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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Klamath Basin ‘Takings’ Case, Upholding Tribes’ Senior Water Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear the case of Baley v United States, a case regarding water rights on the Klamath Basin, agreeing with the Court of Appeals that Basin irrigators’ water rights were subordinate to the Tribes’ federal reserved water rights. The court’s refusal to hear the 18-year-old case brought by the Klamath Basin irrigators settles “for […]

June 23rd

Action Alert: Call Congress About Trump Executive Order (Tunnel Related)

Action Alert from Restore the Delta (RTD): President Trump, hiding behind the COVID pandemic, has, according to Roll Call, “Signed an executive order that would expedite permitting for infrastructure projects, building on earlier orders to ease regulations for industry. The White House contends the move will help speed the nation’s recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.” […]

June 8th

California Water Board gives Feds an “F” for pushing salmon toward extinction

In a letter that is “as scathing as bureaucrats write,” the State Water Resources Control Board is “taking the Trump administration’s Bureau of Reclamation to the woodshed over its refusal to take meaningful steps to avoid annihilating California’s salmon runs this fall,” according to a statement from the Golden State Salmon Association (GSSA). By Dan Bacher […]

June 5th

When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature

Across the United States, dams generate hydroelectric power, store water for drinking and irrigation, control flooding and create recreational opportunities such as slack-water boating and waterskiing. But dams can also threaten public safety, especially if they are old or poorly maintained. By Jon Honea, Emerson College The Conversation On May 21, 2020, residents of Midland, […]

Senator Feinstein introduces bill to ‘Restore San Joaquin Valley Canals, Improve Water Supply’

In a press release, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced the introduction of her Restoration of Essential Conveyance Act, a bill to authorize $800 million in federal funding “to repair critical canals in the San Joaquin Valley damaged by land sinking from overpumping of groundwater, known as subsidence, and for environmental restoration.”  By Dan Bacher As I […]

May 26th

The coronavirus pandemic might make buildings sick, too

While millions of people are under orders to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, water is sitting in the pipes of empty office buildings and gyms, getting old and potentially dangerous. Discolored water can be caused by heavy metals, such as iron or copper. Iron can also act as a nutrient for organisms to grow […]

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

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

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

We went to court to defend clean water. And we won.

These are extraordinarily challenging times. Many of us are grieving losses large and small, and are filled with anxiety about the future. But the Sierra Club continues to work for a future that includes everything we need to flourish — a stable climate, clean air and water, clean energy, and thriving wildlife and public lands […]

May 2nd

Snowy 2.0 threatens to pollute the rivers of Australia and wipe out native fish

The federal government’s Snowy 2.0 energy venture is controversial for many reasons, but one has largely escaped public attention. The project threatens to devastate aquatic life by introducing predators and polluting important rivers. It may even push one fish species to extinction. Schopier/Wikimedia By John Harris, UNSW and Mark Lintermans, University of Canberra The Conversation […]

April 27th