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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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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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CSPA Issues Notice of Intent to Sue Gilroy Recycler

On 1 July 2014, CSPA sent a Notice of Intent to Pacific Coast Recycling for violations of the substantive and procedural requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and California’s General Industrial Stormwater Permit. Pacific Coast Recycling operates a one-acre … Continue reading

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CSPA Sues Gilroy Food Processor

On 23 June 2014, CSPA filed a lawsuit against Olam West Coast, Inc. for violations of the federal Clean Water Act and California’s General Industrial Stormwater Permit.  Olam operates a 46-acre industrial facility in Gilroy that manufactures and distributes of … Continue reading

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CSPA, AquAlliance File for Preliminary Injunction Against Water Transfer

On 13 June 2014, CSPA and AquAlliance filed a motion in federal District Court for a preliminary injunction to restrain and enjoin the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) from carrying out or approving the transfer of up to 175,226 acre-feet … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Submit Comments on USEPA Selenium Standards

On 13 June 2014, CSPA and a broad coalition of environmental and fishing groups submitted comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s draft aquatic life ambient water quality criteria for selenium in freshwater.  The comments quote from previous scientific reviews … Continue reading

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CSPA Sues USBR Over Water Transfers

On 11 June 2014, CSPA and AquAlliance filed a lawsuit in federal District Court against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) over its inadequate disclosure, avoidance of impacts, and mitigation of major water transfers from the Sacramento Valley through the … Continue reading

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CSPA, EWC Submit Extensive BDCP Comments

On 11 June 2014, the Environmental Water Caucus, of which CSPA is a member, submitted 259 pages of scathingly critical detailed comments on the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS). … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Submit Comments on Cost Allocation for Central Valley Project

On 4 June 2014, CSPA and a coalition of fishing and environmental organizations submitted comments to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) concerning the proposed cost allocation methodology for the federal Central Valley Project.  The comments point out that, among … Continue reading

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CSPA Sues Ready Mix Concrete Facility in Lincoln

On 21 May 2014, CSPA filed a lawsuit against Sue Syar Concrete, LLC, which operates a ready mix concrete facility in Lincoln California.  The facility discharges pollutants to Markham Ravine, which flows into Auburn Ravine and ultimately the Sacramento River. … Continue reading

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CSPA Sues Sacramento Concrete Manufacturing Facility

On 21 May 2014, CSPA filed a lawsuit against Jensen Precast for violations of the substantive and procedural requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and California’s General Industrial Stormwater Permit. The 12-acre Sacramento concrete facility discharges polluted stormwater to … Continue reading

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CSPA Files Lawsuit Against Sacramento Auto Recycler

On 21 May 2014, CSPA filed a lawsuit against Pick-N-Pull Auto Dismantlers for violations of the substantive and procedural requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and California’s General Industrial Stormwater Permit.  Pick-N-Pull operates a 15-acre automobile dismantling facility on … Continue reading

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CSPA Submits Comments on State Board Attack on Water Rights System

On 19 May 2014, CSPA and CWIN submitted comments for the State Water Resource Control Board’s (Board) workshop on options for drought related curtailments of post-1914 water rights in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.  The Board has proposed a series … Continue reading

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CSPA Submits Comments on Recycled Water Discharge Requirements

On 20 May 2014, CSPA submitted comments on the proposed General Order Waste Discharge Requirements for Recycled Water by the State Water Resources Control Board.  The Order will regulate the discharge of recycled water to land and surface waters.  CSPA … Continue reading

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CSPA and Two Fishing and Environmental Coalitions Oppose Feinstein Drought Bill

On 19 May 2014, CSPA and a broad coalition of commercial and sport fishing organizations sent a letter to Senators Feinstein, Boxer, Reid and Merkley expressing opposition to S. 2198 and on 16 May 2014, CSPA joined the Environmental Water … Continue reading

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CSPA Protests Latest State Board Drought Urgency Order

On 13 May 2014, CSPA, CWIN and AquAlliance filed a formal Protest, Objection and Request for Reconsideration of the State Water Resources Control Board’s 2 May 2014 Temporary Urgency Drought Order.  The Order represents the eighth time within ninety days … Continue reading

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CSPA Joins EWC in Requesting BDCP Time Extension

On 16 May 2014, CSPA joined the Environmental Water Caucus in requesting that the public comment period for the BDCP EIR/EIS be extended for a minimum of 60 days.  The extension was requested because the BDCP proponents had failed to … Continue reading

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CSPA Joins Coalition in Urging Protection for Wild & Scenic Rivers

On 16 May 2014, CSPA joined Friends of the River and 40 other environmental, fishing and whitewater organizations in expressing opposition to H.R. 3964 in separate letters to Senators Udall, Feinstein and Boxer.  The Bill attempts to commandeer water from … Continue reading

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