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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/21/2020 09:18 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/21/2020 09:18 PM
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California Files Lawsuit Against Trump Administration To Prevent Increased Water For Farmers

Sacramento, CA...California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the California Natural Resources Agency, and the California Environmental Protection Agency today filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for failing to protect endangered fish species from federal water export operations.





The lawsuit asserts that biological opinions prepared by federal agencies under the Endangered Species Act to direct water project operations lack safeguards for protected species and their habitat in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River watersheds, including the Bay-Delta. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the lawsuit requests that the court declare the Trump Administration’s adoption of the biological opinions unlawful.

“As we face the unprecedented threat of a climate emergency, now is the time to strengthen our planet’s biodiversity, not destroy it,” said Attorney General Becerra. “California won’t silently spectate as the Trump Administration adopts scientifically-challenged biological opinions that push species to extinction and harm our natural resources and waterways.”

“We are challenging the federal biological opinions, which do not currently govern water project operation in the Delta, to protect highly imperiled fish species close to extinction,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “Our goal continues to be to realize enforceable voluntary agreements that provide the best immediate protection for species, reliable and safe drinking water, and dependable water sources for our farmers for economic prosperity. This is the best path forward to sustain our communities, our environment and our economy.”

The lawsuit challenges the actions of the Bureau of Reclamation, the federal agency which adopted the biological opinions. The lawsuit also challenges the biological decisions issued in October 2019 by the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which lack sufficient protections for endangered and threatened fish.

The lawsuit argues the agencies’ biological opinions and the Bureau’s decision violate the law because the Trump Administration:

Fails to provide actual analysis of whether the effects of its action applied to current conditions would tip a species toward extinction;
Improperly relies on uncertain plans to mitigate the harms of project operations;
Ignores the requirement that a biological opinion must consider not only the continued survival of listed species, but also their recovery;
Neglects to consider the material decline of the smelt (fish), and provides a limited analysis of climate change impacts;
Disregards the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to provide the public with a meaningful opportunity to comment on relevant information about the proposed action and potential impacts and failing to adequately respond to public input; and
Puts at risk Delta smelt, Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, and other fish species. Previous biological opinions by the agencies addressed the risk posed to the listed species’ continued existence by Central Valley Project operations and required measures to limit impacts.
The Bureau of Reclamation adopted new biological opinions that do not adequately protect species and highly sensitive and critical habitat throughout California. This lack of adequate protection would cause long-term and irrevocable damage to protected species in California’s Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers.

The lawsuit asserts the Trump Administration’s actions violate the Administrative Procedure Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. In addition to today’s lawsuit, Attorney General Becerra, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Natural Resources Agency sent a 60-day Notice Letter to the Bureau that puts the Trump Administration on notice of California’s intent to file additional claims alleging that the Bureau’s decision to approve the biological opinions violates the federal Endangered Species Act.

Attorney General Becerra has unwaveringly defended California’s environment and protected species. On September 25, 2019, Attorney General Becerra led a coalition of 18 attorneys general and the City of New York to file a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s rollback of the Endangered Species Act. Just over a year earlier, Attorney General Becerra, leading a coalition of seven attorneys general, filed a lawsuit challenging the Administration’s decision to roll back protections under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and endanger millions of migratory birds including bald eagles. In 2019, Attorney General Becerra successfully blocked Westlands Water District from taking unlawful action to raise the Shasta Dam, which would have irreparably damaged the McCloud River and its wild trout fishery and inundated sacred lands of the Winnemem Wintu tribe.

A copy of the lawsuit is available here.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-02-21 21:37:28   By: Anonymous
 
The attorney general of California doesn’t even know what a protected species is. The yellow legged frog is protected but, anyone with a brain knows they are “ duck soup” for a brown or rainbow trout. Why can’t this state come clean, and get a touch of reality?? Shame, shame on our elected representatives of this state. ✈️

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-02-21 21:53:32   By: Anonymous
     
    It is all about power over a business segment they know nothing about. They want farmers to crawl and beg for every drop of water.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-02-22 09:19:34   By: Anonymous
       
      This is a stupid take.

