Baykeeper Updates Related to Freshwater flows

BK In The News: June 30, 2020
Guest Commentary:  For more than a decade, California’s governors have pushed for “voluntary agreements” to establish rules for water diversions by major urban and agricultural water districts, and to redress their environmental impacts. Keep tabs on the latest California policy and politics news....
Blog Post: May 14, 2020
Late Monday, a federal judge in Fresno temporarily stopped the Trump administration from further hurting the Bay's endangered fish. Trump's plan weakens Delta water export rules to send even more water to industrial agricultur​e​ in the Central Valley. But after an emergency hearing the judge...
BK In The News: May 13, 2020
The conflict over California water, often compared to a war, rather resembles a geological process. As along an earthquake fault, surface spasms come and go... “It abandons the state’s responsibility to protect endangered species,” said Jon Rosenfield of San Francisco Baykeeper.
BK In The News: March 31, 2020
... “I think that the Newsom administration is employing some cold, political triangulation and their position here is that, ‘We don’t have to protect our endangered species, we don’t have to protect water quality in the delta or the San Francisco Bay estuary fisheries, we just have to be better...
Blog Post: March 25, 2020
In a new lawsuit, Governor Newsom is pushing back against a water grab by the Trump administration. But at the same time, Newsom’s agencies are working to enact eerily similar moves at the state level. It all goes back to how California’s precious fresh water supply is allocated.  In a typical year...
Blog Post: November 11, 2019
In a draft review from July of this year, federal scientists found that the Trump administration's plans for federal dams and water diversions in California would make a bad situation worse. California's fish are already in trouble. Industrial farms and big cities suck up too much of the water from...
BK In The News: October 31, 2019
By Jon Rosenfield and Gary Bobker In a devastating blow to the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta estuary last week, the Trump administration eliminated science-based protections for five of this ecosystem’s endangered fish species. An effort to revise safeguards for...
BK In The News: October 25, 2019
The Trump administration this week declared that its plan to pump more water from the Bay-Delta will not jeopardize endangered species... But Jon Rosenfield, a senior scientist with the environmental group San Francisco Baykeeper, said marginal gains from the plan won’t be worth the harm to...
Monthly Column: June 4, 2019
As the dust settles from the whirlwind transition of the California governor’s office, it’s a relief that the new statehouse has squashed the Delta tunnels water project.  The proposal for massive twin tunnels through the Delta was an expensive infrastructure project—deceptively named “WaterFix”—...
Blog Post: May 21, 2019
For decades, San Francisco Bay and the California Delta have been starved for fresh water. As cities and farms suck water from Sierra rivers, only a trickle of fresh water is left to flow unimpeded through the Delta to the Bay.  This practice is unsustainable—and has pushed the Bay-Delta estuary...

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