Browsing the "California water wars" Tag

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Why does CA take on public debt to give away water to billionaire almond growers? It’s just NUTS!

California officials claim we are in the grip of a major drought, as the Governor issues a flood disaster proclamation requesting presidential aid, while he claims the State is running out of water. Critics are raising questions, “is it because California has gone nuts?” In every major drought, since the turn of the 21st Century, tens-of-thousands of acres […]

January 31st

California’s Hoopa Valley Tribe asks for injunction against plan to set aside restoration agreement

The Hoopa Valley Tribe has asked a federal district court in Fresno for an injunction against the Bureau of Reclamation, the Interior Department agency responsible for restoring Hoopa’s fishery on California’s Trinity River. By Dan Bacher Reclamation plans to set aside a twenty-two year-old agreement with the United States to restore the Tribe’s fishery, which […]

December 23rd

A 6th California county comes out against Newsom’s water-stealing Delta Tunnel project

The Trinity County Board of Supervisors in Northern California voted ;ast week to oppose the Newsom administration’s Delta Tunnel project. The county joins Sacramento, San Joaquin, Yolo, Solano and Contra counties and a wide array of recreational fishing groups, Tribes, environmental organizations, family farmers, Delta residents, Southern California water ratepayers and numerous elected officials in opposition to the project. […]

December 13th

As EPA urges CA to consider indigenous rights, the State Water board barrels ahead with the water-stealing Delta Tunnel

California Tribes and Delta environmental justice organizations, represented by the Environmental Law Clinic at Stanford, last week received a Denial of Request for Reconsideration from the State Water Resources Control Board in response to the coalition’s Request for Reconsideration of the Board decision in June 2022 of denying the coalition’s Petition to Review and Revise the Bay-Delta Water Quality Standards. By […]

October 3rd

Delta Tunnel’s science-denying premise: diverting more water out of Sacramento will ‘restore’ fish

Here is the transcription of my 3 minute comment on the Delta Tunnel Draft Environmental Impact Statement that I made in the virtual hearing held by the California Department of Water Resources. By Dan Bacher I’m an independent journalist that’s covered the fish, environmental justice and water issues for 40 years. Different versions of this […]

September 28th

California’s water-stealing Delta Tunnel plan is still on track – Draft environmental impact report to be released this week

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced that it will be releasing their Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) early this week for the Delta Conveyance Project, AKA the embattled Delta Tunnel. Documents for federal review of the project will be released later this fall. “Modernizing how California moves water supplies across the Sacramento-San Joaquin […]

July 25th

As CA drought intensifies, a SINGLE big ag district gets more water than all of Los Angeles

Press Release from the California Water impact Water Network and AquAlliance, June 6:  Governor Gavin Newsom recently stated he might institute mandatory water restrictions on California ratepayers in response to the catastrophic drought afflicting the state. From one perspective, his declaration seems reasonable: despite an extremely dry winter and dwindling water supplies, water use in the state […]

June 7th

More than 90% of the spring Chinook Salmon have died in one CA river

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has just published their monitoring report on 2021’s spring Chinook salmon run on Butte Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River in Northern California. By Dan Bacher The number of adult spring-run Chinooks that perished before spawning is worse than the preliminary estimate by the CDFW in October 2021, when the CDFW […]

June 1st

California Water Wars: Despite controversy, the Sites Reservoir water storage plan moves forward

Los Angeles, CA – The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), the main water wholesaler in Southern California, voted on April 12 to fund the next phase of planning for the controversial Sites Reservoir with $20 million of ratepayer money. By Dan Bacher If built, Sites Reservoir would be located on the west side of the Sacramento Valley, approximately […]

April 15th

Salmon are dying in California’s drought-stricken rivers, and the state dithers

As the record drought in California and the West continues and the Sacramento River watershed already begins to see die-offs of endangered Chinook salmon, Governor Gavin Newsom on March 29 announced that state, federal and local water leaders had reached “broad agreement” on a package of controversial voluntary agreements purported to provide additional water flows and new habitat […]

March 30th

Oroville Dam: Smart flood protection? Or a catastrophic disaster waiting to happen?

Below is Patrick Porgan’s breaking report on how a U.S. Geological Survey Report affirms the catastrophic consequences of climate change and an ARkSTorm, with $725 billion in flood damages, resulting from the flooding of the entire Central Valley and the Delta, out to San Francisco Bay.  By Dan Bacher This report is particularly urgent and timely, […]

February 14th