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        Re: Republican’ts
        Posted on: 2020-02-22 14:08:34   By: Anonymous
         
        1. War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.

        2. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power – pure power.

        3. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.

        4. . The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.

        5. The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.

        6. Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.

        7. Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

        8. BigBrother is watching you.


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          Re: Republican’ts
          Posted on: 2020-02-22 16:52:35   By: Anonymous
           
          "The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command."
          - George Orwell, 194

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            Re: Republican’ts
            Posted on: 2020-02-22 17:23:48   By: Anonymous
             
            That’s Trumps message to the po’ folks

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            Re: Republican’ts
            Posted on: 2020-02-23 11:02:57   By: Anonymous
             
            (Sorry, the book title is 1984)

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-02-22 04:35:11   By: Anonymous
     
    DUMBACRATS

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-02-22 04:36:53   By: Anonymous
       
      Demoncrats

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2020-02-22 06:22:15   By: Anonymous
         
        It’s Donald Trump’s lack of respect for the environment. He removed America from the climate accord. All people who live in California have interest in farming doing well. These changes need to be made in a educated way. Not by someone trying to score a political point...


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          Re:
          Posted on: 2020-02-22 06:34:03   By: Anonymous
           
          Bull scat.

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2020-02-22 06:46:26   By: Anonymous
             
            Trump should stick to what he knows best. It’s called nothing

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              Re:
              Posted on: 2020-02-22 07:55:25   By: Anonymous
               
              Bingo. The archetype 2 digit IQ politician.


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                Re:
                Posted on: 2020-02-22 08:03:51   By: Anonymous
                 
                There's a reason Trump just fired his intel boss people! Its because he "can't handle the truth". Thank you Jack Nicholson. Intel told him the russians are interfering again in elections, and working for Trumps re-election. AND working on getting the weakest dem as the candidaate to run agains their commrade in arms, one Donald Trump. So trump pulls a hissy fit and fires intel boss. And yet you dumbasses will re-elect that russian ragamuffin? I don't know who's more stoopid. Trump or the brain dead heavers that vote for him. Fukc Trump and any dumbass that votes for him.

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                  Re:
                  Posted on: 2020-02-23 08:16:04   By: Anonymous
                   
                  AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA A DUMPACRAP TALKING ABOUT TRUTH? AHAHAHAHAHAHA TOO FUNNY MAN, I NEEDED A LAUGH THANKS AGAIN.
                  THE OLD SAYING LOOK WHO'S VALLING THE KETTLE BLACK
                  YOU BIGOTS DO CRAVK ME UP

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2020-02-22 09:21:17   By: Anonymous
             
            My extended Central Valley family are farmers and are doing quite well. They've been subsidized with water and irrigation rights that go back to the early 1900s and just drilled deeper during the last drought. Please do not feel sorry for them although their brethren in the midwest whose soybeans and pork go to China cannot say the same. This is just Trump diving us one against another once again for votes.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2020-02-22 06:58:49   By: Anonymous
           
          You must not like food

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2020-02-22 07:05:24   By: Anonymous
           
          Why is it that people forget that without the dams that control the releases that in normal drought years if the rivers were still in their "wild and scenic" state the rivers would be bone dry and all those little fish would be dead.

          We are cutting off water to farmers so that we can maintain fish that would be dead and dried without the dams.

          So in essence that state is suing to maintain an artificially created ecosystem. It is almost comically moronic.

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2020-02-22 07:17:11   By: Anonymous
             
            Bingo

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2020-02-22 07:57:27   By: Anonymous
             
            The only thing comically moronic is your oversimplification of the situation. Please, stick to ditch digging.

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2020-02-22 09:19:00   By: Anonymous
             
            The outflow of water in the delta keeps mach of the farmland from being poisoned by brackish water. It's about a lot more than just some little fish.

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              Re:
              Posted on: 2020-02-22 10:22:05   By: Anonymous
               
              You can only explain science to brain dead conservatards so much. Once you get past 8th grade concepts, those uneducated simpletons just lose interest.

