Porter Ranch gas leak is one in series of CA disasters

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Hearing board action falls short of community demands to shut down Aliso Canyon Storage Facility Three groups – Save Porter Ranch, the Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch – on Saturday, January 23 released a joint statement accusing the … Continued

California’s Biggest Environmental Disaster? Delta Smelt and other fish species plummet to record low levels

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Fish species ranging from endangered Delta Smelt to Striped Bass continued to plummet to record low population levels in 2015 in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, according to the annual fall survey report released on December 18 by the California … Continued

Flashback Friday: Fundamental problems with MLPA Initiative still haven’t been resolved

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I wrote an article exposing the flaws of the controversial Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative for the Sacramento News and Review in 2009. Unfortunately, none of the fundamental problems with the process pinpointed in this and other articles have ever been resolved … Continued

Delta advocates blast Governor Brown for pushing tunnels in State of the State

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In his State of the State Address at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown promoted building “reliable conveyance” — the controversial Delta Tunnels Plan proposed under the California Water Fix and California Water Action Plan — … Continued

Three groups ‘vehemently oppose” agribusiness-backed San Luis Drainage Resolution Act

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In a press release issued on January 21, three environmental groups — the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) and AquAlliance — announced they “vehemently” oppose HR 4366, the San Luis Drainage Resolution Act sponsored by Rep. … Continued

CA regulators plan to do regional MPAs reviews only once a decade

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State officials originally pledged to conduct a regional review of the so-called “marine protected areas” created under the controversial Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative every five years, but they have now reversed course and plan to do the reviews only once every 10 … Continued

Groups file formal protests with State Water Board over tunnels permits

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As Delta smelt, longfin smelt and other fish species continued to plummet to record low population levels in 2015, Governor Jerry Brown forged ahead with his salmon-killing plan to build the Delta Tunnels. In 2016, the long battle to stop … Continued