All Blog articles by Dan Bacher

Recreational anglers are cautiously optimistic about 2014 ocean salmon season.

February 26, 2015 — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife held its annual Salmon Information Meeting today in Santa Rosa, California. Abundance forecasts announced at this meeting point to mostly positive news for the state’s salmon anglers in 2015, according to a news release from...


Sacramento and Klamath salmon return numbers for 2014 released

As anglers get ready for the upcoming ocean and river salmon seasons, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) revealed that 212,000 adult fall-run Chinook salmon returned to spawn in the Sacramento River and its tributaries in 2014.

About 10,000 adult salmon returned to the San...


Action Alert: Stop Westlands from Draining the Delta!

Don't let the corporate welfare crybaby growers from the Westlands Water District pressure the water board to eviscerate environmental protections for California fisheries!

Restore the Delta has issued an urgent action alert calling everybody who cares about the Bay-Delta Estuary and the...

State Water Board’s Spiteful Order Avoids Law

The State Water Resources Board has served for decades as a shill for corporate agribusiness, Southern California water agencies, big oil companies and other water exporters - and the board's continuing service to the water contractors at the expense of fish and Delta farmers became evident...


Coalition urges Gov. Brown to shut down illegal injection wells

(Sacramento) Just two days after over 8,000 protesters marched through the streets of Oakland in the largest anti-fracking protest in U.S. history, documents released by state regulators revealed that thousands of oil and gas wells and hundreds of illegally operating oil industry...


Federal fish agency opposes Shasta Dam raise


The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, fishing groups and environmentalists have been fighting a federal plan to raise Shasta Dam for many years, since the 18-1/2 foot proposed dam raise would flood many of the Tribe's remaining sacred sites and further imperil salmon and steelhead populations on the...

Steelhead begin to trickle into American River

(Sacramento) More steelhead are finally showing at Nimbus Fish Hatchery on the American River, although the fish reported to date are just a fraction of what would normally be trapped by hatchery staff to date.

The hatchery trapped 18 new fish on Tuesday, January 20, bringing the total to...


Oil lobbyist/former MLPA chair praises release of fracking EIR

The oil industry welcomed the release of the California Natural Resources Agency’s draft environmental impact report of fracking operations in California, while environmental groups slammed the report for failing to address the many major risks posed by the controversial well stimulation...


Jerry Brown’s True “Green” Legacy: The Death of the Delta?

The following is a revised transcript of the presentation that I gave when I was inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame by Tom Stienstra, Outdoor Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and award-winning author, at the ISE Show in Sacramento on January 11.

Tom Stienstra suggested...


Tunnel critics respond to secret settlement as Delta smelt nears extinction

When you think that things can't get worse in the toxic nightmare that is California water politics, be assured - "Yes, They Can!" 

Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Governor Jerry Brown's rush to build massive Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms,...


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