Author Archives: Denise Zitnik

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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Epidemic of Comprehension: Outbreak of articles on break-up of BDCP

Following news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will not issue 50-year environmental permits for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) an epidemic of comprehension has spread, resulting in an outbreak of articles on the break-up of BDCP. On … 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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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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US Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Report Opposing the Enlargement of Shata Dam

Today the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) and the California Water Impact Network (CWIN) issued a media release documenting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s opposition to the Bureau of Reclamation’s proposed $1.1 billion project to enlarge the Shasta Dam. The … Continue reading

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As Delta Smelt Plummets Towards Extinction, New Rules Allow Increased Kill

The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) and California Water Impact Network (CWIN) issued a press release on Monday, January 26, 2015 criticizing a  decision that will allow government pumps to kill twice as many endangered Delta smelt than was previously permitted. … Continue reading

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Media Advisory: Salmon Fishermen to Oppose Prop. 1

San Francisco – Bay Area fishermen announced today they will oppose Proposition 1, the State Water Bond, at a San Francisco Bay news conference on Friday, Oct. 3. “Prop. 1 is one more shovel of dirt on the grave of … Continue reading

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Join CSPA at Rally to Save the Delta Stop the Tunnels

On Tuesday, 29 July 2014, at 11:30 am, CSPA, Restore the Delta, and a coalition of commercial and recreational fishing, environmental, tribal and environmental justice organizations are staging a rally at the West Steps of the State Capitol. The rally … Continue reading

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CSPA Issues Notice of Intent to Sue Metal Recycling Facility in Gilroy

On 2 June 2014, CSPA sent a notice of intent to sue Metech International, LLC metal recycling facility for violations of the substantive and procedural requirements of the Clean Water Act and California’s General Industrial Stormwater Permit. Metech International operates … Continue reading

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CSPA Joins Environmental Justice Coalition to Request Restart of the BDCP Comment Period

On 30 May 2014, CSPA joined the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water in requesting a restart of the BDCP comment period. The BDCP comment period extension was requested because agencies failed to provide meaningful access and participation for California’s limited … Continue reading

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Press Conference: Experts Criticize Flawed BDCP Process, Missing Implementation Agreement

On May 14 2014, CSPA Executive Director Bill Jennings joined Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta; Bob Wright, Friends of the River; Osha Meserve and Local Agencies of the North Delta; in a media call to discuss the flawed BDCP process. … Continue reading

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CSPA Issues Notice of Intent to Sue Paradise Recycle and Landfill Facility

On 7 May 2014, CSPA sent a notice of intent to sue Northern Recycling & Waste Services for ongoing violations of the substantive and procedural requirements of the Clean Water Act and California’s General Industrial Stormwater Permit. Northern Recycling & … Continue reading

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CSPA and Allies Warn of Looming Salmon Apocalypse in California

CSPA, AquAlliance and the California Water Impact Network is calling attention to poor government policy that could doom salmon runs in a press release. Currently the Sacramento River is providing exports south of the Delta, draining reservoirs of cold water … Continue reading

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CSPA and Allies Seek Supplemental DEIS on Yuba River Hydroelectric Projects

CSPA, Trout Unlimited and American Rivers filed a motion on June 21 that asks the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to account for the reintroduction of anadromous fish in the South Yuba and Middle Yuba rivers. The motion asks FERC … Continue reading

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