CA Supreme Court Rules Delta Tunnels Surveys Can Go Forward

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The California Supreme Court on July 21 overturned a Court of Appeal decision that favored Delta landowners in their legal battle against the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), eliminating one of the many hurdles faced by the Brown administration … Continued

Westlands Board Strips Tom Birmingham of General Counsel Duties

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Are you looking for a job? The scandal-ridden Westlands Water District, considered the “Darth Vader” of California water politics by Tribes, fishermen and environmentalists, is hiring a new general counsel. The announcement came after the Westlands Board of Directors reported … Continued

Urgent: Write your letter to stop Big Ag’s striper eradication plan!

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The following action alert is compiled from letters from Roger Mammon, President of the California Striped Bass Association (CSBA), West Delta Chapter, and Jim Cox, President of the CSBA State Board. Please forward to everyone you know! Urge them to send a  letter to the Fish … Continued

Another Water Agency Taxes Property Owners for Delta Tunnels

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Ever since California voters overwhelmingly rejected the peripheral canal in November 1982, the state and federal governments and regional water agencies have concocted a number of schemes to fund this unpopular water diversion plan without a vote of the taxpayers. … Continued

Groups Expose The Big Lie: “There’s No Plan B to Delta Tunnels”

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On June 27, a coalition of conservation, fishing and environmental justice organizations submitted a letter to the Santa Clara Valley Water District exposing the “Big Lie” that there is no Plan B to Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels, now renamed … Continued

Sacramento Judge Tosses Out Delta Plan

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Judge Michael Kenny of the Sacramento Superior Court on June 23 ruled that the Delta Plan is “invalid” after a successful legal challenge by multiple Delta parties who argued that the controversial plan doesn’t protect water quality or the many … Continued

Delta Group Challenges Brown Administration Case For Twin Tunnels

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The state and federal governments pleaded their case for Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels plan in testimony submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board on May 31 and in a media teleconference held on June 1, claiming that … Continued

Greenwashing Extinction: The Links between Delta Tunnels Plan and MLPA Initiative

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One of the least discussed issues in California environmental politics – and one of the most crucial to understanding Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels plan – is the clear connection between the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative and the California … Continued

Latest survey reveals Delta Smelt is nearly extinct

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The population of Delta Smelt plummeted to a new low in the annual spring survey conducted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) as the endangered fish moves closer to the abyss of extinction. The 2016 Spring Kodiak … Continued

Conservation groups ask for more time to file objections to Delta Tunnels plan

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Following the submission of documents on May 31 by the state and federal governments pleading their case for the Delta Tunnels plan, environmental and fishing groups and San Joaquin County asked the State Water Resources Control Board for more time … Continued