[env-trinity] California Salmon Action Alerts and News: Humboldt BOS Trinity Meeting 12/10, Delta Selenium Permit 10/5, Petition: California, Fight the Trump Water Plan and Westlands Contract and Latest News

Regina Chichizola klamathtrinityriver at gmail.com
Wed Nov 13 13:52:17 PST 2019


California Salmon News And Action Alerts


Action Alerts- Please Share

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   Testify At the Humboldt Board of Supervisors meeting on the Trinity
   River and Sites Reservoir Dec. 10th,
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   Testify for Clean Water: No Selenium in Our Rivers, Delta and Bay: 25
   Year Discharge Permit Meeting, Dec. 5th,
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   Change.org Petition: Ask Newsom to Fight Trump Water Plan and Westlands
   Permit



News:

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   Groups slam Trump administration's sweetheart water deal with Westlands
   Water District
   <https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/11/8/1898102/-Groups-condemn-Trump-administration-s-sweetheart-water-deal-with-Westlands-Water-District>
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   California fights Trump on everything — except water
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   Trump Plan Weakens Protections for California Fish, Divers Water to
   Farms
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   LA Times Editorial: Dead dogs and toxic fish: Welcome to Stockton a City
   choking on California Water Policy



Action Alert – Tell the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to Withdraw
Support for Sites Reservoir and Protect Trinity River on Dec. 10!

 More info at  https://www.facebook.com/events/458453541694465/
<https://www.facebook.com/events/458453541694465/> or
https://www.californiasalmon.org/


Please attend the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday,
December 10, 2019 at 9 am, 825 Fifth Street, Eureka.  Check the Board’s
agenda for a specific morning time at
https://humboldt.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx
<https://humboldt.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3ozis8byZIBEtRfRmIgmcdhe_alX7ITFe_hi7zWSGx6_Hq9sVua2ybk5k>
) and arrive early to get through security.


Encourage the Board of Supervisors to approve sending two letters to the
Sites Project Authority and the Bureau of Reclamation. The first letter to
the Sites Project Authority withdraws the Board’s conditional support for
the proposed Sites Reservoir in the western Sacramento Valley until a
specific condition is placed on the project’s water rights to not take
water from the Trinity River, to protect Humboldt County’s 1959 water
contract with the Bureau of Reclamation for 50,000 acre-feet of Trinity
River water, and to protect the 2017 Lower Klamath River Record of Decision
that provides Trinity River water In drier years to prevent a repeat of the
catastrophic 2002 Lower Klamath River adult salmon fish kill.


The second letter requests that the Bureau of Reclamation and the Sites
Project Authority issue a supplemental/recirculated Draft Environmental
Impact Statement/Report (DEIS/EIR) because of faulty modeling regarding the
Trinity River.  The 2016 DEIS/EIR hides adverse temperature impacts to the
Trinity River in drier years, does not account for Humboldt County’s 1959
50,000 acre-foot water contract for Trinity River water.


Please come out and email and call these representatives and ask them to
support the resolutions:

Supervisor Estelle Fennell: 707-476-2392 efennell at co.humboldt.ca.us

Supervisor Virginia Bass: 707-476-2394 vbass at co.humboldt.ca.us

Supervisor Rex Bohn:  476-2391 rbohn at co.humboldt.ca.us



Testify for Clean Water: Say No to the 25 Year Permit to Discharge Selenium
into Our Rivers, Delta and Bay

Thursday, Dec. 5 9am

Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Valley-Regional-Water-Quality-Control-Board/191459850879855?eid=ARARS9mIcT6HQw4b_aVAx-UJ8SfjgKLpqD95cU9B8kYxNY-wdINL1pKyXwawWY6dut_W9fxrn9H3EaXs>

11020 Sun Center Drive, #200, Rancho Cordova, California

More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/2438402193047340/ or
https://www.californiasalmon.org/


It is time to stand up for our drinking water and fish. After two decades
of promises to cease toxic discharges of selenium and other contaminants
into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the Bureau of Reclamation and the
Regional Board are poised to  allow another quarter century of continued
toxic discharges into the Delta through permitting the Grasslands Bypass
Project "GBP"


These toxic discharges come from piping water from agriculture drains in
California's "poisoned lands" in the East San Joaquin Valley to the San
Joaquin River. Fish and Wildlife Service has said some of these lands are
so toxic that retiring them is the only way to control their pollution.


