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The Dark Heart of California Water Politics

The ECOreport reposts another story of corporate interests, The Dark Heart of California Water Politics

Originally posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

When I was at the March for Science in Sacramento a month ago, a friend asked to get me on video and talk about what is the crux of water issues in California, what is the overriding, central issue behind the different water battles. That’s one that includes the Delta Tunnels, the failure of the state and federal agencies to address environmentalists’ concerns with the safety of the Oroville Dam and spillways, the salmon and other fish collapses and the pollution of our drinking water by agribusiness, municipal and oil waste.

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Delta Stewardship Council Motion To Adopt Twin Tunnels

The ECOreport reposts news from California’s threatened Bay Delta area, Delta Stewardship Council Motion To Adopt Twin Tunnels

Originally Published by the Fish Sniffer & Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

The Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) on Thursday, March 23 will consider a controversial motion to amend the  Delta Plan to automatically accept new conveyance (the Delta Tunnels) into their master plan for the Delta, “without proper public vetting,” according to a news release from Restore the Delta (RTD).

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Scientists Say Delta Tunnels Will Devastate Salmon

The ECOreport reposts news from California, National Marine Fisheries Service scientists say Delta Tunnels will devastate salmon

Originally Published on the Fish Sniffer & Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

Governor Jerry Brown and administration officials claim that the California WaterFix, a controversial plan to build two 35-mile long tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, is based on “science.” “The best scientific thinking says California needs the project,” Governor Brown told Dan Morain, Sacramento Bee editorial page editor in a interview in December of 2016.

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Two Top California Water Officials Retire Amidst Growing Opposition

The ECOreport reposts another story from the Twin Tunnels debate, Two top California water officials retire amidst growing opposition

Originally Posted on the fishsniffer, Daily KOS & Indybay.org

by Dan Bacher

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.

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Delta Tunnels Opponents Request 30-Day Extension

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED from the permits for Governor Brown’s “California Waterfix”, Delta Tunnels Opponents Request 30-Day Extension

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

As hearings before the State Water Resources Control Board regarding permits required to build Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels continue in Sacramento, lawyers for opponents of the tunnels project filed a motion with the Board on August 11 requesting that the deadline for Part 1B documents to be moved to 30 days after close of Part 1A hearings.
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Superior Court Rules Delta Plan Is “Invalid”

The ECOreport reposts news that Judge Michael Kenny of the Sacramento Superior Court rules Delta Plan is “Invalid”

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS & Indybay.org

By Dan Bacher

Judge Michael Kenny of the Sacramento Superior Court today ruled that the Delta Plan is “invalid” after a successful legal challenge by multiple Delta parties who argued that the controversial plan is not protective of the water quality or the fish species that depend on fresh water flows for their survival.

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Court Rules Against Delta Plan

The ECOreport reposts news that the Sacramento Superior Court Rules Against Delta Plan

by Dan Bacher

In a favorable decision for Delta advocates, the Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny on May 18 issued a complex 73-page ruling on challenges to the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan, a plan that embraces Governor Jerry Brown’s California Water Fix to Build the Delta Tunnels.

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Legislation Calling For Vote on Delta Tunnels Passes Committee

The ECOreport reposts article: Legislation calling for vote on Delta Tunnels passes committee

Originally Published the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

A bill prohibiting the building of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels unless the project is approved by California voters passed out of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife on April 19 by a vote of 8 to 4.

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State Water Board Suspends Upcoming Delta Tunnels Deadlines

The ECOreport reposts: State Water Board Suspends Upcoming Delta Tunnels Deadlines

Originally Published on the Fishsniffer & Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

The State Water Resources Control Board announced on March 29 that they are suspending the upcoming deadlines for the California Water Fix/Delta Tunnels water rights change petition in response to a request by the state and federal water agencies to extend dates and deadlines for the scheduled hearing, along with a number of other requests either to dismiss or delay the petition.

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Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels Plan Is In Chaos

The ECOreport reposts why a coalition of fishing, environmental and farming groups conclude Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels Plan is in Chaos

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

Governor Jerry Brown’s California Water Fix to Build the Delta Tunnels, a plan to divert Sacramento River water to corporate agribusiness interests, Southern California water agencies, and oil companies conducting fracking and extreme oil extraction methods, is “broken” and in “chaos.”

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