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image Jerry Brown calls for fast-tracking of river agreements to build Delta Tunnels 480_bor_protest_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“The Shasta Dam raise, Sites Reservoir and the Delta Tunnels need to be considered as one project,” emphasized Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. “Without one, you can’t have the others. If the tunnels are built, there will be no water to put in them. You need Sites Reservoir to provide the water for the tunnels and the Shasta Dam raise to provide water for Sites.” “Although the state and federal governments are saying they are separate projects, they are...
Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:00PM
text Health Watchdog Sues Dow for Pesticide Air Pollution by via Californians for Pesticide Reform
Oakland, CA, September 20, 2016 - The national health watchdog Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has filed a lawsuit against Dow Chemical to address cancer risks posed by its fumigant pesticide Telone. Telone (a trade name for the chemical 1,3-Dichloropropene or 1,3-D) is a known carcinogen that pollutes dozens of rural areas throughout California; it is the third most heavily used pesticide in the state, and has been found to linger in the air for days after application....
Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:07PM
image Ask Metropolitan Water District, Delta Tunnels proponent, the tough questions 480_adam_scow_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Can you promise that the Delta Islands purchase will not be paid for by California taxpayers, such as by applying for Proposition 1 funding, to meet your existing mitigation obligations for present water exports from this imperiled estuary? Adam Scow of Food & Water Watch speaks at a news conference in Stockton announcing the lawsuits against MWD's purchase of Delta islands. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:27AM
image Sacramento Area Residents Hold Protest Against Dakota Access Pipeline Outside Citibank 480_group_photo_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“I’m here to protest the banks that are paying for the pipeline that is bringing the crude oil down the Missouri River to Texas,” said Carol Standing Elk, Lakota Sioux. “My relatives have gotten as far as they have because of prayer. They have a prayerful camp and a peaceful camp. We want the construction of the pipeline to stop." Sacramento area activists stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Fri Sep 9, 2016 11:18AM
text Legal Victory Overturns Federal Plan to Open 1 Million Acres of CA Public Land to Fracking by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES, September 6, 2016 — Citing potential threats to water supplies and endangered wildlife, a U.S. district judge today overturned a federal plan to open more than 1 million acres of public land and mineral estate in central California to drilling and fracking. Today’s ruling comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and Los Padres ForestWatch, represented by Earthjustice....
Posted: Tue Sep 6, 2016 5:40PM
image Delta communities submit comments on environmentally unjust Delta Tunnels 480_delta1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Gary Mulcahy, government liaison with the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, a Native California Tribe, describes the long history of broken promises and outright violence directed at his tribe by the state and federal governments. “The original construction of the Shasta Dam flooded over 90 percent of the Winnemem Wintu village sites, sacred sites, burial sites, and cultural gathering sites along the Sacramento, McCloud and Pit Rivers.” Mulcahy describes the tribe’s cultural and spiritual connection t...
Posted: Mon Sep 5, 2016 7:11PM
calendar Dakota Access Citibank Protest (Sacramento) 480_banks_funding_dakota_access_pipeline_1.jpg by via California Labor for Bernie Sanders
Citibank 1116 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95816...
Event Date: Wed Sep 7, 2016 12:00PM
Posted: Sun Sep 4, 2016 6:41PM
image Klamath Tribes Support Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Their Opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline 480_klamath-tribes-letter-support-standing-rock-sioux-opposition_dakota_access_pipeline_1.jpg by Klamath Tribes
Klamath Tribes Support Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Their Opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline...
Posted: Sun Sep 4, 2016 5:43PM
image Fish And Game Commission Adopts Marine Protected Area Master Plan 480_calfish_marineprotectedareas_vl_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
The plan fails to challenge the terminally flawed "science" employed to create MPAs under the "leadership" of a convicted embezzler. A federal judge in San Francisco on May 20, 2014 sentenced Ron LeValley of Mad River Biologists, the former co-chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Science Advisory Team for the North Coast, to serve 10 months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to embezzle over $852,000 in federal funds from the Yurok Tribe. In spite of numer...
Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:35PM
text 1.8 Million Acres of Sierra Nevada Habitat Protected for Imperiled Frogs, Toads by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif., August 25, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced designation of 1,812,164 acres of protected “critical habitat” throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains for several endangered amphibians: the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, Yosemite toad and northern population of the mountain yellow-legged frog. The vast majority of the critical habitat for these amphibians is on federal public lands in national forests and national parks....
