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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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Almond Orchards Expand 77,000 Acres During Drought

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed from California, Almond Orchards Expand 77,000 Acres During Drought

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

California growers expanded water-intensive almond orchards by 77,000 acres over the past year, continuing the increase in new acreage during one of the worst droughts in the state’s history.

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Revising Biology For The California Waterfix

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED on how the state government is revising biology for the California waterfix

Originally Published on the Elk Grove Government

By Dan Bacher

On August 2, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) released their revised biological assessment for the California WaterFix, Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels project, claiming that the plan “minimizes potential effects on listed species.”

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Delta Smelt Nearly Extinct

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about California’s continued mismanagement of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta: Delta Smelt nearly extinct

Originally Published on the Fishsniffer

By Dan Bacher

The population of Delta Smelt plummeted to a new low in the annual spring survey conducted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) as the endangered fish moves closer to the abyss of extinction.

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Metropolitan Water District Authorizes Purchase of Delta Islands

The ECOreport reposts an account of how the Metropolitan Water District Authorizes Purchase of Delta Islands

Originally Published on the Fishsniffer, Elk Grove News, and Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

As Delta smelt and other fish species reach record low population levels and fishermen and fisherwomen brace for salmon restrictions this season, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California authorized the purchase of four islands in the San Francisco Bay-Delta for an undisclosed sum at a closed session of their Board of Directors meeting on the morning of Tuesday, March 8.

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Taking California’s Twin Tunnels To A Vote

The ECOreport reposts the story an Assemblymember intent on taking taking California’s Twin Tunnels to a vote.

Originally Published on the Daily KOS & Indybay.com

By Dan Bacher

Sacramento – On the day after Governor Jerry Brown once again touted his Delta Tunnels Plan (“reliable conveyance”) as a “solution” to California’s water problems in his State of the State address, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) announced the introduction of legislation to block the Governor’s controversial project unless it is approved by California voters on a statewide ballot.

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Governor Claims Tunnels Are Absolutely Necessary

The ECOreport reposts news that despite fierce opposition from the public, environmentalists, & even elected officials California’s Governor claims tunnels are absolutely necessary

Originally Published on Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

In comments after his address at the “CA Water 2.0 event” sponsored by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today in Sacramento, Governor Jerry Brown described the controversial Delta Tunnels plan as “absolutely necessary” for California’s future and dismissed the growing number of project critics as a “small group of people who absolutely hate it.”
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Salmon Had To Be Moved From Folsom Lake

As Water Levels reached record lows, Salmon Had To Be Moved From Folsom Lake to the Nimbus Hatchery

Originally Published in indybay.com

By Dan Bacher

(Rancho Cordova) Nimbus Fish Hatchery workers have counted a total of 2,765 fall-run Chinook salmon, including 789 jacks and jills (two-year-old fish), at the facility since the salmon ladder opened Monday, Nov. 2

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California’s Current Water Crisis Is A Man-made Phenomenon

Earthjustice attorney says tough questions need to be Asked

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1According to Earthjustice attorney Trent Orr, California’s current water crisis is a man-made phenomenon. It is the outcome of the mid 20th century notion that equates progress with giant public works projects and assumes that we can engineer our way out of all sorts of problems, including living on a drought-prone state. This doesn’t work.

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Water exports are driving Delta smelt and salmon to extinction

Originally Published on Calitics and the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

The endangered Delta smelt, once the most abundant fish in the entire Bay Delta Estuary, may already be extinct, according to UC Davis fish biologist and author Peter Moyle, as quoted on Capital Public Radio.

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