Category Archives: State Board Bay-Delta Standards

CSPA Sues State Water Board to Prevent Fish Extinctions

On 4 August 2015, The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) and AquAlliance, collectively “Petitioners,” filed a lawsuit against the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) seeking declaratory and injunctive relief and a writ … Continue reading

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CSPA Protests Water Board’s Serial Weakening of Delta Fish Protection Standards

On 3 August 2015, CSPA filed a protest, objection and petition for reconsideration of the State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Board) issuance of a 3 July 2015 Order further weakening Bay-Delta water quality and flow standards protecting fish and … Continue reading

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CSPA Files Complaint Against SWRCB, USBR, DWR for Violations During Current Drought

On Tuesday, July 21 CSPA filed a complaint with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) against the SWRCB, US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), and California Department of Water Resources (DWR) alleging a multitude of serious water quality violations during … Continue reading

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CSPA Presentation on Sacramento Temperature Plan

On 24 June 2015, CSPA submitted a detailed presentation to the State Water Board’s workshop on drought issues, Delta flows and the revised Temperature Management Plan for the upper Sacramento River. Under the proposed plan temperature criteria would be increased … Continue reading

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CSPA Objects to Change in Delta Water Quality Standards

On 19 June 2015, CSPA, joined by the California Water Impact Network and AquAlliance, filed an extensive formal Objection to the 21 May 2015 Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP Petition) from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and California Department … Continue reading

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CSPA Sues Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, State Water Board and DWR to Prevent Fishery Extinctions

The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, California Water Impact Network, AquAlliance and Restore the Delta have filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief, under the Administrative Procedures Act, and a Petition for Writ of Mandate, under California Code of Civil … Continue reading

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CSPA Comments on the Crisis in Delta at SWRCB

On May 20, 2015 the State Water Board held a workshop to hear comments on its April 6 Order that approved relaxed Delta flow and water quality standards until June. During the public comment period CSPA’s Bill Jennings presented yet … Continue reading

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CSPA Protests Weakening Bay-Delta Flow and Water Quality Requirements

On May 6, 2015, CSPA, joined by CWIN, and AquAlliance, submitted a Protest, Objection and Petition for Reconsideration to the State Water Resources Control Board’s Temporary Urgency Change Order (TUCO) issued on April 6th. In the order the SWRCB continues to illegally fail to … Continue reading

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The News is Spreading: California cannot continue to ‘save water’ by depleting flows to endangered fisheries

On the heels of mandatory urban water conservation requirements, the news is spreading that reduced delta inflows are not enough to support endangered delta fish populations. The articles below take a look at how California’s limited water supply is being … Continue reading

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Fishermen, Delta Leaders: Exporters “Destroy Delta Smelt”

The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) and Restore the Delta issued a press release on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 documenting how State and federal fish agencies are failing to enforce laws to protect fisheries. Simply put, if endangered species become extinct, fault will … Continue reading

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CSPA Follows up at State Water Board on Economics, Fisheries and Water Deliveries

February 26, 2015 – In a supplementary filing to the State Water Board, CSPA submitted supporting information in opposition to weakening Delta flow and water quality standards as requested by the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation on … Continue reading

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CSPA Back before the State Water Board

February 18, 2015.  The State Water Board held a workshop on February 18, 2015 to hear comments on its February 3 Order that relaxed Delta flow and water quality standards in the Delta.  The Department of Water Resources, Bureau of … Continue reading

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CSPA Opposes Weakening of Delta Standards

February 13, 2015.  The State Water Project and Central Valley Project have doubled down on last year’s disastrous rollback of Delta flow and water quality standards. The Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation, operators of the state … Continue reading

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San Francisco Can Do Better Than Just Say No to Tuolumne Flow

Since 2009, representatives of the City and County of San Francisco have consistently advocated against flow increases in the lower Tuolumne River. In proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the State Water Board, San Francisco’s advocates have argued … Continue reading

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CSPA Works to Make Delta Flow Work

The 2010 Delta Flow Criteria Report announced findings by the State Water Board that additional flow into and out of the Delta was needed to restore fisheries. The Report stated: “In order to preserve the attributes of a natural variable … 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 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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State Board Again Weakens Bay-Delta Standards; Refuses to Enforce the Law; Fish Suffer

On 6 May 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) held an informal workshop on the latest changes to water quality and flow standards established to protect public trust resources in the Bay-Delta estuary. The Board, on 2 … Continue reading

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CSPA Protests Latest State Board Drought Temporary Urgency Change Order

On 28 April 2014, CSPA, CWIN and AquAlliance formally protested the State Water Resource Control Board’s latest Temporary Urgency Order further relaxing water quality criteria and flow standards in the Delta to expedite increased water exports.  The 18 April Order … 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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