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Boom! Local and national groups sue to block water-stealing Delta Tunnels

Last Monday, the Trump administration claimed that the California WaterFix/ Delta Tunnels will not jeopardize threatened or endangered species or adversely modify their critical habitat. (Other than stealing millions of gallons of the water they need to live and sending it to Southern California big ag business interests and cities.) By Dan Bacher In response, fishing […]

July 3rd

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

California’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels could be approved in September

In 2007, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger revived a plan that big agriculture loved – to build a peripheral canal or tunnels around or under the Sacramento Delta. Since then, a coalition of fishermen, Tribal leaders, conservationists, environmental justice advocates and Delta residents have been fighting to stop this Delta tunnels plan pushed by corporate agribusiness interests and Southern California water agencies. Now, […]

June 15th

How green is California? Agencies are deep in the pockets of Big Ag and Big Oil

California is portrayed as the green leader, but the reality is much different. The state has some good environmental laws that protect our rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters, but they’re enforced very poorly. These laws includes the California Endangered Species Act, California Environmental Water Quality Act, California Coastal Act, Marine Life Protection Act and […]

May 22nd

Big agriculture backs down from attack on Cali fishing

By Dan Bacher In a big victory for fishing groups who were mobilizing for a huge turn out of anglers at the California Fish and Game Commission meeting in Folsom on August 25, Stewart Resnick’s Coalition for a Sustainable Delta Astroturf group and their water contractor allies withdrew their petition to increase bag limits and […]

September 12th

What’s for Christmas dinner? How about some Frankenfish?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a draft environmental assessment (EA) finding, in spite of much evidence to the contrary, that genetically engineered (GE) AquaAdvantage salmon pose no risk to the environment. The document claimed that the fish “will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of […]

December 24th

Pink slime fights back!

Last year, we told you about the grossest concoction ever developed by the US food industry: pink slime. This nasty amalgam of beef spare parts was uberproccessed to make it edible, then treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill the ugly bacteria that infested it. Then the glop was added back into ground beef and sold […]

September 15th

California’s peripheral canal – not yet in the bag

While the state and federal governments have doubled down on a water-sucking peripheral canal that would be a boon for big agribusiness and Southern California, other state officials are emphasizing that it’s not yet a done deal. The California Natural Resources Agency on August 29 held the first public meeting of the Bay Delta Conservation […]

September 2nd

California coalition tells feds: Peripheral canal is an enormous mistake

Restore the Delta today released a powerfully-worded letter from 38 environmental, fishing, consumer, Native American and other groups alerting U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar of the enormous environmental and economic perils posed by the Obama administration’s support of the peripheral canal or tunnel. The groups said the administration is “poised to make an enormous mistake…and […]

June 14th

Big Ag sues to block commercial salmon season

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… the “great whites” of California’s Central Valley, the big agribusiness companies that depend on public water for their profits, are trying a legal water grab. The San Joaquin River Group Authority, a group of water contractors including Central Valley agribusiness interests and […]

May 9th