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imageLawsuit by Three Groups Challenges Contracts Imperiling Delta, Fish
by Dan Bacher
Such diversions “reduce freshwater flows through the Delta causing and worsening harmful algal blooms (HABs) which threaten the public health of those drinking, fishing in, or swimming in, Delta waters, or inhaling the air near Delta waters,” the complaint states...
Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 7:23PM
imageAquAlliance files lawsuit against water transfers from Sacramento River watershed
by Dan Bacher
The lawsuit states, “These water transfers would drain both surface and groundwater resources from the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River watersheds, imposing significant and irreversible threats to the people and sensitive species that rely on these water resources and associated aquatic and riparian habitats.”...
Posted: Thu May 14, 2020 5:46PM
imageDelta Tunnel Forges Ahead in Pandemic: Agreement in Principal Reached for SWP Contract Amendment
by Dan Bacher
It is very clear that the Department of Water Resources and water contractors don’t really care what the public and the people most impacted by the Delta Tunnel think, based on their obsession with pushing the tunnel project through at this time....
Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 9:28AM
imageFederal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump's Increased Water Exports Plan
by Dan Bacher
In a statement, Mike Conroy, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), said, “This is a big victory for west coast salmon fishing families and the communities which are dependent upon healthy salmon stocks throughout the State.”...
Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 3:05PM
imageTrump's wild rant about his lawn and California water transcribed (and translated)
by Dan Bacher
Here is my transcript of what Trump said: “I had a house in Los Angeles — you couldn’t have sold it. You know why I’m selling it? Because Secret Service says you can’t come here anymore. I said I might as well sell it. I had a house and you couldn’t, couldn’t have water and you couldn’t water your grass. They said, oh, you’re not allowed to water your grass. And then you look at this massive turn, they had a turn, it takes a day to turn it, like a big faucet. And they turn it. And It v...
Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 10:20AM
imageGroups sue California over project's failure to protect salmon, other fish
by Dan Bacher
DWR’s deception included omitting the One-Tunnel Delta Conveyance Project from its list of more than 40 cumulative water supply, management, and quality projects and actions in the Draft EIR.” Bob Wright, senior counsel for Friends of the River, called DWR’s failure to mention the Delta Tunnel project in the EIR as “ridiculously absurd.”...
Posted: Sat May 2, 2020 6:45PM
imageState Water Contractors sue California over incidental take permit for endangered fish
by Dan Bacher
"We note that with the filing of this latest lawsuit, the State Water Contractors have joined Westlands Water district and the Metropolitan Water District in pronouncing the voluntary agreement process dead,” said John McManus, President of the Golden State Salmon Association (GSSA)....
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:22PM
imageCalifornia files legal claims challenging Trump's water plan
by Dan Bacher
In the filing, Attorney General Becerra argues that a preliminary injunction is necessary to prevent “immediate and irreversible harm” to California's ecosystem, particularly to California’s endangered Delta smelt, longfin smelt, and threatened steelhead trout....
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:20PM
imageFeinstein implores Newson to collaborate with Trump to weaken fish protections
by Dan Bacher
“It is imperative that California not only stand up to the Trump administration to protect our water supply, but also restore our rivers and protect our drinking water quality with regulations that are guided by science, not politic,” said Regina Chichizola, co-director of Save California Salmon....
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:50PM
imageGovernor Newsom Issues Moratorium on Water Shutoffs to Homes, Small Businesses
by Dan Bacher
In a statement, Alexandra Nagy, Food & Water Action California Director, lauded Newsom for making the “common sense decision” to halt water shutoffs in California. “We’re very pleased that Governor Newsom has made the common-sense decision to halt water shutoffs in the state while we confront this overwhelming public health crisis. He must also ensure that water is restored to every home where it was previously cut off....
