For years, the Bureau of Reclamation has tried to comply with the Endangered Species Act when it comes to protecting Chinook salmon and steelhead on the Stanislaus River by releasing more and more water.
Here's a dilemma that not many elected boards face - should the South San Joaquin Irrigation District board reduce water rates by 7 percent to Division 9 farmers or keep them flat and build up a hedge to soften future rate hikes that may be triggered by electricity prices?
JAMESTOWN - You may never have been to one of California's most unique state parks - Railtown 1897 - but the odds are if you are 40 or over you've seen glimpses of it as well as the railroad tracks that run into the nearby Sierra foothill countryside.
"And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way." - John Steinbeck in "East of Eden"