Category Archives: Fisheries

Press Release: Governor Signs New Law to Protect Rivers and Fisheries from Gold Mining

On October 9, 2015, CSPA and a broad coalition of environmental, fishing, and tribal groups secured a victory for fisheries in the long fight against suction dredging with the signing of Senate Bill 637. The new law requires that all … 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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We Need to Get Salmon Upstream of Central Valley Rim Dams

Since 2006, one of CSPA’s primary areas of effort has been to reintroduce salmon to historic habitat upstream of major Central Valley dams. Today, Central Valley salmon are confined to the valley floor: 5-10% of their historic habitat. In the … 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 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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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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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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