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Dan Bacher is an environmental journalist in Sacramento. He can be reached at: Dan
It's Nuts! Since California's Drought Started, Water-Hungry Almonds Planted on 150,000 More Acres
Posted on: May 15, 2015, Source: AlterNet
How does the amount of increased almond acreage translate into increased water usage during the state's current drought?
Activists 'Shut Down' Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento
Posted on: Apr 1, 2015, Source: Daily Kos
Protest group said the company is draining up to 80 million gallons of water annually during a record drought.
Northern California Reservoirs Run Very Low While Southern Reservoirs Are Near Capacity
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Critics say the crisis could have been avoided, and is result of mismanagement of the state’s water supply system.
Governor Jerry Brown’s 10 Worst Environmental Policies
Posted on: Oct 27, 2013, Source: AlterNet
The governor failed to show up for an environmental award after outrage from environmentalists, indigenous leaders and labor activists who exposed Brown's abysmal environmental record.
California Poised to Enact Dangerous Fracking Bill
Posted on: Sep 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet
A bill that started out aimed at protecting Californians from fracking veered off course.
LA City Council Members Call for Fracking Moratorium
Posted on: Sep 6, 2013, Source: Daily Kos
The measure would outlaw fracking by changing the city's zoning laws.
Will Plans for Massive Tunnels to Pipe Northern California Water South Mean a Boon for Fracking?
Posted on: Feb 27, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Where will the industry get the water for fracking on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley and coastal areas, including Monterey County where large Monterey Shale deposits are located?
Despite Dubious Evidence of Safety, You May Soon Be Eating Unlabeled Genetically Engineered Salmon
Posted on: Dec 28, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Environmental and consumer protection groups are crying foul.
Federal Grants Include Money to Greenwash Peripheral Tunnels Plan in California
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012, Source: AlterNet
This grant looks like it gives a "green veneer" to a plan that will result in the destruction of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Why Ratepayers and Taxpayers Could Be Stuck Holding the Bill for a Massive Water Infrastructure Project in California
Posted on: Aug 15, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Most of the cost burden will fall on taxpayers and urban water ratepayers, although corporate agribusiness will receive the majority of the water from the tunnels.
The Resnicks Manipulate Water Policy with Big Campaign Contributions
Posted on: Feb 17, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Expect the influence by corporate giants like the Resnicks to increase even more due to the recent Supreme Court decisions that blocks bans on corporate spending for candidates.
Is Schwarzenegger's Big Drought Over?
Posted on: Jan 19, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Don't be surprised if Schwarzenegger will now use the threat of catastrophic flooding of Biblical proportions to promote the $11.1 water bond on the November ballot.
USDA Data Dispels Myth that California's West Side Growers 'Feed the Nation'
Posted on: Jan 8, 2010, Source: AlterNet
An "Astroturf" agribusiness group has relentlessly promoted the myth that crops grown on drainage-impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley "feed the nation."
Schwarzenegger Uses State of the State Address To Push Misguided $11.1 Billion Water Bond
Posted on: Jan 7, 2010, Source: AlterNet
He gushed about the legislative package that clears the path for a peripheral canal, new dams and the destruction of the California Delta as one his major "accomplishments."
NASA Report Highlights Need to Retire Drainage Impaired Land in California
Posted on: Dec 18, 2009, Source: AlterNet
The retirement of drainage impaired land on the San Joaquin's west side should be a priority if we want to preserve California's limited water supply and fisheries.
Surprise: Schwarzenegger Uses 'Drought' Announcement to Promote Canal, Dams
Posted on: Dec 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet
A broad coalition oppose the peripheral canal because it would inevitably result in the increased diversion of Delta water to corporate agribusiness and southern California.
Revealed: Astroturf Groups Planning Massive California Water Grab to Benefit Big Ag and SoCal
Posted on: Nov 28, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Their ultimate goals are to increase water exports from the imperiled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to corporate agribusiness and southern California.
Environmental Groups Across California Oppose Legislative Water Package
Posted on: Oct 30, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Today environmental groups from around California weighed in with their opposition to the dangerous proposed water legislation.
Groups Rally to Stop Nestle's Raid on Sacramento Water
Posted on: Oct 20, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Grassroots community activists are mobilizing against the internationally boycotted corporation that is planning to bottle water in an already parched state.
Governor Schwarzenegger Holds California Hostage to Peripheral Canal Water Bond
Posted on: Oct 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Schwarzenegger said he wants a water bill package including a peripheral canal and dams on his desk by Friday night before he will act on 700 bills awaiting his signature.
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