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Rare Central Valley Beetle Will Retain Endangered Species Protections - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— After a critical review by an independent scientific panel and opposition by the Center for Biological Diversity and Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on September 16 it is withdrawing a proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protections from Valley elderberry longhorn beetles (see PDF). The beetles, which depend on scarce mature elderberry plants along California’s Central Valley rivers, will remain classifie...
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:34PM
Feds release emergency flows after fish parasite found in Klamath - by by Dan Bacher
“While there has not been a confirmation that any fish have died as a result of Ich, we are extremely concerned that there could be another fish kill in the coming weeks if additional flows are not released. We appreciate that the Bureau of Reclamation heeded our request to send emergency flows down the Klamath River,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chair of the Yurok Tribe.
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:11PM
16th Annual, California Kwanzaa Ag Expo ~ Expression of the Best Pan-African Traditions - by khubaka, michael harris
California Kwanzaa Ag Expo, is preparing to showcase Black Agriculture collaborative partnerships the #1 Agriculture County in America, December 5-7, 2014, Fresno, California
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:06PM
People's Climate Train Leaves CA En Route to Historic Climate March in New York City - by Center for Biological Diversity
EMERYVILLE, Calif.— More than 100 people — including nuns, ministers, tribal leaders and student activists — boarded the People’s Climate Train this morning for a four-day cross-country trip en route to the large demonstration in the history of the climate movement. The train, organized by the Center for Biological Diversity, will include workshops, discussions and activist trainings as the train passes through lands threatened by the climate crisis.
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:31PM
Winnemem Wintu War Dancers: Shasta Dam a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction' - by Dan Bacher
“We should be a salmon state, not a watermelon or pistachio state. We have the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas. We have some of the largest salmon rivers in the West, but people have given these up for agribusiness, for large farms in a desert," Chief Caleen Sisk said. She reiterated that Shasta Dam is “a weapon of mass destruction” against the Winnemem Wintu and said the idea of dams is a “horrible archaic project.” Mark Miyoshi and Chief Caleen Sisk watch ...
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:28AM
Litigation Reins in Misguided Army Corps Program to Cut Trees From Levees - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO— Conservation groups on September 11 successfully ended their litigation against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after the Corps suspended its controversial program requiring removal of all trees and shrubs from levees and after Congress passed a new law requiring the Corps to comprehensively review its guidelines governing vegetation on levees. Friends of the River, the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife dismissed their 2011 lawsuit in federal court that ...
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:04PM
New Data Shows California Drift Gillnets Not Sustainable, Continue to Kill Marine Mammals - by Center for Biological Diversity
MONTEREY, Calif.— The National Marine Fisheries Service has released new data showing that the California-based drift gillnet fishery targeting swordfish killed an estimated 53 marine mammals from May 2013 through January 2014. Fishery observers monitored 34 percent of the drift gillnet sets made last year; they documented that the fishery killed an estimated three California gray whales, six short-finned pilot whales, nine northern right whale dolphins, nine California sea lions and 26 sho...
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:01PM
Plans for Monterey Bay Resort Deemed Deficient - by via Sierra Club, Ventana Chapter
According to the Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club, the California Coastal Commission on August 29 sent a letter to the developer of the Monterey Bay Shores Resort, Ed Ghandour, informing him his response to the requirements of the conditional Coastal Development Permit (CDP) was deficient. The Coastal Commission tentatively approved the development in April, after years of opposition from environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society. Monterey Bay Shores is planned...
Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:55PM
No on Prop. 1: Californians Deserve Sustainable Water Solutions - by Dan Bacher
“If California taxpayers are going to invest $7.5 billion—and that’s $14.4 billion with interest, they deserve real solutions,” says Carolee Krieger, executive director of California Water Impact Network.
Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:02PM
New Report: Offshore Fracking Threatens California's Ocean, Air, Seismic Safety - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— As the California Coastal Commission meets in Smith River this week, scientists with the Center for Biological Diversity today released a new report (see PDF) outlining the serious dangers posed by toxic chemicals, air pollution and increased earthquake risk linked to offshore fracking near Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:56PM
Ami Bera introduces bill to block federal funding for BDCP - by Dan Bacher
"The BDCP is a flawed plan that does nothing to increase our water supply and only diverts more water from the Sacramento area to Southern California" said Congressman Ami Bera.
Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 3:42PM
Dam The Indians Anyway - War Dance at Shasta Dam - by Dan Bacher
“Any raising of the dam, even a few feet, will flood some of our last remaining sacred sites on the McCloud River – sites we still use today,” says Caleen Sisk , Winnemem Chief and Spiritual Leader. "We can't be Winnemem any place else but the McCloud River. The dam raise is a form of cultural genocide.
Posted: Tue Sep 9, 2014 6:58PM
Salty Lady Hooks Sea Turtle While Fishing For Salmon - by Joanna Nasar
A recreational fisher hoping to land a chinook salmon for dinner, instead hooked an endangered Pacific green sea turtle, (also called a black turtle), while fishing off the coast of San Francisco (near Buoy 1, just outside the Golden Gate). This is an unusual occurrence.
Posted: Tue Sep 9, 2014 9:52AM
Big Oil money defeated bill to ban drilling in marine protected area - by Dan Bacher
An ongoing analysis of reports filed with the California Secretary of State shows that the oil industry, the largest and most powerful corporate lobby in Sacramento, collectively spent over $63 million lobbying California policymakers between January 1, 2009 and June 30, 2014. The Western States Petroleum Association, led by President Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the former chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative to create so-called "marine protected areas" in Southern Califor...
Posted: Mon Sep 8, 2014 7:30PM
Tree Vigil: Save Our Big Trees - by
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Event Date:Wed Sep 10, 2014 3:00PM
Posted: Mon Sep 8, 2014 12:31PM
Most voters don't support Prop. 1's $15 billion debt for dams, agribusiness subsidies - by Dan Bacher
The survey of 600 likely November voters found that Prop. 1, Governor Jerry Brown's Water Bond Festival of Pork, fails to attract majority support, with just 42% of voters saying they’d vote yes, 24% no, and 34% undecided. Voters understand the State of California is a staggering $770 billion in debt - and Prop. 1 will add to that debt, costing taxpayers $360 million per year for the next 40 years, all to pay for dams, bike trails in conservancies and huge subsidies for already heavily subs...
Posted: Mon Sep 8, 2014 10:08AM
Drakes Bay Oyster Company's Allies' Further Perjury - by Save Our Seashore
DBOC industry allies, such as Tomales Bay Oyster Company, continue to withhold relevant information from and materially misinform the Court.
Posted: Sun Sep 7, 2014 5:48PM
Governor Brown makes false claims about tunnel plan during debate - by Dan Bacher
Brown, clearly on the defensive, used the debate to tout the false claim that the Delta is uniquely threatened by an earthquake or other disaster, even though the exported Delta water goes through hundreds of miles of aqueducts and canals in earthquake and disaster prone areas to reach its destination. Photo: The Raging Grannies sing at a rally against Jerry Brown's Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels at the State Capitol on July 29. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Sun Sep 7, 2014 9:05AM
Tell The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Protect the Threatened Monarch Butterfly - by Center for Food Safety Petition
The monarch butterfly population in North America has been shrinking at an alarming rate, largely because a significant portion of their breeding habitat is being destroyed by herbicides used on genetically engineered (GE) crops. Milkweeds are critical to the monarch’s survival because they are the only plants monarch larvae will eat, but they are being decimated by the rampant use of Roundup (glyphosate) used in conjunction with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready™ GE crops.
Posted: Sat Sep 6, 2014 8:39PM
Perjury Abounds in Tomales Bay Oyster Company Lawsuit - by Save Our Seashore
In a new lawsuit, Drakes Bay Oyster Company's industry allies, including Tomales Bay Oyster Company, have committed numerous instances of perjury by withholding relevant information and materially misinforming the Court in order to manufacture their bogus claims of economic harm due to the closure DBOC. Additionally, numerous restaurants joining the TBOC lawsuit withheld relevant, self-produced information that directly undercuts their manufactured claims of economic harm.
Posted: Thu Sep 4, 2014 9:42AM