use by 35 percent by the State Water Resources Control Board.

We don't know what the problem in Los Banos is but suspect it is related to its development as a bedroom community for Silicon Valley.

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Drought battle lines forming

Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
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Badlands Journal

To put this version of the California 2015 Drought Story in some perspective, there will be litigation by agribusiness and the damage from over-pumping groundwater is not something the Governor and his perpetually upwardly mobile functionaries want to think about. However, the state may be operating at its legal limits and probably costly litigation will verify that.

Meanwhile, agribusiness and the remaining farmers with permanent crops, which water districts with junior rights like Westlands have long encouraged its growers to plant, will have to decide how to use their private property rights to groundwater.

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