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Despite massive public opposition and global pandemic, California barrels forward with its water-stealing Delta Tunnel plan

Despite massive opposition by the California public, the State of California continues fast-tracking the Delta Tunnel in the second year of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Kearns & West Facilitation Team, the organization that oversaw the public process for the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative to create “marine protection areas” in California, has announced the […]

March 18th

California’s Delta Tunnel is dead – but the Zombie project is back as the Delta Conveyance Project

Caty Wagner, SoCal Water Organizer, Sierra Club California, posted this short article on February 22 on the blog of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter about the “Zombie Tunnel Project” coming back to the life as the Delta Conveyance Project.  By Dan Bacher The Newsom Administration is now forging ahead with the project as the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta […]

March 3rd

Act TODAY: California fish are facing extinction – Urge CA State Water Board to protect the Bay/Delta!

Please join a coalition of environmental, Tribal, fishing and environmental justice groups on Tuesday, February 2 to urge the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt and implement new flow standards. More flow is needed to protect the fish and wildlife in the Bay-Delta ecosystem and the rivers that flow into it – including the […]

February 2nd

Findings of Delta Adapts vulnerability assessment to be released February 4

The Delta Stewardship Council, together with community partners from Restore the Delta, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, Little Manila Rising, and Third City Coalition, will hold the “Delta Adapts Vulnerability Assessment Findings” virtual public workshop on February 4, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:30pm. By Dan Bacher The Assessment represents “an effort to better understanding of […]

January 30th

Ecosystem on the Edge: ZERO Delta Smelt found in Fall Midwater Trawl Survey for the 3rd year in row!

For the third year in a row, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife found zero Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus), once the most abundant fish species in the estuary, in its 2020 Fall Midwater Trawl Survey throughout the Delta. By Dan Bacher Not only did the survey catch zero Delta Smelt , but it also found zero Sacramento Splittail, […]

January 8th

Estuary in Collapse: ZERO delta smelt and Sacramento splittail reported In November CDFW survey

For the third month in a row, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) this November found zero Delta smelt and Sacramento splittail during the 2020 Fall Midwater Trawl Survey of pelagic (open water) fish species on the Delta, although they did report an index of 22 longfin smelt rather than the zero longfin smelt they reported the two […]

December 17th

California’s water-stealing Delta Tunnel barrels forward despite popular opposition

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors voted to approve $59 million for funding Delta Tunnel plans on December 7, despite over three hours of testimony by Southern California water ratepayers, environmentalists and Tribal advocates against the funding. By Dan Bacher Out of the 80 people who spoke at the meeting, the overwhelming majority, 60, […]

December 11th

On the brink of extinction: ZERO delta smelt, longfin smelt and Sacramento splittail found in midwater trawl

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released the October 2020 Fall Midwater Trawl results and zero Delta smelt, longfin smelt and Sacramento split tail, all once abundant native fish species, were caught, as was the case also this September.  We will see the final results for the pelagic (open water) species surveyed at the […]

December 6th

California State Water Board plus conservationists sue FERC to protect Yuba and Bear River watersheds

The California State Water Resources Control Board and four environmental groups have filed lawsuits against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) at the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals to protect the Yuba and Bear River watershed. By Dan Bacher The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), Friends of the River (FOR), California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), […]

November 6th

Lawsuit challenges California’s approval of $16 billion to fund Delta Tunnel without CEQA review

In the latest battle in California Water Wars during the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, five environmental groups sued the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today in Sacramento Superior Court for adopting a resolution approving the issuance of the Delta Program Revenue Bonds to build the controversial Delta Tunnel. By Dan Bacher The coalition filing the […]

October 30th

Was it illegal money? Cali’s DWR reduces Delta Tunnel loan after discovering “accounting error”

A Delta organization, the Delta Legacy Communities, Inc., is alleging that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) illegally used state money set aside for other purposes for a loan to support engineering design and field work for the Delta Tunnel project. By Dan Bacher The group’s chair, Dan Whaley, also described as “hogwash” DWR’s claims that the agency discovered an “accounting […]

October 21st

On #IndigenousPeoplesDay, get ready for Un-Dam the Klamath River Day of Action: October 23, 2020

TAKE ACTION FOR KLAMATH DAM REMOVAL: Day of Action OCT. 23rd. Help share on Indigenous People’s Day. Oct. 12th By Dan Bacher Sign and Share the Petition: Register for Mobilizing for Water Justice Week of Action: Share a Meme or video: Go to FB: Save California Salmon  Twitter: @CaliSalmon IG @CaliforniaRivers Call PacifiCorp and Warren […]

October 12th

Delta communities question misallocation of money for Delta Tunnel planning

In a year of record fires, record heat and the coronavirus pandemic in California, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) continues to fast track the Delta Tunnel Plan, potentially the most environmentally destructive and unjust public works project in California history. On September 17, Delta Legacy Communities, Inc.  sent a formal objection to the Department of Water […]

September 28th

Support Winnemem Wintu Cultural Survival and Write a Letter Opposing the Illegal Shasta Dam Raise!

Action Alert from the Winnemem Wintu Tribe: “We believe the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is getting close to finalizing their plans to raise the Shasta Dam an additional 18.5 feet and flood us out a second time. This project is not only devastating for our cultural and religious practices, it also threatens to contaminate the […]

September 15th