Philip Bowles 
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Re: “A Solution for California's Water Woes

Correction: the Exchange Contractors are getting less than 50 percent of their normal allocation this year. Someone who bought a house in San Francisco 100 years ago has an advantage over someone who bought last week. Boo hoo.
It is a pity the reporter only parrots what the NRDC and other environmental groups tell him. Had he spoken to any farmers, this well written overview would be more balanced and useful.
@ Daniel Ferra: fracking used 300 acre feet in all of 2014 according to the State Department of Resources. Nothing, in other words. It generated over 25 billion in tax revenue.

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Posted by Philip Bowles on 07/15/2015 at 5:05 PM

Re: “The Drought's Scapegoat

It is untrue to say that the smelt are not to blame for some of the water shortage. As another poster mentioned, this last winter, when there was abundant fresh water flowing through the Delta, the pumps were run at greatly diminished levels solely to protect the smelt. Millions of acre feet that could now be in storage south of the Delta were instead wasted out to sea. This certainly was not enough water to solve all the farmers' problems, but it would have been a great help.

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Posted by Philip Bowles on 07/01/2015 at 3:24 PM

Re: “California's Thirsty Almonds

It is a correct observation that growers with a dicey water supply over planted orchard crops (even though this was hailed by folks like the Pacific Institute as moving away from "low value crops"). Many who will lose their orchards this summer have already reaped a decent return from the years they were productive.
But the griping about exports is ridiculous. Our country exports billions, and agricultural products are only a small slice of that. Everything we export takes water to produce: tractors, movies, software services. The jobs of millions, and the stability of our currency depend on exports. Shutting down international trade as a way to fight drought is like cutting off your leg to lose weight.

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Posted by Philip Bowles on 02/23/2014 at 7:41 AM

Re: “California's Thirsty Almonds

Almonds, cotton, and tomatoes all require about the same amount of water. Not long ago outfits like the Pacific Institute were decrying the planting of "low value" row crops, while celebrating trees.
Those who blithely suggest shutting down Westlands, should suggest an alternate location to produce that food. No place on earth has the exemplary pesticide, worker safety, and food safety laws that we have in California.
Improved and more liberal water markets, combined with some fairly mild improvements to our storage and delivery systems (which were engineered years ago when stream protections were not considered important) would do a lot to maintain the valuable agriculture of the West Side.

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Posted by Philip Bowles on 02/06/2014 at 8:25 AM

Re: “The Baby Salmon Feeding Frenzy in San Pablo Bay

If these releases of salmon smolt result in big catches of striped bass, GREAT! The anglers will have a ball, the nasty invasive bass population will be reduced, and lots of good home-cooked dinners will feed our community. Striped bass are fine fish, but belong back on the East Coast, where they are native.
Obviously, more strategic introductions of smolt need to happen, but I am assuming the people in charge are concerned with environmental enhancement rather than simplistic fish-release numbers.

Posted by Kurtz on 04/28/2010 at 9:04 PM

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