Paper Water

Paper Water – Don’t Waste California’s Water Future See Patagonia’s Founder, Yvon Chouinard, speak on behalf of California Water Impact Network about the devastating impact of Paper Water on California. Have you heard of paper water?  Click here for full video https://vimeo.com/226513260    

Federal Scientists Find Delta Tunnels Plan Will Devastate Salmon

By Dan Bacher, Dailykos.com. 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 an interview in December of 2016. (www.sacbee.com/…) However, federal scientists …

The Untold Story of the Oroville Dam Crisis: The Corporate Money Behind CA Water Politics

http://www.elkgrovenews.net/2017/02/the-untold-story-of-oroville-dam-crisis.html By Dan Bacher, Elk Grove News. In all of the intense media coverage of Oroville Dam spillway fiasco over the past couple of weeks, the mainstream media haven’t yet discussed the real issue behind the disaster: corporate control of California water politics. The reason why state officials and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ignored a previous warning by Friends of the River, the …

Keats: California water projects rely on imaginary water

http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/27/keats-california-water-projects-are-based-on-imaginary-water/ By Adam Keats, Mercury News. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and San Joaquin Valley agribusiness would have us believe that bureaucratic red tape and blind adherence to environmental laws are holding back the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project, preventing water from being delivered to thirsty farms and cities. Aside from pushing a false conflict between farms and fish, …

State Heavyweights Flex on Santa Barbara Water

http://www.independent.com/news/2016/dec/15/state-heavyweights-flex-santa-barbara-water/ By Nick Welsh, Santa Barbara Independent. Two of the highest ranking officials in state government descended on Santa Barbara County this Monday to assure local politicians and water agency directors they recognize the severity of the county’s drought-inflicted water shortage and that help — in the form of grants, bonds, and low-interest loans — was available for water infrastructure solutions. But they made …

The delta tunnels — a project only engineers can love

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-leslie-costs-and-benefits-delta-tunnel-20161120-story.html By Jacques Leslie, Los Angeles Times A generation ago the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta tunnel project might have made a certain kind of sense. California’s lakes and rivers had been so thoroughly replumbed by dams, drains, pumps, canals and aqueducts that the state already contained the world’s most engineered water system — so why not add one more megaproject to …

Lawsuit over Paso Robles vineyard wells reveal growing water fight

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Lawsuit-over-Paso-Robles-Wells By Lynn Alley, Wine Spectator “A lawsuit in California’s Paso Robles wine region could impact how vintners in an increasingly thirsty region get their water. The suit raises questions about permits that allow tapping of deep underground aquifers—tapping that geologists and environmentalists argue is causing California farmland to literally sink. In a state plagued by years of drought, one …

Seafood’s new normal: California’s coastal ecosystem — and the fisheries that depend on it — are in the grip of a huge disruption

http://projects.sfchronicle.com/2016/california-seafood-collapse/ By Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle In the shallow waters off Elk, in Mendocino County, a crew from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife dived recently to survey the area’s urchin and abalone populations. Instead of slipping beneath a canopy of leafy bull kelp, which normally darkens the ocean floor like a forest, they found a barren landscape …

Another Inspector General Report Slams Illegal Irrigator Subsidies

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/10/25/1586696/-Another-Inspector-General-Report-Slams-Illegal-Irrigator-Subsidies by Dan Bacher Has the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation become a rogue agency within the Department of Interior? It’s beginning to look like that, based on recent Inspector General reports documenting the loss of millions of taxpayer dollars through Reclamation mismanagement in the Klamath Basin and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. On the heels of an Inspector General audit finding that …

Why are we sending precious water downstream for fish in the middle of a drought? Here’s why.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-salmon-20161021-snap-story.html By Los Angeles Times – Editorial Board . . .   California is not merely a political jurisdiction drawn on a map. Even without the human artifice of state lines, it exists as a physically and ecologically distinct place, characterized and enriched by iconic species that live only here — the California condor, the giant sequoia, the golden trout, …