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Lawsuit challenges Federal water contracts that imperil the fish, wildlife and people of California’s Sacramento Delta

In the latest lawsuit to contest Trump administration water policies, three environmental groups have sued the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over the granting of permanent federal water contracts to water users supplied by the Central Valley Project (CVP). By Dan Bacher The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, Restore the Delta and Planning and Conservation League, […]

May 21st

Endangered Salmon: Earthjustice and California’s Yurok Tribe seek restraining order to restore Klamath River flows

The Yurok Tribe, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), and the Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), represented by the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice, are seeking a temporary restraining order to reinstate water flows in the Klamath River to protect threatened salmon, according to a joint press release issued today. By Dan Bacher […]

May 17th

Trump’s wild rant about California water transcribed (and translated)

Donald Trump’s recent rant about California water, based loosely on corporate agribusiness talking points, is one of the most strangest of his that I have listened to. I decided to transcribe the president’s musings from the below video, shared on Twitter by Aaron Rupar, an associate editor at Vox covering politics and policy, so people could see exactly what what Trump said. […]

May 11th

California State Water Contractors want to be able kill more fish, sell more water to big agribusiness

The California water wars amped up today when the State Water Contractors (SWC) today filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) over the March 31 Incidental Take Permit (ITP) for the long-term operation of the State Water Project (SWP). By Dan Bacher The Incidental Take Permit allows the […]

April 30th

Snowy 2.0 threatens to pollute the rivers of Australia and wipe out native fish

The federal government’s Snowy 2.0 energy venture is controversial for many reasons, but one has largely escaped public attention. The project threatens to devastate aquatic life by introducing predators and polluting important rivers. It may even push one fish species to extinction. Schopier/Wikimedia By John Harris, UNSW and Mark Lintermans, University of Canberra The Conversation […]

April 27th

In major victory for salmon and California native tribes, Klamath River dam removal permits issued

California today reached a major milestone in the long campaign by Tribes, fishermen and conservationists to remove four Klamath River dams. The Water Resources Control Board issued key documents that move the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) “significantly closer” to removing four dams and re-opening 360 miles of the Klamath River and its tributaries to imperiled salmon […]

April 10th

California’s Delta Smelt are nearing extinction (But California water agencies don’t care)

During the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) issued a controversial Incidental Take Permit (ITP) to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for long-term operations of the State Water Project (SWP). The permit covers four species protected under the California Endangered Species Act: Delta smelt, longfin smelt, winter-run Chinook […]

April 1st

California Tribes and Youth Ask Gov. Newsom to Save Salmon

Yurok, Hoopa Valley, Karuk, Pit River and Miwok Tribal members, the Yurok Tribe, and supporters will rally in Redding today with local Indigenous people to protest the Department of Water Resources’ Delta Tunnel proposal that threatens imperiled salmon and North State water quality. By Dan Bacher They are calling on Governor Newsom to adhere to […]

March 2nd

California files lawsuit against Trump’s salmon-killing water plan

One day after Governor Gavin Newsom and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said they would sue President Donald Trump over his signing of revised biological opinions in Bakersfield, Becerra, the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday evening filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for failing to protect endangered fish […]

February 21st