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:18AM
image Winnemem Wintu Tribe supports the Standing Rock Sioux Protectors 480_standing_rock_statement_winnemem_wintu_tribe_1.jpg by Winnemem Wintu Tribe
"On behalf of the Winnemem Wintu tribe, as Chief, I send you our support. We believe that “We are One” in the struggle to protect Mother Earth. We stand with you with the position you have taken as a nation, opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline." -- Chief Caleen Sisk...
Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:21PM
text Grazing in National Forest Restricted to Protect Rare California Frogs, Toads by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., August 17, 2016 — In response to a notice of intent to sue filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Forest Service has restricted livestock grazing on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to prevent harm to the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and Yosemite toad, both of which are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The federal agency said in a letter that it is undergoing consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has adjusted grazing manag...
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:23PM
image Yurok Tribe finds deadly disease in Klamath River salmon 480_klamath_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“We take this threat to our fish very seriously, and we’re looking at every option to protect our fish. We don’t want to go through another catastrophe like the fish kill in 2002, and we will do anything we can to avoid that outcome this year,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke, Chairman of the Yurok Tribe....
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:19PM
image CTC Whistleblower Kathy Carroll Jury Awards $3.1 M AG Harris & Brown In Cover-Up 480_carroll_kathy_justice_for_her_and_diana_mansker_1.jpg by repost
CTC State Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll Wins Nearly $3.1 Million In Lawsuit against CTC, supervisors and state for retaliation over whistleblowing. AG Kamala Harris And Governor Brown Spent Millions Fighting Whistleblower’s Lawsuit And Defense of CTC Misdeeds. The trial exposed a illegal effort by numerous CTC top officials and Ting Sun the chair to fire Kathy Carroll because of her going to the State Senator Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg for an audit of the agency. AGKamala Harris and Governor ...
Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:58PM
image Big Oil Money Gushes Over Sacramento, LA Times & Brown's Dirty Hands 480_02c97ff5-a357-41d4-9968-acd2b62c2233_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
"If you can count on anything, it’s WSPA (Western States Petroleum Association) throwing down some serious cash on lobbying," said Stop Fooling California in their latest newsletter, the Crude Truth. " And this quarter was no exception." Graphic courtesy of http://stopfoolingca.org/...
Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:53PM
image Consumer Watchdog slams Jerry Brown over receiving $9.8 million in fossil fuel donations 480_brownsdirtyhands_0_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
In over 30 years of covering fish, water, conservation and environmental justice in California, this is one of the most significant and disturbing reports about regulatory capture and “play to pay" politics I have ever read. "Brown's Dirty Hands" graphic courtesy of Consumer Watchdog....
Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:27PM
image Delta Tunnels Opponents Request 30-Day Extension for Submitting Documents 480_800_standing_up_for_delta_estuary_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
I am not aware of a single example in US or world history where the construction of a project that takes more water out of a river or estuary has resulted in the restoration of that river or estuary. Protesting the Delta Tunnels in February 2014 in the Westlands Water District. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:03PM
image Commission will consider petition to reduce striped bass and black bass populations 480_delta_smelt_in_hand2_usfws_peter_johnsen_2008_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
David J. Ostrach Ph.D., Chief Scientist of Ostrach Consulting, emphasized that if the Commission does change the regulations so that smaller striped bass are being caught and kept, it would likely cause a decrease in striped bass predation on other fish, such as the inland silversides, that pose a greater danger to salmon and Delta smelt. “If you remove young (up to 3-4-year-old) striped bass by fishing or otherwise reduce their numbers, then the silverside population would increase,” said...
Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:54AM
image Legislature to Audit Funding for Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels 220px-eggman_headshot.jpg by Dan Bacher
“A project this expensive, and potentially destructive to the San Francisco Bay-Delta, deserves scrutiny and public oversight,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta....
Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:39PM
image State and Feds Release New Biological Assessment of Delta Tunnels Plan 480_delta_smelt_in_hand2_usfws_peter_johnsen_2008_1_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Opponents of the project are currently reviewing the environmental assessment. In reaction to the new document, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, said: “While we are still working through the document, it is clear the increased presence of toxic algal blooms will be a threat to species, and, thus, public health. As it has been every step of the way, the devil is in the details. What the Brown Administration sells as solutions through public relations ends ...
Posted: Mon Aug 8, 2016 10:34AM