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"California's Delta In Crisis" 04 July 2007
"Selenium Poisoning the American West" 08 May 2007
"Subsidy Gravy Train" 28 March 2007
"Westlands Water District" 20 March 2007


"Down in the Valley" Monthly Radio Show

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December, 2010
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      Lloyd Carter, an attorney in Fresno, California has taught water law at San Joaquin College of Law. For more than two decades he served as a prize-winning reporter for United Press International and the Fresno Bee in Fresno and San Francisco. He continues to speak out and write op-ed pieces on California water issues. He won the best environmental coverage award from the San Francisco Press Club for his stories on the poisoning of the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in the mid 1980s.
      He is currently on the board of the non-profit watchdog water group California Save Our Streams Council.       He can be reached by e-mail at lcarter0i@comcast.net






"California's Delta In Crisis" by Lloyd Carter


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      In his fourth episode of Tales of the Hydraulic Brotherhood, California water expert and writer Lloyd Carter talks about the ecological crisis facing the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary in the long hot summer of 2007. Los Angeles is experiencing its driest year on record and increasing water exports of Northern California water from the Delta to San Joaquin Valley farms and Southern California have caused the collapse of the Delta's fishery. The three-inch Delta Smelt, a critical part of the Delta fishery food chain, is teetering on the brink of extinction. Experts say it could be the beginning of what may become "the Perfect Drought." A Congressional subcommittee overseeing federal water policy recent held a field hearing in the Bay Area to gather information on what some experts say is a catastrophe waiting to happen.

Copyright © 2007, 2008 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.






"Selenium Poisoning the American West" by Lloyd Carter


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      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.

Copyright © 2007, 2008 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.






"Subsidy Gravy Train" by Lloyd Carter


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      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. Surprisingly, conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, also favor major reform of the farm and water subsidy system now in place.

Copyright © 2007, 2008 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.




"Westlands Water District" by Lloyd Carter


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      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.
      Now Westlands wants to take over solving the drainage problem from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in exchange for forgiveness of a half billion dollar debt the water district owes the federal government AND control of the Bureau's state water permit which is annually worth $500 million.

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"Down in the Valley"

       Lloyd Carter, veteran journalist and observer of California water politics, offers his monthly assessment of the current hot issues in California's Water World.
       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.

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Copyright © 2011 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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In his September, 2010 radio show, Lloyd Carter discusses a lawsuit filed by a weathy farming clan which claims efforts to restore the San Joaquin River in California are harming their farmlands adjacent to the riverbed.

Copyright © 2010 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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In his June, 2010 monthly radio show California water activist Lloyd Carter interviews Jared Blumenfeld, director of EPA's Region 9 (California, Nevada, Arizona, Pacific Islands). Among the issues discussed are the recent spate of birth defects in a poor community next to a toxic waste site in Central California and the continuing decline of California's Delta.

Copyright © 2010 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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In his February 2010 show, California water expert Lloyd Carter interviews Tulare University law professor Oliver Houck about Houck's new book "Taking Back Eden: Eight environmental stories that changed the World" by island Press.

Copyright © 2010 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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In his December 2009 radio show, California water activist Lloyd Carter interviews Chris Acree, executive director of the non-profit group Revive the San Joaquin, about historic efforts to restore California's second largest river, the San Joaquin, six decades after the river was dried up to add new farmland in the eastern San Joaquin Valley.

Copyright © 2009 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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In his Novermber radio show, Lloyd Carter talks about the recently approved bills in the California Legislature which call for an $11.1 billion bond measure that could lead the way to construction of two large dams and a controversial "peripheral canal" to funnel Northern California water to Southern California, bypassing the ecologically fragile Delta region. Grassroots environmental groups, taxpayer groups, and some farming interests fiercely oppose the bond measure.

Copyright © 2009 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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This month Lloyd interviews Patrick Porgans, a Sacramento consultant who has been following California water politics for nearly four decades. Porgans has expertise on the financing of the State Water Project.

Copyright © 2009 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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In his April 10, 2009 monthly radio show, California water expert Lloyd Carter discusses how growers in the Western San Joaquin Valley gambled big and lost by planting over 120,000 acres of permanent crops (trees and vines) on land formerly used for annual vegetable crops. Now that drought haunts California and water supplies to the Western valley has been cut to near zero, growers are scrambling to keep their orchards alive. Carter also discusses a grower-organized protest march of farmworkers sponsored by the California Latino Water Coalition.

Copyright © 2009 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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In his February 2009 radio show, Lloyd Carter talks about the firestorm of reaction to his television comments on farmworker poverty and social unrest. Was he set up by the TV reporter, a farm subsidy recipient and member of a prominent farming family in the San Joaquin Valley?

Copyright © 2009 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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In his January 2009 monthly radio show, Lloyd Carter discusses pending legislation in Congress to restore flows in the dewatered San Joaquin River, following a 20-year court battle, and Gov. Schwarzenegger's grand scheme to build a controversial peripheral canal around the Bay-Delta estuary to transport Northern California river water south to mega-farms in the western San Joaquin Valley.

Copyright © 2009 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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      In his October 2008 monthly radio show, Lloyd interviews University of California San Diego professor Steven P. Erie about Erie's book "Beyond Chinatown: The Metropolitan Water District, Growth, and the Environment in Southern California."
      Metropolitan, or Met, as it is known is the 800-pound gorilla in Southern California's desert civilization and it faces daunting challenges in the coming decades.

Copyright © 2008 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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In his August 8, 2008, monthly radio show "Down in the Valley" California journalist and commentator Lloyd Carter interviews Susana De Anda, co-executive director of the Community Water Center in Visalia, CA. De Anda says thousands of farm workers and poor people in the San Joaquin Valley, the nation's richest farming region, do no have access to clean drinking water.

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In his July 2008 monthly radio show, California water politics activist Lloyd Carter discusses the proposal by Governor Schwarzenegger to place a $9.3 billion bond on the November ballot which discusses funding for two highly controversial large dams.

Copyright © 2008 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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In his June 2008 monthly radio show, Lloyd Carter talks about Governor Schwarzenegger's drought declaration for California and what can be done to conserve precious water supplies.

Copyright © 2008 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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This month's show (April 11) focuses on the collapse of the salmon fishery in California.

Copyright © 2008 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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In his February 2008 radio show, Lloyd discusses the intensive lobbying of California Senator Dianne Feinstein to support a proposed $12 Billion California water bond measure being pushed by Agribusiness and Southern California development interests. The proposal includes the construction of two more large dams in California and construction of a controversial "Peripheral Canal" around the Bay-Delta estuary which is bitterly opposed by Northern Californians and environmentalists. Lloyd also discusses the collapse of the salmon fishery in California the past year.

Copyright © 2008 Lloyd Carter, All Rights Reserved.

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December, 2007

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In his December, 2007 radio show, "Down in the Valley", California water expert Lloyd Carter discusses a proposed $11.6 billion dollar bond initiative measure that the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Farm Bureau Federation hope to put on the statewide ballot in November of 2008. The proposed initiative calls for new dams and a "peripheral canal" to pump Northern California water around the problem-plagued Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Southern California. Carter warns this will set off another north-south water war in California. Carter also discusses other items of current interest in California's water world.

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October, 2007

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September, 2007

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August, 2007


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       This month show's top issue is a proposal by the nation's largest federal irrigation water district, the mammoth Westlands Water District, to garner 15 trillion gallons of California's precious water over the next 60 years. That water has a potential value on the retail market of $20 to $40 billion dollars although Westlands will be buying that water for perhaps 15-20 percent of its true market value.

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July, 2007


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June, 2007


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May, 2006


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March, 2006


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