Posted on | January 27, 2010 | No Comments
It could be that the Department of Interior’s new website would appear merely well done if Monday afternoon hadn’t been spent at a Congressional field hearing listening to Central Valley Rep Tom McClintock lie, lie and lie some more about how the federal government is failing his region for the “enjoyment and amusement” of a fish. There might be a more shameless man in politics, whatever the party, but it doesn’t bear thinking about. Instead, quaint as it might sound, to find out what is actually happening, click here for Interior’s Interim Federal Action Plan for the California Bay-Delta. If you missed it the first time, it’s because it was published two days before Christmas.
For a report from hydrogeologist Michael Campana on the proceedings this week inside the National Academy of Sciences committee gathered at the behest of Senator Dianne Feinstein, click here. The committee was convened to review the Interior and Commerce Department biological opinions that under the Endangered Species Act have led to reductions in water exports from the Bay-Delta to the Central Valley and Southern California. For previous coverage from this site, click here. For a full round-up of press coverage, go to Aquafornia.
Update: Thanks to Doug Obegi from the NRDC Switchboard for pointing out Matt Weiser’s report in the Sacramento Bee on the NAS hearings. It is a must-read for those interested in the dark art of lobbying. No mention of this would be complete without complimenting On the public record, which first spotted the antecedents of one of the groups now lobbying the NAS committee and mentioned by the Bee. It turns out that “Coalition for a Sustainable Delta,” is the invention of the PR firm “The Dolphin Group.” Additionally, the Bee reports that most of the coalition’s officers “work for Paramount Farms, the San Joaquin Valley farming enterprise owned by billionaire Stewart Resnick. It was Resnick who asked Sen Dianne Feinstein to request the Academy review.”
This post has been repeatedly updated. Image: 1894 Laughable Lyrics: A Fourth Book of Nonsense Poems, Songs, Botany, Music, etc. by Edward Lear. Source: Zorger.com