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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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San Francisco Chronicle: Dissent brews over governor’s $16 billion water project

By Kurtis Alexander July 26, 2016

By the time the Sacramento River winds its more-than-400-mile course from the slopes of Mount Shasta past the state capital, it’s well into its leisurely stride, running slowly by fields of sweet corn, tomatoes and alfalfa.

But this lazy stretch of river, just south of Sacramento, is a metaphorical whitewater. The rural Sacramento County town of Hood, at the north end of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, is where state and federal authorities have […]

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Restore the Delta rebuts the latest “Fast Facts” from Delta Tunnel backers

by Restore the Delta, July 5, 2016

On June 30, 2016 the California Natural Resources Agency put out another “fact sheet” extolling the virtues of the proposed California WaterFix (Delta Tunnels).

This new effort is entitled “Fast Facts” and like most of the claims made by tunnel proponents, it plays fast and loose with the facts.

Let’s take a deeper dive into some of the claims made in this new public relations effort…

CLAIM: Secure clean water […]

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Press release: Weed CA citizens and Weed Area Water Alliance sue City of Weed and Roseburg Forest Products to protect water rights, environment

From: Weed Area Water Alliance (W.A.W.A.) Press Contact: Vicki Gold 530.926.4206 ~victoria7@snowcrest.net

On June 23, long-time citizens of Weed and a newly formed citizens group, Weed Area Water Alliance, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Sacramento against the City of Weed and Roseburg Forest Products Company in response to their recent signing of a Water Lease Agreement. The lawsuit challenges the claim by the City that approval of the Water Lease Agreement did not require full review under the […]

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Groups that backed lawsuits challenging Delta Plan hail Superior Court decision

Sacramento, CA – Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny yesterday clarified his May 18, 2016 decision that the Delta Stewardship Council’s 2013 Delta Plan is now vacated and invalid. That clarification became final at a hearing today.

In 2013, the Delta Stewardship Council adopted a Delta Plan which established policies and made recommendations for the management and sustainability of the estuary. A total of seven lawsuits were filed soon after that, challenging the sufficiency and legality of the Delta Plan and […]

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Judge rules Delta Plan is “invalid”

by Dan Bacher

Judge Michael Kenny of the Sacramento Superior Court today ruled that the Delta Plan is “invalid” after a successful legal challenge by multiple Delta parties who argued that the controversial plan is not protective of the water quality or the fish species that depend on fresh water flows for their survival.

The Court, in its tentative ruling vacating the plan, said the Delta Stewardship Council must redo the Delta Plan to include a number of quantitative measures […]

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Water releases from Shasta Dam could lead to trouble for salmon

As this story details, this year’s average Sierra snowpack is melting early, raising concerns about the effect of water releases from Shasta Dam on endangered fish.

Farm interests lobbied for water releases in June, which began this week, but will enough extra water be available later in the year to ensure that winter-run salmon can make it up the Sacramento River in the deeper, cooler water they need to survive? Another year of die-offs might mean the extinction of […]

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