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Delta Tunnels: Delta Stewardship Council had just one job to do. They failed.

Last week, the Delta Stewardship Council voted to endorse the Delta Tunnels (dual conveyance) plan as part of their amendments to the Delta Plan at their meeting in Sacramento. They made the decision, with only one dissenting vote, in spite of a massive turnout and hours of testimony by tunnels opponents, including fishermen, conservationists, environmental justice […]

June 25th

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

Happy World Oceans Day – how big oil effectively runs Cali’s marine protection areas

“If these are true marine protection areas, they why are we allowing drilling and other insults to the ocean in them? The whole MLPA Initiative was a phony process that provided an opportunity for Big Green and government bureaucrats to write press releases claiming these were ‘protected areas’ when in reality the fishermen and Tribes […]

June 8th

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

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