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2008-08-01 00:05:00

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 31--The state and federal owners of massive water export pumps in the Delta have asked a judge to grant them additional time to prepare a new operating plan to protect threatened fish. The state Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation face a Sept. 15 court deadline to deliver a new biological opinion on their operations to protect the Delta smelt. The document, produced in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

2008-07-23 21:00:26

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. _ Federal prosecutors charged the shipping company that employed the crew of the Cosco Busan with falsifying documents to cover up its negligence in the November spill that poured more than 50,000 gallons of heavy fuel into the Bay. The indictment says the ship's crew and its supervisors made up detailed voyage plans after the spill to make it appear those plans were onboard when the cargo ship struck the Bay Bridge. But, the indictment contends, the ship only had...

2008-07-23 15:00:50

To: LEGAL AFFAIRS EDITORS Contact: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, +1- 202-514-2007, TDD +1-202-514-1888 Fleet Management Ltd. Charged With Pollution and Cover-Up in San Francisco Bay Oil Discharge Case WASHINGTON, July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned a second superseding indictment charging Fleet Management Limited, a Hong Kong ship management company, with negligently causing the discharge of 50,000 gallons of oil from...

2008-07-23 03:00:35

I can't prove it, but I'd be willing to bet that the delta formed by the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers is not exactly top of mind for most Californians, if they know about it at all. The marshy triangle south of Sacramento is home to relatively few people. And while thousands drive past it every day on Interstate 5, and houseboaters and fishermen ply its waters on weekends, the delta and its bleak future have made a better topic for policy geeks than dinner table...

2008-07-21 21:00:24

FRESNO, Calif. _ A congressional subcommittee meeting in Fresno, Calif., on Monday heard dire predictions of what another year of drought could bring, along with a continuing litany of what the crisis has already spawned _ rising crime, joblessness that may be as high as 50 percent in Mendota, Calif., and record-high school expulsions. The meeting drew about 250 people to the Fresno City Council chambers. Tom Birmingham, Westlands Irrigation District general manager, said if the drought...

2008-07-19 21:00:18

A federal judge has ruled that California's struggling salmon population has been harmed by water diversions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger in Fresno, Calif., stops short of halting water diversions, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. The ruling is the latest court decision ordering state and federal authorities to overhaul a water system that courts have said ignores fisheries and the environment. Wanger's 118-page...

2008-07-18 06:00:29

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 18--The peripheral canal was once like plutonium in California water politics, yet a new report embraces it as the answer to environmental problems threatening the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The report released Thursday by a team of UC Davis experts and the Public Policy Institute of California, says a peripheral canal is the best way to balance the state economy's thirst for Delta water against the environmental consequences. The...

2008-07-08 00:00:20

By Mark Prado, The Marin Independent Journal, Novato, Calif. Jul. 8--Erecting a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge could cost as much as $50 million, according to an environmental assessment released Monday by the Golden Gate Bridge District. "The cost is astronomical," said Marin Supervisor Hal Brown, a member of the bridge district's Board of Directors. "I'm all for some type of barrier, but where we get that kind of money I have no idea. Maybe through grants." Initial estimates...

2008-07-02 09:00:00

California wildlife officials have stepped up their monitoring of halibut fishing this year in response to concerns about overfishing. In a domino-like reaction, many anglers turned to catching halibut in San Francisco Bay and other coastal waters this year after salmon fishing was closed in the state. The closures were a response to a sharp decline in that species. Because halibut are believed to be unusually abundant this year, there is some debate about whether the additional fishing...

2008-07-01 09:00:00

Kicking off one of San Jose's largest public works projects in recent decades, the Santa Clara Valley Water District broke ground Monday on a $256 million effort to reduce flooding on the upper Guadalupe River through the heart of the city's central neighborhoods. The work represents the final stage of the project that created the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens in downtown San Jose three years ago. It will provide flood protection along six miles of the river from Interstate 280 near the...


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