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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on August 14 announced $11 million in grants to California projects, including $640,575 for Jerry Brown's plan to build two peripheral tunnels to export more water to corporate agribusiness.

The grants, awarded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, "will benefit numerous species in California," ranging from the Peninsular bighorn sheep in Riverside County to California red-legged frogs in Los Angeles County, according to a news release from the service. (

“Our strong partnerships with states, landowners and local communities are the key to the successful protection and recovery of threatened and endangered species, and these grants will fund important conservation work,” claimed Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, a strong backer of Governor Jerry Brown's plan to "save" the Delta by draining it. “While dozens of imperiled species will benefit from these efforts, improving the health of our land and water will also help the people, communities and economies that depend on these resources.”

The grant for the Bay Delta Conservation Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan (HCP/NCCP) "supports the development of an HCP/NCCP for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta (Delta) Region," according to the release.

"The Bay Delta HCP/NCCP is being developed as a long-term comprehensive plan that will conserve and manage covered species and natural communities in perpetuity, while providing reliable water supplies for the State’s myriad of beneficial uses. Some of the many listed species that will benefit from this planning effort include the San Joaquin kit fox, least Bell’s vireo, California red-legged frog, and Lange’s meadowlark butterfly," the release noted.

I noticed that they didn't mention Central Valley winter run chinook salmon, Delta smelt or any other imperiled fish species since federal, federal and independent scientists have already pointed out in scientific reviews that the BDCP could "hasten" the extinction of these species! This grant is obviously being made to give a "green veneer" to an environmentally destructive plan that will result in the destruction of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), accurately describes BDCP as "a $50 billion scheme to divert the Sacramento River around the estuary to irrigate the parched impaired soils of the South Valley."

"The collective scientific community scathingly characterized their Effects Analysis as junk science; and said that it would hasten extinction rather than restoring species," said Jennings. "You can’t restore an estuary hemorrhaging from pollution and lack of flow by stealing more fresh water from it. That’s a death sentence for the Delta."

Drilling for data

Meanwhile, the Department of Water continues to "drill for data," according to Restore the Delta.

Last week (August 6) DWR began overwater drilling in the Delta “to collect data for proposed water conveyance alternatives associated with BDCP.” Work continues through October.

"DWR needs these geotechnical investigations to support the environmental documents for the BDCP. Does this mean we shouldn’t expect to see the BDCP EIR before October?" the group asked.

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Glen Martin Skewers 'Madman Brown'

Glen Martin, author of 'Game Changer: Animal Rights and the Fate of Africa's Wildlife,' has written a superb article, "the Madness of King Jerry," on the Huffington Post, slamming Brown's peripheral tunnels plan.

"Was California Gov. Jerry Brown a Manchurian Candidate for California's water buffaloes (promoters of hugely expensive and environmentally destructive water projects)?," said Martin. "Kind of looks that way. Brown ran on a moderate platform that included a rational water policy. He promised to 'fix' the broken Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, restore its moribund fisheries, and provide some equity in the distribution of state water."

"Well, Brown got elected; after that, he apparently had a Vulcan mind meld with the agribusiness panjandrums of the western San Joaquin Valley. His new mantra is 'peripheral canal' - or maybe 'conveyance system.' It amounts to the same thing: subterranean twin tunnels that shuttle water from the Sacramento River around the Delta to the South State. And by South State, I mainly mean the corporate farmers of the San Joaquin. These plutocratic land barons will get most of this government-subsidized water, while SoCal urbanites must be content with a minority share," said Martin.

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Originally posted to Dan Bacher on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM PDT.

Also republished by Central Valley Kossacks.

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  •  I admire the fight you are waging. I know more (4+ / 0-)
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    mrsgoo, happymisanthropy, DawnN, KenBee

    about this issue because of you.

    Poverty = politics.

    by Renee on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 01:15:34 PM PDT

  •  Great diary Dan. The huff post article is a must (2+ / 0-)
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    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 01:21:26 PM PDT

    •  Glen Martin really blasted Brown's plan! (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm glad to see that Glen Martin, a former environmental reporter for the S.F. Chronicle who covered the Klamath fish kills of 2002 and the battle to restore salmon and Delta fish, is  back covering the water wars.

      •  Sounds like a great guy to have on our side. Hope (1+ / 0-)
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        to read more from him. btw - tgypsy started a Central Valley Kossacks group. I republished the diary to the group.

        if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

        by mrsgoo on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 07:31:47 PM PDT

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  •  that poisoned farm land has only one use: solar (1+ / 0-)
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    1. close to users: Los Angeles, central coast

    2. no clouds, plenty of sun

    3. selenium poisoned because of the well water pumped for irrigation with no flushing from rain has led to much of southern and western central valley to be unsuited for agriculture.  There is not suitable water to fix it or irrigate it without shifting the costs to some other locale, in this case the Delta and the endangered species there.

    fly over it in a plane , fly in to Santa Barbara from SF, you can see this miles and miles of bright dirt, the water rights long since harvested by 'farmers', water rights farmers with cotton cover crops. What little water there was is long gone.

    the owners have likely bought it cheap and hope this tunnel deal will give them the taxpayer and enviroment funded windfall they hope for.

    The state or utilities should lease it or partner or buy it for solar farms instead.

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 03:48:17 PM PDT

    •  I so agree! That is the perfect use for that land. (1+ / 0-)
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      Somebody is building a small solar farm on Twin Cities Road by I-5. I do not get that at all. I guess I should do some digging. Do not understand why we would be taking prime Delta farmland out of production for solar when Kern County is where it needs to be.

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 07:34:11 PM PDT

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      •  or virgin desert (1+ / 0-)
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        or good natural habitat like the Panoche Valley lineatus has been writing about.

        One near me is Antelope territory next to Carrizzo's environmental death of 1000 cuts strategy, they go to taxpayer funded workshops to learn how to break the enviros complaints.

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 09:14:31 PM PDT

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  •  Welcome to Daily Kos Dan & Great Work! (1+ / 0-)
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    Brother Dan -

    Wonderful to see you posting to D Kos.  This Peripheral Canal simply must not go through.  I appreciate your efforts to educate Californians as to the true facts underlying efforts to build this Canal or Tunnel, etc.  

    It is indeed an effort to steal wealth and public trust from the average California citizen:  First is the obvious effort to stick the public water consumer with an enormous tab - one that will surely be larger than $40-$50 billion when all is done.  Second, to privatize water and secure up to an incredible 8-15,000 cubic feet per second of flow from the Sacramento River.   At 15,000, that is basically the largest flow rate reached in peak winter months.  

    So one can imagine that the water buffalos will seek to tap more rivers from the coast to flow east into the central value so they can continue this heist of water from NorCal.

    This will go down as the worst ecological disaster, perhaps in world history in a few decades, should it go down.  

    Good work, Dan!

    Rob Johnson, Jr.

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