Author: Dan Bacher

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GOP reps pushing Trump’s water-stealing plan for California

Corporate agribusiness interests and the Congressional allies are taking advantage of the current Coronavirus pandemic to promote the Trump administration plan to take more water from Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Six Congressional Representatives sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, April 7 expressing their “disappointment and serious concerns with the new Incidental Take Permit (ITP) for the Long-Term […]

April 9th

The Coronavirus has shut down the US economy – but California continues to issue fracking permits

In the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic and after a nine-month moratorium on new fracking operations,  the State Department of Conservation on Friday approved 24 new fracking permits in Kern County, the center of the oil industry in California. By Dan Bacher Public health advocates and environmental justice advocates were very disappointed by the approval of environmentally destructive fracking […]

April 7th

California’s Delta Smelt are nearing extinction (But California water agencies don’t care)

During the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) issued a controversial Incidental Take Permit (ITP) to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for long-term operations of the State Water Project (SWP). The permit covers four species protected under the California Endangered Species Act: Delta smelt, longfin smelt, winter-run Chinook […]

April 1st

Californians urge Gov Newsom pause in Delta Tunnel planning during Coronavirus crisis

The state of California is continuing ahead with plans for the Delta Tunnel, a project to divert more water from Northern California for San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and Southern California water agencies, in spite of the COVID 19 global pandemic. Fishermen, Tribal leaders, conservationists, environmental justice advocates, scientists, many elected leaders, family farmers, Delta business owners and […]

March 29th

Coronavirus Crisis: 575 groups urge utilities to halt electricity and water shutoffs!

More than 575 utility justice, labor, faith, consumer and environmental groups urged state governors, mayors and utility regulators today to put a moratorium on electricity and water-utility shutoffs in response to the coronavirus crisis and resulting job losses, according to a press release from the Indigenous Environmental Network and four other groups. By Dan Bacher […]

March 22nd

California water wars: Rally TODAY (March 2) to stop the North Coast water grab!

Please share this new flyer for the only North State Delta Tunnel hearing on March 2nd. The artwork by Mahlija Florendo. Carpools are coming from all over to support the Tribal members and youth that demanded a North State hearing. By Dan Bacher According to Regina Chichizola of Save California Salmon: “On February 28, the Trump […]

March 2nd

California’s Westlands Water District signs permanent water contract with Bureau of Reclamation

Thomas Birmingham, General Manager of Westlands Water District, today issued a statement celebrating the Execution of the District’s Repayment Contract that the Bureau of Reclamation and the district signed today. The document converts “temporary” water service contracts to “permanent” repayment contracts, a major goal of Trump’s Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, a former Westlands and oil industry lobbyist, and […]

February 29th

Big oil in California suffers another big court loss

Environmental justice and conservation groups and local farmers won a significant victory yesterday when a California appeals court ruled that a Kern County oil and gas ordinance — written by oil industry consultants — violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). By Dan Bacher California’s Fifth District Court of Appeals found that a key county analysis failed to disclose the full […]

February 27th

CA Commission allies with agribusiness, throws out science in removing striped bass restoration goal

Rejecting the recommendations of the top three striped bass scientific experts on striped bass and Delta fisheries in the state, the California Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously on Friday, February 21, to adopt its first Delta Fisheries Management Policy and an amended Striped Bass Policy that has no numerical goal for the restoration of […]

February 26th

California files lawsuit against Trump’s salmon-killing water plan

One day after Governor Gavin Newsom and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said they would sue President Donald Trump over his signing of revised biological opinions in Bakersfield, Becerra, the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday evening filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for failing to protect endangered fish […]

February 21st