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|KVIE will broadcast episode one, Pilgrims and Tourists, May 2, 11 pm
Broadcast Premiere of Four-Part Film Series, STANDING ON SACRED GROUND Timed with Asian-Pacific American Month KVIE broadcasts start May 2— Series Debuts on WORLD Channel Beginning Sunday, May ...
|Tunnel opponents blast Governor's revised Bay Delta Conservation Plan
On April 30 at a press conference in Oakland, Governor Jerry Brown and federal officials unveiled controversial plans that they claim "accelerate restoration of the Delta's ecosystem" and "fix the ...
|Governor will discuss revised tunnel plan Thursday
Governor Jerry Brown will join federal and state officials today in Oakland to discuss "Delta habitat restoration and water infrastructure," according to a media advisory from the Governor's Office.
|North Coast Film Night to Expose Threats to Rivers
The Shasta Dam raise proposed by the federal government threatens over 40 of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe's sacred sites and would harm salmon, steelhead and other imperiled fish populations on the ...
|Tunnel opponents to respond to Governor Brown's "BDNoCP" Fiasco
Restore the Delta expects Gov. Brown to roll out the latest iteration of his Delta tunnels project as soon as tomorrow. They will be there to respond. Here is the media advisory: Tunnels Opponents ...
|Big Money interests dumped $21.8 million into Yes on Prop. 1 campaign
The recent admission by the Brown administration that it could use money from Proposition 1, the water bond, to pay for "habitat mitigation" linked to the construction and operation of the massive ...
|Broadcast Premiere of Four-Part Film Series, STANDING ON SACRED GROUND
Below is the press release regarding the national broadcast premier of Standing on Sacred Ground, a four-part documentary series, eight years in the making, on Indigenous struggles over sacred sites.
|Senator McGuire introduces legislation to forever ban oil drilling off California coast
At an Earth Day press conference at the State Capitol, Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) announced the introduction of legislation, Senate Bill 788, to forever protect the coast of California from ...
|Is Jerry Brown Breaking His Prop. 1 Promise?
During the fall election, Governor Jerry Brown and advocates of Proposition 1, the state water bond, constantly claimed that the measure was "tunnels neutral." In photo opportunity after ...
|Stewart Resnick expands almond acreage as city dwellers forced to slash water use
A coalition of environmentalists on April 20 blasted Beverly Hills billionaire Stewart Resnick and other corporate agribusiness interests for continuing to plant thousands of acres of new almond ...
|Tunnels-Only BDCP: Gov. Abandons Pretext of Saving Fisheries
Sacramento, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build massive underground water tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific ...
|Commission approves fishing closure on Sacramento River section
The California Fish and Game Commission today unanimously approved a controversial emergency regulation by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to close 5.5 miles of spawning ...
|CA water officials cancel plan to construct emergency drought barrier in North Delta
The following is a news release from Patrick Porgans at Planetary Solutionaries: Steamboat Slough has been removed as a site for one of three barriers, which came under strong public opposition ...
|Rally Against the TPP in Sacramento Friday
SACRAMENTO – Rep. Doris Matsui is the target of a rally Friday by a large coalition of dozens of Sacramento-area labor, environmental, military veteran and health professionals opposing the Trans-...
|Governor to discuss water "conservation" today as Big Ag, Big Oil get off the hook
After convening agribusiness, urban water agency and corporate "environmental" NGO leaders to discuss the drought last week, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will hold another closed door meeting in ...
|Brown's Twin Tunnels Plan Abandons Fish Protection, Public Participation
BDCP is now a naked water grab Governor Jerry Brown has finally admitted what most Californians have known all along – the “conservation” and “habitat restoration” components of the Bay ...
|Commission to act on proposal to close fishing on Sacramento River section
The California Fish and Game Commission is holding a teleconference meeting on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 10 a.m. to take action on an emergency regulation, proposed by the California Department of ...
|Restore the Delta to Hold Anti-Tunnels Meeting
Want to find out more about Governor Jerry Brown's Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the twin water export tunnels and how you can join the growing movement to stop the most environmentally ...
| Fishery Legend Zeke Grader, PCFFA Executive Director, Honored At Sausalito Gathering
Hundreds of people attended an event honoring Zeke Grader, Executive Director of The Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman's Associations (PCFFA) and The Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR) on ...
|City of Sacramento responds to my questions about Nestle
Rhea Serran, Media and Communications for the City of Sacramento, today responded via email to my questions about Nestlé's water bottling plant in Sacramento. On March 20, environmental and human ...
|California Water Restrictions MUST Include Big Ag, Big Oil and Nestlé!
