Sacto Valley water managers respond to NRDC et al lawsuit: Statements of illegal diversions and federal mismanagement are unsubstantiated, they say

Sacramento Valley rice growers say they have voluntarily deferred diversions and taken other actions to reduce drought impacts on fish and waterfowl The Sacramento River Settlement Contractors have issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s press release, Enviro groups sue Reclamation and rice growers for mismanagement leading to demise of near-extinct salmon: The Sacramento River Settlement Contractors (SRSCs), representing […]

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This just in … Enviro groups sue Reclamation and rice growers for mismanagement leading to demise of near-extinct salmon

Illegal Diversion of Water Threatens to End Chinook Salmon Survival in California, they say From the NRDC, this press release: “Environmental groups filed a request yesterday to supplement their complaint against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and growers who flood irrigate rice in the Sacramento Valley for mismanaging water supplies that should have been used to protect California’s once-booming salmon […]

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Final Ruling: San Diego County Water Authority Owed $188.3 Million Plus Interest in Rate Case Victory

From San Diego County Water Authority: A San Francisco Superior Court judge today issued a final decision that says the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must pay the San Diego County Water Authority $188.3 million plus interest for illegal water rates MWD charged from 2011 to 2014. Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow also determined that MWD has been under-calculating the […]

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This just in … Court denies Temporary Restraining Order against Klamath River flows

The Eastern District Court has issued it’s decision denying the request for a Temporary Restraining Order against the Bureau of Reclamation, thereby allowing the water to from Trinity Reservoir to the Lower Klamath River for the aid of salmon. From the Court’s conclusion: (Note: In the court docs, FAR = Flow Augmentation Release) “The Court concludes that there is no […]

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Delta Stewardship Council posts opposition brief to lawsuits challenging Delta Plan

From the Delta Stewardship Council: On May 16, 2013 the Delta Stewardship Council unanimously adopted the Delta Plan (after certifying the Delta Plan EIR). On May 17, 2013 the Council unanimously adopted the Delta Plan implementing regulations, which are based on the fourteen “policies” contained in the Delta Plan. The regulations were approved by the Office of Administrative Law on […]

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This just in … Ninth Circuit Upholds Biological Opinion for Central Valley Irrigation Impacts on Endangered Salmon

This just in from the Central Valley Business Times: Salmon and the federal government agencies and environmental groups trying to keep them alive in the California Delta have scored a win over water contractors and the Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project in a ruling Monday from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 80-page decision upholds a “Biological […]

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Legal documents: Opening briefs filed on Delta Plan litigation

In May of 2013, the Delta Stewardship Council unanimously adopted the Delta Plan, a comprehensive, long-term management plan for the Delta that includes 14 regulatory policies that were subsequently approved by the Office of Administrative Law.  Following the adoption of the Plan, several agencies and organizations filed lawsuits seeking to invalidate the plan and/or its environmental documents. Opening briefs were […]

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Legal update: Delta smelt and whooping crane cases show ‘increasing pressure mounting against the Endangered Species Act in the courts’

At the October 30th meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, legal intern Cody Phillips briefed the council members on recent litigation regarding California water and related issues. He began with the recent development between the Friant Water Authority and the State Water Resources Control Board. “Friant filed a petition in Fresno County Superior Court for a writ of mandate contesting […]

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This just in … Court Strikes Down Environmental Review of Kern Water Bank: California Officials Failed to Consider Environmental Impacts of Bank Operation (includes court documents)

This just in from the Center for Biological Diversity: “A California judge has struck down the environmental review of the Kern Water Bank, saying state regulators didn’t do enough in 2010 to examine how its operation effects the state’s water resources and wildlife. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley means the state Department of Water Resources will […]

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This just in … AquAlliance and CSPA file lawsuit against Reclamation over CVP transfers

From AquAlliance and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance: On 11 June 2014, AquAlliance and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) filed a lawsuit in federal District Court against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation USBR over its inadequate disclosure, avoidance of impacts, and mitigation of major water transfers from the Sacramento Valley through the Delta to the San Joaquin Valley. USBR […]

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