Environment Now celebrates partner successes towards clean, accessible, sufficient water for the needs of people and the environment, and towards fully protecting California’s national forests from commercial logging.
The EPA formally accepted a civil rights complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 from an EN-supported coalition of Delta tribal and environmental justice (EJ) organizations. The coalition’s complaint is the first ever EPA-accepted civil rights complaint against a California water agency and seeks increased Bay-Delta flows, as well as increased consideration of tribes, communities, and ecosystems in California water management.
EN partners participated in Elemental, an acclaimed documentary on wildfire policy and home fire-safety that is now available for streaming. As one reviewer summarized, “U.S. Wildfire Response Badly Off-Base, New Doc Convincingly Shows.”
In June, crews began work on the deconstruction of Copco 2, one of four dams on the Klamath River scheduled for removal. Copco 2 is expected to be fully removed by fall 2023, with full removal of all four dams anticipated before the end of 2024.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an oil industry petition of a ruling that bars fracking off the coast of California. The ruling stems from cases brought by EN partners and will stop all offshore fracking until the Interior Department conducts a comprehensive environmental review on the impacts of fracking.
EN partners submitted a petition to implement permanent instream flow regulations on the Scott River after a successful petition for emergency drought flow regulations in 2021 led to improved outcomes for salmon. The State Water Resources Control Board heard the petition in their August 15 meeting and are now working on next steps to implement short-term flow regulations.