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April 2009

April 29-Sierra Water Grab: East Bay MUD wants to build a new dam and ruin a scenic stretch of the Mokelumne River because it is not willing to make its suburban customers conserve water

April 30-CSPA backs amended AB 1253, believes review will reveal additional protections necessary at pumps for salvage operations and additional mitigation for fish losses

April 30-Senate Committee Approves Three Bills to Restore and Protect Imperiled Salmon by Dan Bacher

April 30-Sims Metals settles Stormwater suit with CSPA, agrees to fund $100,000 in environmental projects that will benefit water quality in the Sacramento River or Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

bulletCSPA vs. Sims final agreement

April 30-State agrees to resume stocking trout in Marin reservoirs from the Marin Independent Journal

April 30-Bakersfield Legislator Falls Prey to Striped Bass Anglers

April 30-Klamath River Advocates Ask Warren Buffett to Close the Deal by Dan Bacher

April 29-Water Coalition want to take plight to D.C. from the Fresno Bee

April 29-Help California's Rarest Trout from CalTrout

April 28-Senate Committee Passes Bill to Put Moratorium on Suction Dredging from Yubanet

April 28-he Stripers Win One!: The Striped Bass Extermination Bill Goes Down

April 28-Solid opposition by a coalition of fishery, delta and conservation groups kill AB 1253, "The Striper Bill," as proposed: Bill amended to a study to see if there is a need for more studies!

April 28-Massive Opposition Results in Gutting of Bill Attacking Bay-Delta Fisheries by Dan Bacher, editor of the FishSniffer

April 28-Salazar and Locke Restore Scientific Consultations under the Endangered Species Act to Protect Species and their Habitats

April 28-Fed judge halts further ag water cuts from the Fresno Bee

April 28-Water district shows support for EBMUD plan from the Calaveras Enterprise

April 28-Dry Creek project tries to save fish, provide water from the Santa Rosa Democrat

April 27-A small victory: CSPA has just received word that the Delta Smelt hatchery bill will be held in committee

April 27-Opinion: More crop for the drop from the Los Angeles Times

April 26-Lester Snow and Timothy Quinn: Conservation is best, easiest water policy from the Sacramento Bee

April 26-River restoration project offers a sprinkling of hope from the Sacramento Bee

April 26-Ten Guiding Principles Released At Sacramento Water Summit from the California Progress Report

April 25-CSPA to State Board: No Water in Mokelumne Left to Take

April 24-Vote assures changes for Rubicon Trail Hundreds attend meeting; closing route at times a possibility from the Stockton Record

April 24-Peripheral canal no drought lifeline, Contra Costa water district finds from the San Jose Mercury News

April 24-CSPA sues Lake County for violations of the state's Stormwater Permit

April 24-Legislature Will Hear Bill Attacking Bay-Delta Fisheries (AB 1253) on April 28

April 24-Expanded environmental study for Merced Irrigation District dam might force higher water flows from the Merced Sun-Star

April 24-Don't wait until it's too late for the San Joaquin River from the Modesto Bee

April 23-Lawmakers fish for water fixes from the Capital Ag Press

April 23-Farmer’s side: Striped bass bill a fair compromise for fishermen and farmers from the Lodi News Sentinel

April 23-Fisherman’s side: Bill another water grab by farmers south of the Delta from the Lodi News Sentinel

April 23-Fate of this year's delta flows and pumping rests on Monday State Water Board hearing, CSPA's Jackson and Jennings, C-WIN, Butte Environmental Council, and South and Central Water Agencies opposing

April 23-Over 300 businesses and 20 organizations sign SaveOurStriper petitions in opposition to AB 1253

April 23-CSPA sues Richmond land fill company for violations of the state's General Industrial Stormwater Permit

April 23-California Fishy Tales by James Swan, ESPN Outdoors

April 23-CSPA sues Cargill Salt in Newark for violations of clean water act

April 23-Finally, some good news for Westlands Water District from the Hanford News Sentinel

April 23-Drought politics heat up in California and on Capitol Hill from the McClatchy Newspaper desk

April 23-Panel: Wastewater ammonia 'likely' alters Delta from the Sacramento Bee

April 22-Commercial  salmon fishermen oppose AB1253, would support bill if it named excessive pumping rather than stripers as reason for decline of delta's fisheries

April 22- Scientists rip federal agencies for implementation of landmark Delta, salmon protection law from the San Jose Mercury News

April 22-More Information on Jobs and the Plight of Central Valley Farm Workers from Restore the Delta

April 22, 2009-Suit keeps state out of trout business from the Stockton Record

April 22-Secretary Salazar Clears Way to Expand Water Supplies in the California Drought Water Bank Will Help Stretch Water Resources in Central Valley

April 22-Foothill Conservancy calls for attendance at this week's meetings on the Mokelumne River!

