CalWA in the News

Court Decision May Mean California Owes Billions In Water Rights

By Aubrey Bettencourt | The Daily Caller Within hours of the release of a potentially adverse federal court decision in late December, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) extended by two months the [...]

As Homeless Deaths Surge, Government Bureaucrats Spend Millions on Fish

By Aubrey Bettencourt | Fox & Hounds Daily The number of homeless people dying on the streets, along the riverbank and under bridges is going up in Sacramento, writes Bill Lindelof of the Sacramento Bee. As the [...]

Call to Action: WRDA Passes House Heads to the Senate

MEDIA CONTACT Aubrey Bettencourt: 559.816.8691 aubrey@californiawateralliance.org   Call to Action: WRDA Passes House Heads to the Senate CalWA Water Warriors: Now our real work begins. With your help, we have seen California drought relief passed [...]

State lies about our rivers, Delta to feed its craving for ever more water

By Aubrey Bettencourt, Executive Director, California Water Alliance | The Modesto Bee If you go to your doctor and ask for prescription pain relievers even after you’re no longer in pain, that probably makes you [...]

Can a San Francisco liberal win the Central Valley in the race for U.S. Senate?

By Phil Willon, The Los Angeles Times On water, however, there is a divide. And that’s no small thing where people rely on farming and ranching for their livelihood. “People in the valley don’t vote for [...]

Farms and cities need groundwater to survive

By Aubrey Bettencourt, The Sacramento Bee | October 3, 2016 The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board suggests that it would be proper state policy to wring the last drop of water out of California’s food producers [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Temperance Flat is Answer to Environmental Groups’ Double Talk

By Aubrey Bettencourt, Modesto Bee | May 3, 2016 As described in The Bee’s April 25 story “Lawsuit claims Delta fish harmed by relaxed water standards,” The Natural Resources Defense Council, Bay Institute and Wildlife [...]

California Cotton Growers Association Annual Meeting, March 9, Visalia

Western Farmpress | March 9, 2016 The California Cotton Growers Association will host its annual meeting March 9 at the Visalia Convention Center. The Annual Meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the opening exhibits [...]

CaWater4All-Proposed Water Priorities Act Includes Los Angeles

By Patrick Cavanaugh, California Ag Today | February 18, 2016 The Water Priorities Constitutional Amendment and Bond Act is good for all of California—people, farms and the environment. Should the required 565,880 petition signatures necessary [...]

Proposal Would Shift Bullet Train Funding For Use on New Water Projects

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times | February 15, 2016 The state’s powerful agriculture industry and its political allies are gathering signatures for a November ballot initiative that would grab bond money earmarked for California’s [...]

Legislative Analyst Completes Review of California Water Priorities Ballot Measure

California Ag Today | January 20, 2016 California Water Alliance (CalWA) executive director Aubrey Bettencourt announced TODAY that California Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor and Director of Finance Michael Cohen reported their findings to Attorney General [...]

Sen. Feinstein Plays Paenuts-Rules Football with Western Water

By Aubrey Bettencourt, Flash Report | December 22, 2015 A week after U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein threw what some are calling a hissy fit and blowing up months of negotiations by dozens of participants on [...]

California Water Ballot Initiative May Go to Voters in Nov. 2016

By Patrick Cavanaugh, California Ag Today | December 18, 2015 Aubrey Bettencourt, executive director of the California Water Alliance (CalWA or “Alliance”), described the Alliance’s California water ballot initiative to California Ag Today’s farm news [...]

California Farmers Now See Drought as Rule, Not Exception

By Robert Rodriguez, Miami Herald | December 4, 2015 FRESNO, CALIFORNIA - Farmers are no strangers to struggle or drought. But this four-year drought is different than others, they say. It’s more widespread, touching nearly [...]

Ballot Measure Threatens Jerry Brown’s Tunnels

By Daniel Nussbaum, Breitbart | November 4, 2015 The California Public Vote on Bonds Initiative, also known as the “No Blank Checks Initiative,” qualified for inclusion on the 2016 ballot after supporters turned in the [...]

The Answer is More Water

By Aubrey Bettencourt, The Fresno Bee | October 31, 2015 Water experts like Mr. Meral find solutions only in taking away water needed for drinking and to grow our nation’s food, never by offering more. [...]

Farmers Talk Politics and Drought

By David Castellon, Visalia Times-Delta | October 28, 2015 But among the local farmers and others tied to the agriculture industry who accompanied the visitors from Ag America to see for themselves the effects of [...]

Endangered Species Weighs On Ag

By Chris Bennett, Ag Web | October 24, 2015 Thousands of lawsuits later, almost 1,400 species—plants, fungi, invertebrates, fish, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians—are listed under the ESA. “No state governor, legislature or judge can [...]

