Former Panoche Water District Staff Charged With Embezzlement, Illegal Disposal of Hazardous Waste

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Just when you thought the corruption that infests California water politics couldn’t get any worse, it does. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on February 22 announced the arrest and filing of felony charges against five people for the misuse of public … Continued

Mixed News for Sacramento and Klamath Salmon Reported at CDFW Meeting

Wade Sinnen, CDFW environmental scientist, speaks at the salmon fishery information meeting in Santa Rosa on March 1.  Photo by DAN BACHER, Fish Sniffer Staff.  There is no doubt there will be ocean and inland recreational fishing seasons targeting Sacramento … Continued

Frazier: new DWR director is ‘too beholden to water contractors she must regulate’

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SACRAMENTO – While  Jerry Brown has been a genius at manipulating the media to portray him as a “green governor” and the state as the nation’s “green leader,”  the regulators have in fact been captured by the regulated in California. This is particularly true … Continued

CDFW Is Planting 200,000 Steelhead In Thermalito Afterbay This Year

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  If you want to catch landlocked steelhead, Thermalito Afterbay on the Feather River will be the place to go this season. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has already planted 150,000 Feather River steelhead in the Thermalito … Continued

California State Legislator Introduces Controversial Fishing Tackle Ban

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Letter to the Editor  Sportfishing organization launches statewide opposition campaign  Hey Dan! February 16, 2018 (Sacramento, CA): Today, California’s leading advocate for recreational anglers expressed their opposition to Assembly Bill 2787 as currently drafted, authored by Assembly Member Bill Quirk, … Continued

A New Steelhead Run Record Set on Mokelumne River

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It’s official; a new record for the number of steelhead returning to the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery in one season has been set. The hatchery has received 530 adults and 638 juveniles this year to date, a total of 1,168 … Continued

Commission suspends license of charter boat operator for poaching in MPA network

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The California Fish and Game Commission on February 7 ordered a five-year suspension of the license of Pacific Star Sportfishing, Inc., a recreational sportfishing vessel operator, for fishing in the “marine protected area” network created under the privately-funded Marine Life … Continued

Big Court Victory: 10-Year California Water Transfer Program Failed Analysis and Disclosure

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On February 15, Federal District Court Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill in Fresno issued an order supporting many of the claims made by AquAlliance and their co-plaintiff partners in a landmark lawsuit challenging water transfers from rice farmers in the Sacramento Valley … Continued

Brown administration releases cost-benefit analysis for California WaterFix

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The Brown administration today released the long-awaited cost-benefit analysis for the Delta Tunnels, claiming that the plan could “bring billions of dollars in benefits.” Delta Tunnels opponents countered that the analysis is “incomplete,” as it only examines the initial phased-in … Continued

Brown administration proposes construction of Delta Tunnels in two stages

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After months of talk and speculation, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation yesterday announced plans for a two-stage implementation of Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels project, also known as the California WaterFix. In a letter … Continued

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