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CALIFORNIA SALMON NEWS:

 

Trinity River Under Siege: Humboldt/Trinity Meeting TOMORROW, Delta Selenium Permit Approved, Fishermen Sue over Trump Opinions, Patagonia Giving December for SCS

ACTION ALERT – TOMORROW 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/ 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.

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.
Please come out and email and call these representatives and ask them to support the resolutions:
Supervisor Estelle Fennell: 707-476-2392 efennell@co.humboldt.ca.us
Supervisor Virginia Bass: 707-476-2394 vbass@co.humboldt.ca.us
Supervisor Rex Bohn: 476-2391 rbohn@co.humboldt.ca.us


TRINITY RIVER UNDER SIEGE
Trump administration, reservoir project threaten North Coast rivers
https://www.northcoastjournal.com/…/trinity-river-…/Content…

While local tribes celebrated a federal appellate court ruling last month upholding their senior water rights on the Klamath River, a trio of threats facing the Trinity River combine to paint a foreboding picture for local salmon populations.
"Just the status quo is a risk to the river and the fishery," said Thomas Stokely, a retired Trinity County planner who currently co-manages the nonprofit Save California Salmon and has spent more than three decades working on Trinity River water issues.
But conditions are far from status quo, as a seeming sweetheart deal for the nation's largest agricultural water supplier, a new reservoir project and what environmental groups charge is a flawed biological opinion supporting a Trump administration water plan all threaten to siphon more Trinity River water to other parts of the state. 

MY WORD: Trinity River Under Threat: Will the County Fight Back? https://www.times-standard.com/…/my-word-trinity-river-un…/…

 

 

SELENIUM UPDATE:
Water Board Approves Grasslands Permit Despite Testimony by Fishing, Tribal and Conservation Groups
https://www.dailykos.com/…/-Fishing-Tribal-and-Conservation…
Dan Bacher
Rancho Cordova -- The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board today voted 4-1 to issue a 25-year permit to continue discharges of selenium and other toxins from commingled agricultural and stormwater runoff into the San Joaquin River and the San Francisco Bay Delta, despite testimony from dozens of representatives of fishing, tribal, environmental justice and conservation groups challenging the permit.

FISHING, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SUE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER VIOLATIONS TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
https://www.dailykos.com/…/-Fishing-and-environmental-group…
Lawsuit launched as zero Delta smelt found in CDFW survey for third month in a row
Fishing and environmental groups today sued the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service for acting in an “arbitrary and capricious manner” in their failure to uphold the protection of imperiled salmon and other species under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) in their recent adoption of biological opinions.

They filed their complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. You can read the complaint here: www.courthousenews.com/...
The suit is an environmental and administrative law action brought by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Institute for Fisheries Resources, Golden State Salmon Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., Defenders of Wildlife, and Bay.org d/b/a The Bay Institute.

GIVING DECEMBER: Patagonia Matching All Donations to Save California Salmon In December.

https://www.patagonia.com/…/grantees/save-california-salmon/

Patagonia is matching all donations made through Patagonia Action Works starting Nov. 29 (Black Friday) through Dec. 31, 2019. Donors can choose to send a digital eCard, print a card from home, or pick up a physical card in any Patagonia store in the United States or Europe. No purchase of Patagonia product is required for donations to be eligible for matching.

“Black Friday is often a day when we go out and buy things we don’t really need and give them to people who don’t really want them,” Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario wrote on LinkedIn this week. “This year, consider giving to our home planet in the name of someone you love. Give to the tireless, community-based groups who work to save clean water and air in your neighborhoods, our public land treasures, our wild animals and birds, and our wide oceans.”

Donations of $60 or up can get a free Save California Salmon Shirt and Donations of $100 or more can get a hoodie. They make great gifts. Email regina@californiasalmon.org to claim your shirt.

For more information on any of these alerts go to californiasalmon.org or contact Regina Chichizola at regina@californiasalmon.org or Isaac Kinney at Isaac@californiasalmon.org

Follow SCS on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaveCaliforniaSalmon/
On Twitter at https://twitter.com/CaliSalmon
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/californiarivers/ @californiarivers

ACTION ALERTTell 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/ 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 ) 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.

 

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

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

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

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

 

Letters to the Editor on Trinity River resolution can be sent to: 

letters@times-standard.com

letters@northcoastjournal.com

 

 

ACTION ALERT- Testify, and Write LTEs, 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 

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.

 

Please also write Letters to the Editor urging the Central Valley Water Board to deny the Grasslands Bypass permit and to instead fighti toxics pollution in the San Joaquin River and Bay. 

 

https://www.eastbaytimes.com/letters-to-the-editor/

https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/submit-letter/

https://www.recordnet.com/opinion/99999999/submit-letter-to-editor

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/letters-editor/item/How-to-submit-Letters-56188.php

 

 

Dec. 3: Donate to Save California Salmon’s Water Protector’s Travel Fund for #GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday December 3rd and throughout December we are raising funds for Save California Salmon's Water Protector and Youth Protector's travel fund.

Anyone that donates over $60 gets a free Save California Salmon T-shirt and anyone that donates over $100 receives a free sweatshirt. We have a lot of woman's and men's styles.

All the funds raised will be used as direct support so that native people, and other water protectors, can testify at public hearings and attend rallies and cultural events related to saving California's salmon and protecting our drinking water.

