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

State Water Board rejects hearing delay motions from Delta Tunnels opponents

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The California WaterFix hearing officers for the State Water Resources Control Board yesterday denied the motions by Delta Tunnels opponents to delay the hearing on the permits to build the project, based on alleged illegal exparte communications between Water Board and Department … Continued

Tribal Leaders, Fishermen Blast Reclamation Plan to Increase Delta Water Exports

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Water protectors from the Klamath, Trinity, Sacramento and Pit Rivers rally in front of the federal building in Sacramento to oppose the Trump plan to “maximize water deliveries” from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Photo by Dan Bacher. Members of … Continued

Delta smelt population reaches record low as Reclamation aims to ‘maximize water deliveries’

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The abundance of Delta smelt recorded in the state’s annual fall midwater survey (FMWT) in the estuary is the lowest in the survey’s 50-year history, despite a record water year in Northern California. To make things even worse, the results of the survey … Continued

Written comments on Reclamation plan to increase Delta water exports due February 1!

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If you want to comment on a proposed water grab of Northern California and Delta water by the Trump administration and San Joaquin Valley growers, you only have until February 1, 2018, to do it. On December 29, the Bureau of Reclamation announced … Continued

The Revolving Door: Senate Confirms Former MWD Official As Reclamation Commissioner

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On November 16, the U.S. Senate confirmed Brenda Burman, who served as a Department of Interior official under President G.W. Bush and later as special projects manager for the Metropolitan Water District MWD of Southern California, as the U.S. Department of the Interior … Continued

Conference Committee Rejects Westlands Drainage Settlement Rider

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Big Ag will keep trying to add rider to bills In a victory for salmon and the Delta, a Conference Committee rejected Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s attempt to add H.R. 1769, Representative David Valadao’s rider approving the Westlands Water District settlement … 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

Reclamation will increase American River releases to 35,000 cfs

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As a big Pacific storm was slated to drench northern California, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced today it will increase water releases to the American River below Nimbus Dam on Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. from 15,000 cubic feet … Continued

Inspector General says Reclamation wasted $32.2 million on Klamath irrigators

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Federal auditors have found that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) wasted $32.2 million intended for fish and wildlife and drought relief in the Klamath Basin on subsidies for irrigators. This scandal takes place as the Yurok, Karuk and Hoopa … Continued

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