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.
Tunnels don't add up;
now we know why
3.20.16: For years now, Gov. Jerry Brown has been telling us that he will save the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – the greatest fresh-water estuary on this side of the continent – by taking water out of it. As we’ve pointed out repeatedly, if you divert major portions of the Sacramento River under the Delta, the only way to “save” the Delta is to increase the flows from the much-smaller San Joaquin River into the Delta. To do that, the state will have to take more of the flows from the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers. The tunnels are nothing less than a water grab, and it’s our water they’re grabbing.
Fine should put halt to Twin Tunnels
3.18.16: Gov. Jerry Brown is counting on the Westlands Water District to be one of the major financial backers of his $15 billion Delta tunnels, easily the largest public works project in U.S. history. It’s time he dumped the whole notion, given last week’s admission by Westlands general manager that the nation’s largest water district got caught cooking the books with “a little Enron accounting.”
The SEC charged Westlands Water District, California’s largest agricultural water district, situated on drainage-impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, with “misleading investors about its financial condition as it issued a $77 million bond offering,” according to a statement from the Commission. In addition to charging the district, the SEC charged its general manager Thomas Birmingham and former assistant general manager Louie David Ciapponi with misleading investors about its financial situation.
SEC Charges Westlands
with 'Enron Accounting'
Jerry Brown’s Lost Colusa Oil Wells Found
3 Oil/Gas Wells Listed on Brown’s Family Homestead: Recently California Governor Jerry Brown came under fire for the use of public funds to conduct a geological survey on his family property in Colusa County. Brown claims his request was to satisfy his interest in the history and geology of his family’s land; however, many claim the report focused on oil and gas deposits.
C-WIN & AquAlliance of the Petitions “Requesting Changes in Water Rights of the Department of Water Resources and US Bureau of Reclamation of the California Waterfix Project” This protest demonstrates how AquAlliance is again representing the NorthState in a way that local governments are not.
A powerful article about the political clout of Westlands Water District.
Sites Reservoir: Different Views
Here are some very different view on the benefits of the proposed $6.3 billion Sites Reservoir on the west side of the Sacramento Valley.
The Bad (AquAlliance disagrees):
- California needs to invest in Sites reservoir
The Good (AquAlliance agrees):
- Is the era of dam-building over?
- Building Sites reservoir will never pencil out or produce much water
- Butte County Water Commission’s subcommittee report on its investigation into Sites Reservoir.
Sites Reservoir: Different Views
Back in the 1950s and ’60s, the Sacramento River and its tributaries were probably gaining about a million acre-feet per year on average from the groundwater. As pumping progressed through the years, the groundwater levels were drawn down… “the impacts from today’s pumping haven’t even shown up yet in the river.”
Glenn water district backs down from plans for five new wells
Plans are off the table for now for Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District to drill five new wells as a backup water supply during dry times.
- Lawsuit Filed: 10-Year North-to-South Water Transfer Program. Massive Transfers Threaten North State Farms, Fish & Communities.
- 2nd Lawsuit Filed: Chronic Violations of Water Quality and Management in the Sacramento River and Delta.
- Comments Submitted: AquAlliance Comments on Draft EIR for GCID 10-Wells Project
- 3rd Lawsuit Filed: Groups Sue State Water Board to Prevent Fishery Extinctions – New: First Amended Complaint