Category Archives: Fisheries

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 Wins Major Clean Water Act Lawsuit Against Water Board

The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) prevailed in a lawsuit against the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) regarding the wastewater discharge permit for the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (Treatment Plant).  Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael … 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, Coalition Submit Comments on North Coast Flow Impaired Rivers

On 8 August, CSPA joined with Earth Law Center, PCFFA, California Coastkeeper Alliance, Friends of the Eel River, Karuk Tribe and the Russian and Klamath Riverkeepers in submitting comments on the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s (Regional Board) … Continue reading

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CSPA’s Assessment of Historical Habitat Restoration in the Delta

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) proposes to create approximately 150,000 acres of habitat in the Delta to compensate for the diversion of another 2.5 million-acre-feet (MAF) of water around the estuary.  This newly restored habitat would be in addition … 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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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, Coalition Submit Comments on Grasslands Bypass Project

On 30 June 2014, CSPA and a broad coalition of environmental, fishing and tribal organizations submitted comments to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) regarding the proposed Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) for the Grasslands Bypass Project … 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, Coalition Submit Comments on USEPA Selenium Standards

On 13 June 2014, CSPA and a broad coalition of environmental and fishing groups submitted comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s draft aquatic life ambient water quality criteria for selenium in freshwater.  The comments quote from previous scientific reviews … 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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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 Submits Comments on State Board Attack on Water Rights System

On 19 May 2014, CSPA and CWIN submitted comments for the State Water Resource Control Board’s (Board) workshop on options for drought related curtailments of post-1914 water rights in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.  The Board has proposed a series … Continue reading

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CSPA and Two Fishing and Environmental Coalitions Oppose Feinstein Drought Bill

On 19 May 2014, CSPA and a broad coalition of commercial and sport fishing organizations sent a letter to Senators Feinstein, Boxer, Reid and Merkley expressing opposition to S. 2198 and on 16 May 2014, CSPA joined the Environmental Water … Continue reading

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CSPA Protests Latest State Board Drought Urgency Order

On 13 May 2014, CSPA, CWIN and AquAlliance filed a formal Protest, Objection and Request for Reconsideration of the State Water Resources Control Board’s 2 May 2014 Temporary Urgency Drought Order.  The Order represents the eighth time within ninety days … Continue reading

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CSPA Joins EWC in Requesting BDCP Time Extension

On 16 May 2014, CSPA joined the Environmental Water Caucus in requesting that the public comment period for the BDCP EIR/EIS be extended for a minimum of 60 days.  The extension was requested because the BDCP proponents had failed to … Continue reading

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CSPA Joins Coalition in Urging Protection for Wild & Scenic Rivers

On 16 May 2014, CSPA joined Friends of the River and 40 other environmental, fishing and whitewater organizations in expressing opposition to H.R. 3964 in separate letters to Senators Udall, Feinstein and Boxer.  The Bill attempts to commandeer water from … Continue reading

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