The Fix Is In: Brown administration approves environmental documents for Delta Tunnels

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Drawing outrage from public trust advocates, the Governor Jerry Brown administration on July 21 approved flawed environmental documents that clear the path for the construction of the Delta Tunnels. The announcement followed recent biological opinions issued by the Trump administration claiming … Continued

Federal Fishery Agencies Approve Permit To Construct Delta Tunnels

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As I predicted on election night, the President Donald Trump and Governor Jerry Brown administrations have apparently made a deal to fast-track Brown’s legacy project, the Delta Tunnels, considered by opponents to be the most environmentally destructive public works project … Continued

Delta Stewardship Council Approves Amendments Promoting Delta Tunnels

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In spite of massive opposition by fishermen, family farmers, environmentalists and Delta residents who packed a room in the Holiday Inn in Sacramento on June 22, the Delta Stewardship Council endorsed controversial conveyance and storage amendmentsto the Delta Plan that … Continued

Jerry Brown Poses As ‘Green Governor’ While He Promotes Fracking, Delta Tunnels

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Responding to President Donald Trump’s decision on June 1 to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, California Governor Jerry Brown immediately issued a bluntly worded statement condemning the decision. “Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course,” said Brown. “He’s … Continued

Group Files Lawsuit Against DWR Over Oroville Dam Records

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AquAlliance, a Chico-based environment group, has filed a lawsuit with Judge Timothy M. Frawley in Sacramento Superior Court alleging the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has broken state law by failing to release records regarding the Oroville Dam spillway … Continued

New Report: Extinction Likely for Majority of California’s Native Trout and Salmon

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If present trends continue, the majority of California’s imperiled native salmon, steelhead and trout are likely to be extinct within 100 years. That was the alarming news unveiled by scientists and conservation group leaders in a press teleconference announcing the … Continued

Council must not make ‘dual conveyance’ – AKA twin tunnels – preferred alternative in Delta Plan

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Below is my three-minute testimony before the Delta Stewardship Council on May 25. I was the last one to make public comment at the meeting. Unfortunately, many residents of the South Delta community of Discovery Bay were unable to speak … Continued

Breaking: Pump Failure Kills Fall-Run Chinook Salmon at Feather River Fish Hatchery – Thermalito Facility

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Breaking information from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife: “An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 fall-run Chinook salmon were killed early yesterday morning at the Feather River Fish Hatchery – Thermalito Facility due to a pump failure from a faulty … Continued

Delta Plan amendments marginalize environmental justice and Tribal communities

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Two groups, Restore the Delta (RTD) and the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW), on April 18 sent a joint letter opposing the Delta Stewardship Council’s proposed amendments to the Delta Plan that marginalize environmental environmental justice communities and Tribes. The amendments … Continued

Jerry Brown Meets With Interior Secretary about Delta Tunnels, Water

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After meeting with California Governor Jerry Brown on April 13,  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued a statement saying he “appreciated the positive and productive conversation” with Brown. The Trump administration official said he and the governor discussed “public … Continued

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