During his last month, Brown quietly signed an agreement with the Trump administration to transfer water from Southern California and portions of the Bay Area to corporate farms in the San Joaquin Valley. In return, the Trump administration dropped its threatened opposition to Brown's legacy project -- the massive tunnels that would divert water from the San Francisco Bay Delta. This was done with no public notice, hearing or environmental analysis.
Sacramento Bee, Febrary 5, 2019Will Trump's California water plan send more to Republican farmers and short Democratic cities?
While campaigning for president in 2016, Donald Trump promised a cheering Fresno crowd he would be "opening up the water" for Central Valley farmers who'd been victimized by "insane" environmental rules to protect fish. Trump took one of the most aggressive steps to date to fulfill that promise Tuesday by proposing to relax environmental regulations governing how water is shared between fish and human uses throughout the Central Valley. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released an 871-page "biological assessment" of conditions in the Delta that it said is designed to "maximize water supply and delivery" while maintaining protections for fish.
Sacramento Bee, February 5, 2019Shasta Dam Project Sets Up Another Trump-California Showdown
The Trump administration is laying the groundwork to enlarge California's biggest reservoir, the iconic Shasta Dam, north of Redding, by raising its height. It's a saga that has dragged on for decades, along with the controversy surrounding it. But the latest chapter is likely to set the stage for another showdown between California and the Trump administration.
KQED, Febrary 1, 2019
California's water supply is now inextricably tied up with climate change. In a warming world, nature has already brought smaller Sierra snowpacks and less predictable precipitation patterns, with periods both of drought and of flooding. Gov. Gavin Newsom, if he is to successfully steer the state into the future, has to bring to his water agenda the same steely-eyed, reality-based drive that the two previous governors brought to limiting carbon emissions.
Los Angeles Times, January 14, 2019
It's not smooth sailing for California's lawmakers in Washington, as a push to extend a controversial water bill is dividing the caucus along unusual lines.
San Francisco Chronicle, December 14, 2018California Adopts Landmark River Plan to Bring Back Salmon
In a landmark vote, California water officials adopted a revolutionary water plan on Wednesday, aimed at restoring the state's ailing rivers. But they left the door open for a future compromise with the water districts that would bear the brunt of the plan.
KQED, December 13, 2018California Suit Seeks to Extend Water Contracts
Capping years of debate over the financial future of the state's critical water delivery system, California sued in state court Tuesday to validate contract extensions with its largest water suppliers for another 67 years. The move, which environmental groups could still challenge, purports to give the state the financial flexibility needed to renovate the State Water Project. If approved by a judge, contracts with 29 water suppliers will be extended through the year 2085.
SCVNews.com, December 12, 2018Big setback for Gov. Brown's twin tunnels delta water project
A crucial certification needed to build two tunnels that officials believe would help solve California's water delivery problems was withdrawn Friday, ensuring that Gov. Jerry Brown's pet water project won't be approved before he leaves office in January.
San Francisco Chronicle, December 7, 2018Editorial: Brown, Feinstein betrayal of the Delta is unacceptable
Just as two state agencies are about act to protect the environmental health of the Delta, the governor and California's senior senator are trying to undermine them. Californians should urge their congressional representatives to oppose this travesty and demand that Brown and Feinstein stop their collusion with the Trump administration to weaken federal water protections.
The Mercury News, December 4, 2018