Browsing the "California water wars" Tag

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Disastrous Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir still key components of updated CA Water Plan

At a press event to celebrate the above average snowpack survey in the Sierra Nevada on April 2, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the state’s controversial updated California Water Plan to supposedly “protect California’s water supplies from the climate crisis” while boosting the state’s ability to capture and store water for when dry conditions return. By Dan Bacher Among the key […]

April 5th

CA Gov Newsom’s water diversions obliterate some Chinook Salmon by 96%

Scott Artis, the Golden State Salmon Association’s executive director, responded to the latest California salmon return numbers reported in the Pacific Fishery Management Council report released on February 16, 2024. By Dan Bacher “Under Governor Newsom, the upper Sacramento River, formerly the most important salmon producing river south of the Columbia, has been killed off,” […]

February 27th

California Governor declares San Francisco Bay ecosystem emergency!

California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for the ecosystem of the San  Francisco Bay estuary and its Central Valley watershed, and vowed to provide relief in the form  of increased freshwater flows and other benefits for the endangered species and habitats of  the vast area covered by the estuary and watershed, […]

April 10th

Salmon is off the menu – Fishery council closes salmon fishing off California Coast this year

Commercial and recreational fishing for salmon will be banned this year in marine waters off California and most of Oregon due to historically low fall run Chinook salmon returns to the Sacramento and Klamath watersheds last year. On Thursday, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) unanimously voted to recommend a full closure of the recreational and commercial fishing season, […]

April 8th

What are California’s voluntary water agreements? (An incestuous backroom deal between Big Ag & the state)

The following is my short testimony during the the State Water Resources Control Board workshop Monday on the Big Ag-promoted voluntary agreements being pushed by the Newsom Administration:  By Dan Bacher My name is Dan Bacher, independent journalist. I strongly oppose the voluntary agreements. These agreements are at their essence an incestuous backroom deal negotiated […]

March 31st

CA water board intends to suspend water quality protection. Groups intend to sue to block them

A coalition of environmental groups – the California Water Impact Network, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, and AquAlliance – have submitted a notice of intent to sue the State Water Resources Control Board unless it rescinds an order to suspend water quality and fish protections in California rivers and the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, according to a coalition press release. […]

March 14th

Commercial anglers, ocean passenger fleet and river guides ALL call for 2023 salmon season closure

The leadership of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the Golden Gate Fisherman’s Association, and the Northern California Guides and Sportsmen’s Association are calling for an immediate closure of the 2023 salmon season and are requesting that Governor Newsom, the State Legislature, and state agencies seek Federal and State disaster assistance funding for affected ocean […]

March 9th

Endangered species: CA salmon season needs to be shut down immediately

The leadership of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the Golden Gate Fisherman’s Association, and the Northern California Guides and Sportsmen’s Association are calling for an immediate closure of the 2023 salmon season and are requesting that Governor Newsom, the State Legislature, and state agencies seek Federal and State disaster assistance funding for affected ocean […]

March 4th

Fishery scientists announce dismal 2023 outlook for CA salmon

This is the press release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reporting on the CDFW’’s Salmon Information Webinar that took place yesterday. Not mentioned in the press release is that the vast majority of participants showed their vocal support for an ocean and river salmon fishing closure like that one in 2008-2009 when salmon stocks declined to […]

March 3rd

CA water management isn’t just anti-fish – 90% of rights-holders are white

To inform the “Adapting Water Rights to our 21st Century Climate” hearing at the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife on Tuesday 2/28/23, Restore the Delta today released the results of a California water rights analysis by race, completed by employees with the Department of Water Resources, but deleted from the agency’s website soon after […]

February 27th

CA Tribes and EJ groups weigh in on “voluntary water agreements” with CA State Water Board

Stanford, CA – As Central Valley salmon populations plummet and the Bay-Delta ecosystem continues to collapse, a coalition of California Tribes and Bay-Delta Environmental Justice groups submitted comments on Feb. 8 regarding the Draft Scientific Basis Report for proposed Voluntary Agreements (VAs) for the Sacramento River, Delta, and Tributaries Update to the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Quality Control Plan. By […]

February 11th

Water: Big Oil and Big Ag are sucking California dry (while reaping record profits)

Amid the deepening cycle of long-term drought, punctuated by brief periods of extreme rainfall and flooding that California now exists in, a new report from the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch – “Big Ag, Big Oil, and the California Water Crisis” – zeroes in on the “toll that corporate agriculture and fossil fuel drilling […]

February 2nd