Most Active Stories
- Storms And Muddy Delta Water Lead To Voluntary Pumping Cutback
- Study Says California Drought Caused By Natural Climate Patterns
- Infill Is Key To Fresno's New General Plan, But It's Also Controversial
- Strong Storms May Not Improve California Water Supply Much
- Fresno Woman Helps Fellow Homeless Veterans Reclaim Their Lives
Valley Public Radio Staff
Thu June 12, 2014
Lawsuit Filed Over Proposal For Delta Water Transfers
A coalition of environmental groups announced Wednesday that it is suing the Bureau of Reclamation over its proposal to send water from northern California to farms in the San Joaquin Valley.
The water transfers would involve pumping over 175,000 acre-feet of water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, home to the endangered delta smelt and other fragile aquatic species.
The Bureau of Reclamation issued a report saying the transfer wouldn’t have a significant effect on the environment. But Barbara Vlamis, executive director of AquAlliance, one of the organizations behind the suit, disagrees.
Vlamis: They are violating the National Environmental Policy Act. That is very clear. NEPA, which is the acronym, requires that they fully analyze and disclose and attempt to mitigate impacts. They are not doing that. They assume, like they have for years, that this will not harm a thing.
Vlamis says lawsuits from AquAlliance have stopped Delta water transfers in the past.
California’s Delta: Inside and Out
California's Delta: Inside and Out