California Water Wars

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LA County ratepayers rally against the Brown/Trump water-stealing Delta Tunnels

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) is considering raising water bills and taxes in Los Angeles County to fund Governor Jerry  Brown and President Donald Trump’s giant multi-billion-dollar Delta Tunnels, considered by opponents to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history. By Dan Bacher  This afternoon starting at 2 p.m., MWD […]

August 14th

Delta Tunnels: The fight to block the California WaterFix comes down to the wire

In the latest battle in the California water wars, Restore the Delta (RTD) submitted a formal letter to the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, laying out “various fiscal, environmental, and supply reliability risks of the [California WaterFix/ Delta Tunnels] for not only Southern California, but the entire state.” By Dan Bacher  Growing numbers of Southern California ratepayers […]

August 12th

California’s largest boating group says “No thanks” to Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels

The Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC), a non-profit organization serving the boating community, on August 3 announced its opposition to Governor Jerry Brown’s California WaterFix/ Delta Tunnels, a massive construction project that they say could “seriously impact” boaters’ access to the Delta for many generations to come. By Dan Bacher  “The 1,000 miles of waterways in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta […]

August 10th

Delta Tunnels: DFW issues permit to kill endangered salmon & smelt

The deal made between the Jerry Brown and Donald Trump administrations to fast-track the construction of the Governor’s Delta Tunnels project, a deal that I predicted on election night 2016, is becoming more apparent nearly every day. By Dan Bacher  On July 28, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, under the helm of Director Chuck Bonham, issued an “incidental […]

August 1st

Goldman Sachs gives low-ball estimate of Delta Tunnels costs

Westlands Water District, dubbed the “Darth Vader” of California water politics by Tribes, fishermen,  conservationists and environmentalists, has been in the news a lot lately. On Monday, Goldman Sachs gave the water district a presentation on financing for Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels/WaterFix project, and, unsurprisingly, told them what they wanted to hear. By Dan Bacher  Westlands […]

July 21st

There’s a new head for California water policy, but don’t expect new direction

California’s embattled Department of Water Resources (DWR) got a new director this week: Governor Jerry Brown appointed Grant Davis, 54, of Petaluma to head the agency, reeling from intense international and national media scrutiny of its mishandling of the Oroville Dam spillway crisis. By Dan Bacher DWR is also the lead state agency in the collaborative effort […]

July 20th

Feinstein, Harris, even Jerry Brown hate big agriculture’s awful GROW water bill

California Governor Jerry Brown and Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein have voiced their opposition to HR 23, the “Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017,” aka the GROW water bill, that is supported by San Joaquin Valley agribusiness interests. By Dan Bacher  This bill is strongly opposed by California Indian Tribes, fishing groups and conservation […]

July 12th

LA ratepayers will pay for Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels (but big agriculture gets all the water)

One of the most enduring myths of California water politics is that the Delta Tunnels promoted by the Jerry Brown and Donald Trump administrations are designed to divert Northern California water to “fill swimming pools” of “wealthy water wasters” in Southern California. By Dan Bacher One of the most enduring myths of California water politics is that the Delta […]

July 5th

Trump admin approves permit to build Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels

As I predicted on election night, the President Donald Trump and Governor Jerry Brown administrations have apparently made a deal to fast-track Brown’s legacy project, the Delta Tunnels, considered by opponents to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history. By Dan Bacher The Trump released a no-jeopardy finding on the biological […]

June 26th