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.
Check it out! AquAlliance has its first billboard and it may be seen on the west side of Hwy 99 south of the Hwy 149 interchange before the rice fields. Thanks so much to the generosity of Linda and Gary Cole for hosting it and our team for assembling it!Read more
AquAlliance sued the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation again over their inadequate environmental review of the Bureau’s ‘temporary,’ North-to-South water transfers that take place year-after-year. While we lost the injunction that sought to halt the transfers,* AquAlliance and our litigation partner, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), achieved the major goal of the lawsuit: the ‘temporary’ water transfers will be folded into a larger plan that must disclose more fully how the communities, economy, and the environment in the NorthS...Read more
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
Last year, as California endured one of its driest years on record, the Westlands Water District made it rain 3,000 miles away — on Capitol Hill. The nation’s largest agricultural water district, located in the Central Valley, spent $600,000 on lobbying efforts, according to an analysis by KPCC in partnership with the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. That’s by far Westlands’ biggest annual expenditure for lobbying — about six times what it spent in 2010. The lobbying comes as Congress and federal agencies consider how to respond to three years of drought conditions that have cut water supplies across the state and ratcheted up political pressure from the hard-hit agricultural sector, including many of Westlands’ customers. Click here to read the article. 4.10.2014 OpenSecrets.org – by Kitty Felde & Viveca Novak Article is a collaboration between Southern California Public Radio and the Center for Responsive PoliticsRead more
3.24.14 — SF Gate, by Carolyn Lochhead: Even before the drought, the southern San Joaquin Valley was in big trouble. Decades of irrigation have leached salts and toxic minerals from the soil that have nowhere to go, threatening crops and wildlife. Aquifers are being drained at an alarming pace. More than 95 percent of the area’s native habitat has been destroyed by cultivation or urban expansion, leaving more endangered bird, mammal and other species in the southern San Joaquin than anywhere in the continental U.S. Federal studies l...Read more
With a third dry year in a row, the California drought highlights the serious challenges we face in sustainable water use in the western United States as a whole. It is dry by all measures: the amount of precipitation, of snow in the mountains, in reservoirs, in soil moisture, even in groundwater depth. Impacts are already being felt in cutbacks of water deliveries to agricultural users; impacts on ecosystems, particularly fisheries; urban mandatory and voluntary cutbacks; some small systems literally running out of water from their single sour...Read more
Presented at the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Drought Workshop February 18-19, 2014 By: California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) AquAlliance The public workshop’s purpose was to receive input on its drought-related activities affecting water rights holders. Click a link to view: Drought Workshop Agenda Drought Position PaperRead more
North State water supplies under pressure as drought parches California By Alastair Bland Chico News & Review, February 13, 2014 A thousand feet beneath the city of Chico, in the pitch-black waters of the Tuscan Aquifer, time has proceeded for ages without sound or sunlight, mostly unaffected by the world above. But in recent years, an increasing tug of upward force has been moving the Tuscan Aquifer’s water toward the surface of the Earth—drawn, ultimately, by the thirst of fruit trees and vegetable fields hundreds of miles away. And in 2...Read more
- AquAlliance Billboard on Highway 99!
- Lawsuit Produces Desired Outcome
- Water Transfer Injunction Denied
- The Politics of Drought: California Water Interests Prime the Pump in Washington
- California drought: Central Valley farmland on its last legs
- A Drier Future?
- Drought Position Paper Feb. 2014
- The Big Squeeze