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As Drought Winds Down, CA Lawmakers Set Stage for Future Water Wars

BY LEILANI CLARK  |  Climate, ENVIRONMENT, FARMING 01.24.17 Congress quietly passed water legislation in December that could drain the state’s Bay Delta and endanger fish populations. All signs point to the five-year drought being over for parts of California, at...
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Oroville Dam, for 1st time in history, uses emergency spillway

By Kurtis Alexander and Filipa A. Ioannou Saturday, February 11, 2017 California’s second-largest reservoir filled with so much water Saturday, thanks to extraordinary winter storms and unexpected damage to a release channel, that officials at Oroville Dam t...
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Bodega Bay to be release site for quarter-million hatchery salmon

MARY CALLAHAN THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | February 11, 2017, 3:05PM  A quarter-million tiny, young salmon, each just a few inches long, are scheduled to be released into Bodega Bay this spring, providing a potential bright spot amid ongoing hardship for...
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Brutal western US winter has been terrible for animals

Posted 11:15 a.m. January 27, 2017 By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press Antelope injured while falling on ice. Horses stranded in snowy mountains. Cougars descending from their wilderness lairs to forage in a town. It’s been a beastly winter in the...
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Single tunnel proposal for Delta may herald a new approach

A compromise proposal suggests that one tunnel instead of two be constructed on the Sacramento River to deliver water to the pumps near Tracy. (Randall Benton –Sacramento Bee file) BY JOHN MCMANUS Special to The Bee  The Public Policy Institute of...
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Everyone is at odds over Gov. Brown’s delta tunnels plan — here’s a compromise that could stop the fighting

When enemies are in face-to-face combat, they’re often blind to an obvious path to potential compromise. That’s certainly true of water warriors, who have been battling over California’s most valuable and limited resource since statehood. Fights don’t ...
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President Obama Signs Water Bill With Big Ag ‘Poison Pill’ Rider

by Dan Bacher Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, was appalled by passage of the bill with its environmentally destructive Big Ag rider. “This is the tool California water districts need to deny the water...
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How California’s water wars divided one of the closest friendships in Congress

Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein of California appear with other Democrats at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton last year. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) A bill that stands to help farmers struggling through California’s epic drought sits on Pr...
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Think Tank Urges Fresh Look at the Delta Water Tunnel Plan

At the 11th hour, the Public Policy Institute of California hopes to rekindle interest in building one water diversion tunnel in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta instead of two. But it might be too late to shift course. At this location along...
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Fish Wrap: Sturgeon biting in San Pablo Bay as big tides roll in

By Alastair Bland, IJ correspondent The sky is as gray as the bay is brown, and a day on the water in December means gloves, a heavy jacket and a wool beanie. But then, that’s how fishermen dress in the...
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