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The Reporter editorial: Delta Plan misses main point

Vacaville’s The Reporter printed the following editorial that reinforced some of the arguments we have been making against the ill-conceived Bay Delta Plan,, although the proposed solution of desalinization is not a good one:

Editorial: Delta Plan Misses Main Point

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan took a dramatic turn last week, acknowledging some of the […]

Nestle CEO argues that access to water is not a human right

Nestle’s CEO Peter Brabeck argues that water is not a human right but another foodstuff that needs to be priced and then goes on to say the overriding responsibility of a CEO is to make profits. And then he wonders why non-profit groups don’t want to leave decisions about our water the hands of profiteers?

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Acid joins water as contaminants in planned fracking boom

An article by David Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle, Acidizing could rival fracking in the Monterrey Shale, has pointed to a growing practice of using powerful acids to dissolve rock and free petroleum within. In addition to the high volume of water that is frequently used, it poses yet another dangerous risk to groundwater […]

Peak water in the American West

In an excellent blog on scienceblog.com, Peter Gleick argues that the plethora of stories of droughts, dropping reservoir levels and irrational water engineering projects point to the need to:

acknowledge that we’ve reached peak water in the American west. We have promised more water to users than nature provides. Until demand and supply are brought […]

Clean Water or Clearcuts for Oregon?

Video: Clean Water or Clearcuts for Oregon? Amy Kober of American Rivers in Water Currents on August 27, 2013

 

 

 

Big decisions are looming for management of 2.8 million acres of Oregon’s public forestlands – an area covering the size of more than eight Crater Lake National Parks. Because legislation concerning management […]

Let the river flow: victory for indigenous people and salmon

By Terry Winckler: There are few victories sweeter and more dramatic than the one just wrested by Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman and his tribal allies in a Fresno, California courtroom last week. They did nothing less than save an entire run of chinook salmon from a corporate grab of the water needed by those fish […]

Feds give away fish water to same growers suing over Trinity releases

Post by by Dan Bacher cross-posted from fishsniffer.com. Over 60 members of the Hoopa Valley Tribe rallied in front of the federal courthouse in Fresno on August 21 as U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill held a hearing regarding the temporary restraining order obtained. by Westlands Water District and the San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water […]

Do Oregon’s clear-cut and pesticide buffers protect drinking water from creeks, rivers?

By Scott Learn, The Oregonian on August 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM, updated August 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM

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ROCKAWAY BEACH — From her front porch, Nancy Webster has a clear view of the hills just east of the coast highway, a western hemlock forest that’s home to Rockaway Beach‘s water supply.

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Ocean fracking should be no surprise

(Edited version of article by Dan Bacher, crossposted from Daily Kos and Fishsniffer.com). The California Coastal Commission, under intense pressure from legislators and environmental activists, pledged Thursday, August 15 at its meeting in Santa Cruz to investigate reports of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) for oil in ocean waters in the Santa Barbara Channel.

“Blindsided by revelations […]

Peripheral tunnels will provide water for fracking

(Edited version of article by Dan Bacher) There is growing concern that one of the key driving factors behind the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is the water that it will provide for expanding fracking operations.

Certainly the oil industry has been spending plenty of money in Sacramento to push for expansion of oil drilling […]