April 22-Caples Lake: Back in business this year BIG TIME, CSPA plays major role in arranging for adequate stream flows for Caples Creek and for restocking mitigation for damage to fishery during lake draw down

April 22-Schwarzenegger: Water Conservationist or Big Ag Stooge? by Dan Bacher

April 21-The Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and Chesapeake Bay, two waterways in trouble

April 21-Recreational salmon fishing curtailed from the Sacramento Bee

April 21-Drought and the March for Water in the Central Valley from Restore the Delta

April 21-Gov. Schwarzenegger Addresses Impacts of Vote to Close Salmon Season for Second Consecutive Year

April 21-Winnemem Wintu tribe sues federal agencies, officials by Dan Bacher

April 20-As early as 2025, Southwest will demand more water than is in river, UCSD scientists say from the San Diego Union Tribune

April 20-New flow schedule for Cresta Reach of North Fork Feather River

April 19-Watered-down supplies from the San Diego Union Tribune

April 17-Marchers face uphill battle from the Capital Press

April 17-Senator Florez introduces new bill to establish delta smelt hatchery

April 17-Schwarzenegger Promotes Canal, Dams during Visit by Interior Secretary Salazar by Dan Bacher

April 17-Winnemem Wintu file law suit and will perform war dance on banks of the American

April 16-Delta Farmers Sue to Stop Arnold's Peripheral Canal by Dan Bacher

April 16-Environmental groups sue California over water bank from the Sacramento Bee

April 16--Schwarzenegger Promotes Canal, Dams During Visit by Interior Secretary Salazar, Included is a transcript of   a Q and A session with various legislators by Dan Bacher

April 15-Three fisheries related bills, AB 1052, SB 458 and AB 883 make progress in state legislature

April 15-Feds pay farmers to till arid land from the Associated Press

April 15-Striper run has begun, sort of from the Stockton Record

April 15-Less water use means EBMUD needs to raise rates from the San Francisco Chronicle

April 15-Interior secretary announces $260 million in drought aid to California from the Los Angeles Times

April 15-Grassroots groups SaveOurStripers and SaveDeltaFish expand efforts to defeat AB 1253: Letters still needed

April 14-CSPA files formal protest over petition to increase water exports from the delta, change pumping regime

 April 14-CSPA, C-WIN and BEC sue Schwarzenegger, Resources Agency and Department of Water Resources over approval of Drought Water Bank water transfers

April 14-Delta anglers and guides opposing AB 1253 produce ten minute video

April 14-Water is going down the drain from the San Francisco Chronicle

April 14-Will Schwarzenegger Push Interior Secretary to Support Peripheral Canal

April 14-Another grass root effort to save west coast striped bass generates over 600 letters

April 13-Delta farmers sue to block Delta canal plan from the San Jose MercuryNews.Com

April 13-'March for Water' takes a page from Cesar Chavez from the Sacramento Bee

April 13-Law Would Intentionally Wipe Out Striped Bass from Sport Fishing Magazine

April 13-Desalination plant deemed a success in Santa Cruz from the Santa Cruz Sentinel

April 12-State must rescue delta from crisis from the San Francisco Chronicle

April 12-Senate Majority Leader Calls for Oversight Hearing on MLPA Process by Dan Bacher

April 11-CSPA's John  Beuttler advocates for defeat of AB 1253 on two Saturday morning radio sports shows

April 11-South and Central Water Districts file suit complaining that the  Bay Delta Conservation Project violates numerous wildlife protections

April 10-Operation Colusa Clan Nets Seven Suspected Sturgeon Poachers from DFG News

April 10-Shorter recreational salmon fishing season proposed from the Sacramento Bee

April 10-Desalination plan's foes hit with a legal setback from the San Diego Union Tribune

April 9-$1.6 million fine for 2 Marin sewage spills from the San Francisco Chronicle

April 9-Longfin smelt not endangered in California, regulators say from the Contra Costa Times

April 9-Fished out: Ocean conditions, Delta pumping lead to another dismal year for salmon by Dan Bacher, editor of the Fish Sniffer

April 9-Grass roots effort springs up to defeat AB 1253, the "Striper" bill

April 8-The Peripheral Canal II, storage, and the Delta – the solution is in our Sites from the San Jose Examiner

April 8-It's fish vs. grapes in battle over water from the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat

April 8-Fishing Groups Blast Canal and BDCP Process by Dan Bacher, editor of the Fish Sniffer

April 7-Restore The Delta calls on local, state and federal political leaders to make flood protection a priority for restoration of the Delta

April 7-AB 1253 the bill to wipe out striped bass: Have you written your letter yet?

