1. Railroaded Salmon

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    from Bruce Tokars / Added

    Railroaded Salmon (14:39) The fate of wild salmon in California is destined to be determined by the political posturing that takes place deep in the weeds. It’s easy to get lost in the weeds because every issue related to salmon is complex. Most people have little time in their busy life to keep up with the details of who is pushing what and how a particular piece of legislation or court challenge will impact them. In the case of the effort to fix the most important ecosystem in California, the broken San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary, the stakes are particularly important. This video looks at the BDCP (Bay Delta Conservation Plan) and highlights the voices of the biggest and most powerful players in the efforts that are railroading salmon. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Westlands Water District on the west side of the Central Valley have managed to inject their agenda into the process so seriously that the fate of wild salmon are critically threatened. The voices that represent farm water advocates will look at this video and proclaim again that anyone who disagrees with their position is an “objectionist” and that if the opposition get their way, “that would all but guarantee that California and its citizens have less water in the future” (a quote from the California Farm Water Coalition website). So at the risk of being labeled an “objectionist”, Salmon Water Now points out that there is only so much water to go around and all of it has been spoken for. Railroaded Salmon is yet another look at the way the BDCP is going. It’s a reminder that those who care about developing a rational, fair, and effective water future for California need to stay informed and involved. Railroaded Salmon

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    • Voices from the Floor: HR-1837 vs Salmon

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      Voices from the Floor: HR-1837 vs. Salmon (13:58) They had their vote and it was never in doubt. The House of Representatives passed HR-1837, The San Joaquin Water Reliability Act. Will it get through the Senate? Would the President sign it? The answer to both questions is likely to be, “no” but that’s not the point. The component parts of the bill are certainly going to be introduced again and again as the proponents of the bill are intent on changing the way water is allocated. They are intent on getting their way, no matter the cost to anyone, or anything that might object. This video has highlights from the full day of debate on the floor of the House. We’ve added a few comments of our own, too. You can decide if our observations are valid or not. Now it’s on to the Senate. Keep fighting and stay involved. Salmon, and people, deserve better.

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      • 3012: The Space Salmon Incident

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        from Bruce Tokars / Added

        Sometimes fantasy can become reality. Although in this case we hope that is not so. Salmon Water Now’s new video, 3012: The Space Salmon Incident was intended to be a cautionary tale for Earth Day. A way to tell the story about salmon and water in California that is just a little bit silly, a little absurd. But in the context of political reality, this video may be useful to help people understand the dangers ahead. California Senator Diane Feinstein seems determined to destroy California native salmon in order to give the Westlands Water District whatever they want. The Golden State’s senior senator reportedly is circulating language to be attached to an appropriations bill that would dramatically alter the way water is allocated in her state. The changes would allow more water exports south of the Delta, remove protective Wild and Scenic River status for a ‘portion’ of the Merced River, and renege on promises made in 1992 under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act to balance the damages brought by the Central Valley Project, and institute water contract reforms while further relaxing water sale rules. There was outrage and concern over Congressman Devin Nunes’ HR-1837 when it was introduced and then actually passed by the House of Representatives. In fact, Senator Feinstein was among the loudest voices calling for it’s defeat. But now it seems that her objections have turned into a blueprint for her own re-election gift-wrapped legislation for Westlands and Big Ag. Here is the short list of what the Senator’s legislative proposals would mean: • Remove a Wild and Scenic River designation— the first time in our Nation’s history. • Export more water from one of the most endangered ecological communities—the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta—one of the most important estuaries containing critical habitat and spawning for California Salmon and where 20 species face extinction. • Facing an increase of water divisions for export, scientist predict a further ecological crash of Salmon, other fish populations and the Delta food web. • The impacts to the watersheds and surrounding communities from these water diversions are being ignored. All of these moves are a way to go around state and federal processes, that would divert and drain even more water from these critically impacted ecological treasures. It would be a travesty if it is allowed to happen. These icons in California, and one of the nation’s most important estuary that feeds and spawns salmon throughout the west, depends on river habitat to survive. It’s not just the salmon that are in danger, California is a place where millions of migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway feed on their migratory routes. They also are threatened by those powerful interests seeking federal intervention to assure they move to the head of the water bucket line. All this comes at a time when the prestigious National Academy of Science confirms that the system is out of balance. That too much water is being taken and that this over-allocation of water and diversion of needed flows is the basic cause for the ecosystem collapse. We hope you will watch and share SWN’s newest video, 3012: The Space Salmon Incident. Sure it’s got some silly stuff in it, but it is time for people to speak up about the real horrors that are pending in Congress. You can make a difference by forwarding this video to your friends and family and asking them to call or write their Senator to stop this end run around state and federal laws that protect our environment, water, and endangered species. Today it is California’s last remaining Wild and Scenic Rivers and North America’s most important estuary that are at stake. Tomorrow it might be the river or estuary in your neighborhood. Greed should not be allowed to take this heritage away from future generations. Watch, 3012: The Space Salmon Incident.

