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Catastrophic juvenile fish kill unfolds on the Klamath River

Yesterday, the Yurok Tribe reported that a “widespread” and “catastrophic” juvenile fish kill is currently taking place on the Klamath River, a day after the US Bureau of Reclamation announced that it would not release water to prevent a juvenile salmon kill on the river. By Dan Bacher “While historic drought is the primary cause […]

May 14th

California water wars: State and Federal Projects exported massive amounts of Sacramento Delta water over the past decade

Here is a revised version of my brief presentation to the State Water Resources Control Board on March 4 regarding the Bureau of Reclamation’s temperature management that will devastate salmon populations on the Central Valley rivers: By Dan Bacher I’m Dan Bacher, an independent journalist that has been covering fish, water and environmental justice issues for over […]

May 12th

Boom! Removing 81 dams is transforming this California watershed

Removing one gigantic dam can have a massive effect on restoring a river ecosystem. But bringing down more than 80 smaller dams? That can also cause a transformation. By Tara Lohan The Revelator Last spring the Forest Service, aided by U.S. Marine Corps members, blasted apart 13 more dams in the Trabuco ranger district in Southern […]

Hatchery salmon releases scheduled in San Francisco Bay due to poor river conditions

San Francisco — Responding to requests by the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GSSA), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced Wednesday that it is trucking all of its hatchery baby salmon to release sites in and around San Francisco Bay this year to minimize drought-related losses exacerbated by the draining of Central Valley Project and State Water Project reservoirs to supply irrigation water […]

May 2nd

Salmon advocates criticize California Governor Newsom for promoting Sites Dam, voluntary agreements during drought

On a dry section of extremely low Lake Mendocino on Wednesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a regional state of emergency for the Russian River Watershed in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties to protect communities and reduce environmental impacts from the drought, but he didn’t issue a statewide drought emergency as many had hoped he would. By Dan Bacher Governor […]

April 23rd

Yurok and Karuk Tribes respond to Klamath Operations plan during severe drought

In response to consecutive years of drought conditions in the Klamath Basin, including the lowest historical inflows on record into Upper Klamath Lake this year, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation yesterday announced the release of its Klamath Irrigation Project 2021 Temporary Operations Plan. By Dan Bacher The Klamath River Basin is in a dire situation this year. The plan […]

April 17th

Biggest water barons of California contributing cash to Newsom’s war chest

Stewart and Lynda Resnick, billionaire agribusiness tycoons and major promoters of the Delta Tunnel and increased water pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, have donated a total of $366,800 to Governor Gavin Newsom since 2018, including $250,000 filed on March 22. By Dan Bacher Lynda Resnick, the Vice Chairman of the Wonderful Company, donated $125,000 to Stop the […]

March 25th

California’s Yurok Tribe takes decisive action to protect spring salmon

Below is the statement from the Yurok Tribe discussing action that they have taken to protect spring-run Chinook salmon on the Klamath River. Spring Fish Stocks Suffer as a Consequence of Habitat Loss, Excessive Water Diversions “The current quantity of adult spring Chinook in the Klamath River is a small fraction of historic abundance.  For […]

March 20th

California salmon season cut back due to crashing numbers

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) yesterday announced that the recreational ocean salmon fishery has been curtailed on most of the California coast, due to poor stock assessments on the Sacramento River and Klamath River salmon stocks.  Both commercial and sport fishermen and women are likely looking at getting half of a normal […]

March 13th