Author: Dan Bacher

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As CA drought continues, DWR announces plan to suspend Delta water quality standards

As the three latest fish surveys on the Delta reveal that the Delta smelt is virtually extinct in the wild, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial State Water Project (SWP) allocation of 0 percent for state water contractors in 2022, with the exception of certain health and safety needs. By Dan Bacher DWR also announced several […]

December 3rd

CA Tribal communities organize to stop Sites Reservoir, provide clean water to salmon and the Delta

Tribal activists, drinking water advocates and commercial and subsistence fishers are asking the public to stand with them in the fight for both the Trinity and Sacramento River salmon by supporting a California state process to restore flows in California’s largest rivers, and by fighting a proposal for a twenty square mile reservoir, the Sites […]

December 2nd

How big oil money spreads influence: 17 CA Assembly Members got more than $10k in campaign cash

Yesterday the Sierra Club California released the November Update to its Tracking the Dirty Dollars Project, revealing the enormous influence that the oil and gas industry continues to exert over members of the California Legislature. This update found that 17 Assemblymembers have now received more than $10,000 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry and its allies, an increase […]

December 1st

Old phone cable containing 63 tons of toxic lead will be removed from Lake Tahoe

Anglers, divers and other residents of the Lake Tahoe Basin have reason to celebrate. Under a settlement agreement finalized this month in federal court in Sacramento, AT&T’s PacBell subsidiary will remove eight miles of decrepit telephone cable from Lake Tahoe, where it has been leaching toxic lead into the iconic lake’s water for decades. The cable […]

November 28th

Removal of four PacifiCorp dams on Klamath River slated to begin in early 2023

If all goes as planned, the removal of four PacifiCorp Dams on the Klamath River that have blocked salmon and steelhead migration for over 100 years will begin in early 2023, according to Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) Executive Director Mark Bransom. By Dan Bacher Branson spoke at a press briefing on Friday that also […]

November 19th

Fishery biologist Tom Cannon: Delta smelt are “likely virtually extinct in the wild”

I have reported every year for over a decade on the results of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fall Midwater Trawl Survey. For the past three years, no Delta smelt, once the most abundant fish in the entire Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, have been found in this survey. None have been found in the […]

November 18th

Aliso Canyon’s neighbors protest expansion of this dangerous gas storage facility

Two years after Governor Newsom sent a letter to California’s Public Utilities Commission urging the closure of SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon gas storage site, environmental advocates and members of impacted communities will march in protest at the Governor’s approval of the facility’s expansion, according to a press advisory from Food and Water Watch. By Dan Bacher […]

November 17th

Action Alert: Tell CA to stop rubber stamping extinction! Support racial equality for salmon tribes

Last year during the height of California’s Drought, the California State Water Quality Control Board approved a plan that allowed the federal government to enact the Trump Water Plan without meeting California clean water laws, according to Regina Chichizola of Save California Salmon. This plan allowed over 80% of baby salmon to be killed in […]

November 14th

California joins the international Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance as a second-tier member

A coalition of environmental justice, public interest and climate groups announced Thursday that the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) at the COP26 Conference in Glasgow that California will join as an “associate” member, a secondary tier of membership for those yet to commit to end new drilling for oil and gas.   By Dan […]

November 13th

Countdown to Extinction: ZERO delta smelt found in October Midwater Trawl Survey for fourth year

Time is running out for the Delta smelt, once the most abundant fish in the entire Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. For the fourth October in a row, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has caught zero Delta smelt in its Fall Midwater Trawl Survey of the Delta. By Dan Bacher The smelt is now near […]

November 12th

In drought-stricken CA, oil industry consumed 4.6 billion gallons of fresh water for extraction in just 3 years

The FracTracker Alliance has released a new report on water use by the oil and gas industry in California:… By Dan Bacher “We found that the oil and gas industry consumed over 4.6 billion gallons of freshwater for extraction operations in California during the 3 year period from 2018-2020,” said Kyle Ferrar, author of the report. […]

November 11th

Update and action alert: California’s devastating plans for the water-stealong Delta Tunnel

If built, the Newsom Administration’s Delta Tunnel (Delta Conveyance) would be potentially the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history. The multi-billion dollar project would hasten the extinction of endangered Delta  and longfin smelt, Central Valley steelhead, Sacramento winter run and spring run Chinook salmon, green sturgeon and other fish species, as well as imperil salmon […]

November 8th

Instead of shutting down dangerous Aliso Canyon methane storage, it could be increased today!

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Thursday, November 4, will vote on two proposals that will determine the future of natural gas storage at SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon storage facility and whether its capacity will be increased. By Dan Bacher The first proposal would increase the storage capacity limit to 100% allowable capacity at 68.6 billion cubic […]

November 4th

Senators Feinstein and Padilla support closing dangerous Aliso Canyon methane storage

The two Senators from California urge CPUC to outline a formal plan to close the Aliso Canyon methane storage facility (while ensuring uninterrupted utility services). By Dan Bacher Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla (both D-Calif.) have released the following statement on the 2015 Aliso Canyon gas leak: “More than six years after the well […]

November 3rd

California Water Wars: Tribes, fishermen, conservationists demand action to restore flows in Klamath tributaries

Yesterday, Save California Salmon, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), and 12 California environmental organizations joined Klamath River Tribes in asking the California State Water Resources Control Board to establish permanent instream flow requirements for the Scott and Shasta Rivers, two of the Klamath River’s largest tributaries, according to a press release from […]

November 2nd