For Immediate Release November 21, 2017 Media Contact: Hector M. Barajas 800.213.4032 ext. 1 [email protected] California Water Alliance Announces Appointment of Interim Executive Director   HANFORD, Calif., (Nov. 21, 2017) – Erik Hansen, chairperson of The California Water Alliance (CalWA), announced the departure of the water policy non-profit’s long-time Executive Director Aubrey Bettencourt and appointment of Raul Riesgo as…

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The California Water Alliance, a statewide, non-profit, water-policy organization, submitted public comments in response to the State Water Resources Control Board’s rule making process for Clean Water Act Section 401 – Certification and Wetlands Program, “STATE WETLAND DEFINITION AND PROCEDURES FOR DISCHARGES OF DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL TO WATERS OF THE STATE” redefining “wetlands” under…

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Executive Director Aubrey Bettencourt of the California Water Alliance, a statewide, non-profit, water-policy organization, issued the following statement following a 7-1 vote by Westlands Water District’s Board of Directors not to fund the California Water Fix tunnels project: “California Water Fix has been troubling from the start,” said Aubrey Bettencourt of CalWA. “The obvious being…

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Today, the California Water Alliance, a statewide water-policy non-profit organization, released its statement concerning this week’s U.S. House of Representatives floor debate and vote on H.R.-23, The Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act of 2017: The California Water Alliance (CalWA) urges members of the House of Representatives to support and vote for passage on The…

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By Christine Souza An employee of Bettencourt Farms uses a backhoe to help drain water from a flooded alfalfa field at the farm near Lemoore. Rapid snowmelt during high temperatures swelled the level of the Kings River, which breached its banks in Kings County and near Kingsburg, due to increased outflow from Pine Flat Lake.…

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By Dave Kranz  Lessons learned during the multi-year California drought will help farmers and ranchers cope with the next one—and those lessons extended beyond the farm to the realms of policy and public perception, according to farmers who spoke at a water conference in Monterey. Four farmers from different parts of the Central Valley talked…

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California finds itself in simultaneous — conflicting and confusing — statewide emergencies. Depending on Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.’s whim, we are either enduring a drought emergency or a flood emergency. On the one hand, there is the State of Emergency Declaration of a Statewide Drought, issued January 17, 2014 by Governor Edmund G. Brown,…

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By Aubrey Bettencourt | Fox & Hounds   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 total climbed to 705 homeless men, women and children dying between 2002–2015 tin California’s capitol, state government bureaucrats at the…

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By Aubrey Bettencourt | 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 an addict. Instead of killing pain, you need those pills to feed an addiction. And you will say anything to get those pain pills! To an uninvolved…

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