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Stacey Geis' daughter kayaking in Elkhorn Slough, located on the Monterey Bay coastline.
(Photo courtesy of Stacey Geis)
Article April 21, 2015

The Ripple Effect of Overfishing Our Oceans

There is a crisis occurring in the Bay Area: Since 2013, there has been a dramatic increase in sea lion strandings due to starvation.

document December 22, 2014

OPINION: Court Upholds Protections of California’s Native Salmon From Central Valley Water Diversions

Three-judge panel rejects efforts by commercial, agricultural water users to overturn federal protections.

A fisherman holds a steelhead shortly before the American River is closed for recreational fishing until the spawning season ends.
(Brad Zweerink for Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory December 22, 2014

Court Upholds Protections of California’s Native Salmon From Central Valley Water Diversions

Three-judge panel rejects efforts by commercial, agricultural water users to overturn federal protections

Fisherman Jose Chi holds up a salmon, caught during the spring 2014 run, at Fort Bragg, CA.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Article April 28, 2014

Why “Fish Vs. Farmers” Is a False Dichotomy

California water management is not about protecting animals over people. It’s about coddling powerful special interests at the expense of average citizens, Delta farmers, commercial and sport fisherfolk—and a healthy Delta ecosystem.

Brett Baker, a sixth generation farmer in the Delta, in his pear orchard.
(Brad Zweerink for Earthjustice)
Article February 24, 2014

A Pear Farm On The Frontlines of California’s Water Wars

Notes from a trip to the San Francisco Bay Delta to hear stories from people who would be directly impacted by a plan to pump massive amounts of freshwater out of the Delta to farms in the southern Central Valley.

document January 19, 2012

Central Valley Notice Of Appeal

Press Release January 19, 2012

California Groups Appeal Reduction of Salmon Protections

Weakening of science-based plan threatens salmon in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and Delta

Article September 21, 2011

Salmon Ruling Appears To Help Fish and Farmers

On Tuesday, a Fresno judge issued a mixed ruling on a federal salmon rebuilding plan critical to the survival of struggling Central Valley salmon runs as well as to the livelihoods of fishing families and communities throughout California and coastal Oregon. While Judge Oliver Wanger upheld the science underpinning the plan’s fundamental finding – that…

Article June 16, 2011

Awash In Water and Profits, Cal Growers Denied More

The fight over the health of the Sacramento/Bay delta is a fight over the most important estuary on the west coast of north America.

Article April 20, 2011

Salmon Means Jobs

President Barack Obama came to California on Wednesday on a fundraising blitz, and California’s salmon-dependent communities tried a blitz of their own to turn his attention towards protecting the Sacramento River king salmon run. San Francisco Bay Area commercial and sportfishing groups, restaurants and seafood distributors published a half page ad in the San Francisco…

Press Release January 26, 2011

Salmon and the State of the Union

Call to streamline government achievable by reversing damage to salmon rivers and streams

Press Release July 21, 2010

State Water Officials Recommend More Water to Save Delta

State water officials recommend more water to save Delta; heavy water withdrawals have caused Delta, salmon runs to collapse

document August 24, 2009

Salmon Biological Opinion Intervention

Groups oppose legal efforts by commercial water users and large agricultural interests to overturn federal protections for CA salmon and other species.

Press Release August 24, 2009

Groups Intervene to Protect California Salmon from Industry Attack

Papers filed to protect salmon, steelhead, green sturgeon and killer whales

Press Release: Victory June 4, 2009

Fisheries Service Announces Measure to Protect Imperiled California Salmon

Fishermen, tribes, and conservationists hail decision to protect fish, jobs, and local communities

Press Release April 8, 2009

California Salmon Season Cancelled for Second Year

Earthjustice response

document July 18, 2008

Salmon Remedies Decision (7/18/08)

Decision by Judge Wanger on Central Valley salmon

Press Release July 18, 2008

Judge Rules Water Projects Imperil Central Valley Salmon and Steelhead

Fishermen, tribes, and conservationists pleased that court recognizes need for changes to state and federal water project operations to better protect fish, jobs, and local communities