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California State Board Votes to Approve Bay-Delta Plan, Restrict Water to Farmers

California State Board Votes to Approve Bay-Delta Plan, Restrict Water to Farmers

By Joel Pollak California’s State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) voted Wednesday to approve the Bay-Delta plan, which will re-allocate water from farms and cities to the environment in an effort to restore dwindling fish numbers. The plan will require tributary rivers within the San Joaquin watershed to maintain an average water level of 40% of “unimpeded flow” […]

Republic of Thirst, Part 1: Bay-Delta Plan Pits Fish Against Farmers — and San Francisco

Republic of Thirst, Part 1: Bay-Delta Plan Pits Fish Against Farmers — and San Francisco

By Joel Pollak Note: This is the first in a series of three in-depth articles on water policy and water politics in California, supported graciously by the Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fund Fellowship, a project of The Fund for American Studies (TFAS).  The sun dips low over a seemingly improbable landscape, less than an hour east of […]

Trump Says NO to Brown Delta Tunnel Scam–Saves 10’s of Billions $$$

Trump Says NO to Brown Delta Tunnel Scam–Saves 10’s of Billions $$$

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views Jerry Brown wanted to use tens of billions of dollars to pay off the unions and crony capitalists by building twin Delta Tunnel.  After the money was spent, not a drop of new water would have been created.  Instead his friends and donors would be richer, […]

Brown’s water tunnels plan still alive, but obstacles are many

Brown’s water tunnels plan still alive, but obstacles are many

by Chris Reed . With a seeming vote of confidence from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – the giant agency that supplies water to about half the state’s 38 million residents – Gov. Jerry Brown appears set to soldier ahead with his $17 billion plan to build two 35-mile-long tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Brown’s […]

Brown’s Delta tunnel project draws strong opposition

Brown’s Delta tunnel project draws strong opposition

Feds fluster Brown on Delta pump plan

Feds fluster Brown on Delta pump plan

. Gov. Jerry Brown suffered another setback in his effort to gain the upper hand over California’s persistent drought. New details on alterations to his massive pumping plan, which would change the way the Delta region distributes the water that flows into it, revealed major changes that have aroused major opposition. In a harsh editorial, the […]

SEIU: Strike averted at JFK–Delta caves to Union demands

SEIU: Strike averted at JFK–Delta caves to Union demands

Strike averted as Delta’s subcontracted airport security officers, baggage handlers and wheelchair agree to deal with Aviation Safeguards– NEW YORK (July 22, 2015) – The 1,200 Aviation Safeguards workers who were planning a potentially crippling strike beginning at 10:00 pm Wednesday July 22nd 2015 will report to their posts as usual after the company agreed […]

SEIU: Union to strike at JFK–Potential to snarl air traffic

SEIU: Union to strike at JFK–Potential to snarl air traffic

Delta’s subcontracted airport security officers, baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants voted to strike at LaGuardia and JFK airports in what will be the largest airport worker strike in recent history. Starting Wednesday July 22, 10:00 p.m. at  JFK Airport, Terminal 7 arrivals.   Airport workers subcontracted out to Delta will put up a picket line and […]

Environmentalists Sue: Demand Feds/State Give MORE Water to Fish–Less to People

Environmentalists Sue: Demand Feds/State Give MORE Water to Fish–Less to People

  California has a water shortage. Our VERY confused Guv Brown just authorized $287 million, money meant to provide water for people, to instead be used to make fish bait (delta smelt) more comfortable and safe from his lack of a water policy. Over 500,000 acres of farmland is going fallow—not enough water for farms. […]

Supreme Court refuses to hook Delta smelt case