              Save your breath.


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                Re:
                Posted on: 2020-02-23 09:46:02   By: Anonymous
                 
                The problem with the modern left is that everything for them is an abstraction. Yes, you can get a BS, Master's or even a Phd and still have zero common sense.

                Listen to Warren and all her "Plans" that were written by someone who has zero real world experience. Getting elected or teaching at Harvard is not real accomplishment tested in the marketplace.

                Ever heard the old adage from George Bernard Shaw that "Remember that those who can, do, those who can't do, teach"

                Writing a term paper is not real world experience.

                Tromp is obnoxious and vain but he has real world experience.

                Bloomberg is an arrogant little billionaire but at least he has actually done something.

                The rest are actually just jokes. Even Joe or Bernie are really just old government workers. Neither has done anything in their entire lives but collect a taxpayer funded paycheck.

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                  Re:
                  Posted on: 2020-02-23 11:05:17   By: Anonymous
                   
                  Congratulations, you've just accosted educators everywhere. You know - the ones who work at giving your kids the necessary skill sets to go out and accomplish in "the real world."

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2020-02-22 09:21:01   By: Anonymous
             
            What's a "normal drought year"?

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2020-02-22 09:22:39   By: Anonymous
             
            Yes, not unlike our propped up fed rates and general economy. Heaven help us all when the American consumer wakes up to realize that his or her wages have not kept up.

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          Re: The word ''Change'' seems like a Derogatory word these days
          Posted on: 2020-02-22 09:21:16   By: Anonymous
           
          Scoring a political point, that's pretty much what our Gov has been trying to do. Trump comes here and belittles our Governor on the homeless crisis, and it's well deserved. Then our Gov jumps up on trying to do more. Better late then never, he was doing a minimum on it, because just over the previous year, homelessness jumped up FIFTEEN PERCENT!!!
          As for the water, our Governor seems to want more people, but when was the last time a reservoir was built in this state? I believe the last was New Malones.
          We have one year (it will be this year) without normal rainfall and we go into drought precautions. Well Gov Newsom, let's talk about all that ''courage'' you ran your election on. You said the state has ''A Rainy Day Fund'' well it hasn't rained and many of us think it's time this state started building more reservoirs instead of just stealing water in giant 4 story pipelines to deliver it South. What you're doing is stealing from one to pay another. That is not a solution.And are you not endangering stripped bass and other aquatic life because of these huge turbines?
          Let's face it, our fisheries our a far cry from yesteryear, anyone who's been fishing for three or more decades in fresh water like our river and streams can tell you so.
          Maybe if you stopped giving illegals our tax money and instead upheld our laws on illegal immigrants, that money could be used to keep US Citizens healthy with clean water from snow-melt and runoff that other wise would sooner or later empty in to our ocean or evaporate.
          Just a thought Mr Courage for ''a change'' There's that word ''change'' that never seems to work like promised.

          US Citizens for a Better California

          https://www.huffpost.com/entry/california-next-big-dam_n_56c1e4bde4b0c3c55051e6a5

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            Re: The word ''Change'' seems like the Climate
            Posted on: 2020-02-22 19:59:29   By: Anonymous
             
            Go eat some shrimp you dog-faced piney 🥜 butthole soldiers. Zeitgeist is the word.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-02-22 08:52:22   By: Anonymous
     
    Perhaps because scientists and others more educated than you understand that all are needed as part of a healthy ecosystem and food chain.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-02-22 09:05:01   By: Anonymous
     
    It's called an "ecosystem".

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-02-22 08:54:27   By: Anonymous
 
Another example of what Trump does best - divide people with mistruths and inaccuracies. In this case, the people of CA.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-02-22 09:12:30   By: Anonymous
 
The unnatural thing here is almond orchards on the western edge on the central valley. No trees grow there naturally, because there is no water.


