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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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350,000 Signatures Opposing Irrigating With Oil Wastewater

The ECOreport reposts a story from California, 350,000 signatures opposing irrigating with oil wastewater

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

As evidentiary hearings continued before the State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento over state and federal permits required to build Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels, activists on August 9 pushed a wheelbarrow stacked with boxes filled with 350,000 signatures up to Governor Brown’s office in the State Capitol.

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Corporate Influence At UC Davis and UCLA

The ECOreport reposts expose of how millions of dollars in donations help increase corporate influence at UC Davis and UCLA

Originally Published at Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, made infamous throughout the world for her leadership role at the university when students were pepper sprayed by campus police during an Occupy protest in the fall 2011, is under fire again.

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Almond Acreage Increased 60,000 Acres During Drought

The ECOreport reposts news of how California’s Almond Acreage Increased 60,000 Acres During Drought

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

As Governor Jerry Brown urged Californians to “Save Our Water” by taking shorter showers and letting our lawns turn brown, corporate agribusiness continued to expand its acreage in water-intensive almond trees in the Central Valley.

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Omnibus Includes Funding for Delta Tunnels

The ECOreport reposts the story of a “hidden” reference; Omnibus Includes Funding for Delta Tunnels

Press Release from Restore the Delta

STOCKTON, Calif. – Deep within the 2009 page Omnibus Spending Bill up for a vote in Congress on Friday, is a provision called the CALIFORNIA BAY-DELTA RESTORATION starting on page 401 and referenced again on page 409 that would once again, allow some $37 million in federal tax dollars to help plan and build massive export tunnels that would take essential freshwater and export it to irrigators south of the Delta. Funding for the tunnels export project was to be paid for by water users, (i.e. the water districts that support industrial-scale crops for foreign export and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.)

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More Than 30,000 Letters AGAINST The Delta Tunnels

The ECOreport reposts the story of how there were more than 30,000 letters AGAINST the Delta Tunnels

Press Release from Restore The Delta

Ten years ago, I was hired to bring together an unruly, but always entertaining, coalition of fishermen, farmers, conservationists, and residents to defend a place most Californians would have a hard time fining on a map — The San Francisco Bay Delta estuary.

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Feds & Waterboard Charged with Not Protecting Salmon

California’s regulators have allegedly not complied with the laws protecting salmon and other fish, which has led to Feds & Waterboard Charged with Not Protecting Salmon.

Originally Published on indybay.org & the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

A prominent sportfishing group today formally charged the state and federal governments with violating numerous laws protecting salmon, Delta and longfin smelt and other fish species during the California drought.

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State Water Contractors Want Protection

California’s State Water Contractors want Protection from “substantial, unlawful diversions” of “their water” by Delta farmers exercising water rights

Originally Published on Indybay.org & Yubanet

By Dan Bacher

The phrase “No good deed goes unpunished,” originally attributed to playwright Clare Boothe Luce, could accurately the current situation of farmers on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
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Brown Thinks Pipes Are More Popular Than Tunnels

Changing the Name, Rather Than The Plan

Originally Published on the Daily KOS & Indybay.com

by Dan Bacher

In 1982, Jerry Brown called his unpopular scheme to divert more water to corporate agribusiness and Southern California water agencies the “peripheral canal.” The voters of the state overwhelmingly rejected the canal proposal in the November election.

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