All Blog articles by Dan Bacher

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...
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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...

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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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Jerry Brown signs legislation to extend water bond deadline

Governor Jerry Brown on August 11 signed legislation to extend the deadline to place a new water bond on the November ballot by 48 hours. 

“Today’s legislative action provides additional time to get an acceptable water bond -- one that’s affordable and considers the needs of all...

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Bay Delta Conservation Plan opponents ask Brown to release water bond language

In an email sent to his campaign supporters on August 5, Governor Jerry Brown called for a “no frills, no pork” $6 billion bond that would be “tunnels neutral.” 

Opponents of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s proposed $67 billlion tunnels quickly challenged the claim that the bond is”...

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Will Obama administration inaction lead to another Klamath River fish kill?

In September 2002, Dan Carter, fishing guide, called to tell me that a massive fish kill was taking place on the lower Klamath River. He soon turned the phone over to Walt Lara, Yurok Tribal Elder, who emphasized the scope of the disaster unfolding at the time. 

"The fish kill is a lot...

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