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California’s Delta Smelt are nearing extinction (But California water agencies don’t care)

During the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) issued a controversial Incidental Take Permit (ITP) to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for long-term operations of the State Water Project (SWP). The permit covers four species protected under the California Endangered Species Act: Delta smelt, longfin smelt, winter-run Chinook […]

April 1st

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

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

Trump loves pollution: Next, let’s deregulate raw sewage!

Polluters, extractors, power-plant owners, corporate farmers, and land developers have good reason to be happy with the Trump regime. Since arriving in office three years ago, Donald Trump has rolled back 95 environmental rules. Or tried to. Many of these remain in litigation. Just a week ago, the White House announced that it would roll back protection for half the […]

January 31st

Trump regime finalizes move allowing pollution and destruction of wetlands

Just two days after again praising himself for what he has ridiculously called his very good environmental record—this time in Davos, Switzerland, at the elite World Economic Forum—Donald Trump has finalized a rule that will remove half of America’s wetlands from Clean Water Act protections. At risk, among other things, is the drinking water of more than 100 […]

January 24th

A single water-stealing Delta Tunnel is no better than the twin tunnels plan

On January 15, in response to the Notice of Preparation by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for review of a single tunnel through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Don Nottoli, chair of the Delta Counties Coalition (DCC), made the following statement on behalf of the five jurisdictions that would be most negatively impacted including […]

January 21st

It’s official: Delta Tunnel planning begins in California

Drawing strong criticism from salmon advocates and environmentalists and praise from water agencies and agribusiness, the Gavin Newsom Administration today formally began the planning process for a controversial single tunnel under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta when the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released its Delta Conveyance Notice of Preparation. By Dan Bacher The notice starts the preparation of an Environmental […]

January 17th

Feds allow just 2 weeks for comment on Klamath Environmental Assessment

The Bureau of Reclamation yesterday announced a controversial 2-week public review and comment period on a draft environmental assessment for the Klamath River titled, Implementation of Klamath Project Operating Procedures 2019-2024. By Dan Bacher “The draft evaluates the proposed action for the Biological Assessment that was transmitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service and the […]

March 7th