Delta smelt remains on edge of extinction, fall survey reveals

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The Delta smelt has not yet become extinct, but the numbers of fish collected in the fall 2016 midwater trawl survey conducted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remain alarmingly low. This is in spite of improved precipitation … Continued

Two top California water officials retire amidst growing opposition to Delta Tunnels

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Mark Cowin, the Director of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and Carl Torgersen, the DWR Chief Deputy Director, will be retiring from their positions at the embattled agency at the end of 2016. News of the two officials’ … Continued

Governor Brown: don’t undermine environmental laws to push Delta Tunnels

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Delta advocates are very concerned that Jerry Brown may work with the incoming Donald Trump administration to weaken the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act to push through Brown’s “legacy” project, the Delta Tunnels, before he leaves office. On … Continued

Brown administration applies for permit to kill salmon, Delta smelt

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Governor Jerry Brown and other state officials have constantly claimed the Delta Tunnels project will “restore” the Delta ecosystem, but they revealed their real plans on October 7 when the administration applied for a permit to kill winter-run Chinook salmon, … Continued

Fitch Ratings Downgrades Westlands Water District’s Next Bond Sales

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It looks like the politically powerful Westlands Water District, one of the main backers of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels and Congressional legislation to eviscerate protections for Sacramento River Chinook salmon and Delta smelt, is in more financial trouble. Fitch … Continued

Delta communities submit comments on environmentally unjust California WaterFix

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Jerry Brown is often falsely portrayed as a “climate leader” and “green governor” by the mainstream media, but he is pushing for the completion of the most environmentally destructive and environmentally unjust public works project in California history, the Delta … 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

Cub Scouts Conquer the Farallon Islands

On July 9th, a group of Cub Scouts from Fair Oaks Pack 215 boarded the Sea Wolf with aspirations of fishing the San Francisco Bay for striped bass, bottom fish, halibut and maybe a shark or two.  As the boys … Continued