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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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Winners & Losers Under Trump’s Administration

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED, Winners & Losers Under Trump’s Administration

Originally Posted on Lux Spotlight

By Noa Ghersin & Yuan Sheng Yu 

All eyes have been on the U.S. since Donald Trump won the election last November. So far, outcomes have been mixed: on one hand, the Dow Jones Index has witnessed a historical surge since his election win, rising from just below 18,000 to above 21,000. The U.S. Dollar Index has seen similar benefits, strengthening from just below 97 to nearly 102 in early April. While these factors play along with Trump’s campaign slogan to “Make America Great Again,” not all policy changes were welcomed and many have seen substantial criticism.

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Poor Fishing Season on Sacramento & Klamath Rivers

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about anticipated poor Fishing season on Sacramento & Klamath Rivers 

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

Recreational and commercial fishermen attending the annual salmon fishery information meeting in Santa Rosa on March 1 received grim news from state and federal biologists – they will see reduced salmon fishing opportunities in both the ocean and the Sacramento and Klamath River systems, due to low returns of spawning fish to the rivers last fall.

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Obama Signs California’s Poisoned Water Bill

The ECOreport reposts the story of a “good bill” spoiled by a highly controversial rider, Obama Signs California’s Poisoned Water Bill

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

In a slap in the face to fishermen, Tribes, environmental justice advocates, conservationists and family farmers, President Obama on Friday signed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law with its environmentally destructive Big Ag rider sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

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Overshooting Our Planet’s Resources

The ECOreport interviewed Greenpeace co-founder Rex Wyler about the role hydrocarbons have had in our civilization, climate change and how humanity is overshooting our planet’s resources. 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMRex Wyler spoke of a wolf pack that found a valley full of deer. Initially, they flourished and grew plentiful. Only they were too successful. They eventually ate all the deer and there was no food left for the wolves. Humanity is in a similar situation, overshooting our planet’s resources.

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California’s Destructive Drought Bill May Pass

An urgent appeal from Restore the Delta: California’s destructive Drought bill may pass. 

Originally Published on Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Senator Dianne Feinstein appears ready to sign off on HR 2898, after negotiations with Central Valley House Congressmen that want to over pump the San Francisco Bay-Delta, according to an action alert from Restore the Delta (RTD).

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Californians Get To Vote On the Delta Tunnels

Thanks to 932,966 signatures gathered by the “no blank cheque initiative,” it looks like Californians Get To Vote On the Delta Tunnels

Originally Published on the Elk Grove News

By Dan Bacher

Governor Jerry Brown has done everything he can to prevent his environmentally destructive Delta Tunnels Plan from being approved by a vote by the public, but California voters in the November 2016 election will get a chance to stop the tunnels and other multi-billion dollar government projects from going forward without voter approval if they approve a Constitutional Amendment.

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Replenishing Groundwater To Benefit Everyone

Can this be a solution to the critical water shortages in California’s San Joaquin Valley ? UC Davis claims this is Replenishing Groundwater To Benefit Everyone

Originally Published on UC Davis News

By Kat Kerlin

California’s aquifers are shrinking as more growers pump groundwater to keep crops alive. But that fertile farmland may also provide the means for replenishing groundwater to benefit everyone in the drought-stricken state.

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Restore The Delta’s “Over Troubled Waters”

There is more to California’s Water Crises than the drought. Some of the deeper issues are documented In Restore The Delta’s “Over Troubled Waters”

From Restore The Delta

Available for the first time for free to the public. Our award winning documentary narrated by Ed Begley, Jr. on the struggle to stop the water grab via the Delta tunnels project, and the ways to create a sustainable water supply for California. Grab a cold one and learn. View time 45 minutes. Sign our petition to stop the Delta tunnels boondoggle: http://bit.ly/NoCAWaterFix

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Zeke Grader, A Legendary Public Defender

Californians, fishermen, fishing communities and inhabitants of the Bay-Delta Estuary mourn the passing of Zeke Grader, a legendary public defender

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

Zeke Grader, a legendary defender of fish, fishing communities, the Bay-Delta Estuary and the public trust, passed away Monday night.

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