Category Archives: Press Release

CSPA Assails Water Bond: A Return to 19th Century Solutions

On 13 August 2014, CSPA assailed Governor Brown’s $7.1 billion water bond as a poster-child of pork barrel politics, a rejection of 21st Century solutions and a return to the failures of the Dam Building era. Contrary to claims by … 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 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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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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Where is the Missing BDCP Implementation Agreement?

When the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) released its 40,000 pages of planning and environmental review documents for public comment, the Implementation Agreement was conspicuously absent.   However, the Implementation Agreement revealing the commitments to species recovery and how the Delta … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Call for Immediate Agency Action to List Rivers Impaired by Inadequate Flow

On 1 April 2014, CSPA joined Russian Riverkeeper, Klamath Riverkeeper, California Coastkeeper Alliance, Karuk Tribe, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations and Earth Law Center in submitting comments to the State Water Resources Control Board urging that the North Coast … 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, 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, 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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CSPA, Coalition Requests Moratorium and Review on Trinity River Restoration Program: Wastes Money, Degrades Environment

On 23, January 2014, CSPA, California Water Impact Network, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations, AquAlliance and Environmental Protection Information Center asked the Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP) to put all channel rehabilitation projects on hold pending a thorough review.  … Continue reading

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Press Conference: Can California Tunnel its Way Out of Drought?

On Monday, 13 January 2013, Bill Jennings, CSPA’s Executive Director, joined Jonas Minton, Planning and Conservation League; John Herrick, South Delta Water Agency; Dr. Jeffrey Michael, University of the Pacific; Tom Stokely, California Water Impact Network and Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore … Continue reading

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Delta Fish Hammered Yet Again: Fall Midwater Trawl Results Reveal Continued Biological Collapse

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has released the results of the 2013 Fall Midwater Trawl (FMWT), which reconfirms the continuing biological collapse that is occurring in the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta Estuary.  The FMWT conducts monthly … Continue reading

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Opponents to Rally Against Governor’s Water Export Tunnels as Public Comment Period Begins

On Friday, 13 December 2013, at 12:00 p.m., CSPA and Californians for a Fair Water Policy, a statewide coalition opposing Gov. Brown’s water export tunnels, will conduct a rally at the North steps of the State Capitol as the Brown … Continue reading

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Fisheries Plummet, Standards are Violated, Regulators Refuse to Enforce the Law

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has released the 2013 September-October Fall Mid Water Trawl (FMWT) abundance indices of Delta fish.  Fisheries continue to collapse.  Delta smelt, striped bass, longfin smelt, American shad and threadfin shad populations in … Continue reading

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USBR, USFWS Gives Away 451,000 Acre Feet of Fish Water to San Joaquin Valley Farmers

San Joaquin Valley farmers who received a gift of many thousands of acre-feet of water necessary to support fisheries and meet water quality standards, have sued and secured a temporary injunction preventing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from releasing water … Continue reading

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CSPA Assails Deceptive BDCP Impact Study

Today, CSPA, CWIN and AquAlliance issued a press release assailing the deceptive BDCP economic impact study released by the Brown Administration.  BDCP’s tunnel scheme will saddle ratepayers with more than $50 billion in debt and imperil the Delta estuary and … Continue reading

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Massive Loss of Endangered Winter Run Salmon

During April, May and early June, perhaps half of this years spawning population of endangered winter-run Chinook salmon were drawn into the irrigation channels of the Yolo Bypass and Colusa Basin and stranded.  Approximately 300 fish were rescued and returned … 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 Sues Delta Stewardship Council over Delta Plan

On 17 June 2013, the California Sportsfishing Protection Alliance joined the California Water Impact Network, AquAlliance, Friends of the River, Center For Biological Diversity and Restore the Delta in filling a lawsuit against the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan and … Continue reading

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