Department of Interior Issues Contradictory Statements on Support for Delta Tunnels

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Wednesday, October 25 was a confusing day in California water history. After a Trump administration official first said the administration didn’t support Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels project, he later that day said the Department of Interior would continue … Continued

Congressman Huffman responds to Trump Administration pulling plug on Delta Tunnels project

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Washington, D.C.- Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), the Ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans, issued the following statement in response to news that the federal government will not move forward with the controversial Delta tunnels project. … Continued

Bombshell: Trump administration opposes Delta Tunnels (updated)

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The Trump administration does not support Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels project, reversing the Obama administration position in support of the project, according to a U.S. Department of the Interior spokesman. Interior deputy communications director Russell Newell told Ellen Knickmeyer … Continued

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

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