AquAlliance exists to defend northern California waters and to challenge threats to the hydrologic health of the northern Sacramento River watershed. We are prepared and willing to confront the escalating attempts to divert more and more water from the northern Sacramento River hydrologic region.
Deference to Federal Agencies Prevails… Judge Lawrence O’Neill of the federal district court in Fresno denied the preliminary injunction sought by AquAlliance and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance to stop the federal 2014 water transfers from the Sacramento Valley. His deference to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will quite possibly bring the Delta smelt, the subject of the preliminary injunction, to extinction. Courts routinely do this since they like to believe that the agencies are more expert than the public. Clearly it creates a high bar for public interests to meet even with expert testimony that supports the legal challenge and it ignores repeated failures by agencies. Unless there are significant environmental changes to the conditions in the area of origin or the Delta that could be brought back to the court for reconsideration, the transfers will move forward. Arguing the full merits of the case, which covers ...Read more