April 7-My View: New canal would not help the 'ailing' Delta from the Sacramento Bee

 April 7-Delta rivers top U.S. most-troubled list from the Sacramento Bee

April 7-CSPA takes action on two valley polluters

April 6-Discovery Bay faces fine for wastewater violations  from the San Jose Mercury News

April 4-Valley officials urge use of treated wastewater from the Whittier Daily News

April 3-Schwarzenegger Official Tries to 'Snow' Public with Drought Claims from Dan Bacher

April 3-Striper legislation assigned hearing date, Delta Conservancy as well

April 2-Our View: Salmon must top state's water agenda from the Merced Sun-Star

April 2-Editorial: Governor needs salmon agenda from the Sacramento Bee

April 2-Winegrowers, environmentalists unify over wastewater plan from the Healdsberg Tribune

April 2-Outlook is for stress to state's water supply from the San Francisco Chronicle

April 2-Pueblo Vista students pour trout into Lake Hennessey from the Napa Valley Register

April 2-San Lorenzo River gets shot of new fish to boost local runs from the Santa Cruz Sentinel

April 2-Is the Drought really a ‘Fish vs. People’ Issue? from the Endangered Species Coalition

April 1-Corporate farm owner illegally fills in seven acres of Fresno River, plants orchard and lays down blacktop road

April 1-NCCFFF asks fishing and enviro groups to sign on to support rollback of Section 7 ESA Regulations

April 1-At hearing, Calaveras residents blast Pardee plans from the Stockton Record

March 2009

March 31-California drought hearing produces partisan sniping from McClatchy News Service


Bureau of Reclamation hearing statement

March 31-AB 1253 the bill to deregulate striped bass: Have you written your letter yet?

March 31-CSPA objects to fish kill on Russian, seeks to remedy problem


March 30-More club donations give CSPA more muscle: And here's why it's needed

March 30-Schwarzenegger Tries To Link Wilderness Bill to Building Peripheral Canal

March 30-The current schedule for the "striper trial"

March 30-Nunes addresses water grievances: Congressman, others blast management of water resources at rally

March 28-AB 883 (Huffman) would bring change to DFG

March 27-Salmon Fishing Ban to Continue Off California, Oregon by Dan Bacher

March 27-Lake Tahoe Basin bracing for third round of drought conditions from the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza

March 26-More water likely: Conditions improve, but state reservoirs still below average from the Capitol Press

March 26-Wilderness protection bill gets Congress' OK from the Los Angeles Times

March 26-Drug traces found in fish near 5 sewage treatment plants: The study prompts the EPA to expand research to more than 150 locations. Experts downplay the risk to humans but cite danger to fish, frogs and other aquatic species from the Associated Press

March 26, 2009-San Joaquin River Legislation Passes Congress: The River and Its Salmon Are To Be Restored

March 26-Plan to restore San Joaquin River approved from the San Francisco Chronicle

March 26-Water contractors sue over smelt rule from the Stockton Record

March 26-CSPA sues Sims Scrap Metal for discharge of heavy metals into Sacramento watershed

March 26-Volunteer for SFPUC Fish Surveys in Alameda Creek...SalmonAid Festival June 20-21...Rivers of a Lost Coast Screening April 21 and 22 in Berkeley from the Alameda Creek Alliance

March 26-CSPA files suit vs. aggregate company, working with company for cleanup and compliance

March 25-Angry crowd assails BDCP at Stockton meeting over peripheral canal

March 25-Legislative Committee to Hold 36th Annual Fisheries Forum by Dan Bacher

 March 24-Feds Stall as State Moves Forward on Increased Legal Protections for Endangered Delta Fish from CommonDreams.org

March 24-Delta officials to state legislators: Remember us from the Stockton Record

March 24-Drought Turns Water Into a Cash Crop from the Wall Street Journal

March 24-CSPA and C-Win object to Grasslands Bypass Project Extension: Both find it contrary to established water quality and California constitutional law

March 24-EPA reverses Bush, says warming imperils public from the San Francisco Chronicle

March 24-EBMUD schedules another meeting March 30 at San Andreas to discuss Pardee expansion plan at request of Calaveras County Supervisors

March 23-Bill Jennings addresses the Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers on the state of the delta fisheries and current water diversions

March 23-Federal Report: Poor Ocean and River Conditions Spurred Sacramento Salmon Collapse by Dan Bacher

March 23-A Great Wave Rising: The Coming Crisis in Water Policy in America from ESPN B.A.S.S.

