Action Alert: Santa Clara Valley Water District will vote on Delta Tunnels on May 2!

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RESTORE THE DELTA’S BAY AREA ACTION ALERT: We need YOU at SCVWD Tunnels Vote on Wednesday, May 2 WHO: Delta advocates, representatives from environmental and public interest groups including Restore the Delta, and Santa Clara Valley Water District board of directors … Continued

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

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