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CSPA Issues Notice of Intent to Sue Sacramento Concrete Facility

On 13 March 2014, CSPA sent a Notice of Intent to Sue 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 … Continue reading

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CSPA Issues Notice of Intent to Sue Concrete Facility in Lincoln

On 13 March 2014, CSPA sent a Notice of Intent to Sue Syar Concrete, LLC, which operates a ready mix concrete facility in Lincoln California.  The notice letter alleges that the facility illegally discharges pollutants to Markham Ravine, which flows … Continue reading

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CSPA Settles Lawsuit Against Pittsburg Chemical Facility

On 10 March 2014, CSPA settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit Criterion Catalysts & Technologies, LP, a 30-acre industrial inorganic chemical facility in Pittsburg, for violations of the federal Clean Water Act and their California General Industrial Stormwater Permit.  The … Continue reading

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Court Strikes Down Environmental Review of Kern Water Bank

On 5 March 2014, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley ruled that the EIR for the operation of the Kern Water Bank, the nation’s largest underground water-banking operation, failed to comply with basic requirements of the California Environmental Quality … Continue reading

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CSPA Protests State Board’s Drought Urgency Order

CSPA, CWIN and AquAlliance have filed a formal protest against the State Water Resource Control Board’s (State Board) Order Approving a Temporary Urgency Change in License and Permit Terms and Conditions Requiring Compliance with Delta Water Quality Objectives in Response … Continue reading

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CSPA Submits Comments on Industrial General Permit

On 4 March 2014, CSPA submitted additional comments on the latest draft of the revised General Industrial Stormwater Permit to the State Water Resources Control Board.  The permit regulates the discharge of polluted stormwater from over 9,000 industrial facilities in … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Protest State Water Contract Provisions

On 3 March 2014, CSPA and a Coalition of environmental, fishing and tribal groups wrote Mark Cowin, Director of the Department of Water Resources (DWR), asking they he deny proposed changes in the water supply contracts that would shift fish … Continue reading

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CSPA Adopts Drought Position Paper

CSPA, along with the California Water Impact Network and AquAlliance, have adopted a general drought position paper.  The paper points out that, while drought occurs approximately 40% of the time in California, there is sufficient water for our cities, responsible … Continue reading

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California Committee on Salmon and Steelhead Recommends No BDCP

On 26 February 2014, the California Advisory Committee on Salmon and Steelhead Trout sent California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton Bonham a letter recommending that the Department deny an incidental take permit and Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP) … Continue reading

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CSPA Requests Urgent Actions to Protect Delta and Longfin Smelt

On 20 February 2014, in a letter to California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, CSPA requested that the agencies take urgent action to protect Delta smelt and longfin smelt during the present … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Submit Comments on Biological Objectives for Freshwater Streams and Rivers

On 21 February 2014, CSPA joined Heal the Bay, California Coastkeeper Alliance, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, Environment California and others in submitting comments to the State Water Resources Control Board in support of … Continue reading

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CSPA Testifies at State Water Board Drought Urgency Hearing

On 18 and 19 February 2014, CSPA testified at the State Water Resource Control Board’s workshop regarding the drought urgency petition filed by the Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Water Board’s temporary order, issued … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalitions Thank Feinstein, Boxer and Urge Continued Support for Sane Drought Policies

On 9 February 2014, CSPA joined PCFFA, Golden Gate Salmon Association, Golden Gate Fishermen’s Association, Coastside Fishing Club and Water4fish in sending a letter to California Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer thanking them for opposing the disastrous HR 3964 … Continue reading

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CSPA Appeals Westside SJR WDRs for Irrigated Lands to State Water Board

On 7 February 2014, CSPA and CWIN appealed the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s approval of general waste discharge requirements (WDRs) for growers within the Western San Joaquin River Watershed that are members of a Third Party Group … Continue reading

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CSPA Files Lawsuit Against Santa Cruz Concrete Facility

On 7 February 2014, CSPA filed a lawsuit against Las Animas Concrete and Building Supply Inc., in Santa Cruz California for substantive and procedural violations of the federal Clean Water Act and California’s General Industrial Stormwater Permit.  The lawsuit alleges … Continue reading

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CSPA, EWC Oppose HR 3964

CSPA and the thirty-plus members of the Environmental Water Caucus submitted a letter opposing HR 3964 to the Speaker and Minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The proposed legislation, authored by Representative David Valadao of Hanford and described … Continue reading

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CSPA Opposes Contract Extension for Bay-Delta Plan Consultant

CSPA has requested that a proposed contract extension for ICF Jones & Stokes  (ICF) be removed from the State Water Board’s 4 February 2014 consent calendar and rescheduled for a subsequent State Board meeting.  ICF is a huge international consulting … Continue reading

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CSPA Issues Notice of Intent to Sue City of Watsonville

On 1 February 2014, CSPA sent a Notice of Intent to Sue to the City of Watsonville’s Municipal Service Center.  The notice letter alleges that the recycling and solid waste processing facility illegally discharges pollutants into the City’s storm sewer … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Submit Comments on State Water Project Contract Extension

On 29 January 2014, CSPA joined PCL, Sierra Club, Environmental Water Caucus, PCFFA, C-WIN, Southern California Watershed Alliance and CA Save Our Streams Council in submitting comments on the extension of the State Water Project water supply contracts.  The comments … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Call for Drought Action Plan to Save Salmon Fisheries

The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, Golden Gate Salmon Association, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Association and Coastside Fishing Club have called upon the Secretaries of Interior, Commerce and California’s Natural Resource Agency to convene a joint emergency meeting to save … Continue reading

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