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San Joaquin River Update: Setting the Record Straight

The San Joauqin River Settlement Debate

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Washington, October 19, 2007 | Andrew House (202-225-2523) | comments
On September 13, 2006, an agreement to restore water flows for salmon in the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam near Fresno, including one of the West's largest river restoration efforts, was announced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Friant Water Users Authority (FWUA) and U.S. Departments of the Interior and Commerce. It has become increasingly clear that the agreement was one-sided and seriously flawed. Setting the Record Straight provides details about the effort to rush a deal through Congress, bypassing regular order and the Democratic process. It also demonstrates that some of the settling parties have consistently misrepresented facts concerning their deal to farmers and the general public.
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On September 13, 2006, an agreement to restore water flows for salmon in the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam near Fresno, including one of the West's largest river restoration efforts, was announced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Friant Water Users Authority (FWUA) and U.S. Departments of the Interior and Commerce. 

It has become increasingly clear that the San Joaquin River Settlement and resulting legislation is one-sided and seriously flawed. In San Joauqin River Update (2007) and Setting the Record Straight, I provide details about the effort to rush a deal through Congress, bypassing regular order. I also demonstrate that some of the settling parties have consistently misrepresented the facts concerning their deal to farmers and the general public.

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