California Water Wars

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Environmental Water Caucus: “Just say no” to Cali’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels

As Governor Jerry Brown continues to push for the construction of two massive water tunnels under The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the Environmental Water Caucus on January 27 submitted their comments on the Final Delta Tunnels EIR/EIS. Read the comments here. By Dan Bacher In summary, EWC, a coalition of conservation groups, Tribes, fishing organizations and environmental justice groups, continues to […]

January 31st

Jerry Brown promises resistance to Trump (but wants money for his delta tunnels boondoggle)

By Dan Bacher California Governor Jerry Brown today delivered his State of the State Address, portraying his administration as the “Resistance” to the policies of Donald Trump while at the same time praising the President for his plan to spend $1 trillion in infrastructure funding. The mainstream media, some NGOs and many California politicians immediately gushed over the […]

January 24th

Did Jerry Brown’s campaign launder dirty money from big oil?

by Dan Bacher The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced  that it has opened an investigation into the California Democratic Party in response to a report by a prominent consumer group claiming that the party acted as a “laundry machine” to funnel donations from oil, energy and utility companies to Brown’s 2014 election campaign.  In her letter to the Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, Galena […]

September 29th

Jerry Brown calls for fast-tracking of river flow agreements to build his Delta Tunnels

By Dan Bacher As The Winnemem Wintu Tribe proceed on their historic 300-mile long Run4Salmon from Vallejo to the McCloud River, Governor Jerry  Brown is calling for the expediting of river flow agreements in order to fill his $60 billion Delta Tunnels for exporting more water to corporate agribusiness interests and Southern California water agencies. “State Water Board staff recently released a […]

September 21st

Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels would need $6.5 billion taxpayer subsidy

By Dan Bacher Proponents of the giant Delta Tunnels claim that the project’s cost will be covered by the beneficiaries, but new documents reveal that project proponents could put the federal and state taxpayers on the hook for $6.5 billion in subsidies for the controversial water diversion proposal. Documents unveiled in a recent Public Records Act request from the California Department of Water Resources […]

September 16th

Today! Cali residents can question Metropolitan Water District about Delta Tunnels/Waterfix plan

By Dan Bacher Delta residents will have a great opportunity to ask the major Delta Tunnels proponent and Delta islands purchaser, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, some tough questions, in Stockton on September 15. Restore the Delta (RTD) encourages you to attend. See the meeting details below. Governor Jerry Brown is currently promoting […]

September 15th

Big agriculture backs down from attack on Cali fishing

By Dan Bacher In a big victory for fishing groups who were mobilizing for a huge turn out of anglers at the California Fish and Game Commission meeting in Folsom on August 25, Stewart Resnick’s Coalition for a Sustainable Delta Astroturf group and their water contractor allies withdrew their petition to increase bag limits and […]

September 12th

Delta tunnels plan still makes zero sense

By Dan Bacher The state and federal governments pleaded their case for Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels plan in testimony submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board on May 31 and in a media teleconference held on June 1, claiming that the planned new water diversion points won’t endanger other water users. The […]

June 1st

Court rules against Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels plan

By Dan Bacher In a favorable decision for Delta advocates, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny on May 18 issued a complex 73-page ruling on challenges to the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan, a plan that embraces Governor Jerry Brown’s California Water Fix to Build the Delta Tunnels. Although the decision upheld the Council’s regulatory authority, Kenny said the […]

May 19th

Save the salmon – Klamath River dams coming down

By Dan Bacher (How do we balance the health of an ecosystem with a healthy economy? Sometimes, it makes sense to build dams; sometimes, it makes more sense to take them down and restore the rivers to their natural state… ) The U.S. Departments of the Interior and Commerce, the States of Oregon and California, the […]

April 7th

Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels plan is collapsing

By Dan Bacher Governor Jerry Brown’s California WaterFix to Build the Delta Tunnels, a $60-billion plan to divert Sacramento River water to corporate agribusiness interests, Southern California water agencies, and oil companies conducting fracking and extreme oil extraction methods, is “broken” and in “chaos.” That’s the assessment of a coalition of fishing, environmental and farming […]

March 29th

Dear Governor Brown: Time to admit your Delta Tunnels WaterFix plan is falling apart

By Dan Bacher Restore the Delta (RTD) today released a powerful open letter to Governor Jerry Brown from Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, RTD Executive Director, stating “It’s time to detach your legacy from the Delta Tunnels proposal.” “It’s time to face the reality that this plan is falling apart,” she said. Brown’s controversial California Water Fix to build the Delta Tunnels is […]

March 16th