Trump Nominates Westlands Lobbyist for Deputy Interior Secretary

President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate David Bernhardt of Virginia, a former lobbyist for the politically powerful Westlands Water District, for Deputy Secretary of the Interior.  On April 28, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate David Bernhardt of Virginia, a former lobbyist for the politically powerful Westlands Water District, for Deputy Secretary of the Interior. Interior is the agency in charge of managing and conserving public land and natural resources, including rivers and lakes, in the United States. Bernhardt will serve under Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who recently came to Sacramento to meet with California Governor Jerry Brown to discuss water infrastructure, the Delta Tunnels, public lands and other issues. Read More →

Hoopa Valley Tribe Testifies Against Westlands in Federal Court

From left to right: Hoopa Valley Tribal Fisheries Director Mike Orcutt, Self-Governance Director Daniel Jordan, Chairman Ryan Jackson and Attorney Tom Schlosser.On Monday, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Yurok Tribe and an attorney representing the United States testified in front of a panel of three federal judges asking them to overturn a previous ruling in favor of San Luis and Delta Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District. Westlands claimed that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation did not have the authority to release additional water from the Trinity River to prevent a fish kill on the Lower Klamath River. Reclamation, at the urging of tribal and fisheries scientists, has ordered extra releases of Trinity River water for three consecutive years when river conditions reach certain thresholds and fish disease is detected. Read More →

TRT Movie Review: Over Troubled Waters

Over Troubled Waters is a documentary released this summer, and it’s about two things: the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and planned multibillion-dollar water transfer project that threatens the Delta. With it making its rounds in film festivals and premieres throughout the state, I was able to make a packed premiere in Stockton. Read More →

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is Being Sued in Federal Court

The California Sportsfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), North Coast River Alliance, Friends of the River and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe have sued the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Federal Court for failing to conduct a full environmental view of interim Central Valley Project (CVP) water delivery contracts. Read More →