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text 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
image New Data Shows California Drift Gillnets Not Sustainable, Continue to Kill Marine Mammals 120_gray_whale_california_drift_gillnet_noaa.jpg original image ( 438x320) - 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
image No on Prop. 1: Californians Deserve Sustainable Water Solutions 120_180px-california_no_on_prop_1_2014_logo.jpg original image ( 180x180) - 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
document New Report: Offshore Fracking Threatens California's Ocean, Air, Seismic Safety troubled_waters.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - 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
image Dam The Indians Anyway - War Dance at Shasta Dam 120_war_dance.jpg original image ( 526x349) - 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
image Salty Lady Hooks Sea Turtle While Fishing For Salmon 120_blackseaturle-3.jpg original image ( 720x960) - 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
image Big Oil money defeated bill to ban drilling in marine protected area 120_big_oil_1.jpg original image ( 658x656) - 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
text 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
image Governor Brown makes false claims about tunnel plan during debate 120_800_raging_grannies_against_the_tunnels.jpg original image ( 800x533) - 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
image Tell The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Protect the Threatened Monarch Butterfly 120_monarch_butterfly_wings.jpg original image ( 800x600) - 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
document CSPA: Water Bond Is Insidious Threat to Delta and Central Valley Rivers cspa_14-point_opposition_prop_1.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Dan Bacher
CSPA Executive Director Bill Jennings observed, “Proposition 1 is a poster-child of why California is in a water crisis; it enriches water speculators but accomplishes little in addressing the drought, solving California’s long-term water needs, reducing reliance on the Delta or protecting our rivers and fisheries.
Posted: Wed Sep 3, 2014 7:53AM
image Water Warriors Rally at Trinity River Fish Hatchery 120_traditional_hoopa_yurok_karuk_brush_dance_1.jpg original image ( 960x640) - by Dan Bacher
After the rally ended, Tribal members received the great news that a federal judge in Fresno that afternoon had rejected a motion by San Joaquin Valley agribusiness interests to block the increased flows being released from Lewiston Dam to avert a fish kill on the Klamath River. Photo of a traditional Hoopa/Yurok/Karuk Brush dance demonstration at the celebration at the Lewiston Fish Hatchery on August 27. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Tue Sep 2, 2014 6:57PM
text Children of Farm Workers Receive Si Se Puede Scholarships;Two were Farm Workers Themselves - by via United Farm Workers
California – The United Farm Workers distributed several scholarships across California in the month of August, 2014 to children of UFW union members and members working in different regions. Several ceremonies were held throughout California to distribute the ¡Si Se Puede! Scholarships.
Posted: Tue Sep 2, 2014 5:19PM
image California bill to ban oil drilling in marine protected area fails! 120_vandenberg.l.jpg original image ( 2125x2750) - by Dan Bacher
“Even the slightest chance of an oil spill in a Marine Protected Area far outweighs any potential benefit to the state,” said State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson.
Posted: Mon Sep 1, 2014 11:34AM
image ILWU Rank and File Back Picket Of Zim ship Piraeus At Port Of Oakland 120_zim_from_israel_to_sa.jpg original image ( 4320x3240) - by Labor Video Project
ILWU Local 10 and ILWU Local 34 rank and file backed a picket line at the Port Of Oakland SSA terminal operator to stop the work on the Zim Line ship Piraeus for four days. Longshore workers talk about why they supported the picket line and the role of Oakland police and Alameda County Deputies in their effort to stop the solidarity action
Posted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:51AM
document Tunnel Opponents: BDCP Is On Life Support usepa_bdcp_deir_eis_comments.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Dan Bacher
“BDCP’s friends and family anxiously expressed hope that an infusion of additional millions of dollars and months of treatment would enable the project to recover,” quipped Bill Jennings, CSPA Executive Director. “However, the EPA comments coming on top of some 4,500 pages of searing reviews by municipalities, counties and water agencies that would be adversely impacted by the project, almost 2,000 pages of highly critical comments by environmental and fishing organizations, hundreds ...
Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:15PM
text Federal Scientific Review Highlights Grave Risks of California Fracking - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A scientific review released on August 28 by the federal government finds that fracking pollution threatens California’s air and water, but the study is based on just a few months of data and suffers from state regulators’ unlawful failure to report information on more than 100 instances of fracking and other dangerous well-stimulation activities.
Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:53AM
image Judge rejects Westlands bid to stop releases for Klamath salmon 120_water_warriors.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
“The flow augmentation releases are designed to prevent a potentially serious fish die-off from impacting salmon populations entering the Klamath River estuary," ruled U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill. Photo of Water Warriors at "Bring Our Water Home" at Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River on August 27. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:01PM
image Bay Delta Conservation Plan Delayed! 120_800_caleen_sisk_and_jessica_lopez.jpg original image ( 800x533) - by Dan Bacher
Tom Stokely, Water Policy Analyst with the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), said he was not surprised with the delay in the BDCP and accompanying federal documents. "This is not unexpected because we knew the environmental documents were fatally flawed," said Stokely. "The problem is that that they can't fix the BDCP because the project can't meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act and other state and federal environmental laws." Photo: Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spirit...
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:26AM
document EASTWEST #3: An Anarchist Newspaper newa-3.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by EASTWEST
New issue of EASTWEST that was released and distributed at a benefit for those arrested in Ferguson. Includes articles and report backs on recent actions against police terror in Oakland. at the Port of Oakland against Israeli attacks on Gaza, updates on the West Oakland Specific Plan (WOSP), and a feature on the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA.
Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:27PM

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