Baykeeper Updates Related to Freshwater flows

Blog Post: November 11, 2019
In a draft review from July of this year, federal scientists found that the Trump administration's plans for federal dams and water diversions in California would make a bad situation worse. California's fish are already in trouble. Industrial farms and big cities suck up too much of the water from...
BK In The News: October 31, 2019
By Jon Rosenfield and Gary Bobker In a devastating blow to the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta estuary last week, the Trump administration eliminated science-based protections for five of this ecosystem’s endangered fish species. An effort to revise safeguards for...
BK In The News: October 25, 2019
The Trump administration this week declared that its plan to pump more water from the Bay-Delta will not jeopardize endangered species... But Jon Rosenfield, a senior scientist with the environmental group San Francisco Baykeeper, said marginal gains from the plan won’t be worth the harm to...
Monthly Column: June 4, 2019
As the dust settles from the whirlwind transition of the California governor’s office, it’s a relief that the new statehouse has squashed the Delta tunnels water project.  The proposal for massive twin tunnels through the Delta was an expensive infrastructure project—deceptively named “WaterFix”—...
Blog Post: May 21, 2019
For decades, San Francisco Bay and the California Delta have been starved for fresh water. As cities and farms suck water from Sierra rivers, only a trickle of fresh water is left to flow unimpeded through the Delta to the Bay.  This practice is unsustainable—and has pushed the Bay-Delta estuary...
BK In The News: May 15, 2019
By SEJAL CHOKSI CHUGH As the dust settles from the whirlwind transition of the California governor’s office, it’s a relief to see that the new statehouse has squashed the massive Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta tunnels water project. Conservation, fishing, and community groups welcomed the...
Blog Post: April 2, 2019
California’s water wars are often framed as fish versus Big Ag. But a new study reveals just how much fish are losing out. Lobbyists for industrial agriculture and big cities, including some in the Bay Area, have warped the debate around water use in California.   They claim that protections for...
BK In The News: March 21, 2019
The winter kicked off with the State Water Resources Control Board’s December vote to adopt increased flow objectives ... "Governor Newsom has staked out turf against the Trump Administration," says San Francisco Baykeeper’s Jon Rosenfield. "Water management and endangered species are going to be...
Press Release: March 18, 2019
89% of Delta water flow into Bay was to combat salinity or due to water flows exceeding export capacity. Less than 1.5% related to Delta smelt. SACRAMENTO, CA—New findings published in the journal San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science, reveal that water exports from the South Delta were...
BK In The News: March 12, 2019
Forum Panel with SF Baykeeper Senior Scientist Jon Rosenfield and KQED Reporter Lauren Sommer: President Trump is trying to speed up the approval process for a proposal to send more water to Central Valley farmers, something he promised to do during his 2016 campaign. A KQED investigation found...

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