Delta Blues Trailer

Monday, April 20, 2009

Hundreds Protest Cuts in Water in California

Lots of coverage of the march protesting the lack of water for the Central Valley. More than ever, it seems this story is about fish vs. farmers.

I planned on covering it for the documentary but was out of town all week and was unable to get there. If you know anybody who shot video of the protest, please let me know at info (at)

New York Times Story

Fresno ABC station story with video

San Jose Mercury News story

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Delta rivers top U.S. most-troubled list

From the Sacramento Bee:

"The Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers will be named today as the nation's most endangered waterways by the environmental group American Rivers.

It will be a news flash mainly for the other 49 states.

Many Californians are already well aware of the myriad problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and its two main rivers. They've lived for several years with water shortages caused by the Delta's environmental problems, and with the threat of its declining fish populations, aging levees and problem plumbing."


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Congressmen want more water for California farmers

Citing massive unemployment and economic collapse in their districts, some California Congressmen are seeking an exception to the Endangered Species Act to allow more water to flow into the Central Valley.

From the San Jose Mercury News:

"Speaking before the House Natural Resources Committee, several of the state's lawmakers discounted the drought as the reason for the San Joaquin Valley's lack of water.

Rather, they said it was a matter of priorities, with the government valuing fish over families."