It’s Time To Do More Than Just Rally For Water

By Todd Fitchette, Western Farm Press | October 5, 2015 Several hundred people took precious time out of their day recently to gather in Mendota, Calif., which has become “ground zero” for all that is [...]

California Rally Aims to ‘Take Back Our Water’

By Mike Hornick, The Packer | September 24, 2015 California assemblyman Jim Patterson and organizations supporting more dam storage and other water policy changes have scheduled a “Take Back Our Water” rally in Mendota, Calif. [...]

A Local Operative in The Water Wars

By Seth Nidever, The Sentinel | August 22, 2015 But [Aubrey Bettencourt's] family’s local farming roots exerted a powerful pull that brought her back to Kings County and got her involved as a full-time advocate [...]

State to Co-Host Soilless Agriculture Conference

By Anita Hofschneider, Civil Beat | August 15, 2015 The hydroponics and aquaponics farm Mari’s Gardens and the state Department of Agriculture are holding an all-day conference about soilless agriculture on Saturday, Aug. 15. Aubrey [...]

Navarrette: California water crisis gets rea

By Ruben Navarrette, Herald-Tribune | April 2015 In the Bible, Jesus turns water into wine. But in California, there are those who would take that miracle in the other direction. The Golden State needs water, and lots [...]

Ignoring The Water Problem is No Longer An Option

By Wes Ishmael, Beef Magazine | August 3, 2015 The water crisis is about much more than water. Last of a three-part series. By Wes Ishmael. “The 21st-century American water wars have nothing to do [...]

Analysis: Drought Bill Deja vu Strikes (Again)

By Seth Nidever, The Sentinel | July 31, 2015 You can be forgiven for thinking that the latest round of dueling federal drought bills sounds familiar. “The [Feinstein] bill shares many similarities with the House’s [...]

Dam Our Children’s Future, Full Stadiums Ahead!

By Aubrey Bettencourt, The Latino Report | July 31, 2015 California may be running out of enough water to keep its endangered species alive, running out of enough water for cities whose taps have run [...]

Who Holds Superior Rights, And Where is All That Water Going?

By Aubrey Bettencourt, Fox & Hounds | July 27, 2015 In the regulatory realm, responsible due process follows a simple path: Legislation creates a statute granting authority; that authority sets regulation and conforming orders; violations [...]

More Dams For California Was Not Backroom Deal

By Aubrey Bettencourt, The Los Angeles Times | July 17, 2015 He conveniently forgets that Gov. Jerry Brown's signature campaign issue in 2014 was Proposition 1 (the water bond) and his promise of new storage. [...]

House GOP Passes Ca Drought Relief Bill, Despite Obama Veto Threat

By Daniel Nussbaum, Breitbart | July 16, 2015 LOS ANGELES – On Thursday, the House passed Republican-backed legislation that would ensure California farmers adequate water supply to combat the state’s record four-year drought, despite a [...]

Drought: Water Districts Consider Ignoring Orders As ‘Mass Confusion’ Reins over Water Cutbacks

By Daniel Nussbaum, Breitbart | June 26, 2015 LOS ANGELES – Some California water districts holding senior rights to river water may defy the state’s order to stop all water diversions as mass confusion reigns [...]

Proposed Valadao Legislation Praised, Shredded

By Staff Reports, The Sentinel | June 25, 2015 HANFORD - Opinion across the political spectrum was sharply divided to proposed water legislation introduced Thursday by Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford. California Farm Bureau Federation President [...]

New Plan For Sacramento River Unites Farmers, Greens

By Daniel Nussbaum, Breitbart | June 17, 2015 LOS ANGELES — California’s State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Tuesday announced the outline of a revised Sacramento River Temperature Control Plan that takes into account [...]

California Cuts Water To Agriculture

By Daniel Nussbaum, Breitbart | June 13, 2015 On Friday, California’s top water regulators issued new cutbacks on farmers holding senior water rights dating back more than 100 years. The State Water Resources Control Board [...]

Central Valley Furious As State Board Suspends Rare Water Deal

By Daniel Nussbaum, Breitbart | June 9, 2015 LOS ANGELES — The head of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), California’s main water governing body, has unilaterally suspended a plan for the Sacramento River [...]

Can You #BeatTheSong, take a shower in less than 5 minutes?

By News 10 and The Associated Press, ABC10.com | May 6, 2015 The California Water Alliance (CalWA) has dropped the gauntlet --- or the shower head microphone: The water alliance is challenging Californians to take [...]

California Farmers Mount PR Campaign to Counter Backlash Over Water Use

By David Siders and Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee | April 9, 2015 When Gov. Jerry Brown announced his unprecedented water use reduction order last week, California farmers were largely spared. They quickly developed another problem: [...]

Experts Will Lead The Conversation At The 2015 NIAA Annual Conference

By PorkNetwork News Source | February 2015 Leading experts in water conservation and regulation will direct the conversation about water and animal agriculture at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture Annual Conference. The 2015 conference, [...]