All Blog articles by Dan Bacher

Santa Barbara oil spill highlights dangers of offshore fracking and drilling

In the same region where questionable "marine protected areas" were created under the helm of a Big Oil lobbyist, state and federal government crews are cleaning up a big oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara. 

The spill from a ruptured pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline...


CDFW celebrates “Endangered Species Day” as it hastens species extinction

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the same agency that has presided over the collapse of winter run Chinook, Central Valley steelhead, Delta smelt, green sturgeon and other endangered and threatened species in recent years, on May 14 issued a press release proclaiming that...


North Coast organizes to fight drought related threats to rivers

Tribal water activists presented short films about threats to Northern California’s rivers from Governor Jerry Brown’s drought plans at Arcata’s D Street Community Center on the evening of Friday, May 8. 

The films included the Yurok Youth Fish Kill video, Sovereigns Water and the Shasta Dam...


May 11 is California Rivers Day at the Capitol


California Rivers Day 2015 is bringing together 25 river groups from across the state to speak up for rivers and call on state leaders to support sustainable drought solutions at noon on Monday, May 11th at the West Steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento.
The program will be preceded...

Governor Makes Three Appointments to Department of Water Resources

On May 1, Governor Jerry Brown announced the following changes in staff positions at the Department of Water Resources following Thursday's release of the revised Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).

The three people appointed to new positions at the Department - Richard Stapler, Nancy Vogel...


Almond acreage goes up 150,000 acres during record drought

California growers continue to expand their almond acreage in the state during the current drought while the Brown administration has mandated that urban families slash their water usage by 25 percent. 

California’s 2014 almond acreage is estimated at 1,020,000 acres, up 50,000 acres from...


Billionaire Stewart Resnick Is Advisor to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi

A lot of things about Beverly Hills billionaire Stewart Resnick, owner of Paramount Farms, and his wife, Lynda, are well-known.

Environmentalists have castigated the Resnicks, the largest orchard fruit growers in the world, and other corporate agribusiness interests for planting thousands...


California Fishing License Bill Passes Senate Natural Resources Committee

If a bill making its way through the California Legislature becomes law, anglers will be able to buy a recreational fishing license valid for a full 12 months from the date of puchase, rather than expiring at the end of the calendar year as is the case now.

A California State Senate...


Senator McGuire introduces legislation to forever ban CA offshore oil drilling

At an Earth Day press conference at the State Capitol, Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) announced the introduction of legislation, Senate Bill 788, to forever protect the coast of California from new offshore oil development in state waters.

McGuire appeared with other legislators and...


Commission approves fishing closure on Sacramento River section

The California Fish and Game Commission on April 17 unanimously approved a controversial emergency regulation by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to close 5.5 miles of spawning habitat in the Sacramento River above the city of Redding to protect winter-run Chinook...


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