All Blog articles by Dan Bacher

Ami Bera introduces bill to block federal funding for BDCP

On September 9, Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) introduced a bill with Congressmen Jerry McNerney (CA-09) and John Garamendi (CA-03) to block FY 2015 federal funds from being used for California’s controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels. 

The Brown...


Winnemem Wintu Tribe Will Hold War Dance at Shasta Dam

Dam The Indians Anyway - War Dance at Shasta Dam 

Shasta Dam, on the Sacramento River north of Redding, will be the site of a "War Dance" held by the Winnemem (McCloud River) Wintu from September 11 through September 15. 

The Tribe will also hold a press conference at 3 pm on Wednesday,...


Governor Brown makes false claims about tunnel plan during debate

The Republican and Democratic Party establishments have been steadfast supporters of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels, so Neil Kashkari, the Republican challenger to Governor Jerry Brown, surprised many when he attacked Brown't tunnels plan during the...


Tunnel Opponents: BDCP Is On Life Support

Opponents of Governor Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan quickly responded to the state and federal governments' decision to delay the $67 billion proposed project following the 43-page comment letter by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) slamming the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s...


Judge rejects Westlands bid to stop releases for Klamath salmon

As members of the Hoopa Valley, Yurok, Karuk, Winnemem Wintu and other Tribes and their allies held a “Bring Our Water Rally” at Lewiston Dam Wednesday, a federal judge in Fresno rejected a motion by San Joaquin Valley agribusiness interests to block emergency water releases to avert a fish...


Bay Delta Conservation Plan Delayed!

State officials announced Wednesday that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels will be delayed and a new plan, EIR/EIS and implementing agreement will be drafted, followed by the beginning of a new public comment period. 

The decision was made after the...


Reclamation releases additional flows to avert Klamath River fish kill!

After a big protest by the Yurok, Karuk and Hoopa Valley Tribes and their supporters at the Bureau of Reclamation offices in Sacramento on August 19, Reclamation announced on Friday, August 22, that it would release additional water from Trinity Reservoir to supplement flows in the lower...


Big Oil has spent over $63 million on lobbying in Sacramento since 2009


While there are many powerful industries based in California, ranging from the computer and high tech industry to corporate agribusiness, no industry has more influence over the state's environmental policies than Big Oil. 

An ongoing analysis of reports filed with the California...

Tribal protesters urge Secretary Jewell to stop Klamath River fish kill

Tribal members from the Trinity and Klamath rivers, carrying an array of colorful signs, converged on a press conference in Redding, California on Tuesday, August 12 to urge Sally Jewell, Obama's Secretary of Interior, to release Trinity River water out of Lewiston Dam to stop a massive...


Water bond includes $485 million to buy water for Brown’s death tunnels

Yesterday Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and over two dozen agricultural, water, environmental, labor and corporate representatives called for action on Brown's controversial revised water bond, while defenders of the Delta and...


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