In the 80's these discharges caused major birth  defects in birds in the
Kesterson refuge. Now they now discharged into the San Joaquin River above
where millions of Californians' drinking water comes from. There is even a
proposal to pipe agriculture waste water to the SF Bay.


These discharges, which contain not only selenium but also boron and
pesticides, frequently exceed violate water quality standards and have lead
to water quality violates as far away as the San Francisco Bay.


PLEASE COME TESTIFY AGAINST THE GRASSLANDS BYPASS PERMIT ON  DECEMBER 5TH!
If your drinking water or fish come from the Bay Delta or SF Bay you could
consume this agriculture pollution. Do not let California permit decades
more of relaxed standards will impact the entire aquatic food chain,
endangered and commercially harvested salmon, migratory birds, recreational
fisheries, and communities that rely on the Delta for drinking water.




Petition: Gov. Newsom: Support Tribes, Cities, and Fish: Fight Trump Water
Plan and Westlands' Contract

https://www.change.org/p/newsom-support-tribes-cities-and-fish-fight-the-trump-water-plan-and-westlands-contract


Last  month Governor Newson issued proclamation declaring October 14, 2019,
as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in the State of California. In this
proclamation he acknowledged that native people were stewards of land
before the conquest of California.


We thank the governor for the proclamation, however last month on
California Native American Day the governor also vetoed legislation (SB 1)
that could have helped the state protect our salmon from Trump’s
environmental rollbacks. This is unacceptable.

We need more than lip serve from the governor. We need action. We need the
Governor to protect California's Tribes, Cities and Fishermen.


We need California to Fight the Trump Water Plan and the proposed permanent
contract for Westlands Water District. For California’s Tribes water and
salmon are life. For California's Fishermen and coastal towns salmon are
their livelihood. For most of the state these threatened rivers feed their
drinking water supply.


Read Westlands' Proposed Contract at
https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/usbr-westlands-draft-wiin-act-contract-public-comment-period-10-22-19.pdf



Latest News on the Trump Water Plan and Proposed Permanent Contract for
Westlands Water District:


*Groups slam Trump administration's sweetheart water deal with Westlands
Water District
<https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/11/8/1898102/-Groups-condemn-Trump-administration-s-sweetheart-water-deal-with-Westlands-Water-District>*

Dan Bacher

"Save California Salmon is strongly opposed to this sweetheart contract,”
said Regina Chichizola, Save California Salmon's co-director, in a
statement. “Westlands Water District not only diverts California's coldest
salmon rivers to the desert hundreds of miles away, they use it to water
crops on California's poisoned lands."

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/11/8/1898102/-Groups-condemn-Trump-administration-s-sweetheart-water-deal-with-Westlands-Water-District?fbclid=IwAR2vjG7U9fhvowq8LD9yAHTdRpV_ME1ITjj3kIK80B6OLqbJZjHKxIATnwU


*Trump Plan Weakens Protections for California Fish, Divers Water to Farms*

“In July, those scientists found that the increased water pumping would
"jeopardize" the existence of salmon and other species. Before that
document was released, the Trump Administration brought in a new team of
federal attorneys and decision makers to work on the rules, removing the
biologists
<https://www.kqed.org/science/1944904/administration-sidelines-federal-biologists-who-could-stand-in-way-of-more-water-for-california-farmers>
who had previously worked on it.In its final plan, the Trump administration
finds the increased water pumping would not jeopardize the existence of
salmon or delta smelt.”

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/22/772391421/trump-plan-weakens-protections-for-california-fish-diverts-water-to-farms
California fights Trump on everything — except water

“Newsom normally revels in rebuking Trump, but the governor shocked
environmentalists last month with the speed with which he essentially sided
with the president by blocking legislation that could have stopped Trump's
endangered species rollbacks.”

https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2019/10/21/california-fights-trump-on-everything-except-water-1225729



LA Times Editorial: Dead dogs and toxic fish: Welcome to Stockton, a city
choking on California water policy “The contest is not farms versus fish.
It is money versus people, political clout versus the powerless, the haves
versus the have-nots."”
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-11-12/stockton-suffers-from-california-water-policy?fbclid=IwAR0MkcJl09KXcAkBPE_JF20unrBdCIZWyfpH3RbHPwcVAMX5iI5lghjeZvc


Thank You for Taking Action for California's Salmon and Clean Drinking
Water!

Questions can be directed to Regina Chichizola at
regina at californiasalmon.org or Morning Star Gali at Mstargali at gmail.com.


All public meeting information is subject to change. Please check our
website and facebook page for more information.
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