Browsing the "California water wars" Tag

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Drain the Swamp: Trump’s Interior Deputy just can’t stop lobbying

President Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C., but it appears that he has instead exchanged the swamp alligators with one horrendous “Creature from the Black Lagoon” after another in his administration. By Dan Bacher  In the latest Trump regime scandal, a prominent watchdog group called on the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colombia to […]

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

Why is the Delta Independent Science Board defending the flawed California WaterFix EIR/EIS?

Does Jerry Brown’s California Waterfix/Delta Tunnels plan comply with all environmental laws? Or are his pet scientists whitewashing (or greenwashing) the real – potentially devastating – effects that the plan will have on fish, the rivers they live in, and the people who depend on them? By Dan Bacher As state agencies push for approval […]

June 20th

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

Trump picks lobbyist who funnelled cash to big ag as Deputy Sec of Interior. (What could go wrong?)

“Before confirming David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of Interior… it is critical to understand whether federal laws were broken, twisted or bent while Mr. Bernhardt was Solicitor and again while employed by Westlands.  Limited disclosures to date reveal that millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to benefit Westlands that should have been deposited in the Federal […]

June 6th

Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels still wrong for California

Below is my three-minute testimony before the Delta Stewardship Council in Sacramento yesterday on the Delta Tunnels plan. I was the last one to make public comment at the meeting. Unfortunately, many residents of the South Delta community of Discovery Bay were unable to speak during the public comment period because their chartered bus had to leave at […]

May 26th

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

Will Trump admin back Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels?

After meeting with California Governor Jerry Brown on April 13,  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said he “appreciated the positive and productive conversation” with Brown about “public lands, water infrastructure and projects throughout California” that are managed by the Department of Interior. By Dan Bacher One of the topics they talked about was Governor Brown’s controversial plan to […]

April 14th

The environmental injustice behind the Oroville Dam crisis

At a time when local, national and international mainstream media are focusing on the Oroville Dam crisis, it’s important for reporters to dig deeper and understand the context that the emergency, which spurred the evacuation of over 188,000 people in Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties, occurs within. One of the least discussed issues in California environmental […]

April 7th