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imageSalmon Protectors Youth Camp Brings Together Elders, Youth for The Klamath River
by Morning Star Gali
On September 14th and 15th Tribal families and youth, and other salmon dependent people from all over Northern California, converged at the Bluff Creek Resort near Weitchpec, CA to to discuss how to protect, and honor, the Klamath and Trinity River’s salmon....
Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:52PM
imageNewsom Says He Will Veto Bill Blocking Trump Rollback of Endangered Fish Protections
by Dan Bacher
After Newsom’s announcement that he plans to veto SB 1, it is no surprise that the total contributions from agriculture in his 2018 campaign for Governor were $637,398. Newsom received $58,400 from Beverly Hills agribusiness tycoon Stewart Resnick, $58,400 from Lynda Resnick and $58,400 from E.J. Gallo. Agribusiness tycoons are strident supporters of the voluntary agreements and the Delta Tunnel — and are among the strongest proponents of attacks on the Endangered Species Act, a landmark fede...
Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:51PM
textLinking the gun industry with the NRA, a domestic terrorist organization by Lynda Carson
For the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the gun industry (merchants of death) linked to and supporting the NRA as exhibitors at their 2019 annual meeting last April in Indianapolis, Indiana, it is business as usual for the 883 exhibitors!...
Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:46PM
imageFeinstein, Costa Support Weakening of CA Bill Blocking Trump Rollbacks of Environmental Regulations
by Dan Bacher
John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA), took issue with the contention of Senator Feinstein and Congressmen Costa, Garamendi, Harder and Cox that SB 1 “would prevent the state from incorporating the latest science and other information in permitting decisions.”  “That letter cites new science on species that won't be used if SB 1 goes into effect,” said McManus. “This Is completely false. SB 1 would allow the state to review and revise any of the species prote...
Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:30PM
imageKearns & West Announces More Public Meetings on Delta Tunnel Amendment Negotiations
by Dan Bacher
The  Delta Tunnel that Governor Gavin Newsom, San Joaquin Valley agribusiness interests and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California support is likely to hasten the extinction of Delta smelt (if they don’t become extinct in the wild before then) longfin smelt, winter-run Chinook salmon, spring-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, green sturgeon and other species....
Posted: Mon Sep 2, 2019 4:20PM
imageSalmon advocates slam Trump rules slashing Endangered Species Act protections
by Dan Bacher
"Here in California we're likely to see salmon, sturgeon, steelhead trout, wolves, wolverines, kit fox and many others all slide towards extinction as a result of today's action by the Trump White House,” said John McManus, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association....
Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:22AM
imageWinnemem Wintu Chief Asks Delta Tunnel Amendment Negotiators: When Will Tribal Water Right
by Dan Bacher
“Our belief is that Mother Earth made the Delta the way it is because it is a fully functional and perfect system," said Caleen Sisk, Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. "By digging the Delta up, we don’t know how it will end up. You don’t want to ruin a perfect system for an imperfect project. You can’t negotiate a perfect system. Once we dig up the Delta, you can’t return it to its natural state."...
Posted: Wed Aug 7, 2019 9:06AM
imageNewsom Administration begins public process for Delta Tunnel
by Dan Bacher
Newsom’s support of one tunnel to divert water from the Delta to corporate agribusiness and Southern California water agencies is no surprise. Newsom received a total of $637,398 from agribusiness in his 2018 campaign for Governor, including $116,800 from Beverly Hills agribusiness billionaires Linda and Stewart Resnick, the owners of the Wonderful Company two of the strongest supporters of the Delta Tunnel and promoters of numerous attacks on environmental protections for salmon and other f...
Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:04PM
imageCloser to Extinction: Spring Delta smelt surveys reveal record low numbers of fish
by Dan Bacher
“The outlook for the Delta smelt population remains grim after these lows. Despite good conditions in spring 2018 and 2019, the severely depressed number of adult spawners indicates a continuing weak potential for recovery,” said independent fisheries biologist Tom Cannon in his California Fisheries Blog on the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) website....
Posted: Sun Jul 7, 2019 9:41AM
imageNew coalition launched to protect Bay Area from tar sands, oil tankers
by Dan Bacher
Representatives of the groups in the coalition commented on the launch of the new group.  “Our community knows refinery expansions are a dead end,” said Isabella Zizi, “We need our public officials like the Contra Costa County supervisors to stand with us in preventing new pollution sources from harming our health, and supporting real solutions like a just transition for refinery workers and local economic development that protects air and water quality.”  ...
Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:33PM
imageCA rescinds Delta Tunnels bond resolutions, feds withdraw permit
by Dan Bacher
“Victory! This is a win for salmon! The other side folded and walked away from the table,” said John McManus, president of the Golden Gate Salmon Association regarding the withdrawal of the Delta Tunnels permit by the Trump administration....
Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 10:32AM
imageNewsom Pulls Delta Tunnels Permits, Takes Steps for One Tunnel
by Dan Bacher
“We are pleased that Gov. Newsom’s Administration has reaffirmed a strong commitment to modernize the state’s water delivery infrastructure with a single-tunnel project in the Delta,” said Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD). “We will work with the administration to expeditiously advance a project that is long overdue to both meet the water reliability needs of the state and minimize impacts to the communities and ecology of the Delta.”...
Posted: Sat May 4, 2019 12:00PM
imageSenate votes 56-41 to confirm David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary
by Dan Bacher
”After all of the clear documentation about his conflicts of interest and his apparent corruption, it’s really disappointing to seeing the Senate agree to make this guy the secretary with 56 votes,” said John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA)....
Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:26PM
imageScientist urges Reclamation to reduce salmon pre-spawning mortality on American River
by Dan Bacher
To ensure that there is less pre-spawning mortality and salmon can spawn in favorable water conditions, Felix Smith urges Reclamation to make an effort to get 59 to 60 DF by mid October and to remain at or below such temperature. He also says the stream flow should be in the range of 1900 to 2400 cfs....
Posted: Tue Apr 9, 2019 7:14PM
imageChairs Grijalva and Jared Huffman Request Documents on Bernhardt's Ties with Westlands
by Dan Bacher
“Serious questions have been raised regarding the potential conflicts between his [Bernhardt’s] work as a top official at the Department of the Interior (DOI) and his previous work as a lobbyist and lawyer with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck representing the Westlands Water District," wrote Representatives Grijalva and Huffman....
Posted: Fri Apr 5, 2019 2:57PM
imageCommittee votes to move David Bernhardt's nomination to full Senate vote
by Dan Bacher
“It’s no surprise that a group of Senators who owe so much to special interest lobbyists would support this choice for Interior Secretary,” said Western Values Project’s Executive Director Chris Saeger in a statement in response to the committee’s vote. “For the last two years, conflict-ridden David Bernhardt has tipped the scales in favor of former clients, likely violating his ethics pledge and responsibilities to the American people.”...
Posted: Thu Apr 4, 2019 3:06PM
imageTrump administration sues State Water Board over 'failure' to comply with CEQA
by Dan Bacher
“The Trump administration is suing California for trying to restore water flows for salmon in the Bay Delta and San Joaquin under California's law,” said Regina Chichizola of Save California’s Salmon in a Facebook post. “This is a direct threat to state's rights and threatens similar processes in the Sacramento, Shasta, Eel and Russian Rivers.”...
Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:09PM
imageFishermen, Tribes and Conservation Groups Challenge Sites Reservoir Project
by Dan Bacher
"We are concerned that tribes have not been consulted nor assured that this project will not take water that salmon need, especially drought years,” stated Chief Caleen Sisk from the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. “If the Sites Authority had initiated Tribal consultation with Klamath River and Sacramento Tribes, we would have identified these issues, along with mitigations measures to protect the salmon.”...
Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:37PM
imageA dark ethical cloud hangs over David Bernhardt, groups and Winnemem Wintu warn Feinstein
by Dan Bacher
“In advance of Mr. Bernhardt's Senate confirmation hearing on March 28, we draw your attention to the dark ethical cloud that hangs over his nomination,” the letter stated....
Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:27AM
imageNewsom promotes voluntary agreements that imperil salmon, Delta
by Dan Bacher
Governor Gavin Newson, who received $637,398 from agribusiness interests in his campaign for Governor, including $116,800 from the Wonderful Company owners Lynda and Stewart Resnick, praised the voluntary agreements that would yield less flows for San Joaquin River and Delta salmon, steelhead and other fish species....
Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:24AM