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Florida’s deregulated paradise faces massive radioactive spill

Florida workers over the weekend rushed to prevent the collapse of a reservoir wall containing hundreds of millions of gallons of wastewater from a defunct phosphate mine, a looming environmental catastrophe that prompted mandatory evacuation orders and a declaration of emergency by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams A leak in the […]

April 5th

Biggest water barons of California contributing cash to Newsom’s war chest

Stewart and Lynda Resnick, billionaire agribusiness tycoons and major promoters of the Delta Tunnel and increased water pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, have donated a total of $366,800 to Governor Gavin Newsom since 2018, including $250,000 filed on March 22. By Dan Bacher Lynda Resnick, the Vice Chairman of the Wonderful Company, donated $125,000 to Stop the […]

March 25th

‘Safe Water Is a Right, Not a Privilege’: On World Water Day, UN decries unequal access

The United Nations marked this year’s World Water Day Monday by warning of worsening inequalities in access to clean water across the globe and calling for recognition of the “true value” of the vital resource in order to sustainably manage it. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams “Chronic under-investment in water and sanitation disadvantages and harms vast numbers of people,” […]

March 22nd

You can’t greenwash dirty oil money with desalinated water

Welcome to a special post-World Water Day edition of the round-up, where we take you to California for a tale awash in corruption. The public part of this story kicks off last November when California Governor Gavin Newsom was photographed at an unmasked birthday party for Poseidon Water lobbyist Jason Kinney at the uber-fine-dining restaurant French […]

Indigenous youth are playing a key role in solving urgent water issues

Unsolved environmental problems, a national mandate to uphold treaty responsibilities and a new appreciation for positive treaty relationships are leading some water researchers to consider new approaches to their work. They are examining how water monitoring practices that are conventionally considered strong, can be improved.; By Elaine Ho, University of Waterloo and Richelle Miller The […]

March 20th

California’s Yurok Tribe takes decisive action to protect spring salmon

Below is the statement from the Yurok Tribe discussing action that they have taken to protect spring-run Chinook salmon on the Klamath River. Spring Fish Stocks Suffer as a Consequence of Habitat Loss, Excessive Water Diversions “The current quantity of adult spring Chinook in the Klamath River is a small fraction of historic abundance.  For […]

March 20th

Despite massive public opposition and global pandemic, California barrels forward with its water-stealing Delta Tunnel plan

Despite massive opposition by the California public, the State of California continues fast-tracking the Delta Tunnel in the second year of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Kearns & West Facilitation Team, the organization that oversaw the public process for the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative to create “marine protection areas” in California, has announced the […]

March 18th

Findings of Delta Adapts vulnerability assessment to be released February 4

The Delta Stewardship Council, together with community partners from Restore the Delta, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, Little Manila Rising, and Third City Coalition, will hold the “Delta Adapts Vulnerability Assessment Findings” virtual public workshop on February 4, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:30pm. By Dan Bacher The Assessment represents “an effort to better understanding of […]

January 30th

Endangered Species: New Zealand Smelt Crisis Mirrors Collapse of California’s Delta Smelt

A press release published by the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers on January 17 draws the parallel between the “drastic decline’ of the South Island Stokell’s smelt in the rivers of the Canterbury coastline with the collapse of California’s Delta smelt, using information from one of my articles about the zero smelt found in the CDFW’s 2020 Fall Midwater Trawl Survey throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin […]

January 23rd