California Water Wars

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Governor Gavin Newsom asks Warren Buffet to make his PacifiCorp honor the Klamath Dam Agreement

While many salmon advocates oppose several of California Governor Gavin Newson’s key water policies such as the Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir and the Big Ag-promoted voluntary agreements, a coalition of Tribes, fishing groups and conservation organizations today praised Newsom for urging the owners of four Klamath River dams to stick with a dam removal agreement. By Dan Bacher Newsom sent a […]

July 31st

Governor Newsom releases final water portfolio that includes Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir

California Governor Gavin Newsom on July 28 unveiled a final version of his controversial Water Resilience Portfolio, a water plan that that includes the Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir and the agribusiness-promoted “voluntary agreements.” While the plan drew praise from agribusiness interests and water agencies — and strong criticism from salmon advocates, Tribal leaders and environmental justice leaders for the damage […]

July 30th

California State Water Board settles lawsuit with environmental groups – great news for water, fish, and all Californians!

Three California environmental nonprofits secured a landmark settlement agreement with the California State Water Resources Control Board to uphold the common law Public Trust Doctrine and other legal protections for imperiled fish species in the Sacramento River and San Francisco Bay/Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta Estuary, according to a press release from the groups. By […]

July 22nd

Interior requests funding for Shasta Dam raise, Sites Reservoir and Friant-Kern Canal under WIIN Act

The Trump administration on Monday, June 22, requested $15 million for the Shasta Dam enlargement project, a project that Tribes, fishing groups and conservation organizations say will drive imperiled winter-run Chinook salmon closer to extinction and flood many of the remaining sacred cultural sites of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. This $15 million was part of […]

June 25th

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Klamath Basin ‘Takings’ Case, Upholding Tribes’ Senior Water Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear the case of Baley v United States, a case regarding water rights on the Klamath Basin, agreeing with the Court of Appeals that Basin irrigators’ water rights were subordinate to the Tribes’ federal reserved water rights. The court’s refusal to hear the 18-year-old case brought by the Klamath Basin irrigators settles “for […]

June 23rd

California continues to move rapidly on the water-stealing Delta Tunnel. Why, Gov. Newsom?

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today took another key action in its plan to build the Delta Tunnel, a massive public works project that a coalition of fishermen, Tribal leaders, environmentalists, family farmers, Delta residents, elected officials and other Californians considers to be potentially the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history. By Dan […]

June 19th

Action Alert: Call Congress About Trump Executive Order (Tunnel Related)

Action Alert from Restore the Delta (RTD): President Trump, hiding behind the COVID pandemic, has, according to Roll Call, “Signed an executive order that would expedite permitting for infrastructure projects, building on earlier orders to ease regulations for industry. The White House contends the move will help speed the nation’s recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.” […]

June 8th

California Water Board gives Feds an “F” for pushing salmon toward extinction

In a letter that is “as scathing as bureaucrats write,” the State Water Resources Control Board is “taking the Trump administration’s Bureau of Reclamation to the woodshed over its refusal to take meaningful steps to avoid annihilating California’s salmon runs this fall,” according to a statement from the Golden State Salmon Association (GSSA). By Dan Bacher […]

June 5th

Senator Feinstein introduces bill to ‘Restore San Joaquin Valley Canals, Improve Water Supply’

In a press release, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced the introduction of her Restoration of Essential Conveyance Act, a bill to authorize $800 million in federal funding “to repair critical canals in the San Joaquin Valley damaged by land sinking from overpumping of groundwater, known as subsidence, and for environmental restoration.”  By Dan Bacher As I […]

May 26th