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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-02-22 09:24:52   By: Anonymous
     
    And an almond has to be watered all year long as opposed to the row crops that used to grow there which had a season and fields could be rotated and rested. But, hey, there's a huge almond and other nut demand in China... oh, wait.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-02-22 10:24:08   By: Anonymous
     
    The entire central valley is a geographic desert. We're just smart and arrogant enough to defy that fact, but overpopulation is starting to exact its toll on this state.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-02-22 12:53:05   By: Anonymous
       
      Save those fish, they also deserve sanctuary status along with the rest of the world.

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      Re: over populated California
      Posted on: 2020-02-22 14:07:57   By: Anonymous
       
      Move to Idaho and Texas, they’ll love you there!

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        Re: over populated California
        Posted on: 2020-02-22 19:16:01   By: Anonymous
         
        Nevada sucks, Oregon sucks, Washington Sucks, Montana sucks, Utah is awesome, Arizona sucks, New Mexico sucks, Oklahoma sucks.......the west really just sucks. Kennnntucky is awesome🤠

        [Reply ]

          Re: over populated California
          Posted on: 2020-02-22 19:16:41   By: Anonymous
           
          Oh....Colorado sucks

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            Re: over populated California
            Posted on: 2020-02-22 19:17:09   By: Anonymous
             
            Wyoming too, it sucks.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-02-22 19:42:53   By: Anonymous
 
The only time water is an issue to most of you ignorant Libtard's is when AG wants enough to sustain their crops! I just visited Huntington Beach, just in the past 2 yrs. a thousand apartment units have been built in that city! Multiply that by atleast 2 people per unit. Water use was never an issue when this development was proposed! Here, I will help you lazy asses, go through the Orange County Register and check their archives about this building expansion, find any reference to expanded water use? No, I didn't think so! My point, most of you relate farming to corporations, I could care less even though I have atleast a dozen relatives in farming in the Turlock, Modesto area. Unless you can make an educated comment, shut-up, your speculation about irrigation, water use is nothing more than a guess! Go to the Mid-West, and talk to the farmer's, ask them if they are ready to vote for a Libtard! Making speculation statements are just that, speculation! Trump bent the Chinese over to get good trade agreements for those Mid-West farmer's, yes they took a hit, but the story is turning around, so when your pot patch fails, it must be Gavin screwed you on your water allotment, I don't think weed is a native plant, and I know it can't go w/o water!

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    Re: 😆
    Posted on: 2020-02-22 20:01:45   By: Anonymous
     
    Go 🇷🇺Yourself

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      Re: 😆
      Posted on: 2020-02-22 20:03:48   By: Anonymous
       
      A dozen relatives? Time to call bullsh*t on your whole argument. Regardless of how long your paragraphs are. You suck!

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        Re: 😆
        Posted on: 2020-02-22 20:04:31   By: Anonymous
         
        Go eat some shrimp you dog-faced piney 🥜 butthole soldiers. Zeitgeist is the word

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          Re: 😆
          Posted on: 2020-02-23 07:42:31   By: Anonymous
           
          Marijuana was native a native plant moron. Since you seem to and claim to know so much about this plant all you've done is make a fool out of yourself.

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          Re: 😆
          Posted on: 2020-02-23 07:42:31   By: Anonymous
           
          Marijuana was native a native plant moron. Since you seem to and claim to know so much about this plant all you've done is make a fool out of yourself.

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            Re: 😆
            Posted on: 2020-02-23 07:43:36   By: Anonymous
             
            Hence the term weed.

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              Re: 😆
              Posted on: 2020-02-23 09:14:43   By: Anonymous
               
              With all the water growers can grow more weed. Thanks Donald

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                Re: 😆
                Posted on: 2020-02-23 09:16:04   By: Anonymous
                 
                This fool needs to resign. Trump’s the worst president in history.

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                  Re: 😆
                  Posted on: 2020-02-23 09:19:23   By: Anonymous
                   
                  If we cannot see trump’s tax returns, how about Moscow Mitch’s instead?

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            Re: 😆Marijuana was a native plant you moron...
            Posted on: 2020-02-24 07:57:22   By: Anonymous
             
            So marijuana WAS? That means it no longer exists as a native plant and it's now an "invasive species" which we DON'T WANT!

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