Baykeeper Updates Related to Water Resources

BK In The News: February 21, 2020
California sued the Trump administration on Thursday to block new rules that would let farmers take more water from the state’s largest river systems, arguing it would push endangered populations of delta smelt, chinook salmon and steelhead trout to extinction... "They’re not doing enough, and, in...
BK In The News: February 20, 2020
President Donald Trump wants to divert water from California’s freshwater rivers to help nut farmers cope with the state’s increasingly frequent droughts. But orca whales, salmon, and other critically threatened fish could pay the price... “This is not just a problem of a few fish,” said Jon...
BK In The News: February 19, 2020
Governor's office has seemed reluctant to help protect Northern California's rivers and fisheries if the actions might anger agricultural interests... Jon Rosenfield, a scientist with the watchdog group S.F. Baykeeper, said the federal plan leaves the Newsom Administration with two legal options —...
BK In The News: February 18, 2020
During President Trump’s visit to California this week, the commander in chief who campaigned on a pledge of shipping more water to Central Valley farms plans to stop in Bakersfield...“They’re not doing enough, and in fact, they’re hand-in-glove with the Trump administration,” said Jon Rosenfield,...
Blog Post: February 14, 2020
One of the largest horse boarding facilities in the country lies on the banks of the Petaluma River (pictured, above). For years, there's been nothing to stop the horse manure from flowing straight into the river and downstream to San Francisco Bay.  Manure runoff contains unlawfully high levels of...
BK In The News: February 5, 2020
Two months ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom seemed poised to file yet another suit against President Donald Trump — this time, over a federal plan to pump more water to Trump’s farming allies in the San Joaquin Valley... “This is a bear hug of the Trump administration extinction plan by the Newsom...
BK In The News: February 4, 2020
This guest commentary was written by Julie Zimmerman, Jeanette Howard, Jon Rosenfield, and Rene Henery in response to The Final Demise of Unimpaired Flows, guest commentary by Robert Shibatani... As river ecologists that work on environmental flows, we’re often confused by the strong reactions we...
Blog Post: January 13, 2020
Fisheries are collapsing. Salmon runs are dwindling. Endangered species are rapidly approaching extinction. And drinking water is unsafe in some of California’s most disadvantaged communities.   The fresh water that flows from the Sierras, through the Central Valley, the Delta, and into San...
Blog Post: November 26, 2019
In 1975, scientists found that the Petaluma River was so heavily contaminated with E. Coli and other bacteria that it was unsafe to have any contact with the water. The presumed sources of the bacteria included animal and human waste running off of ranches, stables, farmland, and out of broken...
BK In The News: November 5, 2019
Eight-hundred pages into the text of a lengthy new report, federal biologists have quietly granted government water managers permission to nearly exterminate an endangered run of Sacramento River salmon... "This is an extinction plan," warns Jon Rosenfield, a scientist with the organization San...

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