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February 2009

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

bulletNotice of Public Hearing
bulletPetition for Temporary Urgency Change
bulletEnvironmental Information for Petition
bulletNotice of Exemption

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

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 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

January 2009

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

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

January 17-CSPA opposes further Delta daily 1000 acre feet diversions

bulletCSPA comments 
bulletSouth Delta Water Agency comments

January 3-Delta panel urges California canal without legislative, voter OK

December 2008

December 31-Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Release Draft Central Valley PIA CPAR Report for Public Review and Comment

December 27-My View: Science, not politics, will save Delta

December 27-Salmonid Restoration Conference to be held in Santa Cruz in March, Reserve your place now!

December 26-“Salmon: Recovery or Extinction”: Panel Will Scope the Crisis and Actions Needed At Sacramento ISE

December 22-New wetlands plan worries S.F. Bay fishermen

December 22-Salmon Disaster Relief Application Deadline Is December 31

December 21-Pacific economist willing to bet $10,000 study on peripheral canal is wrong

December 20-DWR Chief Snow still pushes for "conveyance", dams and continued pumping in face of USFWS Bi OP on Delta Smelt

December 19-Schwarzenegger Still Pimping Peripheral Canal as He Declares "Fiscal Emergency"

December 19-Feinstein fires at DFG for not controlling stripers and black bass in the delta

December 16 - How the press  covered the USFWS BiOp Delta Smelt decision

December 16-Striped Bass Feminization in the Delta

December 15-Department of Fish and Game comments on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biological opinion on Delta smelt

December 15-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases New Biological Opinion for Delta Smelt: Limits delta pumping to environmentally sustainable manner

bulletFrom Earthjustice: New Biological Opinion Will Protect San Francisco Bay-Delta: State and federal water projects operators must protect native fish from extinction
bulletFrom the National Resources Defense Council - Federal Government Calls for Stronger Delta Smelt Protection Preventing Extinction for Fish Offers Chance to Solve California¹s Water Woes

December 15-Radio implants to track salmon through Delta By Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee

December 13-Political headwinds building against Delta pumping study By Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee

December 11-Feinstein: Delay new water restrictions for fish

December 10-DWR wants the water back that was used to protect Delta fisheries, further depleting the Delta's dwindling supply

December 9-Comment Period Re-opened for Uplisting Delta Smelt: Technical error triggers additional 60 days for public to submit information

December 9-Public Water Agencies Throughout California File Suit to Prevent Further Water Cutbacks

December 8-Baby Fish in Polluted San Francisco Estuary Waters Are Stunted and Deformed

December 8-U. C. Davis Scientists discover maternal transfer of toxic chemicals and pesticides from adult to larval striped bass in the San Francisco Estuary

December 5-Trying to halt Delta pumping from the Stockton Record

December 2-News Media and Anglers react to CSPA law suit on Delta pumping

December 1-CSPA, C-WIN File Suit to End Wasteful Delta Diversions, Protect Public Trust Resources

bulletRead the complaint

(Read the July 8th Comments on the Draft Strategic Workplan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary)


March 19-CSPA News: Unreasonable Use Complaint Filed With State Water Control Board. Groups will Sue in 60 Days if Board Fails to Schedule Evidentiary Hearing

November 2008

November 27-Delta Vision Committee releases Discussion Document 


November 20-The Economics of Ending Delta Water Exports versus the Peripheral Canal: Response

November 20-CSPA  endorses letter regarding Drought Water Bank flaws.  Kudos to Barbara Vlamis of Butte Environmental Council for the heavy lifting

November 17-New Report Shows California Fish in Crisis: 65% of native salmon, steelhead, and trout species may be extinct in next century

November 16-DFG's Koch, Big Ag's best friend?

November 15-Is Schwarzenegger Trading Klamath Dam Removal for the Destruction of the Delta?

November 14-"Striper Trial" scheduled for October 14th, 2009: Fate of fishery and DFG regulations rest with coming federal court decision

November 12-CSPA Supports Hamilton Wetlands Project But Not the Proposed Dredging Plan

November 12-Fish Wrap: Big bay dig a pig in a poke?