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        • Kill the Canal: Earthquake Fears and Reality

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          from Bruce Tokars / Added

          Kill the Canal: Earthquake Fears & Reality (7:19) They say, we need to build a peripheral canal to save the Delta and protect California’s drinking water from earthquake disaster! That is what the forces intent on building the canal are telling us. But it turns out, that their message of fear is based on assumptions that can’t be supported. Salmon Water Now’s third video in a continuing series about the peripheral canal looks at the earthquake threat and cuts through the misinformation being presented as facts. The video features the comments of Dr. Robert Pyke, a geotechnical consulting engineer who has extensive knowledge of earthquakes and many years of experience with the Delta’s plumbing system. Dr. Pyke addresses the main points in the canal proponents earthquake arguments. No one questions the fact that the Delta is subject to seismic forces. But building a peripheral canal is a very expensive and damaging option to address it. The good news is that are better, cheaper, and less destructive ways to harden and protect the Delta and California’s water infrastructure. This video provides a link to a detailed report that specifically spells out a better option. It’s not too late to stop the canal. Good alternatives to insure a reliable water supply and distribution system are available. Now we just need to get the State and Federal governments to take a deep breath and look seriously at canal alternatives.

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          • Twisted Water Games

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            Peripheral Tunnels -- what a good idea! Let's re-plumb the Sacramento River so that precious fresh water isn't wasted when it flows through the Delta and out under the Golden Gate Bridge. Let's build massively huge tunnels to redirect that water to those poor family farmers in the Westlands Water District to make their wet dream a reality. Thomas Birmingham, the General Manager of Westlands says that he cannot name a single entity in his irrigation district that can be called "corporate agriculture" -- just family farms in Westlands. He said it on the PBS News Hour so it must be true. Viewers of this new Salmon Water Now video may be shocked to learn that we don't want to see Westlands disappear. The reality is that California needs both healthy runs of wild salmon and agriculture. But we don't need those tunnels. Governor Jerry Brown's now famous statement of intent, "I just want to get shit done" is the answer to the constant drumbeat for more water for Westlands. But it is not the answer to California's water challenges and it is most definitely not the answer for salmon or the Delta. This video lays out the one indisputable fact about Westlands and why it's time they join the growing chorus of voices saying NO to building the tunnels. That won't happen, of course, but Salmon Water Now will keep reminding those Westlands family farmers that they need to stop and re-think their support for the tunnels.