March 23-CSPA settles suit with Rio Bravo energy facility: No more cancer causing contaminates being discharged into public drinking water

March 22-CSPA joins in suit to halt suction dredge mining: Asks for injunction until California Environmental Quality Act review completed and other mitigations take place

March 22-How much water for one pair of jeans?

March 21-Overrun by waste: Large agriculture operations add billions to our economy but what price are we paying?

March 21-The 'Triennial Sport Fishing Regulations' Cycle

March 20-Environmental Groups file comments on 2009 Drought Water Bank

March 20-EPA: Lead, Ammonia Among Most Commonly Released Toxic Chemicals in California: Hazardous waste treatment, petroleum refinery, and gold mining account for 60 percent of the releases in 2007 from YubaNet.Com

March 20-Southern California marine reserve plan spawns debate from the Los Angeles Times

March 19-Sacramento River's chinook face double whammy from the San Francisco Chronicle

March 19-CSPA Action Alert 3-18-09: Legislation to Eradicate Striped Bass Fisheries Introduced! We need your letters and support!

March 19-Delta Fly Fishers come up BIG for CSPA with $1,300 contribution

March 19-CSPA's Chris Shutes speaks against Pardee expansion at EBMUD Oakland meeting

March 19-Canal wins few converts in Delta: Peripheral waterway plan gets harsh reception in S.J. from the Stockton Record

March 18-Legislators introduce five different bonds addressing water needs from the California Farm Bureau

March 18-Water board delays decision on Lodi discharge permit from the Lodi News Sentinel

March 18-Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Receives $425K for Wetlands Restoration

March 18-Flexibility Bill A Win For Both Fish & Fishermen: "We Should Be Using Sound Biology &Science" Says Rep. Pallone

March 18-Appeals Court Upholds NOAA's Hatchery vs. Wild ESA Salmon Listing Policies

March 18-Video of panel sponsored by the department and the Political Science Student Associated debated controversial water issues Feb. 4 at Fresno State now available for viewing: CSPA's Mike Jackson and Bill Jennings on Panel

March 17-Tuolumne River Trust Sponsors Paddle to the Sea by Dan  Bacher, editor of the FishSniffer

March 17-NOAA's salmon policy upheld: Court affirms use of hatchery fish to bolster wild runs from the Seattle Post Intelligencer

March 17-Three more fly fishing clubs, Granite Bay, Shasta Trinity and Tri-Valley show their support for California's fisheries by joining CSPA

March 17-Turnout overwhelming for Sutter Hill meeting regarding EBMUD's plans to expand Pardee Dam

March 17-Lodi could lose permit to irrigate: Move could force costly upgrade of wastewater plant from the Stockton Record

March 17-Nature Conservancy land buy to help revive coho from the San Francisco Chronicle

March 17-Schwarzenegger Launches Green Corps As California Fisheries Collapse by Dan Bacher

March 16-Save the Mokelumne River from EBMUD Plan to Enlarge Pardee by Dan Bacher, editor of the FishSniffer

March 16-New maps will ignore levees when drawing flood plain from the Chico Enterprise Record

March 16-Where are the salmon solutions? from the San Francisco Chronicle

March 15-CSPA concerned about Central Valley Regional Board's selection of waters for the List of Impaired Water Bodies

March 15-CSPA to be featured on KPIX Six O'clock News on Monday regarding the bill to delist the striped bass as a California game fish

March 15-Independent Delta Vision Task Force Reorganizes to Advance Sustainable Delta Plan: Delta Vision Foundation convenes as California faces drought and ecosystem crises

March 13-California Water Users Sue Federal Agencies: Government Actions Exacerbating Water Crisis

March 13-Tahoe-area developer fined record $2.75 million from the North County Times

March 13-Pardee expansion threatens to drown more of the Mokelumne River: Tell East Bay MUD you care about the Mokelumne

March 13-Adult steelhead climbs fish ladder but turns around from the Ventura County Star

