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The San Joaquin Valley Water Leadership Forum has a water retention plan that we welcome you to study. The proposal could save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and help to revitalize several key areas that are currently in contention right now amongst the many people who are vying to help with their own plan of action. We encourage you to read every proposal so that you are sure you have the whole picture before you make a decision about which plan is the best plan.

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California Assemblyman Mike Villines of Clovis.

Water Forum Bulletin Board
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Water Forum Blog
Read what the Forum Directors and other Water Professionals have to say in their daily blogs located right here on SJVWLF.org. Check to see who has added something new to their opinions by clicking on the Blog link located here. You can track your favorite writers once on their blog page.

See the latest video materials from the State Legislature. You can view the presentations of Mayor Autry and Steve Haze that were delivered August 26th, 2008. Click here to view the excerpts.

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Read "Passing around an empty cup " on the Leadership Blog!


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History of Friant Dam
One of the many people that worked on Friant Dam was Thomas Jefferson Galt. "TJ" was a Chukchansi Indian born in 1887 near Coarsegold CA. He and his brother Adam worked on the dam project from the time it started construction. For them, as with much of the Central Valley, the dam represented the start of a new era in California, one that would be made possible with a newly created source of year round water. This project would help to grow crops and cities alike, making California the bread basket to America and beyond.

From High Country News

The Ghost of Tulare Lake

Haze is 59, and lives with his wife, Diane, three horses and two dogs in the Sierra Nevada foothill town of Auberry, Calif., in Fresno County. Equal parts Assyrian, Irish, German and Cherokee, he has the look of a well-fed but fit rancher, with silvery hair, tanned skin and black smudges of eyebrows. He has been involved in the Central Valley's water issues since he
semi-retired from the high-tech industry eight years ago.
He has worked with the California Bay-Delta Authority on public education and job creation, headed the Upper San Joaquin River Stewardship Council and served on the boards of tribal associations, trail councils and community nonprofits. He sees himself as a liaison between corporate agriculture and progressive water activists, and takes issue with some of his allies' more combative tactics.
"The way I was brought up professionally," Haze says, "you never say no. You listen to everyone's needs and try to meet them at least halfway. I don't have to agree with somebody to
like them." Restoring Tulare Lake, he says, is the one solution to California's water woes that could satisfy farmer and fisherman alike. Haze envisions the lake as a shifting mosaic of restored wetlands that save up water during the region's cataclysmic wet years, and then serve as a "distribution hub" for local irrigation water, connected to the California Aqueduct, which already transports water from the Sierras to various reservoirs in the south.

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