The mainstream media, state officials and corporate "environmental" groups have for years tried to portray California as the "green" leader of the nation. In reality, California suffers from some of ...
|A Giant Conflict of Interest: Big Oil Lobbyist's Oversight of Marine Protected Areas
In one of the biggest and most overlooked environmental scandals in recent California history, a prominent oil industry lobbyist served as a high ranking official overseeing the creation of marine ...
| Governor to meet with water, "environmental" and agribusiness leaders about drought today
Governor Jerry Brown will be be holding a meeting today in the Governor's Office at the State Capitol with "water, environmental and agricultural leaders" regarding the drought. The meeting is ...
|Why did DWR drop the BDCP Habitat Conservation Plan?
Restore the Delta today responded to the California Department of Water Resource’s statements regarding abandoning the BDCP Habitat Conservation Plan, pointing out that the public deserves the ...
|State proposes emergency fishing closure of Sacramento River to 'protect' winter Chinook
The Brown administration, in collaboration with the Obama administration, has driven winter-run Chinook closer to extinction through the abysmal management of Northern California reservoirs and ...
|Military Veterans Sponsor TV Commercials in California Condemning U.S. Drone Attacks
Below is the press release from KnowDrones.com, a national group, and the Vets for Peace and the Democrat Party Vets in Sacramento about the airing of TV commercials covering U.S. drone attacks: ...
|New Analysis Finds Harm in Governor Brown’s Drought Order
Restore the Delta has just released a new analysis finding harm in Governor Jerry Brown’s Drought Order. The order suspends CEQA, abandons public rulemaking, and sets up the controversial drought ...
|Governor Brown's drought order lets corporate agribusiness, oil companies off the hook
Governor Jerry Brown on April 1 issued an executive order that he claimed will "save water" during California's record drought by imposing mandatory 25 percent reductions in water usage by cites and ...
|Feds fund captive breeding program for endangered Delta smelt
Delta smelt, once the most abundant fish in the Bay Delta Estuary, are now on the precipice of extinction in the wild. Sadly, there’s only one place where the fish can be found by the thousands —
| Westlands Water District hires Rep. Nunes' chief of staff
In yet another example of the revolving door between government, corporations and water contractors that defines California politics, the powerful Westlands Water District today announced that ...
|Activists 'Shut Down' Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento
Environmental and human rights activists, holding plastic “torches” and “pitchforks,” formed human barricades at both entrances to the Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Sacramento at 5:00 a.m.
|Recreational Ocean Salmon Fishing Season Will Open April 4
The recreational salmon fishing season is slated to begin in the Fort Bragg, San Francisco and Monterey South regions of the California Coast on Saturday, April 4, 2015. In spite of the record ...
|Reclamation slashed American River flows to 500 cfs!
Sacramento) This year was the worst ever for steelhead returns to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery on the American River – and things aren’t getting any better with a scheduled drop in flows on the ...
|Tunnel critics blast 'false advertising' in Gov. Brown's drought response
Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers announced the introduction of drought legislation in the Legislature on March 19, while leaders of environmental and corporate watchdog groups urged Brown to put ...
|Drought legislation must target agribusiness and Big Oil
Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers touted the introduction of drought legislation in the Legislature on March 19, while leaders of environmental and consumer groups urged Brown to put real limits on ...
|Fishermen and Delta leaders say water exporters are destroying Delta smelt
The endangered Delta smelt, once the most abundant fish in the entire Bay Delta Estuary, may already be extinct, according to UC Davis fish biologist and author Peter Moyle, as quoted on Capital ...
|Water coalition to hold press conference regarding 'shutdown' of Nestlé Plant
The city of Sacramento is in the fourth year of a record drought - yet the Nestlé Corporation continues to bottle city water to sell back to the public at a big profit, local activists charge. ...
| Pit River Tribe and Allies Rally to Protect Medicine Lake
On March 12, the Pit River Tribe and their Native American and environmental allies optimistically left the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco following oral arguments in their long ...
|Brown Administration Hides Truth About Tunnels From Public
Restore the Delta (RTD) today held a press conference about the numerous attacks on the SF Bay Delta estuary. "Public comments on Delta tunnels are being suppressed, MWD has funded a $600k attack on ...