Posted: Fri Apr 3, 2020 12:50PM
imageNo New Water Diversion Plans When Public Cannot Participate
by Dan Bacher
A petition against the Delta Tunnel is at and talking points are at
Posted: Thu Apr 2, 2020 11:26AM
imageAs Delta smelt nears extinction, CDFW issues incidental take permit for endangered fish
by Dan Bacher
The incidental take permit was issued as the Delta smelt, once the most abundant species on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, continues its steep slide towards extinction. For the second year in a row, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in its annual fall midwater trawl survey in 2019 found zero Delta smelt during the months of September, October, November and December....
Posted: Wed Apr 1, 2020 6:39PM
imageFishing and environmental groups ask court to block Trump's salmon killing water plan
by Dan Bacher
After all of that, the federal fish and wildlife agencies state the new water diversion and pumping rules are “not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of habitat of such species.”...
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:10PM
imageWestlands Water District signs permanent water contract with Bureau of Reclamation
by Dan Bacher
“At a time of unprecedented climate changes and droughts we should not be circumventing the law and promising by federal contract far more water than actually exists to one large irrigation group at the expense of others,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta....
Posted: Tue Mar 3, 2020 9:22AM
imageAttorney General Becerrra and Governor Newsom file lawsuit against Trump water plan
by Dan Bacher
“As we face the unprecedented threat of a climate emergency, now is the time to strengthen our planet’s biodiversity, not destroy it,” said Attorney General Becerra. “California won’t silently spectate as the Trump Administration adopts scientifically-challenged biological opinions that push species to extinction and harm our natural resources and waterways....
Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:36AM
imageGovernor Newsom, AG Becerra say they will sue over Trump water plan
by Dan Bacher
Recreational and commercial salmon fishermen responded positively to Newsom’s announcement of a lawsuit against the Trump administration, but John McManus, President of the Golden State Salmon Association (GSSA), cautioned that “a measure of Governor Newsom’s sincerity will be if he orders his Department of Water Resources to pull their Trump-like water pumping plan back and rework so it’s protective of the environment."...
Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:03AM
imageTrump will visit San Joaquin Valley to sign salmon-killing water plan
by Dan Bacher
“While Trump is in California talking about plans to destroy our rivers and salmon runs, Gavin Newsom’s Resource Secretary Wade Crowfoot will be in Sacramento discussing water issues and cutting ‘green tape," said Regina Chichizola, co-director of Save California Salmon. “Gavin Newsom has only not come through on his promise to fight Trump on water, he is actively negotiating with him, and has started prioritizing new dams and diversions above restoration.”...
Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:54PM
image'Shut Down Canada' underway as Canadian militarized police attack Wet'suwet'en
by Brenda Norrell
Wet'suwet'en brace for another day of raids on Monday, following 21 arrests, as convoys of militarized Canadian police raid and arrest Wet'suwet'en and their supporters in prayer. Mohawks are blocking trains, while the Ports of Vancouver and Delta are blocked, and lockdowns and shutdowns continue across Canada....
Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:19AM
imageTribal Members and Youth Ask for North State Hearings and River Protection` at Sacramento
by Save California Salmon
Sacramento, California Today Northern California Tribal members, supporters, and members of the Hoopa High School water protector club traveled to Sacramento to ask the state of California to protect the Trinity and Sacramento Rivers, and to schedule meetings in Northern California on the Governor’s proposed Delta Conveyance Project. The group said the fact that the Delta Tunnel hearings are only occurring in the Southern part of the state and started even before the comment period ended on t...
Posted: Mon Feb 3, 2020 9:36PM
imageNewsom Administration Officially Begins Delta Tunnel Planning with 'Notice of Preparation'
by Dan Bacher
“Newsom's water portfolio was announced only a week ago and already he is racing to build the one tunnel project,” said Regina Chichizola, co-director of Save California Salmon.  “His stated commitment to building the proposed Sites Reservoir and water diversions, and a new massive tunnel are a slap in the face to the North state and salmon dependent people.”...
Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:47PM