The Chronicles of the Hydraulic Brotherhood
Lloyd G. Carter, former UPI and Fresno Bee reporter, has been writing about California water issues for more than 35 years. He is President of the California Save Our Streams Council. He is also a board member of the Underground Gardens Conservancy and host of a monthly radio show on KFCF, 88.1 FM in Fresno. This is his personal blog site and contains archives of his news career as well as current articles, radio commentaries, and random thoughts.

Selenium Poisoning the American West

In his third episode of Tales of the Hydraulic Brotherhood, California water expert Lloyd Carter talks about the threat posed by the trace element selenium to farmland, rivers, wetlands and wildlife in the western United States. Using the selenium poisoning of the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in the early 1980s as an example, Carter shows how little has been done by the federal government or state governments to halt selenium contamination caused by irrigation and mining activities.

Further Adventures of the Hydraulic Brotherhood

Further adventures of the Hydraulic Brotherhood: Westlands Update
By Lloyd G. Carter
In the past few years public and media attention in the San Joaquin Valley have been focused on the long court battle over restoring a fishery flow in the San Joaquin River and the alleged impacts it would have on East Side agriculture.  READ MORE »

Subsidy Gravy Train

In his second installment of "Tales of the Hydraulic Brotherhood" California writer and water expert Lloyd Carter talks about the enormous water and crop subsidies flowing in disproportionate amounts to huge factories in the field in Central California's irrigation country. While California big agribusiness operations hide behind the "family farmer" label, they continue to rake in half a billion dollars a year in taxpayer money, according to reports by the Environmental Working Group.  READ MORE »

Westlands Water District

In his first podcast of "Tales of the Hydraulic Brotherhood" California water expert
Lloyd Carter talks about the Westlands Water District, at 942 square miles the largest and most politically powerful federal water district in America.

Westlands has a drainage problem caused by selenium, a trace element inherent in the soils of the western San Joaquin Valley in Central California, the nation's most productive farming region. Drainage water from Westlands poisoned ducks and shorebirds at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in the mid 1980s triggering national headlines.  READ MORE »

Pork Barrel Farmers

Pork Barrel Farmers

By Lloyd G. Carter

I have concluded over the years that when writing about the complexities of California’s byzantine water world, it is easiest to write about water in terms of cold hard cash. A flowing, living river has aesthetic value to environmentalists and preservationists while a river of dollar bills appeals to a different set of values that even the most apathetic taxpayer can understand..  READ MORE »

Down In The Valley, May, 2006

Lloyd Carter's May of 2006 Radio Show.

Listen to "Down in the Valley" live on the second Friday of every month at 3 p.m. Pacific Time on Radio KFCF 88.1 FM, Fresno, California.

Down In The Valley, March, 2006

Lloyd Carter's March of 2006 Radio Show.

Listen to "Down in the Valley" live on the second Friday of every month at 3 p.m. Pacific Time on Radio KFCF 88.1 FM, Fresno, California.

A living river

'A living river'
(Updated Thursday, January 12, 2006, 5:31 AM)
Let us hope that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation does the right thing and endorses the recent settlement between environmentalists and Friant Unit farmers to partially restore the San Joaquin River fishery.  READ MORE »

Thirst of growers, developers huge threat

Attached is a Op-Ed article from the March 22, 2004 Fresno Bee. CLICK HERE

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Public's interest can't be ignored in water sell offs.

Attached is a Op-Ed article from the August 7, 2000 Fresno Bee. CLICK HERE

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