Bacher, Dan

Dan Bacher is an editor of The Fish Sniffer, described as "The #1 Newspaper in the World Dedicated Entirely to Fishermen."

Schwarzenegger Applauds Passage of Peripheral Canal/Dams Water Package

Dan-Bacher.jpgBy Dan Bacher

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the worst Governor for fish and the environment in California history, today praised the Legislature for its passage of a water package including an $11 billion bond that provides a clear path to the construction of the peripheral canal and more dams.

"Water is the lifeblood of everything we do in California," said Schwarzenegger. "Without clean, reliable water, we cannot build, we cannot farm, we cannot grow and we cannot prosper. That is why I am so proud that the legislature, Democrats and Republicans, came together and tackled one of the most complicated issues in our state's history. This comprehensive water package is an historic achievement."

Sierra Club California Urges Legislators to Vote No on the Water Package

Dan-Bacher.jpgBy Dan Bacher

Sierra Club California is strongly urging everybody to take action NOW to stop legislation that could authorize the construction of two dams and a peripheral canal approximately the size and length of the Panama Canal around the Delta.

"We need your help today in order to stop Californians from being sunk with billions of dollars of more debt," said Jim Metropulos of Sierra Club California. "Today, the Governor and legislative leaders are siding with special interests and forcing through a Delta package that would lead to the construction of a peripheral canal that could cost Californians as much as $50 billion."

As of Friday, October 30, there were no less than 20 water bills introduced, including many over 100 pages long. Environmental groups from around California weighed in Friday with their opposition to the dangerous proposed water legislation

Congressman McNerney Urges Governor to Drop Canal Plan

Dan-Bacher.jpgBy Dan Bacher

In a letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on October 23, Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) criticized plans to build a peripheral canal and the exclusion of input from Delta residents in the current Delta/water bill package now being considered by the California legislature.

The letter reiterates the Congressman’s plan to "closely monitor' initiatives that require federal participation and his concern about any proposals that lay groundwork for a peripheral canal.

Wednesday's Water Legislation Hearing Postponed

By Dan Bacher

The hearing for the 2009 Delta/Water Legislation package scheduled for Wednesday, October 21 at the State Capitol in Sacramento has been postponed.

"Because we have not received new language for consideration tomorrow, we have decided to postpone the Assembly informational hearing on the 2009 Delta/Water Legislation, tentatively to Monday (10/26) at 9 a.m." said Alf W. Brandt, Principal Consultant for the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks&Wildlife. "New week's hearing presumably will be a joint hearing."

"There will not be a hearing tomorrow, Wednesday," confirmed Alicia Trost, Press Secretary for Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).

Schwarzenegger Calls Special Session to Approve Peripheral Canal Plan

by Dan Bacher

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Sunday night backed down from his threat to veto all 704 bills on his desk until he and the legislative leadership agreed on a water bill package. In spite of no agreement being reached, he started signing and vetoing the backlog of legislation.

He then issued a proclamation calling for the Legislature to meet in an extraordinary session to "address California's water crisis."

“Over the past few days we have made enough progress in our negotiations that I am calling a special session on water," said Schwarzenegger. "While we still have a few remaining issues to work out, I commend the legislative leaders for their focus and commitment to solving this crisis and I will weigh all the bills on their merits.”

Public Hearings for Delta Bills This Coming Week

Dan-Bacher.jpgBy Dan Bacher

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made it clear to the public over the past week that he wants a water bond package including a peripheral canal, regardless of the impacts on imperiled salmon, Delta smelt and other fish populations and Delta communities, according to Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, campaign director of Restore the Delta. Schwarzenegger campaigned for the canal and more dams and against federal protections for salmon at a rally sponsored by the Latino Water Coalition, a front for corporate agribusiness, at the Capitol on August 18.

California Water Forum Excludes Delta Communitie

Dan-Bacher.jpgBy Dan Bacher

In a classic case of elitism and environmental injustice, a so-called "California Water Forum" conducted by the state and federal governments today in Sacramento completely excluded Delta farmers, fishermen, boaters and opponents of the peripheral canal from its list of panels and speakers.

Delta Groups Rally Against The Panama Canal North

Dan-Bacher.jpgBy Dan Bacher

Legislators and hundreds of Delta advocates held a rally at the State Capitol in Sacramento on last week to oppose the peripheral canal, a budget-busting and environmentally destructive project that would approximate the Panama Canal in width and length.

"I'm not going to vote for a plan that builds a Panama Canal down the middle of the 15th Assembly District,” exclaimed Assemblymember Joan Buchanan to loud applause from a crowd of recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, Delta farmers, farmworkers, Indian Tribal members, environmentalists and community activists. “I will do all I can to make that the Delta is protected.”

Peripheral Canal: Panama Canal North?

Dan-Bacher.jpgBy Dan Bacher

Proposed government boondoggle would be 500 to 700 feet wide, with 1,300 foot right-of-way

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senator Dianne Feinstein, corporate agribusiness and other supporters of the peripheral canal around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta have carefully avoided discussing what an actual canal would look like, as well as its enormous environmental impacts and budget-busting cost to the taxpayers.

However, in the size and scope of the project, it would be very similar to the Panama Canal, according to recent comments by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan on the floor on the floor when she and other legislators were asked to vote on a bill to fund a committee to develop a plan to implement the Delta Vision recommendations.