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Bringing back the spring Chinook salmon on California’s Klamath River

The tastiest fish I’ve ever eaten was spring Chinook salmon from the Klamath River that I ate at a traditional tribal fish bake at Ocean Beach in San Francisco during the Salmon Aid Festival, the brainchild of commercial fisherman Mike Hudson, back in the summer of 2008. The dark orange, fat saturated meat dripped with delicious juice from the […]

February 12th

Trump admin wants to divert even more water to big ag in California (sorry, salmon!)

Late on Monday, the Trump administration released a controversial new proposal that fishing and conservation groups say would increase water diversions from the San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem at the expense of salmon and the tens of thousands of fishing industry jobs that depend on them. By Dan Bacher Called the “Biological Assessment for the re-initiation of consultation on […]

February 7th

Bankrupt utility PG&E is backing down from its backing of salmon-blocking dams

Today the outlook for salmon and steelhead migrating once again into tributaries of the Upper Eel River watershed to spawn — after being blocked by Scott Dam for many decades — became considerably brighter. In a move welcomed by fishing and environmental groups, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today submitted a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) […]

January 31st

If the salmon-killing Delta Tunnels hasn’t been approved yet, why is California awarding contracts?

Following the news that Jacobs been named the engineering design manager for the California WaterFix by the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA), the Fugro corporation has been awarded a major geotechnical investigation to support the Delta Tunnels/California WaterFix project. By Dan Bacher The Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA) has awarded the geotechnical investigation to Fugro […]

January 29th

Expedited removal of Klamath Dam is good news for salmon (and native tribes)

On January 25, A federal court of appeals unanimously sided with the Hoopa Valley Tribe, ruling that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the states of California and Oregon, and PacifiCorp can no longer stall dam license conditions to protect salmon, steelhead and other fish. By Dan Bacher Below is the press release from the Hoopa Valley […]

January 27th

Delta Tunnels: Jerry Brown is gone, but California Waterfix plan pushes forward

In spite of a multitude of lawsuits against the Delta Tunnels and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) withdrawing the project’s “certification of consistency” with the Delta Plan developed by the Delta Stewardship Council, the California WaterFix proposal continues to plod forward. By Dan Bacher A press release from Jacobs (NYSE: JEC), posted to PRNewswire on January […]

January 26th

Sen Feinstein drops support for salmon-killing amendments to WIIN act

In a letter sent out to constituents on January 17, Senator Dianne Feinstein said she has withdrawn her support, at least for now, for a proposed amendment to the Water Infrastructure Improvements  for the Nation (WIIN Act) that would have weakened protections for endangered salmon and steelhead and other fish species and allowed more pumping of Delta water […]

January 22nd

For the first time ever, ZERO delta smelt found in CDFW Fall Midwater Trawl

For the first time ever, a fish survey that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) conducts every autumn turned up zero Delta smelt throughout the monitoring sites in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in September, October, November and December 2018. By Dan Bacher The smelt, a 2 to 3 inch fish listed under both federal and […]

January 10th

Fishermen around the world in trouble from climate change

Making a living as a fisherman has always been a challenge. With the climate changing, it is rapidly becoming even more challenging. By Partnership for Responsible Growth Fisherman Darius Kasprzak of Kodiak, Alaska, has been fishing commercially since 1983. “I have gone from averaging 100,000 pounds of cod every year at 40 cents a pound, […]

January 9th

Kamala Harris is against the water-stealing WIIN Act by Brown, Trump, Feinstein & McCarthy

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has announced her opposition to the controversial “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation” (WIIN) Act), a bill designed to increase water deliveries to agribusiness. The deal was proposed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and is supported by the Jerry Brown and the Donald Trump administration. By Dan […]

December 7th

On Thanksgiving eve, feds announce deadly deal to shunt water from salmon to big agribusiness

On Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, the Departments of the Interior and Commerce announced the signing of a controversial Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to expedite the “reliable delivery and supply of water” to Western water users, a deal that has ominous implications for the future of salmon, steelhead and other fish species in California and the West. While agribusiness groups applauded […]

November 23rd

Ocean warming, driven by fossil fuels, is killing the Pacific crabbing industry. They’re fighting back in court.

On the day before the commercial crab season was scheduled to begin on most of the California coast, the West Coast’s largest commercial fishing association filed a landmark lawsuit against Big Oil to hold 30 fossil fuel companies, including Chevron, Exxon-Mobil, BP other oil industry giants. The suit seeks to hold them accountable for losses caused by four straight years of […]

November 15th