March 13-Ban on commercial fishing of chinook extended from the San Francisco Chronicle

March 12-CSPA appeals Maxwell Wastewater Treatment Plant permit, Regional Board ignored regulations

March 12-This issue of Delta eNews

March 12-CSPA appeals Lake Wildwood Wastewater Treatment Plant permit, says Regional Board's approval ignores numerous violations

March 12-Something's fishy, Bakersfield lawmaker's concern for Delta smelt misguided from the Stockton Record

March 12-CSPA appeals Regional Board's blind-eyed approval of Woodland Wastewater Treatment Plant permit

March 12-Bay-Delta Stamp Advisory Committee meeting results in funding approved for three important fisheries projects, halibut hooking mortality, central valley steelhead monitoring and  the role of contaminants and multiple stressors in the striped bass population collapse

March 11-California must step up to save salmon, experts tell legislators

March 11-Senator Lois Wolk Unveils Delta Legislation At Symposium

March 11-California's claims of three-year drought are all wet from the Stockton Record

March 11-Good things can come from a drought from The Economist

March 11-Westlands and three other Central Valley Water Districts still owe taxpayers $500 million dollars: New government audit finds that the bulk of an interest-free loan from the 1960s is still unpaid

March 11-CSPA appeals San Andreas Wastewater Permit to State Board, asks that it be brought into compliance with federal and state regulations

March 10-Westlands Water District buys private trout club on the McCloud for $35 million, says they're waiting for Shasta dam expansion 15 years away!

March 10-CSPA settles lawsuit against Nelson's Marine for illegal pollution of SF Bay

March 10-Wild Trout Program broke, state stiffs Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission for six million dollars: Head of program forced to ask for private funding

March 10-Steelhead trout getting migration help from the Associated Press

March 10-Climate change accelerates water hunt in U.S. West from Reuters

March 10-Watch Congressman Miller on video speaking at the delta symposium held February 28th

March 9-Environmental and fishing communities speak out on salmon crisis

March 9-Water bond plans come at critical time for Delta from the Stockton Record

March 9-Bill Deadline Brings New Proposed Environmental Legislation from the California Progress Report

March 8-CSPA protests extension of pumping of San Francisquito Creek by Cal Water

 March 7-San Luis Obispo fly fishers puzzled over DFG ruling

March 7-Alex Breitler's blog: Stripers vs. smelt from the Stockton Record

March 7-Top salmon researcher says outlook for fish is grim from the San Jose Mercury News

March 6-New Dam Endangers The Mokelumne River from American Whitewater

March 6-Environmental Groups Praise Obama's Move to Restore ESA Protections; But Will the Agencies Protect the Delta?

March 6-CSPA Advisory regarding AB 1253, the bill to deregulate the Striped Bass as a California Game Fish

March 6-Proposed bill would slash protection, funding for striped bass from the Stockton Record

March 6-Water agencies sue feds over Delta pumping from the Sacramento Business Journal

March 5-On the California Drought: State of emergency? from the San Francisco Chronicle

March 5-From the DWR Water News Editors

bulletSacramento drives to cut water use -- Sacramento Bee – 3/5/09 By Matt Weiser
bulletNew panel to focus on Delta -- Stockton Record - 3/5/09
bulletRecent water samples taken from the Mt. Shasta area indicate high levels of aluminum found in rainwater samples -- Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers – 3/4/09 By Charlie Unkefer

March 5-CSPA and Environmental Law Foundation file comments on Tracy waste discharge requirements

bulletELF's Comments

March 5-New protections for fish could trigger more water cuts from the Redding Record Searchlight

March 5-Dan Blanton Striperfest Fund delivers another $15,000 to defend striper in suit brought on by water districts

March 5-San Clemente Dam not coming down

March 4-Fishermen brace for new ban on ocean salmon from the San Francisco Chronicle

March 4-Suit seeks to block delta smelt rules from the Fresno Bee

bulletWestland/San Luis/Delta-Mendota complaint

State Water Contractor's Complaint


March 4-NEW BILL TACKLES DELTA SMELT PREDATOR from the Bakersfield Californian

bulletAssemblywoman Fuller's Press release regarding AB 1253
bulletAB 1253 as introduced
bulletLEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST AB 1253, as introduced, Fuller. Striped bass.

