All posts by Dan Bacher

Dan Bacher is an established reporter on Californian politics and also editor of "The Fish Sniffer," the World's #1 Newspaper dedicated to Fishermen.

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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Report Predicts Mass Extinction For California’s Native Trout & Salmon

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed from California , report predicts mass extinction for California’s native Trout & Salmon

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

If present trends continue, the majority of California’s imperiled native salmon, steelhead and trout are likely to be extinct within 100 years.

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California’s Top Lobbyist Is The Western States Petroleum Association

The ECOreport reposts news from California where, once again, California’s Top Lobbyist Is The Western States Petroleum Association

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

As is normally the case, the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) topped the list of California lobbying expenditures in the first quarter of 2017, spending a total of nearly $1.4 million.

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Trump Nominates Former Lobbyist for Deputy Interior Secretary

The ECOreport reposts news from the United States, where Trump Nominates Former Lobbyist for Deputy Interior Secretary

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

On April 28, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate David Bernhardt of Virginia, who has served as a lobbyist for the politically powerful Westlands Water District, for Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

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Chief Caleen Sisk Says California’s Biggest Problem Is The California Waterfix

The ECOreport reposts Chief Caleen Sisk Says California’s Biggest Problem Is The California Waterfix

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

Governor Jerry Brown receives largely fawning coverage from the mainstream media about his environmental policies as he jets off to climate conferences and other photo opportunities, but Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, can see right through his “green” facade.

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Activists Slam Delta Plan Amendments at Stewardship Council Meeting

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED from California, Activists Slam Delta Plan Amendments at Stewardship Council Meeting

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

Over 200 Delta residents, including family farmers, anglers, environmental justice advocates, homeowners, business owners and elected officials, converged on Sacramento on Friday, April 28, to show their strong opposition to Delta Plan amendments that push Governor Jerry Brown’s Twin Tunnels as the “preferred alternative” for new Delta Conveyance.

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Jerry Brown Meets With Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Today

The ECOreport reports an OP-Ed from California where Governor Jerry Brown meets with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Governor Jerry Brown will meet with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Sacramento this Thursday — and many opponents of the Delta Tunnels fear that one of the major points of discussion will be the controversial California WaterFix project.
In an an email to me this afternoon, Heather Swift, Department of Interior spokesperson said, “The Secretary plans to discuss water, fire and public lands priorities” during his meeting with Brown.

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Access To Oroville Dam Records Denied

The ECOreport reposts news from the ongoing water wars in California, Access To Oroville Dam Records Denied

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

As California Governor Jerry Brown prepares to meet with Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke in Sacramento today to discuss water and other issues, the Brown administration is denying the Sacramento Bee access to State of California public records regarding the Oroville Dam crisis.

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Record Low Klamath Salmon Run

The ECOreport reposts news from California & Oregon, where there is a record low Klamath salmon run

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Fishery scientists are expecting a record low return of fall-run Chinook salmon to the Klamath River this year, due to a combination of several years of drought, water diversions in the Klamath Basin and to the Sacramento River and the continued presence of the PacifiCorp dams.

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Big Oil Lobby Group Hires Former California Assemblyman

Big Oil Lobby Group hires former California Assemblyman

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento, announced the hiring of former Assemblyman Henry Perea (D-Fresno) as Senior Vice President, Policy and Strategic Affairs, on March 27.
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