2015 was hottest year in historical record, scientists say
PacifiCorp pursues dam removal after collapse of Klamath legislation
El Niño rains only slightly increased historic low reservoir levels in California
How dark forces are chipping away at our beloved California coast
State probing experimental hubbs fish breeding program that’s spawned deformities, mixed results
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CCKA Rallies to Prevent Coastal Commission Coup
California’s coastline is prized around the world by those who stroll on the beach, enjoy sunsets in the sand, and cherish unending scenic views from the Tijuana Slough to the Oregon border. Our coast is an economic engine that draws millions of visitors to California every year, and sustains countless hotels, restaurants and recreational outfitters. The preservation and protection of this resource has been achieved thanks to the California Coastal Act and the California Coastal Commission, whose mission is to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance the environment of the California coastline.
California’s coastal legacy is under attack. The Coastal Commission’s independence and leadership as an agency is threatened from a behind-the-scenes effort to oust its Executive Director, Dr. Charles Lester. This attempted upheaval is both a direct attack on the Coastal Act, and the Coastal Commission’s role in balancing coastal development with public access and protection of our beaches and coast.
CCKA is working with a broad coalition of coastal and environmental advocates to prevent this coup, and will be attending a public hearing in Morro Bay on February 10th to fight the Executive Director’s termination. The President of Waterkeeper Alliance, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., has authored a powerful letter of support for Executive Director Lester, defending the fundamental right of every Californian to use and enjoy the coast. Read the full letter here.
Join us in this effort to protect our coast by telling the California Coastal Commission that you support the Coastal Act and Executive Director Lester.
CA Waterkeepers Call to Return Water to the Colorado River
In the face of unrelenting drought, California’s urban residents have managed to slash water use by more than one-third. These water savings have been a rare bright spot in California’s drought, reducing dependency on imported supplies from the Colorado River. Building off these conservation achievements, California Waterkeepers have authored a resolution to call for a small percentage of water saved to be transferred back to the Colorado River, to allow for “pulse flows” and a restoration of natural river conditions.
In the spring of 2014, the Colorado River wound through the dewatered Colorado River Delta to the Sea of Cortez for the first time in 13 years. This “March Miracle” was the result of a unique policy agreement to create a very small pulse of water to mimic natural spring flows now rarely witnessed in the heavily diverted river. Twenty-two months later scientists continue to measure groundwater recharge, habitat restoration, and ecological benefits resulting from the brief pulse flow.
Transferring back to the Colorado River a percentage of the water California’s urban residents save will help guarantee pulse flows can continue to benefit the Colorado River Delta. As Californians have demonstrated, impressive reductions in water use can be achieved without lifestyle transformations, impacts to the economy, or changes to daily life. Furthermore, California Waterkeepers know that California residents will be inspired to continue to conserve if water saved will benefit the restoration and recovery of the Colorado River.
Unchecked development, a drier, warmer climate, and constant diversions continue to push the Colorado River beyond the breaking point. For these reasons, California Waterkeepers ask that a small percentage of the water saved in California be given back to the Colorado River, so life can once again bloom in the Colorado River Delta.
San Diego Coastkeeper Fights Industrial Fish Farming
To better protect wild fish populations, water quality and healthy ecosystems, San Diego Coastkeeper has announced they are petitioning the EPA to deny a discharge permit for the proposed Rose Canyon Aquaculture Project. The proposed commercial fish-farming operation is similar to industrial feedlots for cattle, but in the ocean, with comparable environmental, animal welfare, and human health issues. San Diego Coastkeeper is calling for a clear federal regulatory framework for all aspects of offshore aquaculture permitting.
Klamath Riverkeeper Mobilizes Action for Klamath Dam Removal
Our Klamath Riverkeeper is asking lovers of salmon, rivers and clean water everywhere to speak up in support of the Klamath River dam removal. Currently, the State Water Board is considering whether to recommend dam removal, a critical step in the eventual restoration of the Klamath Basin. Please lend you voice by attending upcoming meetings, or submitting comments to let the State Water Board know that upholding the Clean Water Act requires dam removal.
CCKA Welcomes New LA Waterkeeper
California Coastkeeper Alliance is proud to announce Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s new Executive Director Bruce Reznik. A Los Angeles native, Reznik brings twenty years of experience in the environmental arena, including 11 successful years at our San Diego Coastkeeper. Under his direction, SD Coastkeeper grew into the region’s largest and most effective voice for clean water. CCKA is excited to support Reznik and Los Angeles Waterkeeper efforts to ensure that all Angelenos enjoy safe, healthy waterways. Welcome back!