Category Archives: Water Quality

CSPA, Environmental Water Caucus Submit Comments on the California Water Fix

On October 6, 2015 the Environmental Water Caucus, a coalition of groups including CSPA, submitted comments on the BDCP Delta Water Tunnels project Recirculated Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS (RDEIR/SDEIS). The letter draws from previously submitted comments, including a July 2014 … Continue reading

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CSPA Files Amended Lawsuit Against State Water Board

On 16 September 2015, attorneys for CSPA, CWIN and AquAlliance filed an amended lawsuit against the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) seeking declaratory and injunctive relief invalidating the SWRCB’s pattern and practice policy of weakening water quality protection standards … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Win Major Lawsuit Against State Over Farm Pollution

On 10 August 2015, CSPA, the Otter Project, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water and an elderly woman who was deprived of drinking water because of agricultural pollution prevailed in an important … Continue reading

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CSPA Protests State Board Approval of Sacramento Temperature Plan

On 6 August 2015, CSPA, CWIN and AquAlliance filed a formal protest, petition for hearing and petition for reconsideration of the State Water Resources Control Boards approval of the Sacramento River Temperature Management Plan. The protest states that the weakening … Continue reading

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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 State Board, Bureau of Reclamation for Violations of Laws Protecting Sacramento River Chinook Salmon

The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) has filed a formal complaint against the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) for violations of the Water Quality Control Plan for the Sacramento River and San … 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 Seeks to Protect Sacramento River from High Temperature and Toxic Metal Wastewater Discharges

In January 2013, CSPA filed a lawsuit against the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) for violations of the Clean Water Act in issuing a permit to the Sacramento Regional Sanitation District (SacRegional) for wastewater discharges to … 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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Support CSPA’s Actions to Enforce the Clean Water Act

CSPA is working with Lawyers for Clean Water, Inc. on a Clean Water Act enforcement action against an industrial facility near the Stanislaus River in Oakdale. Stormwater discharges from the dairy feed manufacturing and heavy equipment storage facility flow into … 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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Five-Year Water Board Process Comes Up Short For Rivers during Historic Drought

On April 8, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board rejected an urgent appeal of a coalition of conservation, tribal and fishing groups to formally recognize Northern California Rivers and Steads as “impaired” under the Clean Water Act. CSPA has been … Continue reading

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CSPA Continues the Fight with Central Valley Regional Board for Immediate Water Quality Compliance

The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) has won a motion to ensure prompt compliance with a writ issued against the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) regarding the wastewater discharge permit for the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment … Continue reading

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CSPA Settles Lawsuit Against City of Watsonville

On 30 September 2014, CSPA settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit against the City of Watsonville for violations of the California General Industrial Stormwater Permit. The City operates a 1.6-acre Material Recovery Facility, a 5.8-acre Corporation Yard and a 100-acre … Continue reading

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CSPA Settles Lawsuit Against Sacramento Auto Dismantler

On 27 September 2014, CSPA settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit against Pick and Pull Auto Dismantlers, Pick and Pull Auto Dismantling, Inc., and Norprop, Inc. (collectively, PNP. for violations of the federal Clean Water Act and California’s General Industrial … Continue reading

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