Six Congress Members urge GAO investigation into federal scheme to fund Delta Tunnels

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Six House Democrats today asked the GAO, the federal watchdog agency that conducts investigations and audits on behalf of Congress, to issue a legal opinion about the Bureau of Reclamation’s funding scheme. The penalty for this type of misuse of public money … Continued

Big Oil defeats California bill to ban new offshore oil drilling

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Showing the enormous power of the oil industry in California despite the state’s “green” image, every bill except one opposed by the powerful oil industry has failed to make it out of the state legislature this year and during the 2015-2016 session. The … Continued

State Auditor Reveals DWR Broke the Law in Delta Tunnels Planning

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State Auditor Elaine Howle on October 5 released an audit on Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project revealing extensive mismanagement by the Department of Water Resources, including the violation of state contracting laws, spending millions of dollars over anticipated costs, and failure to complete either an … Continued

Winnemem Wintu Tribe Run4Salmon Travels from Pittsburg to Sacramento

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The Winnemem Wintu Run4Salmon, a “participatory, prayerful journey” to build public support to help protect and restore declining salmon populations, California river systems and indigenous lifeways, took place this year from September 9 to 22. James Netzel of Tight Lines … Continued

It’s Official: Changes to Recreational Groundfish Regulations Effective Oct. 16

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces new restrictions on recreational fishing for groundfish in waters north of Point Conception to the Oregon/California border. Changes to authorized fishing depths described below take effect Monday, Oct. 16 at 12:01 … Continued

Federal Misspending on Delta Tunnels, Klamath Exposed: Is Reclamation Beyond Reclamation?

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Washington, DC — The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the group that filed the original complaint resulting in the audit exposing the $84.8 million in illegal Bureau of Reclamation payments to the California Department of Water Resources for the planning of Governor Jerry Brown’s … Continued

RTD: Unpacking Real Costs of California WaterFix

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Stockton, CA — Delta tunnels opposition researchers have discovered a draft analysis dated September 15, 2017 of CA WaterFix costs completed by the Kern County Water Agency posted at the Wheeler Ridge-Maricopa Water Storage District. This recent Kern County analysis … Continued

2017 Groundfish Depth Regulations Will Go Back To 2016 Regs

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 The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) on September 18 voted to bring groundfish depth restrictions for the balance of 2017 back to 2016 depths in California from Pt. Conception to the Oregon border. The restrictions will go into effect after … Continued

Federal Audit Reveals $84.8 million Misused For Delta Tunnels Planning

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A federal audit has determined that the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation improperly used over $84.8 million in federal taxpayer’s money in the planning process for Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project. The Inspector General for DOI has … Continued

Westlands Water District: California WaterFix Is ‘Not Financially Viable’

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The Westlands Water District’s Board of Directors rejected Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project on September 19 because the California WaterFix “is not financially viable,” according to a statement from the district. The district also said they cannot support a … Continued

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