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Support Winnemem Wintu Cultural Survival and Write a Letter Opposing the Illegal Shasta Dam Raise!

Action Alert from the Winnemem Wintu Tribe: “We believe the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is getting close to finalizing their plans to raise the Shasta Dam an additional 18.5 feet and flood us out a second time. This project is not only devastating for our cultural and religious practices, it also threatens to contaminate the […]

September 15th

Trump Administration announces public comment period extension for Shasta Dam proposal to October 5

The Bureau of Reclamation today announced a “virtual open” house website for the controversial Shasta Dam raise proposal EIS, officially known as the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement: http://www.virtualpublicengagement.com/usbr_shasta/index.html. By Dan Bacher Additionally, the public comment period is extended to October 5 to allow more time for public engagement. Reclamation has […]

September 11th

CA Water Justice, Tribal Advocates host “Mobilizing for Water Justice” webinar series Sept. 14-18

The organizers of the Advocacy and Water Protection in Native California Speakers Series are hosting a new webinar series aimed at taking action against environmental racism and for water justice in California. Humboldt State University Native American Studies and Save California Salmon are organizing the “Mobilizing for Water Justice in California” Webinar Series on Sept. […]

September 7th

Virtual Forum TODAY: Examining the Impact of the Klamath Dams on Tribes, Fisheries and the Environment

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), Chair of the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee, will lead a livestreamed forum at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, August 18 titled “Examining the Impact of the Klamath Dams on Tribes, Fisheries, the Environment, and Downstream Stakeholders.” By Dan Bacher The event will focus on four aging dams on […]

August 18th

California tribe sues Feds in effort to block water contracts with Central Valley Big Ag

The Hoopa Valley Tribe (Tribe) has respectfully requested a federal court to block the United States Department of Interior from signing permanent water delivery contracts with agribusiness interests in California’s Central Valley. Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) dams and diverts water out of the Trinity River basin to contractors’ land 400 miles from the Hupa […]

August 13th

California’s Department of Water Resources files contract validation before Delta Tunnel plan or environmental review

On August 6, the California Department of Water Resources under Governor Gavin Newsom filed a validation complaint in Sacramento County Superior Court to be positioned to sell bonds for the design, planning, and construction of the controversial Delta Conveyance Project (Delta Tunnel) under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. This was done even though no project plan or […]

August 13th

Winnemem Wintu leaders, journalists and legal experts to hold live panel on the Shasta Dam raise

The Winnemem Wintu Tribe has led the resistance against the proposed Shasta Dam raise since the early 2000s, and now the Trump administration and Westlands Water District are using the cover of Covid-19 to fast-track the project in possible violation of state, federal and International law. By Dan Bacher The general public can learn more […]

July 31st

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

Action Alert: Tell CA Water Commission to pull Sites Reservoir funding

The Sites Reservoir is a potential large new reservoir on 14,000 acres approx. 80 miles northwest of Sacramento. As currently proposed, the $4.7 billion project would create new water diversions from the Sacramento River and would increase pressure to divert water from the Trinity River, in order to store and transport water for industrial agriculture […]

July 13th

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