November 11-Corps of Engineers to use Bay dredge tailings to restore Marin area wetlands project: Public hearing scheduled

November 7-The Economics of Ending Delta Water Exports Versus the Peripheral Canal: Checking the Data of the PPIC

November 6-A Gradual Ending Of Delta Water Exports - A Potentially Cost Effective Solution to the Delta's Water Woes

November 6-Massive Fishkill in Stockton Port attributed to lack of dissolved oxygen

November 6-Canal controversy continues; Task force proposes peripheral canal in the Sacramento Delta

November 4-CALFED Science Program Workshop; Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (PPIC II): A Conversation with authors of the recent Public Policy Institute of California Report Appendices

November 1-Is Schwarzenegger Terminating Salmon Surveys?

November 1-California Regional Quality Control Board holds Westlands responsible for effects of poor irrigation practices, demands wastewater treatment permit

October 2008

October 31-State Uses Announcement of Proposed Water Cuts to Push Canal and Dams

October 30-California to cut water deliveries to cities, farms

October 28-Stop the Water Grab-A Call to Action

October 23-State of Bay-Delta Science Book, Fact or Fiction?

October 21-From the SF Chronicle: Judge: Delta salmon 'unquestionably in jeopardy'

October 20-Felix Smith on the Public Trust Doctrine:  Water Resources, Uses and Ecological Values

October 20-Bailing Out Big Ag: Schwarzenegger's Delta Vision: Canals and Dams

October 18-Governor signs extension of Bay-Delta Stamp but State Auditor finds numerous problems in fund management

Read the full bill, AB 2162


Read the full State Auditor's Report

October 16-Delta Vision Task Force Proposes Peripheral Canal, More Dams

October 11-Governor's Green Rhetoric Contrasts with His Anti-Environmental Actions

October 7-Thousands of fish die in Alameda Creek (on-line at the Argus)

October 3-Edan Landing restoration project to create vital habitat for endangered wildlife;
Project will also provide public recreational access in Hayward

September 2008

September 30-Stakeholders urge NMFS to take necessary steps to restore salmon fishery

September 30-Schwarzenegger Vetoes AB 1806, Fish Rescue Plans Bill, Campaigns For Delta's Destruction

September 28-Schwarzenegger: A 'Green Economy' in the Wake of a Dead Delta?

September 23-DWR and US. Dept. of Interior to hold hearings on installing gates on Frank's Tract; Is this a thinly disguised plan to channel more fresh water south?

bulletFranks Tract Project News Update 1



September 19-NOAA’s Fisheries Service Releases Disaster Aid to West Coast Salmon Fishing Industry

September 19-CSPA sues City of Stockton over waste water treatment plant

bulletWatch Jeffery Schaub and Bill Jennings on KPIX discussing state of the delta and Stockton waste water treatment plant (If unable to play, download the open-source video player at http://www.videolan.org/)

September 17-Government says salmon disaster money on its way

September 17-Destructive bill would suspend Endangered Species Act at Delta pumping plants during droughts  

September 16-KPIX to air segment on the Delta featuring CSPA Executive Director, Bill Jennings Wednesday, September 17, noon. Another segment LIVE from the Delta on September 18 at 6pm

September 12-PFMC Hears Progress Report On Analysis Of West Coast Salmon Stock Decline 

September 10-Cold water rings dinner bell for West Coast salmon by Jeff Bernard, Associated Press (on-line)

September 10-Restore the Delta Event Rescheduled for January 2009!

September 8-California can grow more food AND take less water from the delta

September 7-DFG releases Striped Bass Population Study Cruise Report: Although not conclusive, populations down from previous survey

September 7-Striped Bass Stamp Fund Condition Report

September 5-"What Can I Do To Restore The Delta?"

September 4-CSPA's Executive Director, Bill Jennings to appear on KPIX, Channel 5, San Francisco, regarding Stockton Wastewater Plant and the health of the delta

September 4-More on the passage of AB 1806, the Prospect Island fish kill and the fate of the Delta

August 26-Amended Coalition for a Sustainable Delta Complaint regarding striped bass

August 1-Guest Editorial by Dan Bacher, Editor of the Fish Sniffer :How can Schwarzenegger campaign for $9.3 billion water bond while slashing salaries?

