California Water Wars

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California’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels could be approved in September

In 2007, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger revived a plan that big agriculture loved – to build a peripheral canal or tunnels around or under the Sacramento Delta. Since then, a coalition of fishermen, Tribal leaders, conservationists, environmental justice advocates and Delta residents have been fighting to stop this Delta tunnels plan pushed by corporate agribusiness interests and Southern California water agencies. Now, […]

June 15th

Trump picks lobbyist who funnelled cash to big ag as Deputy Sec of Interior. (What could go wrong?)

“Before confirming David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of Interior… it is critical to understand whether federal laws were broken, twisted or bent while Mr. Bernhardt was Solicitor and again while employed by Westlands.  Limited disclosures to date reveal that millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to benefit Westlands that should have been deposited in the Federal […]

June 6th

Jerry Brown poses as ‘climate leader’ while he promotes fracking, Delta Tunnels

He’s a political genius when it comes to working media, since he’s convinced much of the state, national and international media that he’s a “climate leader” and “green governor” when Jerry Brown actually oversees some of the most environmentally devastating policies of any governor in recent California history. By Dan Bacher Responding to President Donald Trump’s […]

June 6th

West Coast salmon fishery in state of disaster

California Governor Jerry Brown and Oregon Governor Kate Brown have sent a letter  to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross requesting declaration of a catastrophic regional fishery disaster and commercial fishery failure for salmon in their states. By Dan Bacher The declaration begins the process for requesting federal aid to assist commercial salmon trollers and […]

May 26th

How green is California? Agencies are deep in the pockets of Big Ag and Big Oil

California is portrayed as the green leader, but the reality is much different. The state has some good environmental laws that protect our rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters, but they’re enforced very poorly. These laws includes the California Endangered Species Act, California Environmental Water Quality Act, California Coastal Act, Marine Life Protection Act and […]

May 22nd

California’s salmon and trout facing EXTINCTION

If present trends continue, almost half of California’s native salmon, steelhead and trout are likely be extinct in the next 50 years  — and 70 percent of these iconic fish will be gone in one hundred years. By Dan Bacher That was the alarming news unveiled by scientists and conservation group leaders in a press teleconference announcing the findings of a new […]

May 21st

Will Trump admin back Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels?

After meeting with California Governor Jerry Brown on April 13,  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said he “appreciated the positive and productive conversation” with Brown about “public lands, water infrastructure and projects throughout California” that are managed by the Department of Interior. By Dan Bacher One of the topics they talked about was Governor Brown’s controversial plan to […]

April 14th

The environmental injustice behind the Oroville Dam crisis

At a time when local, national and international mainstream media are focusing on the Oroville Dam crisis, it’s important for reporters to dig deeper and understand the context that the emergency, which spurred the evacuation of over 188,000 people in Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties, occurs within. One of the least discussed issues in California environmental […]

April 7th

Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels Plan will also devastate salmon

Federal scientists strongly disagree with Gov. Jerry Brown’s claim that “best scientific thinking” supports the construction of California’s Delta tunnels. In fact, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has released a draft biological opinion documenting the harm the tunnels would cause to salmon, steelhead, Delta and longfin smelt, other fish and wildlife species, and water quality. […]

March 20th

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