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Save California Salmon (SCS) is dedicated to policy change and community advocacy for Northern California’s salmon and fish dependent people. The goal of the organization is to support the fisheries and water protection work of the local communities, and to advocate to effective policy change for clean water, fisheries and communities. SCS also supports youth and cultural action that overlap with watershed action.

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  • Testify At the Humboldt Board of Supervisors meeting on the Trinity River and Sites Reservoir Dec. 10th, 

  • Testify for Clean Water: No Selenium in Our Rivers, Delta and Bay: 25 Year Discharge Permit Meeting, Dec. 5th, 

  • Change.org Petition: Ask Newsom to Fight Trump Water Plan and Westlands Permit 


 

News: 


 

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/ 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.

 

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@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 


 

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

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

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 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@californiasalmon.org or Morning Star Gali at Mstargali@gmail.com. 

 

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