|Indigenous Nations Rally to Protect Medicine Lake from Industrial Scale Geothermal Desecration
Federal Appeals Court Hearing March 12 in San Francisco, CA Ceremonial sunrise gathering, march, rally, and press conference Immediately following hearing on courthouse steps. San Francisco, CA -- ...
| Agency leaders admit big failure to protect water from oil pollution
The California State Senate held an oversight hearing in Sacramento on March 10 to examine why California oil regulators issued hundreds of illegal permits that allowed the oil industry to inject ...
|MLPA chair/oil lobbyist takes Oregon's low carbon fuel standard to court
Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) President Catherine Reheis-Boyd, who served as chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create so-called "...
|Worst American River steelhead run on record nears dismal end
Nimbus Fish Hatchery staff continue to see the worst steelhead run on the American River, Sacramento's unique urban jewel, but a few fish continue to trickle into the river. “We have trapped 143 ...
|Hermosa Beach Voters Defeat Measure to Overturn Oil Drilling Ban
Fracking opponents scored a big victory against the oil industry by defeating a measure to overturn an oil drilling ban in Hermosa Beach, but failed to pass an initiative to prohibit new oil and gas ...
|Drought Shows Folly of Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels
As strange as it sounds, officials from the Westlands Water District, Kern County Water Agency and Metropolitan Water District should be profusely thanking Restore the Delta (RTD), fishermen, ...
|Indigenous Nations Rally to Protect Medicine Lake from Geothermal Desecration
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- On Thursday, March 12, 2015 a federal appeals court will hear arguments in a legal battle to protect the sacred Medicine Lake Highlands from threats of geothermal desecration. ...
|Reclamation releases Central Valley Project water allocation
The Bureau of Reclamation today released its preliminary data on the water allocations for Central Valley Project contractors. Snowpack and precipitation in the Sierra Nevada are historically low ...
|Fish agencies, anglers are optimistic about 2015 ocean salmon season
State and federal fishery scientists speaking at the annual salmon informational meeting held in Santa Rosa on Thursday, February 26, shared encouraging news for sport and commercial anglers for the ...
|Poll reveals most California voters oppose Brown's 'big government projects'
A Field Poll released on February 24 revealed that Governor Jerry Brown continues to receive "strong approval" from California voters, but the same voters oppose his big government spending projects,
|Sacramento and Klamath salmon return numbers released
As anglers get ready for the upcoming ocean and river salmon seasons, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) revealed that 212,000 adult fall-run Chinook salmon returned to spawn in the ...
|Water Board chief admits he was 'just wrong'
It is rare when a public official admits when he/she does something wrong. It's even rarer when a state water official serving the administration of Governor Jerry Brown admits they did something ...
|Californians Against Fracking slams hearing process, calls for fracking ban
Two weeks after the largest anti-fracking protest in U.S. history took place in Oakland, a broad coalition of environmental groups renewed their call on Governor Jerry Brown to ban fracking and ...
|Meet The Biggest Threats to California's Environment: The Annual Cold, Dead Fish Award Winners
It's time to present the "Cold, Dead Fish Awards," an annual "tribute" to those individuals, government agencies, corporations and others who have gone out of their way to destroy and despoil the ...
|American River steelhead run is worst on record
The worst-ever run of steelhead continues to trickle into the American River, Sacramento's imperiled urban jewel. The Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Rancho Cordova has trapped a total of only 111 fish to ...
|Action Alert: Stop Westlands from Draining the Delta!
Restore the Delta has issued an urgent action alert calling everybody who cares about the Bay-Delta Estuary and the public trust to show up at the State Water Resources Control Board meeting at the ...
|Will drought relief money be used to support overpumping Delta water?
Sacramento - Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced at a press conference on Friday, February 6, that the Bureau of Reclamation is making $50 million in funds available immediately for ...
|Coalition urges Gov. Brown to shut down illegal injection wells
(Sacramento) Just two days after over 8,000 protesters marched through the streets of Oakland in the largest anti-fracking protest in U.S. history, documents released by state regulators revealed ...
|State Water Board “Spiteful” Order Avoids Law
The State Water Resources Board has served for decades as a shill for corporate agribusiness, Southern California water agencies, big oil companies and other water exporters - and the board's ...
|Survival International slams Big "Conservation" for violating tribal peoples’ rights
Stephen Corry, Director of Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has criticized big conservation groups, including some of the corporate "environmental groups" ...
|American River Steelhead Still Trickling Into Nimbus Hatchery
(Sacramento) The American River continues to see one of the worst steelhead runs since Folsom Dam was built and blocked upstream migration to the native run of steelhead. Nimbus Fish Hatchery staff ...
|Will the State Water Board Tear Up Paper Water?
