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LA City Council opposes Delta Tunnel Scheme

 The Los Angeles City Council yesterday (March 21) voted unanimously to oppose staged construction of a proposed $10.7 billion Delta tunnel project if  any more costs fall on Los Angeles water customers.

 California Department of Water Resources (DWR) officials last month announced the staged construction as part of its California Waterfix project. The project would funnel water from the Sacramento River into one of proposed 35-miles tunnels to transport Northern Californiasouthern part of the delta through two 35-mile tunnels.

   The two tunnel proposed is estimated to cost nearly $17 million but DWR, short of financial backers, say they can build only one tunnel for $10.7 billion.  READ MORE »

Food grown with oily water

WASHINGTON, Jan.  READ MORE »

Radio show today, November 9, 2017

​Dear website visitors,

​    My monthly radio show airs today, November 9, 2017, at 1 p.m. on KFCF, 88.1 FM or live streaming at www.kfcf.org.  My guest today is water treatment expert Lisa Farman who is searching for an economical method to remove selenium from waste water.  She is also an expert on selenium removal, which is causing problems for western San Joaquin Valley farming.  Tune in.

​   Lloyd

 

Radio Show Thursday Sept.14

Dear Website visitors,  my monthly radio show on KFCF, 88.1 FM in Fresno airs this Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 1 p.m..  My guest will be author Jill Jonnes who has written a new book "Urban Forests" about the history of trees in American cities and how important they are.  Very informative.  If you are not in the KFCF listening area (San Joaquin Valley) you can listen live streaming at www.kfcf.org.

 

Lloyd

 

Bureau of Reclamation faulted for funding Westlands lobbyist

 An Interior Department agency responsible for managing water in the western United States improperly provided millions of dollars in subsidies to contractors in California, according to an inspector general's report, including to a major water district once represented by a lobbyist who is now Interior’s second highest-ranking official. 

The Bureau of Reclamation, the Interior Department's top watchdog concluded, didn't fully disclose to Congress and others the $84 million cost of its Bay Delta Conservation Plan in California. It also said the bureau couldn't provide paperwork for why the water contractors didn't have to pay back $50 million in federal funding. 

Though mentioned only once in the report, the Westlands Water District was part of the inspector general's analysis. That district, made up of more than 1,000 square miles of California farmland, was once represented by David Bernhardt, now the Interior Department's deputy secretary.  READ MORE »

RADIO SHOW TODAY

Website visitors,

 My monthly radio show will be held TODAY at 1 p.m. at KFCF radio, 88.1 FM and will focus on the proposed Temperance Flat Dam on the San Joaquin River upstream from Friant dam.  My guests include Ron Goode of the Mono Indian Tribe, geologist Shannon Lodge and Shannon's mother, Anita Lodge.  Their family has been living in the Temperance Flat area for five generations. If you are out of radio range, the show streams live at kfcf.org.

 

Lloyd

 

Dan Bacher to appear on my radio show

Attention Website Visitors:

 

 Sacramento Environmental Reporter Dan Bacher will appear on my radio show "Down in the Valley" this Thursday (July 13) at 1 p.m. on KFCF, 88.1 FM radio. Radio range is limited to about 100 miles from Fresno but internet users worldwide can listen to the show live streaming at www.kfcf.org.

 

      Lloyd

Former Rep. George Miller to be on radio tomorrow (Thursday, April 13) at 1 pm. PDT

George Miller, who spent 40 years as a member of Congress before retiring in 2014, will be interviewed on my radio show "Down in the Valley" at 1 p.m. PDT on KFCF, 88.1 FM if you are in the Fresno area. Internet visitors can go to www.kfcf.org and listen to the show live streaming.  Miller will be joined as a guest on the hour-long show by John Lawrence. who served as chief of staff for former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and also served as chief of staff to the House subcommittee on water and power in the 1990s.  Lawrence served Congress in various roles for 38 years before retiring in 2013.  Tune in. 

Quote of the Day

The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by the force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre—the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal.  READ MORE »
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