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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

Edge of Extinction: ZERO Delta smelt found in Sept 2021 during CDFW Fall Midwater Trawl Survey

For the fifth September in a row, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has caught zero Delta smelt in its Fall Midwater Trawl Survey (FMWT) throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Once the most abundant fish on the entire estuary, the fish is now near extinction in the wild, although UC Davis continues to […]

October 9th

Social media is reducing climate change debates to your views on veganism

Ten years ago, when we ranked the most controversial articles on Wikipedia, George W. Bush was at the top of the list with global warming at number five. The article on global warming has now been re-titled as climate change, but this remains among the most polarising issues of our time – and one frequently […]

October 2nd

Action Alert: Call on CA Gov Gavin Newsom to restore funding for the Delta Independent Science Board!

I urge everybody to call Governor Newsom at (916) 445-2841 and ask him to sign SB 821 to restore funding for the Delta Independent Science Board, or send him a message using this form: https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/. By Dan Bacher Deirdre Des Jardins explains on her California Water Research blog (cah2oresearch.com) the background behind the Delta Independent Science […]

September 30th

Toxic metals in baby food?!? It’s time for the FDA to ACT

A new congressional report released Wednesday revealing the baby food industry has failed to keep products with heavy metals off the shelves spurred calls for federal authorities to enact swift action and tough limits on toxin levels. “This is what happens when you let the food and chemical companies, not the FDA, decide whether our […]

September 29th

Cooler, cleaner megacities, one rooftop garden at a time

The view of Cairo from the air is one of concrete buildings and tangled overpasses stretching as far as the eye can see. Green areas comprise less than 4% of the total urban built area, and recent construction projects have resulted in the destruction of tens of acres of the city’s already-sparse green space. By Marianne Dhenin Yes! magazine […]

September 12th

Smarter farm subsidies can drive ecosystem restoration

Every year, governments give out $700 billion in agricultural subsidies globally. Though well-intentioned, these farm subsidies sometimes work against their core goal: boosting crop yields and farmer incomes while developing rural areas. By Helen Ding, Will Anderson and René Zamora Crystales World Resources Institute Farm subsidies can also inadvertently drive people to clear forests to produce commodities like soy and beef, which caused […]

September 5th

The EPA is banning chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on food crops, after 14 years of pressure from environmental and labor groups

On Aug. 18, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will end use of chlorpyrifos – a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children – on all food products nationwide. Gina Solomon, a principal investigator at the Public Health Institute, clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco […]

September 1st

Rick ‘Dr. Evil’ Berman uses Washington Examiner to scare hamburger eaters with ‘Environmental wokeism’

Despite the marked reticence among most big green groups to address agriculture’s climate impacts, and Democratic politicians’ outright refusal to do anything but grovel at the feet of farmers due to their place in our cultural pantheon (entwined with white supremacy), the meat industry remains a steady investor in disinformation to make people think that any day now, […]

Study finds dams are ineffective for cold-water conservation for salmon and trout

For many years, federal, state and corporate proponents of building more dams in California have touted cold water river releases provided by increased water storage  behind dams as a key tool in “saving” struggling salmon and steelhead populations. Yet a just published study by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, Dams Ineffective for Cold-Water Conservation – 8/25/21, has found […]

August 30th

Organic food has become mainstream but still has room to grow

Organic food once was viewed as a niche category for health nuts and hippies, but today it’s a routine choice for millions of Americans. For years following passage of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, which established national organic standards, consumers had to seek out organic products at food co-ops and farmers markets. Today […]

August 21st

Delta Tunnel Update: Suggested operations worse for California salmon under single tunnel than under original CAWaterFix

The below Delta Conveyance Update by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta (RTD), “with the help of friends,” indicates that “the operations conditions for water quality under the proposed are getting worse” under the proposed changes by DWR under the single tunnel than under the twin tunnels — and “the suggested operations are worse for salmon” than under the California […]

August 18th

As farmers pump water for alfalfa, California salmon face extinction

While most California farms and ranches face water regulations to save dwindling water resources and protect fisheries, Siskiyou County’s Scott Valley alfalfa growers continue to pump groundwater with no regulatory oversight. The river is now a series of shrinking puddles full of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed Coho salmon, according to an August 13 press release […]

August 16th

California’s Hyatt hydropower plant taken offline as Lake Oroville drops to lowest-ever recorded water level

Yesterday, California DWR State Water Project operations managers took the Hyatt Powerplant at Lake Oroville offline as the lake dropped to its lowest-ever recorded water level. By Dan Bacher The current water level is only 641.39 feet above sea level, approximately 259.61 feet from maximum pool. The lake is holding 860,338 acre-feet of water, 24 percent of […]

August 9th