Yurok Tribe finds deadly disease in Klamath River salmon

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The Klamath River salmon fishery, an integral part of the culture, religion and livelihoods of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley and Karuk Tribes of Northern California, is going through some tough times this year. Because of the record-low run of fall-run … Continued

Commission will consider petition to reduce striped bass and black bass populations

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  Agribusiness interests and Southern California water agencies this spring launched a new attack in their campaign to eradicate striped bass as they scapegoat the popular gamefish for salmon and Delta smelt declines caused by decades of water exports from the … Continued

Legal victory by fishing groups could ‘pull rug out’ from Delta Tunnels plan

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Two fishing groups won a major legal victory against the federal government and agribusiness interests on July 25 when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Delta water contracts with the Westlands Water District and other irrigators. The ruling by … Continued

Save CA Stripers, Black Bass and Salmon! Take Action!

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Below is the latest Water4Fish newsletter, followed by my article exposing the campaign by Stewart Resnick’s “Coalition for a Sustainable Delta” Astroturf group and the water contractors to eradicate striped bass and black bass.  The Water4Fish Newsletter periodically publishes alerts … Continued

Delta Tunnels: Restoring An Estuary by Diverting Its Water?

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After covering fish, water, and environmental justice issues in California and the West for over 30 years as an investigative journalist, I’ve concluded that the California Water Fix, the new name for the Delta Tunnels, is the most environmentally devastating … Continued

Deep Regulatory Capture: 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

State Water Board Hearings on Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels Begin Tuesday

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Hearings before the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels will begin on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Joe Serna Cal EPA Building in Sacramento,1001 I Street, Sacramento. The hearings regarding the … Continued

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