Currently we are organizing with our communities to #StoptheTrumpWaterPlan and create a California water plan that protects salmon and drinking water, to #StopWestlands's new permanent water contract, to stop a pollution permit that allows selenium discharges into the state's drinking water supply, the San Joaquin River, and San Francisco Bay, to stop the Sites Reservoir and Pacific Connector Pipeline, to stop toxic spraying in the Smith River estuary, and to #UnDamtheKlamath and #UnDamtheEel Rivers

All the meetings related to the North State's salmon, rights and water quality happen many hours from our communities. This fund makes sure that low income protector, including youth and families can attend these meetings and related rallies and trainings.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/993705544320821/10100470530021170/  

NEWS ROUND UP: 


 

AP: Federal Court: Klamath Basin Tribal Water Rights Outrank Farmers' Rights

A federal appeals court has found that the water rights of Klamath Basin tribes take priority over those of farmers who sued the federal government in 2001 for reducing their irrigation water supply after a dry year.The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is a key step forward toward the tribes’ goals of restoring the Klamath Basin ecosystem and saving chinook and coho salmon, the Yurok tribe said Sunday in a statement... 

“The ruling means that “rather than fighting irrigators or the federal agencies about the existence of our rights, we can move forward in determining what water the ailing fish populations need. This is a key step forward in reclaiming and restoring the Klamath River ecosystem,” said Amy Cordalis, the Yurok tribe’s general counsel.” 

https://www.opb.org/news/article/klamath-basin-tribal-water-rights-agriculture-farmer-lawsuit-federal-ruling/

https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/article237340484.html

Morning Star Gali: Gov. Newsom needs to give more than lip service to at-risk California native tribes

https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/article237340484.html

“California needs to change course on water. Even without the new water operations, California has been facing a crisis. Nearly half of our fish are in danger of going extinct. If something does not change, the Central Valley’s water will be unusable due to pollution and diversions. This year, the Klamath salmon run did not show up. These salmon are a major food source for the state’s three largest tribes, which live in rural areas and face food insecurity.

 

The fact is that our once-abundant salmon have been devastated by dams and diversions. Salmon runs that once numbered in the millions, nourished Native peoples and fed the state’s economy now return each year in the hundreds or less. We are on the brink of losing the salmon.

 

This loss would have widespread health, economic and cultural impacts. Already some of California’s native communities have suicide rates that are 12 times the national average, and diabetes and heart disease rates that are over 3 times the average. Studies have linked these health issues to the loss of salmon.” 

 

California to Sue Over Trump Water Plan

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/11/25/california-to-sue-over-trump-water-plan/

 

“Regina Chichizola, co-director of Save California Salmon, pointed out this is the first time California has decided to do a separate environmental analysis than the federal government on state and federal water operations in the Central Valley.

“It is time for California has to get serious about protecting our water,” said Chichizola. “We applaud the fact that the Governor plans to sue the Trump administration on the doctored Biological Opinion for operations of the Central Valley federal and state water projects, but we also need him to understand that California’s salmon and drinking water in a state of crisis and to direct state agencies to take appropriate action.” 

Editorial: Gov. Newsom’s Delta water plan is merely ‘Trump lite’

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/11/24/editorial-governor-sends-mixed-message-on-delta-water/

Lawsuit challenging president’s environmental threat is welcome, but governor’s alternative also ignores science

 

“We should all care about preserving endangered species, but for those who don’t, consider this: The Chinook salmon are merely the canary in the coal mine when it comes to preserving the estuary’s health. Further degradation to the Delta will ultimately threaten the quality of the drinking water for Northern California residents. 

On the same day the governor announced his lawsuit against the Trump administration, the state rolled out a 610-page draft environmental report outlining its proposal for future pumping operations in the Delta. Shockingly, the plan substantially mirrors the president’s approach.”

My Word: Trinity River Under Threat, Will Our County Fight Back? https://www.times-standard.com/2019/11/23/my-word-trinity-river-under-threat-will-our-county-fight-back/

“When it comes to federal water policy, there is no question we have a fox in charge of the hen house.

David Bernhardt, our current Secretary of Interior, has been bought and paid for by his former client, the Westlands Water District. Trump and Bernhardt have promised Central Valley farmers that water will no longer be wasted by flowing into the ocean. This promise is playing out in the new Trump Water Plan, the proposed permanent water contract for Westlands, and a proposal for a new reservoir in the North State, Sites Reservoir, that will impact the Trinity River. 

 

There are a lot of stories circulating in the media about the unethical actions of Bernhardt and Governor Newsom’s reluctance to fight Trump on water. The stories are about Bernhardt’s effort to get rid of the scientists that concluded the new Trump Water Plan will lead to jeopardy of endangered species in the Delta.  Then there is his work to give Westlands a permanent water contract to irrigate poisoned selenium ridden lands and to sell it to cities at a huge profit, and to acquire federal facilities. 

What is not being covered is the impact these projects will have on the Trinity and Klamath Rivers, and the governor’s reluctance to stop them. “

 

Saving Salmon, Will overhauling Scott Dam save native fish?

https://www.bohemian.com/northbay/saving-salmon/Content?oid=9360901

“Salmon three feet long seem to clog the water as the chrome-colored fish, fresh from the ocean, begin their journey upriver toward the high-elevation gravel riffles where they were born. Here, in the remotest tendrils of the watershed, they will lay and fertilize the eggs that ensure the next generation of salmon.

At least that's how it once was early each autumn on the Eel River. But nature's security system for fish survival is only as good as the health of a river. In the case of the Eel, a local power company built a dam on the Eel's main fork in 1920. As a result, Chinook salmon lost access to about 100 miles of spawning habitat. Steelhead, which swam farther upstream into smaller tributaries, suffered even greater impacts. Intensive in-river commercial fishing, water diversions, logging and other land degradation took their toll, too. Today, annual salmon runs in Eel River that once may have totaled a million or so adults consist of a few thousand. Lamprey eels, too, have dwindled.

Now, there is serious talk of removing Scott Dam, owned by PG&E since 1930.”

https://www.treesfoundation.org/partners/save-klamath-trinity-salmon/