March 4-Grass-roots call for action on Delta from the Stockton Record

bulletCSPA's Bill Jenning's award acceptance comments
bulletBill Jennings Panel notes
bulletDelta must be saved, say all speakers at symposium from the Modesto Bee

March 4-The California Water Wars: Not A Conflict Between Fish and People by Dan Bacher

March 3-Future of dams could pit farms against fish from the Merced Sun-Star

bulletCSPA's Comments regarding relicensing
bulletFriends of the River Comments regarding relicensing

Martin Comments regarding relicensing


GWWF Comments regarding relicensing

March 3-Endangered Species Act change under review: Obama may reverse a Bush-era revision that loosened environmental rules for federal projects from the Los Angeles Times


White House Memo on ESA

March 3-State's in a drought, but it's not the worst ever from the Los Angeles Times

March 3-Recreational Miners attack traditional Indian salmon fishing: Miners file vengeful petition asking state officials to shut down Karuk Tribe’s last dip net site

March 3-Friends of the River to hold California Rivers Festival in Fair Oaks, March 14

March 2-Vote today to help acquire the $10,000 grant for the South Lake Tahoe Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Project!

March 2-Dan Blanton Sugar Barge Annual Free Delta Striper/LMB Clinic & BBQ on March 21; CSPA will be there to sign up new members at Dan's invitation

March 2-CSPA trial survey results are in; Landslide of concern over pumping and collapse of delta fisheries

March 1-Foothill Conservancy asks for your help to protect the Mokelumne for future generations 

February 2009

Febrruary 28-Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Introduction of Safe, Clean, Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2009

February 28-CSPA and a coalition of conservation and recreation groups file comments on the FERC Draft Assessment for the DeSabla-Centerville project for Butte Creek

February 27-Governor’s drought response welcomed From the Central Valley  Business Times

February 26-California could be salmonless again from ESPN News

February 26-Governor Lauds Introduction of Peripheral Canal and Dams Bill

February 26-California Salmon and Steelhead Association files formal protest over San Franciscuito Creek

February 26-Ladybugs' Fly Fishing Club among the clubs volunteering to monitor Heenan and Red Lakes for abuse and vandalism

February 26-Senators delay confirmation of California Fish and Game chief: Warden's Association will not endorse appointment by Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee

February 26-Pacific Fishery Management Council releases salmon abundance forecasts for 2009 fishing seasons: Sacramento River numbers very low

February 26-This weeks issue of Delta eNews

February 25-Fish and Game: No longer a bit player? from the Sacramento Bee

February 25-State Board denies DWR/Bureau's emergency drought petition

bulletState order denying petition

February 25-Delta's symposium "A Bold Direction: The People's Vision for the Delta" details for those attending

February 25-Fishing club raising funds by showing film, proceeds to returning wounded veterans

February 24-Partnership for Sustainable Oceans Supports Manufacturer's Statement: Budget Cuts Will Damage Recreational Fishing

February 24-State Will Host Public Meeting on Salmon in Santa Rosa by Dan Bacher, editor of the FishSniffer

February 23-State will not borrow from hunting, fishing licenses by Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee

February 23-DFG to host series of public meetings on the outlook for the 2009 ocean and river salmon fisheries: First meeting at Santa Rosa March 3rd

February 23-A busy weekend coming for CSPA: One weekend, three events

February 20-Water officials say they violated Delta flow standard to aid salmon by Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee

February 20-Federal water forecast is grim for some Valley farms: Not a drop from the Fresno  Bee

February 20-Reclamation Announces Initial 2009 Central Valley Project Water Supply Allocation


Questions &Answers -- Water Year 2009 Central Valley Project Allocation -- February 2009

 February 20-Schwarzenegger Signs Budget, Slashing Environmental and Health Protections 

February 20-Senator Hollingsworth, Republicans call for appeal on water restrictions

February 20-CSPA only fishing group to testify in State Board hearing regarding emergency drought petition for change in outflow standards for Sac


February 19-DWR schedules state wide scoping meetings regarding Bay Delta Conservation Plan

February 19-Long term uses of dredging materials to be discussed March 12th, April 21st

February 19-The Delta Protection Commission Management Planning Advisory Team to meet March 5th

February 19-California Department of Agriculture to take on invasive species

February 18-Less water now... More water later?

February 18-Ocean Salmon Season Setting Process Begins: Estimates of 2008 Sacramento River Fall Chinook Escapement At All Time Low

February 18-Klamath River Activists Carry Message to Water Board; Again, call on Officials To Keep Water Clean, Negotiators Honest

February 18-Central Valley Salmon Run Reaches a Record Low

February 17-Peripheral canal — What would it do to Thornton?

