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Nestlé Can Keep Piping Water Out of Drought-Stricken California Despite Permit Expiring in 1988

In a major setback for environmental groups, a federal judge in California has tossed out allegations that the U.S. Forest Service allowed Nestlé’s bottled water operation to take water from the San Bernardino National Forest on a permit that expired back in 1988.

The decision regards a lawsuit filed against the Forest Service in October 2015 by the Courage Campaign Institute, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Story of Stuff Project. The groups alleged that the agency was […]

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Brown to Water Board: Fast Track River Flows Settlement to Fill Delta Tunnels

Additional river flows necessary to make Delta tunnels pencil out economically and environmentally

Restore the Delta’s executive director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla has released the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s September 19, 2016 letter to Chair Felicia Marcus of the State Water Resources Control Board regarding the need for comprehensive agreements on environmental flows for both the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers. To read the Governor’s letter, click here.

“While Restore the Delta has pushed for a […]

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Today, Sept. 20, and tomorrow: Two Run4Salmon events

Support the Winnemem Wintu Tribe at the Run4Salmon, “a 300-mile trek that follows the historical journey of the salmon from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the Winnemem (McCloud River) to raise awareness about the policies threatening our waters, our fish, and indigenous lifeways. It’s a dire time in California for wild chinook salmon (Nur) – climate change, giant dam projects and draining rivers for Big Ag irrigation threaten the survival of the keystone keepers of our waters.”

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Directly drinking treated wastewater could be in Californians’ future

For the first time, California regulators have warmed to the idea of directly serving up treated sewer water to residents, underscoring the difficulty officials have had in uniting around alternative means of setting the state’s water policy on stable foundations.

Direct use “A new report released by the State Water Resources Control Board last week outlines what needs to happen before drinking treated wastewater, also known as ‘direct potable reuse,’ becomes a reality,” Southern California Public Radio reported. In sum, […]

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Restore the Delta: Unreleased Analysis Shows Delta Tunnels Will Require $6.5B Subsidy from State and Federal Taxpayers

Note: You can scroll down to media coverage at the bottom of this post.

A recent Public Records Act request from the CA Department of Water Resources, delivered to Restore the Delta, uncovered a draft economic analysis for Governor Brown’s Delta tunnels project authored by Dr. David Sunding of the Brattle Group from Fall 2015.

Read the PRA documents here.

The state’s cost benefit analysis calls for a $4.6 billion Federal taxpayer subsidy for the project to cover […]

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Run 4 Salmon seeks to protect fish, habitat, and tradition

It’s a dire time for wild Chinook salmon in California. Climate change, dam operations, watershed clear-cuts and the diversion of rivers for irrigation all threaten the survival of this keystone species.

To highlight the peril and demand action, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and a collective of Indigenous women, activists and allies are embarking on a 300-mile trek from the California Bay Delta to Mt. Shasta, re-creating the upstream swim of the salmon’s return to its native spawning grounds. They are […]

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Susana De Anda honored at White House event

Congratulations to Community Water Center Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Susana De Anda, who was honored by the White House as one of ten “White House Champions of Change for Climate Equity” in July. De Anda was a leader in California’s long fight to pass the nation’s first statewide Human Right to Water legislation, and for the past decade she has worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone in the state enjoys clean, safe, and affordable drinking water.

The passage of the […]

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A look at the couple who use more water than LA and San Francisco combined

Here’s a long read from Mother Jones, but a good one: Lynda and Stewart Resnick have sold consumers on Wonderful pistacios and Halo/Cutie mandarin oranges, own vast groves of grapefuirt, oranges, and lemons, plus Fiji Water and Teleflora. Their success is built in part on a mastery of California’s water rules, to the point where “they are now thought to consume more of the state’s water than any other family, farm, or company… more of it in some years […]

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Residents turn out to object to water grab

Blocked from bottling Cascade Locks water thanks to a referendum passed earlier this year in Hood River County, Oregon, Nestlé has its eyes on Washington State. But so far things aren’t going to plan.

An attempt to move operations to the town of Waitsburg, WA, for instance, resulted in angry residents packing a City Council meeting to object. According to one attendee, “I went to the first meeting held by the City Council and most of the citizens were absolutely […]

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Delta Tunnels: Restoring An Estuary by Diverting Its Water?

by Dan Bachter, Daily KOS

After covering fish, water, and environmental justice issues in California and the West for over 30 years as an investigative journalist, I’ve concluded that the California Water Fix, the new name for the Delta Tunnels, is the most environmentally devastating public works project I’ve ever encountered.

I’ve published hundreds of articles about the Delta Tunnels, Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to divert Sacramento River water 30 miles under the California Delta to facilitate its export to […]

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