California Water Wars

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Californians urge Gov Newsom pause in Delta Tunnel planning during Coronavirus crisis

The state of California is continuing ahead with plans for the Delta Tunnel, a project to divert more water from Northern California for San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and Southern California water agencies, in spite of the COVID 19 global pandemic. Fishermen, Tribal leaders, conservationists, environmental justice advocates, scientists, many elected leaders, family farmers, Delta business owners and […]

March 29th

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’s Westlands Water District signs permanent water contract with Bureau of Reclamation

Thomas Birmingham, General Manager of Westlands Water District, today issued a statement celebrating the Execution of the District’s Repayment Contract that the Bureau of Reclamation and the district signed today. The document converts “temporary” water service contracts to “permanent” repayment contracts, a major goal of Trump’s Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, a former Westlands and oil industry lobbyist, and […]

February 29th

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

Trump has big plans for (stealing) California’s water (to give away to millionaires)

The Trump administration plans to sign a revised biological opinion to maximize water deliveries to corporate agribusiness as Trump and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt visit California today and tomorrow. By Dan Bacher In response,  Noah Oppenheim, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), and Morning Star Gali, member of the Pit […]

February 19th

Trump will visit California to sign awful salmon-killing water plan

In the latest volley in the California Water Wars, President Donald Trump will travel to Bakersfield in the southern San Joaquin Valley on Wednesday, February 19, to sign a Record of Decision (ROD) on his controversial federal Biological Opinion that maximizes water deliveries from the pumps that divert water from the San Francisco Bay-Delta. By Dan Bacher Conservation groups believe that Trump’s alliance with powerful corporate […]

February 17th

California tribal members and youth ask for North state hearings and river protection at Delta Tunnel hearing

Northern California Tribal members, supporters, and members of the Hoopa High School water protector club traveled to Sacramento to ask the state of California to protect the Trinity and Sacramento Rivers, and to schedule meetings in Northern California on the Governor’s proposed Delta Conveyance Project, according to a press release from Save California Salmon. By […]

February 4th

California barrels forward on its reckless fish-killing Delta Tunnel plan

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is moving full-speed ahead with its campaign to build the controversial single tunnel under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, as demonstrated in the latest Delta conveyance update from the agency yesterday. Conservationists, Tribal leaders, recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, environmental justice advocates, boaters, Delta business owners and elected leaders oppose […]

January 13th