Category Archives: Fisheries

State Board Again Weakens Bay-Delta Standards; Refuses to Enforce the Law; Fish Suffer

On 6 May 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) held an informal workshop on the latest changes to water quality and flow standards established to protect public trust resources in the Bay-Delta estuary. The Board, on 2 … Continue reading

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CSPA Protests Latest State Board Drought Temporary Urgency Change Order

On 28 April 2014, CSPA, CWIN and AquAlliance formally protested the State Water Resource Control Board’s latest Temporary Urgency Order further relaxing water quality criteria and flow standards in the Delta to expedite increased water exports.  The 18 April Order … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Submit Comments on Temperance Flat Dam Feasibility Report

On 21 April 2014, CSPA joined NRDC, Friends of the River and The Bay Institute in submitting comments on the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Draft Feasibility Report for the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation – Temperance Flat Reservoir.  … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Urge Governor Brown to Establish Groundwater Regulations that Protect Public Trust Resources

On 15 April 2014, CSPA joined PCFFA, California Coastkeeper Alliance, Environmental Water Caucus, California Water Impact Network, Earth Law Center, Karuk Tribe, Environment Now and Klamath Riverkeeper in urging Governor Jerry Brown to reform groundwater management in California.  The coalition … Continue reading

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CSPA Assails BDCP at the San Joaquin State of Our Rivers Symposium

On 3 April 2014, CSPA Executive Director Bill Jennings presented a critique of the devastating impacts that implementation of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) will have on the Delta and local tributary rivers.  Other Key Note speakers included DWR … 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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CSPA Joins SARA in Complaint Against Reclamation’s Folsom and Nimbus Dams

On 2 April 2014, CSPA joined Felix Smith, Save the American River Association, California Small Stream Council and Public Trust Alliance in filing a complaint with the State Water Resources Control Board regarding the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) operation … 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 Protests State Board’s Drought Urgency Order

CSPA, CWIN and AquAlliance have filed a formal protest against the State Water Resource Control Board’s (State Board) Order Approving a Temporary Urgency Change in License and Permit Terms and Conditions Requiring Compliance with Delta Water Quality Objectives in Response … Continue reading

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California Committee on Salmon and Steelhead Recommends No BDCP

On 26 February 2014, the California Advisory Committee on Salmon and Steelhead Trout sent California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton Bonham a letter recommending that the Department deny an incidental take permit and Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP) … Continue reading

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CSPA Requests Urgent Actions to Protect Delta and Longfin Smelt

On 20 February 2014, in a letter to California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, CSPA requested that the agencies take urgent action to protect Delta smelt and longfin smelt during the present … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Submit Comments on Biological Objectives for Freshwater Streams and Rivers

On 21 February 2014, CSPA joined Heal the Bay, California Coastkeeper Alliance, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, Environment California and others in submitting comments to the State Water Resources Control Board in support of … Continue reading

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CSPA Testifies at State Water Board Drought Urgency Hearing

On 18 and 19 February 2014, CSPA testified at the State Water Resource Control Board’s workshop regarding the drought urgency petition filed by the Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Water Board’s temporary order, issued … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalitions Thank Feinstein, Boxer and Urge Continued Support for Sane Drought Policies

On 9 February 2014, CSPA joined PCFFA, Golden Gate Salmon Association, Golden Gate Fishermen’s Association, Coastside Fishing Club and Water4fish in sending a letter to California Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer thanking them for opposing the disastrous HR 3964 … Continue reading

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CSPA Opposes Contract Extension for Bay-Delta Plan Consultant

CSPA has requested that a proposed contract extension for ICF Jones & Stokes  (ICF) be removed from the State Water Board’s 4 February 2014 consent calendar and rescheduled for a subsequent State Board meeting.  ICF is a huge international consulting … 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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CSPA, Coalition Submits Comments on Westlands’ Contract Renewals

On 14 January 2014, CSPA and a coalition of environmental and fishing organizations submitted comments on six interim contract renewals for the delivery of 1,192,948 million acre feet of Central Valley Project (CVP) water to Westlands Water District.  The comments … 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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CSPA, Coalition Comment on Trinity River Restoration Projects

CSPA and a coalition of environmental and fishing interests submitted comments on the draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study for the Bucktail and Lower Junction City rehabilitation projects on the Trinity River.  Despite predictions of a banner year for fall salmon, the … Continue reading

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