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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

Living with Coronavirus: Parks matter more than ever during a time of sickness – something Frederick Law Olmsted understood in the 19th century

The Coronavirus pandemic has altered humans’ relationship with natural landscapes in ways that may be long-lasting. One of its most direct effects on people’s daily lives is reduced access to public parks. Looking south from New York City’s Central Park. Ajay Suresh/Wikipedia, CC BY By Richard leBrasseur, Dalhousie University The Conversation The COVID-19 pandemic has […]

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

AquAlliance sues over long-term water transfers that threaten fish, farms, and communities

On May 11, AquAlliance sued the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA) in federal District Court over their long term water transfer transfer program that threatens Northern California farms, fish and communities. An environmental group that exists to defend northern California waters and to challenge threats to the hydrologic health of […]

May 16th

People who recovered from Coronavirus will be screwed by Trump’s pollution rollbacks

COVID-19 has disrupted the state of the world. From country to country, the pandemic is affecting millions of lives. Part of this disruption comes from the virus’s ability to spread before people show symptoms. Now, with various environmental standards at stake, organizations and individuals are emphasizing the ways the environment can help fight pandemics. By Emily […]

May 14th

Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, California’s water-stealing Delta Tunnel plan forges ahead

On April 30 during the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the negotiators for the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Contractors finalized an Agreement In Principle (AIP) for the State  Contract Amendment for Delta Conveyance, according to a notice sent out yesterday by the Kearns and West Facilitation Team. By Dan Bacher This is a significant […]

May 13th

Conservatives and liberals on SCOTUS join together to uphold clean water standards

A recent 6-3 ruling by the US Supreme Court went against the Trump administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by broadening the interpretation of waterborne pollutants covered in the Clean Water Act (CWA). By Emily Folk The EPA’s 2019 interpretation of the CWA excluded pollution moving through groundwater from requiring permits. In related news, the […]

May 13th