Lloyd G. Carter newsletter

Fresno federal judge lifts temporary restraining order on Trinity River water releases to help migrating salmon

Website visitors,

   You may want to visit my website, www.lloydgcarter.com and read a new story (top of the page) about Fresno federal judge Lawrence O'Neill's ruling that federal scientists may proceed with a plan to increase flows in the Trinity River to protect migrating salmon from a deadly parasite that caused a fish kill of at least 34,000 adult salmon in 2002.



Down in the Valley airs today at 1 p.m. at 88.1 FM or streaming live at www.kfcf.org

Down in the Valley airs today at 1 p.m. at 88.1 FM or streaming live at www.kfcf.org

Westlands' $25,000 a month lobbyist runs into more problems.

Readers:  This story is also available at my website, www.lloydgcarter.com





Westlands' $20,000-a-month lawyer/lobbyist runs into new troubles


By Lloyd G. Carter


Radio Show on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

Attention website visitors,

   On Thursday, October 11, 2012, on my monthly radio show I will interview David L. Knight, a pastor in Waterloo, Canada and the author of "Downstream from Eden", a book about the amazing history of water in the world, particular the Biblical treatment of the preciousness of water.  The show airs at 1 p.m. PDT on 88.1 FM in Fresno.  You can listen to the show live on the internet at www.kfcf.org.

   Tune in,


Who needs a cost-benefit analysis of a Peripheral Canal? Not Southern California. Not now and not 50 years ago

By Lloyd G. Carter When Assembly Member Alyson Huber of El Dorado Hills failed to get an economic feasibility analysis bill of the controversial proposed peripheral canal out of committee recently, she was probably unaware that a similar challenge had been made to the finances of the State Water Project in 1960 by the late George “Elfie” Ballis, a legendary figure in Central California water and farmworker politics. Huber’s bill (AB 550) would have required express approval of the Legislature for any “conveyance facility, an honest cost-benefit analysis of a peripheral canal or tunnel around the Delta” (which proponents claim would help the Delta) and prohibit any diminishing or negative impact on Delta water supplies, water rights, or water users. It failed to clear the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, failed on a 7-5 vote. But the vote was not along party lines. It was based on geography. North State legislators, including committee chairman Jared Huffman voted for it. The Southern California Committee members voted against it.  READ MORE »

Monthly Radio Show


  My monthly  radio show will air tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 9) at 3 p.m. on KFCF, 88.1 FM in Fresno.  If you are out of range of the radio signal you can listen to live streaming at www.kfcf.org.  Among other things, I plan to discuss the Wanger/Westlands imbroglio and Peter Gleick's testimony Thursday before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on water and power.  If you get the time, tune in.



Freezing Out Fish in Whine Country

Freezing Out Fish in Whine Country


By Lloyd G. Carter

Do not expect the State Water Resources Control Board’s recently adopted frost prevention self-monitoring program to halt the Russian River fishery’s slow slide toward extinction. If anything, the new regulations may hasten extinction, given the wine growing industry’s practice of virtually drying up the river on occasion. Almost everybody is mad at the Water Board’s bumbling effort to shift its regulatory responsibility to protect and monitor the fishery onto the wine industry, which is the very industry causing the problem. Fishing interests and environmentalists contend precious little time is left to solve a problem the water board has ignored for decades. Growers, on the other hand, claim they are voluntarily solving the problem and that the new water board regulations are onerous, expensive and unnecessary. One thing is certain. Fish and wine may go together at the supper table but wines grown in Sonoma and Mendocino counties come at a terrible environmental price for Coho and Chinook salmon and steelhead trout, which once filled the Russian River and its tributaries by the tens of thousands.  READ MORE »

Budgets, Billionaires, Bonds, Big Profits and the Brown Family


By Patrick Porgans and Lloyd G. Carter

Part One  READ MORE »

Friday, March 11, 2011 Radio Show


  On Friday, March 11, at 3 p.m. on KFCF, 88.1 FM, Lloyd interviewed Dr. Peter Gleick, co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute  about current issues in California water politics.  Dr. Gleick is an internationally recognized water expert.  The show will be posted soon to this website.

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