Author: Dan Bacher

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Delta tunnels: California’s biggest water district says they’re “Not economically viable”

The Westlands Water District’s Board of Directors rejected Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project on September 19 because the California WaterFix “is not financially viable,” according to a statement from the district. By Dan Bacher The district also said they cannot support a project that would make water supplies “unaffordable” for Westlands farmers. The powerful agricultural water district’s rejection of […]

September 21st

California’s Delta Tunnels/ Waterfix dealt fatal blow – rejected by Westlands Water District

In a major victory for Delta Tunnels opponents, the Board of Directors of the Westlands Water District today voted 7 to 1 against their participation in Governor Jerry Brown’s California WaterFix project. By Dan Bacher Growers in the massive district, located on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, cited the high cost of the state-federal proposal as their […]

September 20th

CA Indian Water Commission and three environmental groups challenge Delta Tunnels financing

The California Indian Water Commission has joined the California Water Impact Network, AquAlliance and California Sportfishing Protection Alliance in filing a legal challenge to the financing of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels. By Dan Bacher A recent landmark 9th Circuit ruling states that federally reserved Indian water rights have precedent over all state and federal water […]

September 18th

Drought-ravaged winter-run Chinook salmon hit rock bottom on the Sacramento River

Only 1,123 adult winter Chinook salmon, once one of the biggest salmon runs on the Sacramento River and its tributaries, returned to the Sacramento Valley in 2017, according to a report sent to the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). By Dan Bacher “This is the second lowest number of returning adult winter […]

September 15th

Delta Tunnels: Bureau of Reclamation is “Beyond reclamation.”

The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the group that filed the original complaint resulting in the audit that revealed the $84.8 million in illegal Bureau of Reclamation payments to the California Department of Water Resources for the planning of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels Project, today issued a statement concluding that the Bureau of Reclamation is “now beyond reclamation.” […]

September 11th

Why did the Fed Interior Dept misuse $84 million for California Delta Tunnels planning?

A federal audit has determined that the U.S. Department of Interior improperly used $84 million in federal taxpayer’s money in the planning process for Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project. By Dan Bacher Mary Kendall, the deputy federal inspector general for the U.S. Department of Interior, today issued a 42 page report detailing the misuse of the […]

September 8th

California Water Policy conference sponsored by… the usual corporate suspects

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) will holds its “Priorities for California’s Water” conference in Sacramento on Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street, Magnolia and Camellia rooms, Sacramento, CA. By Dan Bacher “This past year was a prime example of California’s highly variable climate—and a precursor of the […]

September 7th

Big Oil defeats California bill to ban new offshore oil drilling

In spite of California’s “green” image, every bill except one opposed by the powerful oil industry has failed to make it out of the state legislature this year and during the 2015-2016 session. The latest victim of intense lobbying by Big Oil is Senate Bill 188, which would respond to President Donald Trump’s executive order opening the door to expanded offshore […]

September 6th

Jerry Brown goes to Russia – Climate change on the table Eastern Economic Forum

California Governor Jerry Brown will attend the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, a Pacific port city located in the far Southeast corner of Russia near the borders of China and North Korea, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, local time. The purpose of his trip is to  “further expand California’s trans-Pacific collaboration to combat climate change,” according to a news […]

September 4th

Central Basin Water Board holds off on Delta Tunnels vote

On August 28, the Central Basin Water Agency board in Compton voted 5 to 2 to postpone a decision supporting the controversial Delta Tunnels plan, a joint public works project between the Governor Jerry Brown and President Donald Trump administration. By Dan Bacher  Brenna Norton, senior Southern California organizer for Food  & Water Watch, said, “Citing the many unknowns […]

August 29th

Cap-and-Trade: Big Oil lobbyist lauds outcome of carbon auction

If anybody had any illusions that the passage of Governor Jerry Brown’s cap-and-trade bill, AB 398, was good for the environment, one only has to read the statement issued by Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), on August 23 praising the results of the state’s carbon auction. By Dan Bacher  “Today’s successful carbon auction […]

August 29th

Delta Tunnels: Central Valley Basin Water Agency to vote TODAY

The Central Basin Water Agency will vote today on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed multi-billion-dollar Delta Tunnels project, considered by public trust advocates to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history By Dan Bacher  UPDATE: No vote today after all. YES! Vote will be delayed to 9/25 @CentralBasin. 5 Voted Yes to Delay. […]

August 28th

Delta Tunnels: No surprise, WaterFix would raise rates for millions (and benefit millionaires)

On August 16, Fitch Ratings confirmed what Delta Tunnels opponents have been saying for years — the proposed California WaterFix project being currently fast-tracked by the Trump and Brown administrations would likely drive a significant increase in monthly water rates. By Dan Bacher  This increase in water rates would have a particularly egregious impact upon people in low income and […]

August 24th

Native and fishing groups take Jerry Brown to court to block water-stealing Delta Tunnels

A California Indian Tribe, two fishing groups, and two environmental organizations have joined a growing number of organizations, cities and counties suing the Jerry Brown and Donald Trump administrations to block the construction of the water-stealing Delta Tunnels. By Dan Bacher  The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA), Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), Pacific Coast […]

August 23rd