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Oppose Assembly Bill 313

By Tim Stroshane, Policy Analyst, Restore the Delta   Claiming that California’s “water management at the state level is broken,” Assembly member Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) plugged introduction of his Assembly Bill 313 via Maven’s Notebook on February 6, 2017.   In his cliché-ridden press release, Mr. Gray argues that “anyone who has tried to work with the state on water knows that the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, conflicts of interest are the norm, and state agencies act as their own prosecution, judge and jury. The net effect,” he contends, “is an ineffective bureaucratic maze which leaves us unable to capitalize on vital opportunities and prioritizes special interests working behind the scenes over good [...]

Gov. Brown seeks Flood Control Money, Restore the Delta Reax

For Immediate Release: 2/24/17 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, barbara@restorethedelta.org   Gov. Brown seeks Flood Control Money, Restore the Delta Reax Stockton - RE: Jerry Brown wants to spend nearly $450 million on flood control following dam emergency   Restore the Delta, executive director, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla responded:   “We agree with Governor Brown about the need to spend for flood control improvements. $450 million in expenditures is a start. What remains to be seen is if he will promote smart expenditures that will augment water supply, while protecting the environment and environmental justice communities. Or will Governor Brown continue promoting big new infrastructure projects like the Delta Tunnels that will not solve flood problems or drought challenges, and that only serve [...]

KCET: Who Should Pay To Fix The Oroville Dam?

We're featured in KCET Commentary: Who Should Pay To Fix The Oroville Dam? By Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore The Delta | February 22, 2017 Excerpt: "The answer is the State Water Contractors, the beneficiaries of the project. That’s according to the Department of Water Resources. Water supply benefits are paid for by water contractors, and spillways are part of water supply protection. The State Water Contractors include the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and big agricultural water districts like the Kern County Water Agency. Agricultural users like Stewart Resnick, owner of Paramount Farms and the Wonderful Company, consume 80 percent of the developed water in California, so they need to get out their checkbooks [...]

March Delta Speaker Series: Past, Present, and Future of Delta Literature

Join us for the second installment of our Delta Speaker Series as we explore the past, present, and future of Delta literature. Restore the Delta Executive Director, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, will share about the history of written works on the topic of the San Joaquin-SF Bay Delta before opening up a panel discussion with two Central Valley writers whose experiences with the Delta have driven their own literary work and the work of their students. Our guest panelists include: Paula Sheil, Founder and Executive Director of Tuleburg Press & THE WRITE PLACE Tama Brisbane, Stockton Poet Laureate and Executive Director of With Our Words We hope you will join us for a lively learning experience in the heart of historic Downtown [...]

Metropolitan Water District May Lease Delta Islands

For Immediate Release: 2/15/17 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, barbara@restorethedelta.org   Metropolitan Water District May Lease Delta Islands GM Kightlinger says Oroville Dam repair is CA Taxpayer responsibility   Stockton, CA - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s outsized influence on California water management has become very clear this week. Metropolitan Water District's General Manager Jeff Kightlinger held closed door committee meetings on Tuesday to discuss leasing some of MWD’s recently purchased Delta islands back to the original owners, Semitropic Water Agency. We assume this is in order to make their $175 million Delta island investment more profitable. The San Diego County Water Authority this week expressed “serious concern” that this closed door session would violate the open meeting requirements of [...]

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