Jason Peltier to Lead New Chapter in Coalition’s Efforts

May 7, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – Today the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta (CSD) announced the appointment of Jason Peltier as its new Executive Director, bringing enhanced leadership and tremendous experience as the Coalition expands its role in addressing and acting upon California water management, ecosystem improvement and the myriad of Bay-Delta issues.

The Coalition has long been an effective voice in Delta issues and a leader in addressing key Delta stressors such as harmful ammonia discharges and predation by non-native species. The Coalition continues to confront a system of policies and regulations that have failed to improve our fisheries, while certainly harming the social and economic fabric of California

“We are very excited to have someone with Jason’s experience leading our renewed and expanded efforts on California’s most challenging water issues,” said Bill Phillimore, Coalition for a Sustainable Delta President. “His leadership, knowledge and relationships will be an asset to these critical efforts.”

A resident of the Delta, Peltier brings a lifetime of work in water management and an intimate understanding of Delta issues that will allow the organization to evolve and expand efforts in the region. Most recently, Peltier served as the Executive Director of the San Luis & Delta Mendota Water Authority and the Deputy General Manager of Westlands Water District prior to that. He also served for six years as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the Department of the Interior in Washington D.C. as part of the management team responsible for the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey. Peltier was raised on a diversified farm in Kern County, he received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Chico State and is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership program.

Peltier’s background uniquely qualifies him to position CSD as a leader in an evolving era of increased collaboration. CSD will remain focused on the many Delta stressors that continue to plague the region, while working to increase cooperation between water users, NGOs and government stakeholders. In addition, the Coalition will work to promote and implement projects that will make a difference in Delta ecosystems that benefit fisheries and water users.

“For generations, competing interests have been battling in the Delta while the status quo continues to deteriorate for all,” said Peltier. “We have recently seen in our collaborative science efforts that government, NGOs and water agencies can work together constructively. That collaboration can be expanded to expediting actions to solve fishery and water problems. I’m looking forward to a new opportunity to help solve an old set of challenges.

Peltier will be based in Sacramento.

Jason Peltier can be reached at:
Coalition for a Sustainable Delta
925 L Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, California 95814
Office: 916 441-7685
Cell: 559 994-2255
Email: jpeltier@sustainabledelta.com

California Farmers Are Leaders in Water Efficiency

March 1, 2018

A recent editorial by the Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards suggested that Central Valley farmers employ wasteful irrigation practices and should be subject to the same water rules that the State Water Resources Control Board is currently contemplating for urban users. This shockingly uniformed viewpoint made it clear that we needed to provide a refresher on some points we’ve made over the course of the most recent drought.

First, California farmers employ some of the most precise irrigation technologies and methods in the world. These state-of-the-art design, delivery and management practices increase production efficiency and conserve water. For example:

  • Farms use satellite weather information and forecasting systems to schedule irrigation.
  • Growers employ evapotranspiration and soil moisture data to maximize efficiency.
  • Water suppliers throughout the state have upgraded and automated their systems to enable accurate, flexible and reliable deliveries.
  • Millions of acres have been converted to precision irrigation systems such as sprinkler, drip and micro-spray irrigation and more acres are converted each year.
  • Mobile labs are used to conduct in-field evaluations of irrigation systems.
  • Farms and water suppliers are increasingly utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) to improve overall farm water management.

The editorial boards suggest that California’s agricultural abundance and role in providing more than 400 different commodities and 99 percent or more of the U.S.’s supply of almonds, artichokes, dates, dried plums, figs, garlic, kiwifruit, olives and olive oil, pistachios, raisins, table grapes, and walnuts is an “irresponsible choice.” Maybe a more responsible choice would be to encourage consumers to save water and stop eating!

The simple fact is that it takes water to grow food. There is always room for improvement, and California’s farmers continue to invest in more efficient irrigation practices. Drip and micro-irrigation systems are more prevalent than ever, especially in the almond industry, where 70 percent of almond growers use micro irrigation systems and more than 80 percent use demand based irrigation scheduling.

California farmers provide a safe and reliable food supply for our residents and millions more around the world, not to mention the thousands of workers the industry employs. Pointing fingers at hardworking farm families and farm workers does nothing to further the debate or work toward solutions.

Statement by the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta regarding release of WaterFix Biological Opinions:

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Statement by the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta regarding Southern California Water Committee Economic Study:

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Statement by the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta regarding recent federal water actions:

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California Legislature Calls on Fish & Game Commission to Address Predation

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Statement Regarding Predation Issues & Petition Withdrawal

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Coalition Urges US Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Consider the Science of Recently Proposed Outflow Modification

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 Business and Water Coalition Petitions Fish and Game Commission to Address Predation

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A Million Acre Feet of Water Lost to Ocean Amidst Drought – Huge Loss for California Taxpayers

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State Water Board to Take Up Controversial Water Temperature Control Plan

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Stormwater Pollution Suit Settled

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