Westlands Water District

Court sides with California, blocking Trump’s water diversion

Delta water to rich farmers? “We applaud the court for hitting pause on the Trump Administration’s reckless attempt to expand water export operations at the expense of California’s wildlife and habitats,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D). “Today’s victory is critical, but the fight is not over. We have the facts, science, and the […]

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Trump Administration Plan Allows Delta Water Managers to Kill Off Winter-Run Chinook Salmon

“But instead of rewriting their proposed changes to water management operations, the Trump Administration replaced the naysayer staff scientists with a new team, who revised the documents into more favorable reviews — a stunning case of science flayed by politics.” Water. Salmon. Agriculture. Extinction? You may have missed this recent article in the local news.

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‘As Corrupt as It Gets’: Oil Lobbyist Turned Interior Chief Proposes Giving ‘Coveted’ Contract to Ex-Client

“Their condemnation came in response to an Associated Press report that the Interior Department “is proposing to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity” to California’s Westlands Water District. The district, which “serves some of country’s wealthiest and most politically influential corporate farmers,” long employed Bernhardt as a lobbyist. “As a

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Revealed: Trump’s Wildlife Service pick has ties to anti-animal protection groups | US news | The Guardian

“At her confirmation hearing earlier this month, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse highlighted Skipwith’s past work for Monsanto, a leading producer of an herbicide that has been linked to negative effects on honeybees and other wildlife.  …..Skipwith’s ties to Giacometto and Gage, and through them to Westlands, raise questions about whether she will be able to act

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What could possibly go wrong: Trump orders quicker environmental review of California water projects

Just another campaign rally/show to help flailing GOP candidates running for reelection…..it’s all about the optics…….”Legal experts say that any attempts by the Trump administration to skirt state environmental regulations could run afoul of a 1978 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case that pitted California against the Central Valley Project.” Trump orders quicker environmental

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Trump official targets at-risk species: Endangered Species Act is in danger

Swamp creatures everywhere: CNN: “Many environmental groups raised concerns about what they consider Bernhardt’s conflicts of interest when it comes to the Interior post. Over 150 environmental groups signed a letter to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources opposing Bernhardt’s nomination in May. “After spending years lobbying for the oil and gas industry,

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