Lloyd Carter certainly does. In fact, he's made caring about water and water laws part of his life's career. Lloyd was a UPI and Fresno Bee reporter and has been writing about California water issues for more than 35 years. That's not all he wrote about, of course, but for him, it was pretty obvious that he should make his new site all about water--because water is so important to everyday life and taking care of it is crucial.
Besides writing about water, Lloyd is also the President of the California Save Our Streams Council and a member of other organizations. He gets to mouth off about water every month on a radio show on KFCF, 88.1 FM in Fresno
When it comes to water conservation, Lloyd Carter knows what he's talking about. After all, he's heard about it and written about it for more than two decades!
You've been a reporter and newspaper man for many years who's reported on many topics INCLUDING water issues. So why focus your new site on water issues only. Why are they so important to you?
I don’t have the time to write about all the subjects I wrote about in more than two decades as a newsman. I write about water because it is a very complicated subject and is absolutely essential to ALL LIFE. Millions of people, mostly children, die every year on this planet from waterborne illnesses. Everywhere in the world there are critical water issues ranging from supply to pollution.
What are some of the major California water issues?
The critical water issues in California are (1) tainted drinking water supplies in rural areas, especially the San Joaquin Valley; (2) the collapsing Delta ecosystem; (3) reliable water supplies for cities, agriculture and the environment; (4) the inability or unwillingness of the State Water Resources Control Board, decade after decade, to make the hard decisions necessary to protect water supplies, and (5) the unconscionable delay in establish a wildlife safety standard for selenium.
What kinds of things do you do in your role as a water conservationist?
Mostly, I operate my website, www.lloydgcarter.com, which keeps me very busy! I do some public speaking and occasional newspaper columns.
Tell me about your role as a the President of California Save Our Streams Council.
California Save Our Streams Council was founded in 1981 by my late friend, Jerry Bishop of North Fork, who was trying to halt the proliferation of creek-destroying, small hydro projects on virgin Sierra creeks. Jerry asked me to take over in the early 1990s. We are a small group but I hope to grow the membership after I retire from my day job. We focus on the San Joaquin River watershed.
Tell me about your role as a board member of the Underground Gardens Conservancy.
The Underground Gardens Conservancy is dedicated to the protection of Fresno’s famed Forestiere Underground Gardens. Long range plans include efforts to purchase land adjacent to the Gardens (former Forestiere land) to establish a buffer for the Gardens.
How have the water issues in California changed (increased, decreased) since you started reporting on them?
News coverage of water issues in California is not as good as when I was writing about them in the 1980s. Top notch journalists like Deborah Blum (Fresno Bee) and Tom Harris (Sacramento Bee) are gone. A lot of information about water issues nowadays is more accurately characterized as propaganda disseminated by special interest groups (agribusiness, industry, urban waste water agencies, enviros). There are a handful of good water writers in California including free lancer Dan Bacher and Mike Taugher of the Contra Costa newspaper.
You formerly taught water law at the San Joaquin College of Law. What was that like?
Teaching water law was a great experience. I was forced out of the teaching position after western San Joaquin Valley agribusiness interests complained to the law school administration about me.
What should the world know about water issues?
The world already knows about water problems. Virtually every country has some water problems, including pollution, scarcity, and waste. The average person should investigate water quality and quantity in his/her own community and see what can be done. Visit my website for information on California issues.
What would you tell someone thinking about a career focused on water law in some capacity?
I recommend anyone go into water law if they want to act in the public interest and protect the public interest. I oppose anyone who wants to become a rich water lawyer by representing polluters. That is bad Karma!