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 … More Keats: California water projects rely on imaginary water

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 … More The delta tunnels — a project only engineers can love

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

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 … More Another Inspector General Report Slams Illegal Irrigator Subsidies

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

Delta Plan Overturned Ruling Slows Down the Twin Tunnels Project

http://www.independent.com/news/2016/jul/11/delta-plan-overturned/ Monday, July 11, 2016 by CAROLEE KRIEGER The recent move by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny to invalidate the Brown administration’s Delta Plan is good news for water reform advocates. The Delta Plan was an administration blueprint to restore the beleaguered Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta. That was its putative purpose, at least. In reality, it … More Delta Plan Overturned Ruling Slows Down the Twin Tunnels Project

Greenwashing Extinction 2016: The Clear Links between Delta Tunnels Plan and MLPA Initiative

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/6/14/1538516/-Greenwashing-Extinction-2016-The-Clear-Links-between-Delta-Tunnels-Plan-and-MLPA-Initiative By Dan Bacher  Tuesday Jun 14, 2016 · 9:58 AM PDT One of the least discussed issues in California environmental politics – and one of the most crucial to understanding Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels plan – is the clear connection between the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative and the California WaterFix, formerly called the Bay Delta Conservation … More Greenwashing Extinction 2016: The Clear Links between Delta Tunnels Plan and MLPA Initiative

Delta Flows Where Money Goes

Delta Flows: May 5, 2016 By Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla Restore the Delta has recently focused a lot of work on the relationship between Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) and San Luis Delta-Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA). Understanding the relationship between these two special (or special interest) water districts and their relationship with Westlands Water District of … More Delta Flows Where Money Goes

Don’t blame the smelt: The salmon too reflects the dire state of the California Delta

http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-abcarian-delta-smelt-20160506-column.html Robin Abcarian Robin AbcarianContact Reporter The delta smelt is: 1) A nearly extinct species that serves as a crucial barometer for the health of the California Delta. 2) A useless bait fish that deprives Central Valley farmers of critical water for their almond trees. 3) Delicious with cheese and crackers. That all depends on … More Don’t blame the smelt: The salmon too reflects the dire state of the California Delta

U.S. Taxpayers, Not Federal Water Contractors, Paying for Delta Tunnels Letter from U.S. BuRec confirms suspicions of conservation groups

Sacramento – In response to a January 25, 2016 letter sent by conservation groups, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Regional Director, David G. Murrillo has confirmed that federal taxpayers, not the federal water contractors, are footing the bills for the SF Bay-Delta water export tunnels (aka. The Delta Tunnels.) To date, more than $86.9 million of the costs for the … More U.S. Taxpayers, Not Federal Water Contractors, Paying for Delta Tunnels Letter from U.S. BuRec confirms suspicions of conservation groups