February 15-Restore the Delta to hold symposium, "A Bold Direction: The People's Vision for the Delta." in Lodi, February 28

February 15-Delta Pumping A Key Factor Behind Salmon and Killer Whale Declines

February 14-The Delta: A National Treasure in trouble

February 14-Pirates of the Capitol: Tentative deal reached in state budget standoff;  budget results in weakening environment, labor protections

February 14-CSPA settles suit vs. Waste Management, Alameda County, requires compliance, monitoring, and mitigation


CSPA vs. Waste Management settlement

February 13-NMFS Meeting: High water temps, Red Bluff Diversion Dam, back flowing Delta and pumps major causes of salmon decline

February 13-San Francisco Endangered Species Take Permit for Alameda Watershed – Take Action!

February 13-Wildlife fund loan could cost state millions in federal money from the Sacramento Bee

February 13-CSPA serves notice of intent to sue Lake County landfill

CSPA Notice of Intent

February 12-State Water Board to hold hearing on Suspension of Delta Protections Feb. 17

February 12-CSPA files Notice of Intent to sue the Rio Bravo power facility for discharge of carcinogens into streams leading to Sacramento River

February 12-California Fly Fisher joins list of $1,000 Corporate Donors to CSPA

February 11-The Limitations of Water

February 10-"Restore the Delta" is asking you to call your legislator on behalf of protecting the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

February 10-Klamath Dams move one step closer to removal with passage of SB 76 By Oregon Senate Natural Resources Committee

February 10-Delta Delta bill rekindles debate on exports

February 9-CSPA asks for stream work, clean up and ordinances on the Rubicon Trail
bulletFebruary 2, 2009 CSPA Comments regarding Rubicon Trail
bulletJanuary 23, 2009 Draft Cleanup and Abatement Order, El Dorado County Department of Transportation Rubicon Trail, El Dorado County
bulletJanuary 23, 2009 Draft Cleanup and Abatement Order, Attachment

January 23, 2009 Cover Letter, Draft Cleanup and Abatement Order

February 9-How much would the loss of of California's Recreational fishing cost? It's BIG bucks!

February 9-CSPA Submits Comments for the Yuba-Bear and Drum-Spaulding Relicensings


CSPA Comments

February 8-Schwarzenegger, Feinstein and Nature Conservancy Capture Cold, Dead Fish Awards

February 7-DWR and the Bureau have plans to drain the delta this summer: CSPA objects!
bulletCSPA's response to the Proposed Urgency Petition by California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

February 7-CSPA Added to Steering Committee of National Hydropower Reform Coalition

February 6-The "Water Wars" debate ended without bloodshed but without any solutions either

February 5-Conservation, Fishing Groups Sue To Protect North Coast Rivers and Fisheries: State and regional water boards failing to comply with clean water laws

February 5-Name Change Won't Alter Resources Agency's Dark Mission

February 5-CALFED-DFG Ecosystem Restoration Program Contract Amendments Workshop to be held on February 19

February 4-CSPA again complains of Wastewater permit changes made after public comment period is closed, San Andreas Wastewater the focus this time
bulletCSPA comment letter regarding late revisions

February 4-Carmel River Steelhead going the way of the dinosaurs without intervention
bulletEnhancing Threatened Salmonid Populations: A Better Way


February 3-CSPA files comments on Turlock Water Quality Control facility, scolds Central Valley Board's violation of federal regulatory requirements
bulletCSPA comments on late revisions

February 3-State Board proposes to remand City of Tracy's wastewater permit to Regional Board at request of CSPA, will require permit to comply with federal and state laws
bulletState Board Notice of hearing

February 3-Salt ponds in  South San Francisco Bay to be restored to tidal wetlands by U.S. Fish and Wildlife

February 2-CSPA upgrades its Weekly Email Newsletter, joins Constant Contact

February 2-CSPA's Jennings irked by State Board's "Secret Decision" and denial of review, sends scathing letter to Board
bulletDWR and USBR Petition July , 2008
bulletSouth Delta Water Agency's Petition For Review, July 18, 2008
bulletCSPA Petition for Review, July 30, 2008
bulletState Board Denial of Petitions, January 6, 2009
bulletSouth Delta Water Agency's Comments re Denial, January 29, 2009
bulletCSPA's Comments re Denial, January 29, 2009

February 2-CSPA's Mike McKenzie reports on the January 28th of the Bay Delta Sportfishing Enhancement Stamp Fund meeting

