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U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Short-Changes California Again

Aubrey Bettencourt, Executive Director of the California Water Alliance (CalWA) announced today her organization’s disappointment following announcement of initial water allocations for farms in the Central Valley: “After a two-month delay and with a snowpack that is 200 percent above normal, in at time of brimming-full reservoirs, statewide flooding not seen since the 1890’s and with receding memories of [...]

Trump Should Stop Reclamation from Stealing Farmers’ Water

By Erik Hansen | The Fresno Bee Valley farmers like Joe Del Bosque, whose situation was spotlighted recently in the Los Angeles Times, was begging for and buying water during last year’s drought at $1,000 to $1,300 per acre-foot after federal water officials failed to make good on water allocation contracts. These farmers thought themselves lucky to find willing [...]

Governor Brown’s never-ending drought emergency

Aubrey Bettencourt | Farm Press It is also time that Governor Brown’s appointed agencies stop playing games and begin the construction of new storage as Californians passed a water bond in 2014. Question: When is California’s drought emergency over? Answer: When Gov. Jerry Brown says it’s over. In January 2014, acting after two successive dry years, Governor Edmund G. [...]

Oroville shows officials have focused on false choices over California’s water system

By Aubrey Bettencourt | The Sacramento Bee After six years of drought and a few months of flooding, California’s decades-long political commitment to ideology of being either for the environment or against progress has endangered the state’s water supply system and is threatening public safety, environmental health and economic stability. Rather than upgrade California’s water collection and delivery systems, [...]

It’s Time For Environmental Accountability

By Aubrey Bettencourt, The Daily Caller | September 2, 2016 When considering the direction of our nation’s environmental successes and failures, don’t bother listening to me. Listen instead to Nobel laureates Daniel Kahneman of Princeton University and the late Milton Friedman of the University of Chicago: “A well-run organization will reward planners for precise execution and penalize them for [...]

Cultivating Common Ground: Economic Analysis of Drought on California Agriculture

By Aubrey Bettencourt, California Ag Today | August 22, 2016 Josué Medellín-Azuara, Duncan MacEwan, Richard E. Howitt, Daniel A. Sumner and Jay R. Lund of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, ERA Economics and theUC Agricultural Issues Center reported their views on the economic impact of California’s continuing drought on agriculture this week. The study, “Economic Analysis of the [...]

A Broken Water System that Needs Accountability

By Aubrey Bettencourt, Faultline | August 16, 2016 It’s the dog days of summer. It’s hard for us to see anything through the fatigue of national politics. California’s water world is suffering the same malaise; while summer has been dotted with parades of testimony on California’s Water Fix, statewide algae blooms and near-miss water shutdowns, the water world is [...]

Local Leaders Decry Drought Inaction

By Hannah Esqueda, Fresno Business Journal | November 2014 The Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation held a press conference today denouncing the delay in drought legislation until 2015. The group was joined by representatives from the Downtown Business Hub, Fresno County Farm Bureau, California Farm Water Coalition, California Water Alliance and several concerned community members. "This choice of inaction is [...]

New Bill Aims To Increase The Delta’s Salmon Population, Decrease Bass

By Erza David Romero, kvpr.org | July 20, 2016   The effort to preserve a healthy population of salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is a huge challenge. Those little salmon have a lot of factors working against them. Now a bill in the House of Representatives is trying to take on one of them, the striped bass. The [...]

Aubrey BettenCourt: Lake Cachuma Reservoir at 14.6% of Capacity, Water Crisis Continues

By Aubrey Bettencourt, Noozhawk | June 23, 2016 As a graduate of Westmont College, it pains me to see the continuing water crisis faced by tens of thousands of families in Santa Barbara County, along with millions more throughout California. Our Lake Cachuma reservoir was built to withstand a seven-year drought, but Santa Barbara County communities are nearly out [...]

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