Bee Special Report: Continuing to pump, San Joaquin Valley irrigation districts selling surplus

Irrigation districts provide water that’s key to agricultural prosperity in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, but some of those districts also have been cashing in on the region’s water resources. They’ve sold nearly $140 million worth of water to out-of-district agencies during the past decade. At the same time, they’ve pumped nearly 1.5 million acre-feet of groundwater […]

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Drought hits harder in already parched Indian Country

by Kevin Taylor March 19, 2014 5:00AM ET Concerns rise over failing fish populations, meaningless water rights and pushback from other governments Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series examining how drought affects Native Americans and their communities. Drought maps this winter have shaded swaths of the American West in oranges and reds to signify […]

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WATER POLICY WATCH: HR3964

Rules Committee hearing on water law proposed amendments, to HR3964. Congressman John Garamendi says that this proposed amendment will upheave the entire economy of our state.   Congressman Garamendi Offers California Water Amendment to Address Drought & Establish a Responsible Water Plan WASHINGTON, DC – With the House of Representatives set to vote tomorrow on […]

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ADVISORY ALERT FOR DROUGHT RESPONSE CONFERENCE CALL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STAKEHOLDERS

ADVISORY ALERT FOR DROUGHT RESPONSE CONFERENCE CALL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STAKEHOLDERS Dear Tribal Leaders: This is an advisory alert of a drought response conference call.   As you know, on January 17, 2014, Governor Brown proclaimed a state of emergency caused by drought. Senior officials from the Natural Resources Agency, the Department of Water Resources, the Department […]

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Sierra Salmon Alliance Urges Closure of American River reach to fishing.

As reported in Sacramento Bee By Matt Weiser mweiser@sacbee.com Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 – 10:31 pm State officials are being urged to close fishing seasons on the American River in the Sacramento area to protect steelhead and salmon from fishing pressure as the river declines amid drought conditions. The Sierra Salmon Alliance on Wednesday urged the California Department […]

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World Governments Should Support Renewable Energy, Not Dams!

The California Indian Water Commission strongly opposes construction of mega dams based on environmental  destruction of habitat and irreplaceable natural resources. Loss of wilderness, forests, green landscape equal Increase of rising surface temperatures, Extinction of species on endangered lists, Displacement of indigenous communities that have provided stewardship to the lands since the beginning of time. […]

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Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant

General Information The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery administers the Farm and Ranch (FR) Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program, which provides up to $1 million annually in grants for the cleanup of illegal solid waste sites on farm or ranch property. Successful Cleanup Projects CalRecycle has funded many successful FR cleanup projects. Information on recent cleanups is now […]

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Indigenous Prescribed Fire

Indigenous Prescribed Fire at Cosumnes River Preserve, Castello Forest. Miwko/Miwuk burners working with interagency fire (Cosumnes Fire Department, Yocha Dehe Fire Department, Sacramento City Fire, California OES and others) to restore fire to valley oak woodlands, passing on traditional knowledge, and re-establishing stewardship obligations to the lands and waters of the region. — with Doug Bird and 2 others. See more […]

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Brown appoints big water lobbyist as DWR chief deputy director

by Dan Bacher in:  indybay The revolving door between corporate interests, water contractors and state government swung once again today when Governor Jerry Brown appointed Laura King Moon of Woodland, a lobbyist for the state’s water exporters, to chief deputy director of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). Moon has been a project manager […]

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Yurok Scientific Knowledge Sways Court Decision to Increase Klamath River Flows

  Yurok Scientific Knowledge Sways Court Decision to Increase Klamath River Flows FRESNO, CALIFORNIA – On August 22, the Yurok Tribe received some excellent news. A federal court judge acknowledged the biological importance of supplemental water flows for Klamath River salmon. This was a far-reaching legal case between the Bureau of Reclamation, the Yurok tribe, […]

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