Holly Doremus

‘These fish are in a bad way.’ How many more will die because of the Delta tunnels?

Holly Doremus quoted by The Sacramento Bee, May 7, 2017

“It’s obvious there will be adverse effects from this project,” said Holly Doremus, a professor of environmental law at UC Berkeley and an expert on the Endangered Species Act. “These fish are in a bad way. There’s a desire to have higher reliability for high volumes of water delivery. That isn’t compatible with certainty that the fish will be in better shape.”

The SF Bay-Delta is invaluable. What will happen to it under Trump?

Holly Doremus quoted by California Magazine, March 14, 2017

“It’s clear the administration is no fan of the EPA and its mission, and it seems highly likely that the EPA budget will be cut severely. It’s also likely that under Trump, the EPA won’t be pushing states to do what they don’t want to do. We think of California as a progressive state, but that’s not completely the case when it comes to water. The San Joaquin Valley farmers are powerful, and they want the water. Senator Feinstein wants to give them that water, and it seems likely she’ll be able to deliver more to them.”

Barriers abound to Trump’s border wall

Holly Doremus, Daniel Farber, and Bill Falik quoted by California Magazine, Feb. 6, 2017

Doremus: “There’s not a lot of existing border fencing in Texas, so the wall would have to pass through a lot of private land where barriers haven’t been much of an issue until now,” she says. “And certainly, eminent domain seizures are not popular with Republicans in general and Texas Republicans in particular.”

Farber: “The wall would cost a lot, and its benefits are unclear, but the Secure Fence Act does give the administration pretty broad powers to dispense with legal requirements such as NEPA. I’d love to see it stopped, but it may be difficult.”

Falik: “It’s really expensive,” observes Bill Falik, a lecturer at Berkeley Law and a real estate developer, “and I’m not completely sure at this point that a Republican congress is going to be anxious to go along with that.” Nor is Falik convinced that federal statutes such as the Endangered Species Act and NEPA would suddenly turn the project into smoldering rubble; rather, they might inflict the death of a thousand torts.

Congress sends major California water policy to President Obama, despite Sen. Barbara boxer’s objections

Holly Doremus quoted by Los Angeles Times, Dec. 9, 2016

Supporters may say it doesn’t change the Endangered Species Act, but “I think that’s probably not exactly true when they’re this prescriptive. It probably is going to override” the act’s rules, said Holly Doremus. … Doremus said other parts of the new policy were contradictory and could spawn a barrage of lawsuits. “It is awfully messy. There will be a lot of litigation,” she predicted.

Fish gotta swim: But maybe not in the Delta

Holly Doremus quoted by California Magazine, Nov. 21, 2016

“I don’t think the U.S. Congress can determine what does and does not satisfy state law,” Doremus says. “But there are other ways around it. If they make the case that state law conflicts with federal law, [a Republican Congress] could get their way [i.e., less water for the Delta and more for western San Joaquin Valley irrigators].

California needs strong, fair and effective groundwater agencies

Holly Doremus and Michael Kiparsky write for The Fresno Bee, May 16, 2016

Groundwater provides about one-third to half of the state’s water supply and an essential lifeline when rivers run low during drought. Groundwater mismanagement is distressingly common; with lack of regulation and heavy pumping, overuse has destroyed infrastructure and put farms, communities and ecosystems at risk.