Senator Feinstein Drops Support for Amendment to WIIN Act (for Now)

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In a letter sent out to constituents on January 17, Senator Dianne Feinstein said she has withdrawn her support, at least for now, for a proposed amendment to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN Act) that would have weakened protections for … Continued

For the first time ever, zero Delta smelt found in CDFW Fall Midwater Trawl

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For the first time ever, a fish survey that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) conducts every autumn turned up zero Delta smelt throughout the monitoring sites in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in September, October, November and December 2018. … Continued

State Water Board Approves Increased Flows for Lower San Joaquin River

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Save California’s Salmon staff – Mahlija Florendo, Regina Chichizola and Morning Star Gali – and Malcolm, Regina’s son, at the State Water Resources Control Board meeting in Sacramento on December 12. Photo by Dan Bacher. After a marathon hearing at … Continued

Council staff says CA WaterFix inconsistent with Delta Plan; Council chair urges DWR to withdraw ‘certification’

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Photo: Randy Fiorini, Delta Stewardship Council Chair (center), said he “would strongly encourage the Department to consider withdrawing the certification of consistency.” Photo by Dan Bacher. On November 8, the Delta Stewardship Council staff released a draft report finding that … Continued

Metropolitan Water District Revotes to Fund $10.8 Billion of $17 Billion Delta Tunnels

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Following numerous violations of the Brown Act that guarantees the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California Board of Directors was forced on July 10 to retake … Continued

New California WaterFix Environmental Document with ‘Design Changes’ Released

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The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on June 12 posted online a new document that details the environmental impact of proposed design changes purporting to minimize impacts felt by Delta communities and the ecosystem if Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project is … Continued

Department of Water Resources Director announces ‘organizational adjustments’ prompted by Delta Tunnels project

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In a memo released today, California Department of Water Resources Director Karla Nemeth outlined “organizational adjustments” prompted by the latest developments in Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project, also known as the California WaterFix. In the memo, she proclaimed, “Final permitting … Continued

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

CDFW: Recreational Salmon Seasons Set for 2018

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife on April 17 announced the recreational salmon seasons for 2018, noting that it appears to be “a mixture of good news and bad for California anglers.” “Klamath River fall run Chinook are likely … Continued

Fish and Game Commission Approves Klamath, Sacramento River Salmon Seasons

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On April 12, the California Fish and Game Commission at a teleconference meeting approved full recreational fishing seasons on the Klamath/Trinity and Sacramento River systems, but the bag limit on the Sacramento has been reduced from two to one fish. In … Continued