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EPA Comments put BDCP on Life Support; Prognosis Poor

The controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) that proposes to construct two 35-mile long tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to divert Sacramento River water to agricultural plantations in the deserts of southern California was placed on life support following … Continue reading

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CSPA Opposes Dam Building Water Bond

CSPA has carefully reviewed the provisions of Assembly Bill 1471, Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, which is on the 4 November 2014 ballot as Proposition 1, Water Bond, and concludes that it represents a grave and insidious … Continue reading

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CSPA Settles Stanislaus County Well Drilling Permit Lawsuit Against Certain Parties

On 27 August 2014, CSPA and Protecting Our Water and Environmental Resources (POWER) reached a settlement with nine defendants in one of two Stanislaus County lawsuits filed over drilling permits for wells without California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review.  The … Continue reading

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CSPA Sues Truck Maintenance Facility in Pacheco

On 26 August 2014, CSPA filed a lawsuit against Republic Services Inc. & Allied Waste Systems Inc. for violations of the substantive and procedural requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and California’s General Industrial Stormwater Permit. Republic Services/Allied Waste … Continue reading

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CSPA Wins Major Clean Water Act Lawsuit Against Water Board

The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) prevailed in a lawsuit against the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) regarding the wastewater discharge permit for the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (Treatment Plant).  Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael … Continue reading

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CSPA Files Complaint Against DWR, USBR for Illegal Diversion of Water

On 13 August 2014, CSPA filed a formal complaint with the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) alleging that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) have been illegal diverting and exporting water … Continue reading

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CSPA Assails Water Bond: A Return to 19th Century Solutions

On 13 August 2014, CSPA assailed Governor Brown’s $7.1 billion water bond as a poster-child of pork barrel politics, a rejection of 21st Century solutions and a return to the failures of the Dam Building era. Contrary to claims by … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Submit Comments on North Coast Flow Impaired Rivers

On 8 August, CSPA joined with Earth Law Center, PCFFA, California Coastkeeper Alliance, Friends of the Eel River, Karuk Tribe and the Russian and Klamath Riverkeepers in submitting comments on the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s (Regional Board) … Continue reading

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CSPA Issues Notice of Intent to Sue Sacramento Concrete Facility

On 6 August 2014, CSPA sent a Notice of Intent to Hanson Pipe and Precast, LLC for violations of the substantive and procedural requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and California’s General Industrial Stormwater Permit.  Hanson Pipe and Precast … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Submit Comments on State Board Agricultural Panel Recommendations

On 7 August 2014, CSPA joined the Otter Project, California Rural Legal Assistance, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and the California Coastkeeper Alliance in commenting on the recommendations of a … Continue reading

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CSPA Issues Notice of Intent to Sue Afterthought Mine East of Redding

On 6 August 2014, CSPA sent a Notice of Intent to sue Agricultural Management and Production Co, Inc. for failure to obtain an NPDES permit in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.  Agricultural Management and Production operates the Afterthought … Continue reading

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CSPA Issues Notice of Intent to Sue Greenhorn Mine Northwest of Redding

On 6 August 2014, CSPA sent a Notice of Intent to sue Elkhorn Mine LLC for failure to obtain an NPDES permit in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.  Elkhorn Mine LLC owns the abandoned Greenhorn Mine facility that … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Submit Comments on State Board Trash Control Amendments

On 5 August 2014, CSPA joined a coalition on environmental organization in commenting on the State Water Resource Control Board’s proposed amendments to the Statewide Water Quality Control Plans to Control Trash.  Trash impairs the health of both humans and … Continue reading

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CSPA’s Assessment of Historical Habitat Restoration in the Delta

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) proposes to create approximately 150,000 acres of habitat in the Delta to compensate for the diversion of another 2.5 million-acre-feet (MAF) of water around the estuary.  This newly restored habitat would be in addition … Continue reading

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CSPA Issues Notice of Intent to Sue Sonoma Industrial Facility

On 31 July 2014, CSPA sent a Notice of Intent to Soiland Co., Inc. for violations of the substantive and procedural requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and California’s General Industrial Stormwater Permit. Soiland Inc. operates a 30-acre industrial … Continue reading

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CSPA Submits BDCP Comments

On 28 July 2014, CSPA submitted comments on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated EIR/EIS.  The comments were focused on the various conservation elements, including the twin tunnels that will divert an average of 2.5 million acre feet … Continue reading

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CSPA Issues Notice of Intent to Sue Gilroy Landfill

On 21 July 2014, CSPA sent a Notice of Intent to Recology Inc. for violations of the substantive and procedural requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and California’s General Industrial Stormwater Permit. Recology Inc. operates the Recology Pacheco Pass … Continue reading

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Court Denies Injunction Sought to Stop Water Transfers to Protect Fish: Delta smelt on the scaffold

On 11 July 2014, Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill, of the U.S. District Court in Fresno California, denied a motion for preliminary injunction to stop the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) from transferring water through the south Delta export pumps to … Continue reading

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CSPA Sues Paradise Recycler

On 7 July 2014, CSPA filed a lawsuit against Northern Recycling & Waste for violations of the substantive and procedural requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and California’s General Industrial Stormwater Permit.  Northern Recycling & Waste operates a recycling … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Submit Comments on Grasslands Bypass Project

On 30 June 2014, CSPA and a broad coalition of environmental, fishing and tribal organizations submitted comments to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) regarding the proposed Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) for the Grasslands Bypass Project … Continue reading

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