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            • Twisted Water Games

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              from Bruce Tokars / Added

              Twisted Water Games (7 Minutes) Peripheral Tunnels – what a good idea! Let’s re-plumb the Sacramento River so that precious fresh water isn’t wasted when it flows through the Delta and out under the Golden Gate Bridge. Let’s build massively huge tunnels to redirect that water to those poor family farmers in the Westlands Water District to make their wet dream a reality. Thomas Birmingham, the General Manager of Westlands says that he cannot name a single entity in his irrigation district that can be called “corporate agriculture” – just family farms in Westlands. He said it on the PBS News Hour so it must be true. Viewers of this new Salmon Water Now video may be shocked to learn that we don’t want to see Westlands disappear. The reality is that California needs both healthy runs of wild salmon and agriculture. But we don’t need those tunnels. Governor Jerry Brown’s now famous statement of intent, “I just want to get shit done” is the answer to the constant drumbeat for more water for Westlands. But it is not the answer to California’s water challenges and it is most definitely not the answer for salmon or the Delta. This video lays out the one indisputable fact about Westlands and why it’s time they join the growing chorus of voices saying NO to building the tunnels. That won’t happen, of course, but Salmon Water Now will keep reminding those Westlands family farmers that they need to stop and re-think their support for the tunnels.

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              • Kill the Canal: Questions for Governor Brown

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                Kill the Canal: Questions for Governor Brown (6:41) Why, Governor Brown? Why are you pushing so damn hard to build the peripheral canal? We’re asking these questions as part of the second in a continuing series of videos about the peripheral canal from Salmon Water Now. The canal drumbeat is getting louder. California’s budget mess is bigger than when Jerry Brown started his third term. The science about the impact a canal would have on fragile Delta ecosystems is stronger than ever but still; the Governor is determined to build it. It’s not too late to stop it. This video looks at the history of two Governor Browns and where we are today. The Governor needs to hear from the people that he is wrong about the canal. The project is bad for the environment and bad for California’s fiscal health. If you care about protecting wild California salmon, care about restoring the Delta, care about California’s future, then tell Governor Brown that he needs to stop this madness. Tell him to Kill the Canal! Kill the Canal: Questions for Governor Brown (6:41)

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                • Reasons & Realities

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                  Reasons & Realities (5:35) The persistent push to build a peripheral canal continues to amaze. Why? Because In spite of California’s budget mess, the Brown administration seems intent on going forward with the plan to move the Sacramento River around the Delta. It would be a massive engineering project estimated to cost $14 to $40 billion dollars. Reason & Realties is the first video in a continuing series on the Peripheral Canal from Salmon Water Now. There is a growing understanding that the project is bad for the environment and bad for California’s fiscal health. We’ll leave it to those who think it’s a good idea to try and justify it. There are good reasons why voters, decades ago, refused to fund and build a peripheral canal. This video looks at the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), which has become the method to make the Peripheral Canal a reality. We include a few short clips from a 1982 Metropolitan Water District slide show in support of a YES vote for the canal, as an added bonus, It’s time be reasonable about California’s water challenges, and fiscal realities. We’re going to keep using video to make the case. Here’s the first one: Reasons & Realities (5:35)

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                  • Rancho La Puerta - Family Week

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                    During the week of August 1st to 8th, 2015, Rancho La Puerta welcomes families with children aged 7 to 17 to join us for a week of activities, healthy living and family bonding.

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                    • A Costly Mistake

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                      from DeltaTunnelsBoondoggle.com / Added

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                      A Costly Mistake (4:54) A Costly Mistake, Salmon Water Now's new video, continues the conversation about water, the proposed peripheral canal, and the long-term objectives of those pushing hardest for getting it built. Putting irrigation water on the toxic dirt on the West side of the Central Valley was not a very good idea 70 years ago. The video looks at the history of how the Central Valley Project came to be and asks a simple question -- do we really want to make another costly mistake in the name of industrial agriculture? The push to approve, fund, and build the peripheral canal is moving at wrap speed. There are so many reasons to stop it, or at the very least slow it down. But, It seems to be the intent of Governor Brown to move forward with the plan, no matter the consequences to the environment and California's fiscal health. A Costly Mistake joins the list of recent Salmon Water Now videos that raise serious questions about this impending boondoggle. To see all of the videos on the canal we've done, visit our Kill the Canal Channel on Vimeo where all of them are posted in one place for easy selection.

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