July 30-CSPA Press Release: CSPA Protests State Board’s Elimination of Key Delta Protection: Secret order allows pumping to be increased! by Bill Jennings, Executive Director, CSPAJuly 29-Conservation Groups Blast Schwarzenegger/Feinstein Water Bond Proposal by Dan Bacher, editor of the Fish Sniffer

July 29-CSPA News: The complete court decision: Coalition for a Sustainable Delta and Dee Dillon vs. DFG, F&G Commission, CSPA, Central Delta Water Agency. We're just waiting for the fat lady to sing!


Judge Wanger's decision

July 28-CSPA News: Rebuttal to arguments in opposition to AB 1806: A letter by John Beuttler, Conservation Chair, CSPA

July 26- CSPA News: CSPA's letter of support for AB 1806 to Senator Florez

July 25-CSPA/C-WIN News : CSPA/C-WIN chide House subcommittee on lack of notice, unbalanced character of congressional hearing on federal response to the California drought emergency


July 21- CSPA/C-WIN letter to Rep. Napolitano regarding the Congressional hearing

July 25-Southwest Council FFF News Kudos to the Southwest Council: Monofilament fishing line can kill, but not if it's collected and placed in these brand new recovery tubes

July 25-CSPA News: Big Victory in Striper Trial, Plaintiffs have "No standing"

July 25-CSPA/C-WIN News : Agribusinesses “save” West Side wetlands while irrigation drainage impairs the San Joaquin River, Delta Estuary

bulletJuly 23-CSPA/C-WIN letter to Senator Feinstein

July 24-Positive Moves for Salmon Recovery By Dick Pool

bulletJuly 24-NRDC Issue Paper: Fish Out of Water; How Water Management in the Bay-Delta Threatens the Future of California’s Salmon Fishery
bulletJuly 24-Assemblywoman Lois Wolk (8th District) Assemblyman Jared Huffman (6th District) Press Release
bulletJuly 24-Congressman George Miller, (California's 7th District) Press Release
bulletJuly 24-NRDC Press Release

July 23-New Report Says Providing Water for Fish is the Surest Way to Create Water Supply Reliability for California Farms and Cities

July 23-California Water Operations Threaten Survival of Iconic Salmon Fishery: Fishermen, Seafood Restaurant, and Conservationists to Hold Press Conference at Scoma’s Restaurant at Pier 47 in San Francisco

July 21-The Public Policy Institute's New Report: An Elaborate, Yet Incomplete Sales Brochure For the Peripheral Canal by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta

July 21-CSPA ACTION ALERT: AB 1806 Under Assault from water contractors, needs immediate support 


CSPA Action Alert 7.21.08

July 20-Owner of one of world's largest construction firms funds report backing  Peripheral Canal by Dan Bacher, editor of the Fish Sniffer

July 19-Stephen Bechtel Jr. Funds Peripheral Canal Report! by Dan Bacher

July 18-Judge Rules Water Projects Imperil Central Valley Salmon and Steelhead

July 18-Peripheral Canal Debate Returns, Charting California's Water Future Panic makes poor policy by Peter Gleick

July 18- Restore the Delta Challenges Public Policy Institute's Support of Peripheral Canal by Dan Bacher

July 18, 2008- Federal District Court Judgment, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen Association et al, vs. Carlos Guiterrez, Sec. of Labor, Delta Mendota Canal, et al.

bulletJuly 18, 2008-Judge Rules Water Projects Imperil Central Valley Salmon and Steelhead

July 17- PRESS RELEASE from the Public Policy Institute: Peripheral Canal Is Best Strategy To Save Delta Ecosystem, Ensure Reliable Water Supply


July 17-CSPA News: CSPA/C-Win Comments and Testimony Prompt Major Improvements in Bay-Delta Strategic Plan By Bill Jennings, Executive Director, CSPA

July 17- CSPA News: Opening moves in Striper trial favor DFG and CSPA

July 16-CSPA News: AB's 1806 and 2175 to be heard by Senate Appropriations Committee on August 4th

July 14-Is the legislature sailing us down the peripheral canal? Peralta's talking compromise with the governor

July 10-Guest Editorial by Dan Bacher of the FishSniffer: Bad news for fish:
Schwarzenegger and Feinstein Ally to Build Dams, Canal

July 10-A press release from the governor's office: Schwarzenegger's and Senator Feinstein's compromise proposal

July 9-Fish and Wildlife Service to Consider Uplisting Delta Smelt; Service seeks useful information for analysis during 60-day comment period

July 9-CSPA News: Business as usual? CSPA and C-WIN prepare to testify before the State Water Resources Control Board on the State Board's Bay-Delta Strategic Plan

July 8-A guest editorial on the striped bass issue This is where we divide the sheep from the wolves folks!!!  

