California Water Wars

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Goldman Sachs gives low-ball estimate of Delta Tunnels costs

Westlands Water District, dubbed the “Darth Vader” of California water politics by Tribes, fishermen,  conservationists and environmentalists, has been in the news a lot lately. On Monday, Goldman Sachs gave the water district a presentation on financing for Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels/WaterFix project, and, unsurprisingly, told them what they wanted to hear. By Dan Bacher  Westlands […]

July 21st

There’s a new head for California water policy, but don’t expect new direction

California’s embattled Department of Water Resources (DWR) got a new director this week: Governor Jerry Brown appointed Grant Davis, 54, of Petaluma to head the agency, reeling from intense international and national media scrutiny of its mishandling of the Oroville Dam spillway crisis. By Dan Bacher DWR is also the lead state agency in the collaborative effort […]

July 20th

Feinstein, Harris, even Jerry Brown hate big agriculture’s awful GROW water bill

California Governor Jerry Brown and Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein have voiced their opposition to HR 23, the “Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017,” aka the GROW water bill, that is supported by San Joaquin Valley agribusiness interests. By Dan Bacher  This bill is strongly opposed by California Indian Tribes, fishing groups and conservation […]

July 12th

LA ratepayers will pay for Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels (but big agriculture gets all the water)

One of the most enduring myths of California water politics is that the Delta Tunnels promoted by the Jerry Brown and Donald Trump administrations are designed to divert Northern California water to “fill swimming pools” of “wealthy water wasters” in Southern California. By Dan Bacher One of the most enduring myths of California water politics is that the Delta […]

July 5th

Trump admin approves permit to build Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels

As I predicted on election night, the President Donald Trump and Governor Jerry Brown administrations have apparently made a deal to fast-track Brown’s legacy project, the Delta Tunnels, considered by opponents to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history. By Dan Bacher The Trump released a no-jeopardy finding on the biological […]

June 26th

Delta Stewardship Council ignores public, sides with Big Ag over Delta Tunnels

In spite of massive opposition by fishermen, family farmers, environmentalists and Delta residents who packed a room in the Holiday Inn in Sacramento today, the Delta Stewardship Council endorsed controversial conveyance and storage amendments to the Delta Plan that that project opponents say will hasten the approval of Jerry Brown’s water-stealing WaterFix this September. By Dan Bacher Only one […]

June 22nd