California Water Wars

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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

Nestlé: The Grinch stealing California water

by Dan Bacher  The Crunch Nestlé Alliance, the group that shut down the Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Sacramento in March 2015 and October 2014, will be protesting at the plant again on December 4, but this time the alliance is doubling down on a shut-down.  This time the group is also going to shut […]

November 10th

CA Gov Jerry Brown’s mediocre environmental record

By Dan Bacher Every day it becomes clearer that Governor Jerry Brown, who falsely portrays himself as a “climate leader,” is nothing but a hypocritical politician who is a stooge of Big Oil, corporate agribusiness and other Big Money interests. In the latest scandal that exposes the Big Lie that Brown is a “green governor,” […]

November 9th

Does California’s WaterFix plan violate the Clean Water Act?

By Dan Bacher Environmental and fishing groups today alerted the Federal and State agencies responsible for issuing permits before any construction of the Delta Tunnels can start that the controversial WaterFix project will violate the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). A 15-page letter from the groups documents multiple violations of the landmark CWA if the […]

October 7th

For Jerry Brown’s water-stealing WaterFix, the Fix is IN…

By Dan Bacher On the same day that Californians for Water Security, the astroturf coalition established to rally support for Jerry Brown’s $15+ billion Delta Tunnels, announced they were approaching their first anniversary, a panel of experts convened by Restore the Delta revealed the alarming information that they have discovered so about the project after reading […]

October 2nd

ACTION: Interior Secretary should reject California’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels

By Dan Bacher The Environmental Water Caucus, a coalition including the California Sportfishing Protection Aliance (CSPA) and other fishing groups, environmental organizations, businesses and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, recently submitted a letter to Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, urging her to reject the Delta Water Tunnels. “By the end of 2015, state and federal […]

September 26th

Shocking water mismanagement is wiping out western chinook salmon

As many as half of this year’s endangered Sacramento River winter Chinook salmon run may have perished in irrigation ditches, according to information disclosed in a federal agency report, a state agency report and an independent scientific assessment. To compound the problem, the weakened survivors face being hammered by the mismanagement of cold water releases […]

July 30th