July 7-CSPA News: CSPA's Mike Jackson ready to defend the beleaguered Delta Striped Bass in federal court on July 14 By Jerry Neuburger 

June 30, 2008- CSPA and additional NPO's letter to State Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee opposing SB 994

bulletJune 30-Sacramento Bee Editorial: Little fish, big bad idea. Smelt hatcheries would just be a waste (link only)
bullet6-26-08 Measure would set up hatcheries for endangered Delta smelt
by M. Weiser mweiser@sacbee.com (Link only)

June 27, 2008- Letter from USF&W to Central Valley Operations Office, Bureau of Reclaimation re: Additional Information Required for the Review of the Operation Criteria and Plan (OCAP) for the coordinated operation of the Central Valley Project, and the State Water Project

bulletCVP/SWP OCAP Biological Assessment (Link only)
bulletJuly 1-Feds' plan to improve Delta water system isn't accurate, agency warns By Matt Weiser mweiser@sacbee.com (Link only)

June 13, 2008-Notice of availability and opportunity for public comment draft strategic workplan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary

bulletJuly 8, 2008-CSPA and C-WIN, "Comments on the Draft Strategic Workplan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary"
bulletJuly 9, 2008-CSPA News: Business as usual? CSPA and C-WIN prepare to testify before the State Water Resources Control Board on the State Board's Bay-Delta Strategic Plan

May 30, 2008 - Scoping Comments for the EIR/EIS for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta Conservation Plan

May 26, 2008 - Diet composition in San Francisco Estuary striped bass: does trophic adaptability have its limits? Matthew L. Nobriga & Frederick Feyrer

May 19, 2008 Notice of Motion to Intervene, Coalition for a Sustainable Delta et al vs. F&G Commission, DFG. CSPA, CSBA, NCCFFF Filing

bulletJuly 23. 2008-Memorandum decision and order re state defendants' motion for judgment on the pleading
bulletMay 19, 2008 - Memorandum of Points and Authorities in support of Motion to Intervene, Coalition for a Sustainable Delta et al vs. F&G Commission, DFG.
bulletMay 20, 2008 - CSPA Advisory - 5.20.08 (1) CSPA - NCCFFF - CSBA Intervene In Striped Bass Litigation (2) West Coast Congressional Democrats Blast NMFS over Salmon Losses
bulletMay 20, 2008 - CSPA, CSBA and NCCFFF intervene in Striped Bass Lawsuit (CSPA Press Release)
bulletMay 20, 2008 - News Article: Fishery Conservation groups intervene in ridiculous lawsuit filed by the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta, By Dan Bacher
bulletApril 15, 2008 Notice of Motion to Intervene, Memorandum of Points and Authorities, Coalition for a Sustainable Delta et al vs. F&G Commission, DFG Nomellini, Grilli and McDaniel Filing

April 2008 - An Initial Assessment of Dual Delta Water Conveyance Requested by the Delta Vision Task Force Prepared by DWR

bulletJune 23, 2008 NRDC comments on Initial Assessment of Dual Delta Water Conveyance

March 18, 2008  C-WIN/CSPA Waste and Unreasonable Use Petition to the State Water Board Regarding Delta Pumps

bulletMarch 19, 2008 - Unreasonable Use Complaint Filed With State Water Control Board. Groups will Sue in 60 Days if Board Fails to Schedule Evidentiary Hearing

August 6, 2007 - Delta Fishery Recovery and Restoration Vision (pdf format)

bulletAllied Fishing Groups letter to John Kerlin, Executive Director, Delta Vision (pdf format)

February 7, 2005 - CSPA Comments on the South Delta Improvements Program, Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report

2001 - Historical and Present Distribution of Chinook Salmon in the Central Valley Drainage of California, Yoshiyama, Fisher and Moyle

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