Committee Proposal List


DFG Proposal List

January 2009

January 31-Keep the California Conservation Corps alive

January 31-CSPA finds Merced Irrigation District's FERC relicensing argument faulty, plan too narrow in flow considerations for Merced and San Joaquin Rivers
bulletCSPA scoping comments

January 31-Schwarzenegger Uses Snow Survey as Opportunity to Push Peripheral Canal

January 29-CSPA requests meeting with State Board regarding Regional Board's failure to comply with NPDES regulations when issuing permits, Asks that EPA also attend meeting
bulletCSPA's letter to the State Board
bulletResponse from Mr. Lauffer, via E-mail, January 27, 2009

January 29-Mining protected as salmon dwindle Sacramento Bee Editorial

January 29-Schwarzenegger Wants Department of Boating and Waterways Gone in 3 Months!

January 28-New Studies Confirm Klamath Dam Removal Beneficial for Salmon and Water Quality, No Increased Flood Risk

January 27-Egg transfer never occurred, Mokelumne hatchery still at 290,000 while capacity is 9,000,000

January 27-CSPA files Notice of Intent to Sue Castle and King Rock & Ready in Vacaville, is willing to meet to avoid necessity of court action
bulletCSPA Notice of Intent to Sue

January 27-Arnold Applauds Clean Air Waiver As He Continues War on Fish!

January 26-"Water Wars" debate scheduled for Fresno State on February 4; CSPA's Bill Jennings and Mike Jackson and C-Win's Loyd Carter on panel as well as Westlands, Friant and Kern County execs

January 26-California fish and game denies petition to protect fisheries from recreational mining

January 25-Fly Fishing Show schedule is posted, volunteers needed for booth!

January 25-CSPA exposes 108 improperly exempted wastewater violations in  settlement for Malaga County Water District, asks for additional enforcement
bulletCSPA Complaint

January 25-Schwarzenegger Freezes Funding for MLPA-Related Activities Due to State Budget Crisis

January 23-Fall fish count in Delta is dismal from the Sacramento Bee

January 23-ISE Salmon And Steelhead Panel: Act Now Or Lose Our Fisheries!

January 23-CSPS serves Notice Of Intent to sue Jensen Precast: Site pollutes already impacted Suisun Marsh and Suisun Bay
bulletNotice of Intent to Sue

January 22-San Francisco Alameda Watershed Habitat Conservation Plan under scrutiny

January 22-To save salmon, stop subsidizing toxic farming

January 22-Senate passes lands bill containing San Joaquin River money

January 21-Another View: Peripheral canal idea still thin on details

January 21-CSPA sues Solano Garbage Company for violations of Stormwater Permit
bulletCSPA vs. Solano Garbage Company Complaint

January 21-Obama calls halt to last minute Bush regulations to Endangered Species Act and other environmental issues

January 21-CSPA files comments for Feb Board meeting for review of Lodi Wastewater Treatment Plant practices

January 21-Dan Bacher of the FishSniffer presents the 2008 "Leaping Steelhead Conservation Awards" 

January 20-CSPA asks for public hearing on inadequate settlement proposal by DWR for Tipton Milk Processing Facility pollution violations
bulletCSPA hearing request

January 20-CSPA stands in the way: DWR willing to further imperil fisheries by pumping Central Valley groundwater south
bulletCSPA/Butte Environmental Council Letter

January 20-NOAA-NMFS BiOp states valley water projects damage delta fisheries

Draft BiOp

January 19-Proposed plan irks anglers, hunters from the Fresno Bee

January 19-CSPA files notice of intent to sue two bay area sanitary land fills
bulletCSPA Notice of Violations and Intent to File Suit Under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act

January 19-CSPA files comments and asks for designated party status on 3 wastewater permits
bulletJanuary 8, 2009 -- Comments by the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance regarding the tentative NPDES permit for the Nevada County Sanitation District No. 1, Lake Wildwood Wastewater Treatment Plant 
bulletJanuary 7, 2009 -- Comments by the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance regarding the tentative order for the Byron Wastewater Treatment Facility 
bulletJanuary 6, 2009 --Comments by the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance regarding the proposed Waste Discharge Requirements for Barrel Ten Quarter Circle Land Company, Barrel Ten Quarter Circle, Escalon Cellars. 

January 17-CSPA and C-WIN protest Westlands rescue through San Luis Drainage Resolution

CSPA C-WIN comment letter

January 17-