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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

New CA water legislation would devastate the Sacramento Delta

State Senators Melissa Hurtado and Dave Cortese are not exactly friends of the Delta. Their audacious new bill SB1219 is a complete assault on the Delta and all the work that Restore the Delta has championed over the years. By Dan Bacher This bill would give the State Water Resources Control Board’s authority to the Department […]

February 25th

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

California Action Alert: Tell Valley Water we don’t want dams in our parks

An action deadline is swiftly approaching, with comments on Valley Water’s draft Pacheco Reservoir Environmental Impact Report (EIR) due this Tuesday, February 15th at 5pm. By Dan Bacher We’ve mentioned this dam proposal before, but as a refresher: It’s Illegal: The proposed Pacheco Dam would put a reservoir inside Henry Coe State Park. This is prohibited under the California […]

February 12th

Big Ag interests tried to push “More Water Now” ballot initiative in CA. They failed.

On February 1, the corporate agribusiness and water agency proponents of the controversial “More Water Now” initiative announced that they were pulling the initiative from qualifying for the November 2022 ballot due to lack of funds and signatures. By Dan Bacher ”Today the More Water Now campaign announces an end to its efforts to qualify The […]

February 5th

Environmental and tribal coalition files comments on Sites Reservoir after disastrous year for fish

A coalition of environmental and tribal groups, including Friends of the River, California Native Plant Society, AquAlliance and Save California Salmon, today submitted comments to the Sites Project Authority regarding the controversial Sites Reservoir project, currently proposed for construction in Colusa County on the west side of the Sacramento Valley. By Dan Bacher The comments came in […]

February 1st

RedGREENandBlue’s top 10 stories of 2021: Despite massive public opposition and global pandemic, California barrels forward with its water-stealing Delta Tunnel plan

RedGREENandBlue’s top 10 stories of 2021: Steven Donziger beat Chevron in court, so they crucified him. He just won his appeal Michael Mann on “Don’t Look Up”: DO see this film! Earth’s magnetic field broke down 42,000 years ago and caused massive sudden climate change Sharkfest: 10 solutions to overfishing that could save our oceans […]

December 30th

Reclamation, Sites Project Authority extend public comment period for proposed Sites reservoir to Jan. 28

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Sites Project Authority has announced an extension of the public comment period on the proposed Sites Reservoir project from Jan. 11 to Jan. 28, 2022. By Dan Bacher Sites Reservoir is opposed by California Tribal representatives, environmental justice groups, conservation organizations and fishing groups because the big threat that it poses […]

December 28th

Big Ag pushing California ballot initiative (to steal even more water)

Sixteen tribal, environmental justice, fishing, and conservation groups on Tuesday announced their strong opposition to the “More Water Now” ballot measure initiative, otherwise known as the “Water Infrastructure Funding Act of 2022.” By Dan Bacher The initiative, being by pushed by Central Valley agribusiness and water districts to fund an array of new water projects in California, is being circulated for signatures and could potentially be placed on the […]

December 23rd

As CA drought continues, DWR announces plan to suspend Delta water quality standards

As the three latest fish surveys on the Delta reveal that the Delta smelt is virtually extinct in the wild, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial State Water Project (SWP) allocation of 0 percent for state water contractors in 2022, with the exception of certain health and safety needs. By Dan Bacher DWR also announced several […]

December 3rd

CA Tribal communities organize to stop Sites Reservoir, provide clean water to salmon and the Delta

Tribal activists, drinking water advocates and commercial and subsistence fishers are asking the public to stand with them in the fight for both the Trinity and Sacramento River salmon by supporting a California state process to restore flows in California’s largest rivers, and by fighting a proposal for a twenty square mile reservoir, the Sites […]

December 2nd

Countdown to Extinction: ZERO delta smelt found in October Midwater Trawl Survey for fourth year

Time is running out for the Delta smelt, once the most abundant fish in the entire Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. For the fourth October in a row, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has caught zero Delta smelt in its Fall Midwater Trawl Survey of the Delta. By Dan Bacher The smelt is now near […]

November 12th

Update and action alert: California’s devastating plans for the water-stealong Delta Tunnel

If built, the Newsom Administration’s Delta Tunnel (Delta Conveyance) would be potentially the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history. The multi-billion dollar project would hasten the extinction of endangered Delta  and longfin smelt, Central Valley steelhead, Sacramento winter run and spring run Chinook salmon, green sturgeon and other fish species, as well as imperil salmon […]

November 8th

California Water Wars: Tribes, fishermen, conservationists demand action to restore flows in Klamath tributaries

Yesterday, Save California Salmon, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), and 12 California environmental organizations joined Klamath River Tribes in asking the California State Water Resources Control Board to establish permanent instream flow requirements for the Scott and Shasta Rivers, two of the Klamath River’s largest tributaries, according to a press release from […]

November 2nd