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Westlands Water District 2009 Bond Rating

 Fitch bond rating company in 2009 assessed Westlands Water District's ability to issue more bonds to help pay for Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).  Interesting reading.  You can download the PDF version of the Fitch report and read at your leisure.



SWP Water Supply Contract Extension

Patricia Schifferle reports on the SWP Water Supply Contract Extension.  There are three downloadable PDF documents.



Patricia Schifferle responds to selenium polluters on San Joaquin River

Patricia Schifferle responds to selenium polluters on San Joaquin River.

Two-part billionaires and bonds article now in one PDF document

 Editor's Note:
Due to popular request, the two-part series on billionaires and bonds has
been combined into one downloadable document that can be easily forwarded
via email or printed out for leisurely reading.

Download the PDF Here

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Water and Power Subcommittee to hold Fresno Field Hearing on the Man-Made Drought in California


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jill Strait, Spencer Pederson, Crystal Feldman Monday, March 21, 2011 202-226-9019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, April 11, 2011 the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water and Power will hold a field hearing in Fresno, California on “Creating Jobs by Overcoming Man-Made Drought: Time for Congress to Listen and Act.”
The hearing will examine federal government policies that have created and contributed to California’s man-made drought and the actions needed to supply the San Joaquin Valley with water to put thousands back to work, feed the nation and grow the economy.
“Just like my home state of Washington, a large portion of California’s economy is dependent on a steady and reliable water supply. Over the last few years, government bureaucrats have greatly restricted the water supply to the California farms that help feed our country,” said Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04). “It is inexcusable for thousands to be without work and hundreds of thousands of fertile farm acres to sit fallow. This hearing gives us an opportunity to hear directly from Valley growers and farm workers who have been on the brink of losing their livelihoods due to the government’s man-made drought.”

Pew report: Canada’s Boreal Houses World’s Largest Water Source

Top scientists call boreal protection a global priority
OTTAWA (March 16, 2011) —A first of its kind report by the Pew Environment Group reveals that Canada’s boreal, the world’s largest intact forest and on-land carbon storehouse, contains more unfrozen freshwater than any other ecosystem. As United Nations’ International Year of Forests and World Water Day coincide, world leaders are grappling with water scarcity and pollution – and scientists are calling boreal protection a top global priority.

$150 million cleanup tab for contaminated Drinking water in San Joaquin Valley

The Pacific Institute  says in a new report (http://www.pacinst.org/reports/nitrate_contamination/)  it could cost $150 million to clean up contaminated groundwater
To make it safe for drinking in low income communities in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley.

Westlands Water District says political appointees should decide Delta flows

By Dan Bacher 

Fishermen, conservationists, Delta farmers, Indian Tribal members, environmentalists and elected leaders from diverse political perspectives have slammed Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) process over the past four years for being a thinly disguised plan to build a peripheral canal to export more water from the California Delta to agribusiness and southern California.   READ MORE »

Westlands “badlands” need to go out of production?

The Environmental Working Group ( http://www.EWG.org ) has sent a letter to the Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation stating a lot more selenium-tainted lands in the Westlands Water District need to be retired from irrigation. Read that informative letter by clicking here.

California Budget Impasse

Budget Delays Costing Californians an Estimated $4 Billion, as Officials Sanction the Dumping of Trainloads of Toxic Substances into the San Joaquin River and the Bay-Delta Estuary. Meanwhile Billions of Dollars are Being Drained Out of the State’s Deficit-Ridden General Fund to “Restore” the Polluted River and Bay-Delta Estuary that Resulted from a Government-Induced Toxic Drainage Crisis!

To learn more click here.

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