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Will the State Water Board Destroy the CA Delta?

By Dan Bacher In comments to the press at the “Water 2.0 event” sponsored by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) this January, Governor Jerry Brown claimed building the Delta Tunnels under the California Water Fix project is “absolutely necessary” for the “future” of California. Delta and fish advocates strongly disagree with the Governor’s claim. Delta […]

January 26th

Shocking water mismanagement is wiping out western chinook salmon

As many as half of this year’s endangered Sacramento River winter Chinook salmon run may have perished in irrigation ditches, according to information disclosed in a federal agency report, a state agency report and an independent scientific assessment. To compound the problem, the weakened survivors face being hammered by the mismanagement of cold water releases […]

July 30th

As California water wars heat up, state is… stealing signs?

In the latest episode in the Brown administration’s Signgate scandal, Restore the Delta Thursday released an expert legal opinion finding that the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) confiscation of Save the Delta! Stop the Tunnels! signs displayed by Delta land and business owners was done without any legal basis. The legal opinion from the First […]

July 15th

What’s for Christmas dinner? How about some Frankenfish?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a draft environmental assessment (EA) finding, in spite of much evidence to the contrary, that genetically engineered (GE) AquaAdvantage salmon pose no risk to the environment. The document claimed that the fish “will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of […]

December 24th

California’s peripheral canal – not yet in the bag

While the state and federal governments have doubled down on a water-sucking peripheral canal that would be a boon for big agribusiness and Southern California, other state officials are emphasizing that it’s not yet a done deal. The California Natural Resources Agency on August 29 held the first public meeting of the Bay Delta Conservation […]

September 2nd

Applause for Brown’s water-stealing tunnel (from the companies that will make millions)

California Governor Jerry Brown got some backing for his plan to ship water to big agriculture and Southern California sprawl. But the source shouldn’t come as a surprise: it’s the American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California). But Delta advocates disagree strongly with ACEC California’s rosy assessment of Brown’s peripheral tunnel plan, noting that […]

August 2nd

Most people applaud California’s marine protection

By Jennifer Savage The Ocean Conservancy California made history today when the Fish and Game Commission voted to adopt a network of Marine Protected Areas for northern California. The vote marks the completion of the United States’ first statewide network of underwater parks, protecting California’s most iconic coastal waters and sea life, from rockfish and razor […]

June 14th

California’s ocean protection extended to North Coast

The California Fish and Game Commission on June 6 adopted regulations for the North Coast marine protected areas (MPAs) created under the controversial Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. Commissioners Michael Sutton, Richard Rogers and Jack Baylis voted 3 to 0 to approve the regulations covering approximately 1,027 square miles of state waters from the […]

June 8th

Environmentalists say it’s time to fix California’s broken marine protection system

Grassroots environmentalists on California’s North Coast are urging that the controversial marine protected areas being created under Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative include full, comprehensive protection – and not just create additional restrictions on fishing and gathering on a coast that has the strictest fishing regulations of any place on the planet. […]

March 12th

242 groups stand up against California’s peripheral canal

An unprecedented 242 environmental organizations, environmental justice groups, Native American Tribes, recreational angling organizations, commercial fishing groups and outdoor businesses sent a letter on November 16 to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird urging them rescind a controversial Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The […]

November 22nd

Occupy the Ocean! Don’t let the 1% privatize fishing!

As the Occupy movement spreads throughout the nation and world, sustainable fishing communities, consumer groups and grassroots environmentalists have mobilized to stop the 1 percent from stealing ocean public trust resources from the 99 percent. This week the U.S. Congress is expected to vote on a critical bill that would continue a recently instituted ban […]

November 14th