All Blog articles by Dan Bacher

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,...


Delta smelt reaches new record low in fall survey

The Delta smelt, an indicator species that demonstrates the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, reached a new record low population level in 2014, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's fall midwater travel trawl survey that was released on Friday,...


Castagna, Bacher, Weatherby top Outdoors Hall of Fame class


The annual awards ceremony for the California Outdoor Hall of Fame will be at 4 pm on Saturday, January 10 in the California Sportsmen Theatre at the International Sportsmen's Exposition at Cal Expo in Sacramento.

Steelhead Numbers Alarmingly Low at Nimbus Fish Hatchery

(Sacramento) The upper section of the American River that has been closed to fishing since October 31 will reopen to steelhead fishing on January 1, 2015, but the outlook for the fishing is not promising, based on a very low fish count to date at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery.

This stretch of...


Endangered salmon die in drainage canal in Sutter Bypass

Endangered Sacramento River winter run-Chinook salmon, protected under both the state and federal Endangered Species Acts, are swimming up the Sacramento River toward their spawning grounds. 

Unfortunately, many of these fish, once one of the most abundant runs of fish on the Sacramento,...


Conservation groups call on Feinstein to oppose Valadao drought bill

Restore the Delta (RTD) and a coalition of environmental groups, fishing organizations and Indian Tribes today urged Senator Dianne Feinstein to keep her word regarding drought legislation and to ensure that H.R. 5781, Congressman David Valadao's salmon-killing "drought relief" bill, is not...


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