California Water Wars

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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

LA water district buying up NorCal islands in water-rights grab

By Dan Bacher As Delta smelt and other fish species reach record low population levels and fishermen and fisherwomen brace for salmon restrictions this season, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California authorized the purchase of four islands in the San Francisco Bay-Delta for an undisclosed sum at a closed session of the agency’s Board of Directors meeting  on the […]

March 14th

California WaterFix: Biggest water district practicing biggest fraud

By Dan Bacher Westlands Water District, considered to be the “Darth Vader” of California water politics by leaders of fishing groups, Indian Tribes and environmental organizations, is in boiling hot water with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC on Thursday, March 10 charged Westlands, California’s largest agricultural water district, with “misleading investors […]

March 10th

Offshore fracking moratorium off CA coast spurred by lawsuits

By Dan Bacher In one of the biggest environmental conflicts of interest in recent California history, a Big Oil lobbyist led a state panel to create so-called “marine protected areas” in Southern California ocean waters at the very same time that the oil industry was conducting offshore fracking operations in the region. That’s right – […]

January 31st

Will the State Water Board Destroy the CA Delta?

By Dan Bacher In comments to the press at the “Water 2.0 event” sponsored by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) this January, Governor Jerry Brown claimed building the Delta Tunnels under the California Water Fix project is “absolutely necessary” for the “future” of California. Delta and fish advocates strongly disagree with the Governor’s claim. Delta […]

January 26th

American River steelhead numbers rebound

By Dan Bacher (Rancho Cordova) The number of steelhead showing now at Nimbus Fish Hatchery is greatly improved from last season, in spite of continuing low releases of 500 cfs from Nimbus Dam into the lower American River. This year is much different from last season, when a total of only 154 steelhead were trapped […]

December 22nd

Drought bill update: You can’t save delta by pumping more water

By Dan Bacher As Governor Jerry Brown resumes his campaign to build the salmon-killing Delta Tunnels after spending a week green washing his image in Paris at the Climate Summit, Congress is doing its best in Washington D.C. to eviscerate protections for Central Valley and Trinity/Klamath River salmon and steelhead. HR 2898, an agribusiness-backed “drought relief” bill that […]

December 15th

Feds fund water-stealing delta tunnels under false pretenses

By Dan Bacher Sacramento – A document obtained under a Public Records Act request reveals a “taxpayer grant” of a $17 million from the Bureau of Reclamation to the California Department of Water Resources under the Jerry Brown administration on July 30, 2015, according to a news release from Restore the Delta (RTD).  Read the federal agreement here. […]

December 10th