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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

California utilities refuse ‘free money’ for water debt relief

California water utilities could leave families high and literally dry by refusing to apply for nearly $1 billion in water debt relief for their customers before the December 6 deadline, Capital and Main reports. A quarter of California households were behind on their drinking water bill in August and the state’s shutoff moratorium lifts January […]

November 30th

Old phone cable containing 63 tons of toxic lead will be removed from Lake Tahoe

Anglers, divers and other residents of the Lake Tahoe Basin have reason to celebrate. Under a settlement agreement finalized this month in federal court in Sacramento, AT&T’s PacBell subsidiary will remove eight miles of decrepit telephone cable from Lake Tahoe, where it has been leaching toxic lead into the iconic lake’s water for decades. The cable […]

November 28th

The infrastructure bill has billions to replace lead pipes in water systems. Newark shows the rest of the US how it can be done.

Faced with a lead crisis that drew comparisons to Flint, Michigan’s, some people have called Newark, New Jersey’s response a “national model.” Still, eliminating lead from drinking water nationwide will not be an easy task. By Lynne Peeples Ensia In July 2018, tests showed that the drinking water supply serving Yvette Jordan’s home in Newark, […]

November 15th

Action Alert: Tell CA to stop rubber stamping extinction! Support racial equality for salmon tribes

Last year during the height of California’s Drought, the California State Water Quality Control Board approved a plan that allowed the federal government to enact the Trump Water Plan without meeting California clean water laws, according to Regina Chichizola of Save California Salmon. This plan allowed over 80% of baby salmon to be killed in […]

November 14th

In drought-stricken CA, oil industry consumed 4.6 billion gallons of fresh water for extraction in just 3 years

The FracTracker Alliance has released a new report on water use by the oil and gas industry in California:… By Dan Bacher “We found that the oil and gas industry consumed over 4.6 billion gallons of freshwater for extraction operations in California during the 3 year period from 2018-2020,” said Kyle Ferrar, author of the report. […]

November 11th

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 crisis: Judge rejects Westlands Water District’s proposed permanent water contract

On October 27, Fresno Superior Court Judge D. Tyler Tharpe tossed out the Westlands Water District’s proposed permanent federal water contract from the Central Valley Project (CVP) that would have allocated roughly double the amount of water that Los Angeles residents use in a year. By Dan Bacher Tharpe found Westlands, the largest federal irrigation district in the […]

October 30th

California Governor Gavin Newsom expands drought emergency statewide

Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a proclamation extending the drought emergency statewide to the eight additional counties not already not previously included in the drought state of emergency. By Dan Bacher The proclamation follows the second driest water year on record as record low storage plagues California’s largest reservoirs and after big fish kills took […]

October 21st

Yurok Tribe of California urges support for plan to manage Trinity River in a ‘more holistic manner’

The Yurok Tribe, the largest Indian Tribe in California, is urging Yurok Citizens and Allies to voice their support for a plan to manage the Trinity River, the largest tributary of the Klamath River, in a “more holistic manner.” By Dan Bacher In a statement issued yesterday, the Tribe said it “fully supports the Trinity River Winter Flow Variability […]

October 15th

New analysis details immense scale of corporate water abuses in California

Yesterday, the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch released “Big Ag, Big Oil and California’s Big Water Problem,” a report detailing for the first time California’s most egregious corporate water misuses. By Dan Bacher “The piece pinpoints industrial agriculture as among the worst offenders, swallowing large portions of California’s water resources and exporting billions […]

October 13th

West Coast Water Justice Podcast launched on Indigenous People’s Day

Yesterday, Save California Salmon released its first episode of the Western Water Justice podcast, “Envisioning Justice on the Klamath River with Dr. Cutcha Risling-Baldy”. The first episode of the podcast was released today in honor of indigenous People’s Day, according to Save California Salmon. By Dan Bacher “The Western Water Justice podcast aims to highlight […]

October 12th

CA Gov Newsom asks urban users to reduce water use (so nut growers can keep sucking it down)

Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Executive Director of the San Francisco Baykeeper, believes that “it’s nuts” to ask California’s urban water users to voluntarily reduce water use while allowing almond, walnut, and pistachio growers to use big amounts of water during a record drought. By Dan Bacher On July 15, Governor Gavin Newsom added nine counties to the regional drought state of emergency and […]

October 2nd

Environmental Justice: Restore the Delta head quits Delta Conveyance Design & Construction Authority Stakeholders Engagement Committee in protest

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta, resigned in protest Friday from the Stakeholder Engagement Committee (SCE), for the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCDCA). By Dan Bacher “When our good faith efforts produce no results and are met with resistance, Restore the Delta will shift and move into a new direction to […]

September 25th