All Blog articles by Dan Bacher

State and feds release Central Valley salmon restoration plans

The federal and state fishery agencies yesterday jointly released their two plans to restore Central Valley salmon and steelhead as California's people and fish struggle with a historic drought - and poor management of northern California reservoirs including Shasta, Oroville and Folsom. more ››

Department of Water Resources Faces $60 Million Shortfall

Group says taxpayers and ratepayers are on the hook for BDCP   

It appears that California is not only running out of water during the drought, but it is running out of money to move that water because of mismanagement, according to the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). 



Department of Conservation stops injection of fracking waste


In a move welcomed by anti-fracking activists, the California Department of Conservation has shut down oil and gas water injection sites over concerns that toxic waste from hydraulic fracturing operations may be threatening drinking water supplies during a historic drought. 

According to...

New Report Reveals the Lure of Recreational Fishing Remains Strong

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The lure of recreational fishing remains strong, according to the 2014 Special Report on Fishing released on July 16 by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and the Outdoor Foundation at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show (ICAST)...


Protesters urge Brown to protect California’s water by banning fracking

As the State Water Resources Control Board approved new emergency regulations to fine residential "water hogs" up to $500 a day, Californians Against Fracking urged Governor Jerry Brown to ban the environmentally destructive, water intensive oil drilling practice known as hydraulic...


Federal judge denies motion to block water transfers

Is Fresno judge's decision a 'death warrant' for Delta smelt?   

In major setback to Delta smelt recovery efforts, a federal judge on July 11 denied a motion by an environmental group and fishing organization for a preliminary injunction against water transfers from northern California to...


Big rally against the tunnels set for July 29!

July 29 will be the last day for public comment on Governor Jerry Brown's Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels.

I urge everybody to join Restore the Delta at a rally marking this date at the State Capitol in Sacramento and in raising the ongoing message “NO...


American River fish hatcheries evacuated as water is mismanaged

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) evacuated about 1 million rainbow trout from the American River Fish Hatchery and nearly 430,000 fingerling steelhead from Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Rancho Cordova by June 30. 

This was due to concerns that the cold water pool in Folsom...


Delta farmer files ‘No Blank Checks Initiative’

Dean Cortopassi, the Stockton area farmer known for the many television, radio and TV ads against the peripheral canal and tunnels that he sponsored during the Schwarzenegger administration, filed a request On Friday, June 17, with the Attorney General’s office for a title and summary for a...


Delta group reveals Brown water bond is not ‘tunnels neutral’


California Governor Jerry Brown last week discussed with state legislators his outline for a $6 billion water bond to replace the $11.1 billion bond currently on the November ballot. 

His proposal for the "Water Action Plan Financing Act of 2014" includes $2 billion for storage, $1.5...

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