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How bad could it be? CA releases environmental impact report for the water-stealing Delta Tunnel project

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the embattled Delta Tunne, beginning the 90 day public comment period from July 27-October 27 for what environmental advocates describe as an “environmentally destructive project.” By Dan Bacher According to project opponents, different versions of this same gigantic and wasteful public works project — the Peripheral […]

July 30th

Congressman Josh Harder announces new effort to stop California’s Delta Tunnel Project

On July 21, Representative Josh Harder announced that he has introduced an amendment alongside Reps. Garamendi & McNerney to “stop the Delta Tunnel Project and protect Central Valley water.” Specifically, the amendment will prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from issuing a Clean Water Act (Section 404) permit for the state of California’s Delta Conveyance Project (tunnel) […]

July 29th

California’s water-stealing Delta Tunnel plan is still on track – Draft environmental impact report to be released this week

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced that it will be releasing their Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) early this week for the Delta Conveyance Project, AKA the embattled Delta Tunnel. Documents for federal review of the project will be released later this fall. “Modernizing how California moves water supplies across the Sacramento-San Joaquin […]

July 25th

EPA protects your drinking water from toxic “forever chemical” PFAS (But more is still needed)

While applauding the Biden administration’s new “baby steps” to address “forever chemicals” in drinking water, green groups this week also emphasized that far more sweeping action is needed to protect people and the planet. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “This is a step in the right direction,” said Stel Bailey, co-facilitator of the National PFAS Contamination […]

June 17th

Water is life – and climate change is exacerbating drought across the west

The Lakota say “Mní wičhóni”—“water is life.” Drought is certainly proving the truth of that. Since 2000, 1.5 billion people have been affected by drought, according to the United Nations, which calculates the economic loss at $124 billion. In many places, it’s getting worse. From East Africa to Brazil to the western half of the United States and […]

June 13th

As CA drought intensifies, a SINGLE big ag district gets more water than all of Los Angeles

Press Release from the California Water impact Water Network and AquAlliance, June 6:  Governor Gavin Newsom recently stated he might institute mandatory water restrictions on California ratepayers in response to the catastrophic drought afflicting the state. From one perspective, his declaration seems reasonable: despite an extremely dry winter and dwindling water supplies, water use in the state […]

June 7th

The link between the collapse of the Bay Delta ecosystem and CA’s racist past

Press release from the coalition of Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Save California Salmon, Little Manila Rising, and Restore the Delta By Dan Bacher Last week, a coalition of California Tribes and Delta-based environmental justice organizations announced the filing of a “Petition for Rulemaking Review.” The coalition, represented by the Environmental […]

June 2nd

California gets more “voluntary” water compliance (that doesn’t actually limit water use)

Last week, the board of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), the largest water wholesaler in Southern California, voted to participate in what environmental justice and fish advocates describe as the “environmentally destructive” Voluntary Agreements (VA’s) currently being promoted by agribusiness and the Newsom Administration. By Dan Bacher “These agreements are a work around to regulations […]

May 19th