Restore the Delta (RTD) today responded to the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) draft order issued Wednesday night demanding water diversion data from every riparian and pre-1914 ...
|Petroleum Association topped lobby list with $8.9 million spent in 2014
The oil industry continued its long reign as the top spender on lobbying in California in 2014, according to data just released by the California Secretary of State. The Western States Petroleum ...
|Anti-fracking coalition calls for shutdown of toxic injection wells
A coalition of environmental activists opposed to fracking and the Center for Biological Diversity today urged the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately shut down hundreds of ...
|Raising Shasta Dam is “Massive Waste of Taxpayer Money”
Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Governor Jerry Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build giant tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today called ...
|Federal fish agency opposes Shasta Dam raise!
The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, fishing groups and environmentalists have been fighting a federal plan to raise Shasta Dam for many years, since the 18-1/2 foot proposed dam raise would flood many of the ...
|Putah Creek: A Wild Trout Fishery Reborn
The Pleasant Valleys Road Bridge over Lake Solano, a still-water section of Putah Creek above the Solano Diversion Dam, used to be a popular spot where anglers from throughout the area would ...
|New rules allow increased killing of Delta smelt as species nears extinction
The decision by the Obama administration to more than double the permissable "take" limit of Delta smelt at the state and federal water export facilities is simply mind-boggling, especially just two ...
|Groups criticize work plan implementing water bond's storage projects
The California voters in November passed Proposition 1, Governor Jerry Brown's water grab for corporations, based on a massive disinformation campaign funded by corporate agribusiness, the oil ...
|Steelhead begin to trickle into American River
(Sacramento) More steelhead are finally showing at Nimbus Fish Hatchery on the American River, although the fish reported to date are just a fraction of what would normally be trapped by hatchery ...
|Oil lobbyist/former marine protected area chair praises release of fracking EIR
The oil industry welcomed the release of the California Natural Resources Agency’s draft environmental impact report of fracking operations in California, while environmental groups slammed the ...
|“Organizing at the Crossroads: What Real Climate Leadership Looks Like”
Here is a press release about a forum on Sunday sponsored by Californians Against Fracking: Community & Environmental Leaders Speak at Forum on Fossil Fuel Industry Impacts January 18, 2015 Part ...
|New Pro-Bay Delta Conservation Plan Group Launched
A new coalition of Chambers of Commerce, agribusiness interests and water agencies to promote Governor Jerry Brown's Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels has been ...
|Delta Community, Business Leaders to Sponsor H2O Hackathon – A Water Challenge
Stockton, CA – iHUB San Joaquin in partnership with Restore the Delta, the Delta Coalition, Café Coop, the San Joaquin Partnership, the A.G. Spanos Companies and various Delta businesses ...
|Jerry Brown's True 'Green' Legacy: The Death of the Delta?
The following is a revised transcript of the presentation that I gave when I was inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame by Tom Stienstra, Outdoor Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle ...
|California toxic waters rise despite decades of regulations and expenditure of $50 Billion
Below is Patrick Porgans' groundbreaking report on how California toxic waters are rising despite decades of regulations and an expenditure of $50 billion. This report is very timely, considering ...
|Statewide Tour Launched to Urge Gov. Brown to Stop Fracking, Move CA to 100% Renewable Energy
Governor Jerry Brown has constantly touted his "green energy" and carbon trading policies at press conferences and photo opportunities while he enthusiastically supports the expansion of fracking in ...
|Tunnel critics respond to secret Westlands settlement as Delta smelt nears extinction
When you think that things can't get worse in the toxic nightmare that is California water politics, be assured - "Yes, They Can!" Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Governor Jerry Brown's rush ...
|Castagna, Bacher, Weatherby top CA Outdoors Hall of Fame class
The annual awards ceremony for the California Outdoor Hall of Fame will be at 4 pm on Saturday, January 10 in the California Sportsmen Theatre at the International Sportsmen's Exposition at Cal Expo ...
|Delta smelt reaches new record low in fall survey
The Delta smelt, an indicator species that demonstrates the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, reached a new record low population level in 2014, according to the California ...
