Category Archives: California Delta

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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CSPA Submits Comments and Testifies at State Board Workshop on Delta Water Availability

On 24 September 2014, CSPA testified at a State Water Resource Control Board (State Board) workshop regarding a proposed order on Central and Southern Delta Water Availability and Use. CSPA had previously submitted comments on 15 September. The stated purpose … Continue reading

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CSPA Submits Comments and Testifies on State Board Hearing on Order Denying Petitions for Reconsideration of Emergency Orders

On 24 September 2014, CSPA testified at the State Water Resource Control Board’s (State Board) hearing on the draft Order denying petitions for reconsideration and addressing objections regarding the Temporary Urgency Change Petitions (TUCP) for operation of the State Water … Continue reading

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CSPA Releases 14-Point Analysis/Opposition to Water Bond

On 3 September 2014, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) released a 14-Point Analysis and Statement of Opposition to the Proposition 1 Water Bond that is on the 4 November 2014 ballot. The $7.5 billion Bond includes $2.7 billion for … Continue reading

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EPA Comments put BDCP on Life Support; Prognosis Poor

The controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) that proposes to construct two 35-mile long tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to divert Sacramento River water to agricultural plantations in the deserts of southern California was placed on life support following … Continue reading

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CSPA Opposes Dam Building Water Bond

CSPA has carefully reviewed the provisions of Assembly Bill 1471, Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, which is on the 4 November 2014 ballot as Proposition 1, Water Bond, and concludes that it represents a grave and insidious … Continue reading

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CSPA Files Complaint Against DWR, USBR for Illegal Diversion of Water

On 13 August 2014, CSPA filed a formal complaint with the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) alleging that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) have been illegal diverting and exporting water … Continue reading

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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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CSPA Submits BDCP Comments

On 28 July 2014, CSPA submitted comments on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated EIR/EIS.  The comments were focused on the various conservation elements, including the twin tunnels that will divert an average of 2.5 million acre feet … 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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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, 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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CSPA, Coalition Submit Comments on Cost Allocation for Central Valley Project

On 4 June 2014, CSPA and a coalition of fishing and environmental organizations submitted comments to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) concerning the proposed cost allocation methodology for the federal Central Valley Project.  The comments point out that, among … 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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