From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Jenn Vervier:
“Our company depends on clean water for our success. That’s why we’re pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new draft rules for enforcement of the Clean Water Act last month. … In our case, clean water is essential to great-tasting beer.”
“First came the urgent e-mail to two Cabinet secretaries from San Joaquin Valley farm interests, demanding that officials allow ‘maximum pumping’ of water from recent storms for agriculture and cities and minimize flows for endangered fish making their river migrations amid the worst drought in years.”
“Industry groups and more than a dozen GOP senators are urging the Obama administration to reconsider plans to regulate many of the nation’s streams and wetlands, saying the proposed rule hurts economic activity and oversteps legal bounds.”
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) today [March 25] jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act.
“About 1,000 people jammed into the rodeo grounds Tuesday near the San Joaquin River, roaring approval for politicians and farm leaders who criticized Sacramento’s handling of California’s water crisis.
“A few hours later in Sacramento, state water leaders made a change in the drought emergency orders issued earlier this year to assure farmers they would be able to get whatever water becomes available.”
“State water cops approved rules Wednesday that will result in higher costs for thousands of San Joaquin County farmers, with the goal of reducing polluted runoff draining into already degraded streams.
“The unanimous vote by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board formalizes what have been described as the most significant new rules many farmers will have ever seen.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Jim O’Banion:
“The negative impacts of the dry water year will be multiplied many times over if a proposal by a state agency becomes reality. It would overturn water rights held by water districts for more than 100 years.
“In this water-short year, the state Department of Water Resources and the U.S.
“California Democrat Barbara Boxer has put together a new climate change task force in the U.S. Senate. The group is focusing more on keeping current regulations in place than in advancing new legislation.”