|Tunnel critics urge Brown to inaugurate a new water solution
In his inaugural address January 5 at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Governor Jerry Brown made two references to California water as he discussed an array of issues. These included repaying the ...
|Save Our Species Rally for GMO Labelling
The health hazards of genetically modified foods create an urgent need for labeling in California. Rising concerns from the scientific and medical community about the hazards of Genetically ...
|Hoopa Valley Tribe welcomes legal opinion recognizing Humboldt's right to Trinity water
The U.S. Department of Interior on Friday released its internal legal opinion that acknowledges Humboldt County’s right to 50,000 acre feet of water from the Trinity River to protect salmon and ...
|California releases fracking regulations six months before studies are complete
Governor Jerry Brown continued to live up to his reputation as "Big Oil Brown" with his administration's release of the finalized text of the state's regulations for fracking and well stimulation on ...
|The steelhead opener when the fish didn't show
January 1, 2015 was a sunny, cold and clear day on the American River below the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. It was the traditional beginning of the steelhead season in the upper section of the river that ...
|Restore the Delta Looks Ahead for 2015
Do you want to end the year on a positive note? Then make a contribution to Restore the Delta. I get lots of emails and facebook posts this time of year asking for donations. Most of them I ignore ...
|Steelhead Numbers Alarmingly Low at American River's Nimbus Fish Hatchery
(Sacramento) The upper section of the American River that has been closed to fishing since October 31 will reopen to steelhead fishing on January 1, 2015, but the outlook for the fishing is not ...
|Journalists condemn Berkeley police brutality against press
Being a journalist, particularly an independent investigative journalist like myself, can be very hazardous to one's health and safety. In the last 20 years, the National Security State and its ...
|Federal appeals court backs pumping restrictions protecting salmon
On December 22, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled that a 2009 “biological opinion” that protects the habitat of endangered salmon in the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers from ...
|Endangered salmon die in drainage canal in Sutter Bypass
Endangered Sacramento River winter run-Chinook salmon, protected under both the state and federal Endangered Species Acts, are swimming up the Sacramento River toward their spawning grounds. ...
|Unraveling The Mysteries Of American River Salmon And Steelhead
The American River, Sacramento’s unique urban fishery, is located in a beautiful parkway that provides a refuge from the insanity of city life. It is my “home river” and first stream I ever ...
|Bay Delta Conservation Plan's Terminal Flaws Remain
California Department of Water Resources (DWR) officials today unveiled changes to Governor Jerry Brown's Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the giant twin tunnels, including the scuttling ...
|Governor Cuomo extends New York fracking moratorium
After spending nearly two years and 4,500 hours reviewing scientific research, New York’s Department of Health on December 17 concluded that fracking poses significant risks to human health and ...
|Oil industry stoking fears about gas price spikes
Be on the lookout for possible oil price manipulations by the oil industry, the largest corporate lobby in Sacramento, starting in January 2015. Consumers Union (CU) in Sacramento is cautioning ...
|Big Oil lobbyist courageously defends the First Amendment!
In her eloquent salute to the First Amendment recently printed in the S.F. Chronicle, Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the distinguished President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), has ...
|Report Calls On California Officials To Watch For Oil Company Production Cut Backs
During the last six years, the oil industry spent $106 million between January 2009 and September 2014 on lobbying and campaign contributions to politicians and ballot measures in California, ...
|House Passes Salmon-Killing 'Drought Relief' Bill
In spite of intense opposition by fishermen, environmentalists, Indian Tribes and Northern California Representatives, the U.S. House of Representatives on December 9 passed "drought relief" ...
|Western States Petroleum Association's Astroturf Campaign Exposed!
Leaked documents provided to Northwest Public Radio, Business Week and other media outlets have exposed a campaign by the Western States Petroleum Association to fund and coordinate a network of “...
|Fish get blame as cover for H.R. 5781 water grab
In spite of intense opposition by fishermen, environmentalists, and Northern California Representatives, the U.S. House of Representatives on December 9 passed "drought relief" legislation, H.R. 571,
|State Department selected Chevron as finalist for "corporate excellence" award
It's hard to believe, but the Obama administration recently selected Chevron, the San Ramon-based corporate giant known for environmental destruction and the violation of human rights throughout the ...
|March for 'Real Climate Leadership' set for Feb. 7, 2015
On February 7 thousands of Californians from across the state are gathering in Governor Jerry Brown’s longtime home of Oakland to say that "we need real climate leadership in the face of the ...
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