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DELTA TUNNELS: Where are we now?

The last week of events in fight against the Delta Tunnels has been exciting and complicated. And it may all come to a head this Wednesday, December 12. To understand all the elements currently at play in the fight for the Delta, think of the child’s game, JENGA. As the blocks stack higher, and foundations are removed, the entire project is a risk of toppling over. This is where we are now on Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels Block One – The Delta Stewardship Council Last Friday, the Department of Water Resources sent a letter to the Delta Stewardship Council, formally withdrawing the Department’s certification of consistency for the California Water Fix was consistent with the Delta Plan, a standard the [...]

Brave Delta Souls, Good News, But Crucial Work To Finish

We recognize that we are guilty of over communication with you all presently. But these next two weeks are crucial for running down the clock on the Brown Administration and for stopping a bad water bargain via Senator Feinstein’s WIIN Act. We have to ensure that plans are not put in place that are immediately detrimental to the Delta in exchange for even worse plans — the Delta tunnels. But we have made significant progress with the California Department of Water Resources withdrawing its consistency determination from the Delta Stewardship Council to rework outstanding concerns around California WaterFix. This is an important victory for our coalition, including the City of Stockton, San Joaquin County, Central Delta Water Agency, Local Agencies [...]

Major Setback for Gov. Brown’s Delta Tunnels

SACRAMENTO – As reported this afternoon by Maven’s Notebook The Department of Water Resources has sent a letter to the Delta Stewardship Council, formally withdrawing the Department’s certification of consistency for the California Water Fix (Delta Tunnels.) “DWR is hereby withdrawing the Certification of Consistency for California Water Fix that was filed on July 27, 2018.” DWR to DSC Water Fix Consistency Certification 12.7.18 Statement by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director, Restore the Delta: “This is a great day for the Delta Protection Act. We are thrilled about DWR’s withdrawal from the consistency determination process. But the Delta is still in danger. There is this WIIN Act deal between Governor Brown, Senator Feinstein, the GOP Congress, and the Trump Administration. While Feinstein’s staff [...]

San Francisco Bay-Delta Residents Protest Sen. Feinstein’s Water Deal 

For Immediate Release: December 6, 2018 Contact: Julie Light, Food and Water Watch, 510-992-4083 Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta 209-479-2053 San Francisco Bay-Delta Residents Protest Sen. Feinstein’s Water Deal   SAN FRANCISCO – Public interest groups, conservationists, fishermen, and SF Bay-Delta residents delivered a strong message at the San Francisco office of Senator Dianne Feinstein today, “Drop Your Support for the WIIN Act!”  The protesters came from across Northern California to protest Feinstein’s proposed Water Infrastructure Improvement Act for the Nation (WIIN) deal with the Trump Administration and Republican leader Kevin McCarthy. The last-minute rider would be attached to the bill needed to prevent a government shutdown. The Feinstein-McCarthy deal would extend a drought-era waiver of environmental protections for the SF [...]

FEDERAL ACTION ALERT: Call Your Reps and Demand No Last Minute Riders to Increase Delta Exports!

Last Friday, Governor Brown cut a deal with the Trump Administration to save his delta tunnels. Brown endorsed a 7-year extension of the controversial Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act). These provisions were proposed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in a deal designed to increase water deliveries to agribusiness. By endorsing the WIIN Act, Brown appears to hope the Trump Administration will provide funding to his costly tunnels project, a move previously withheld by Westlands Water District a year ago. “Brown just capitulated to Trump and his crony, David Bernhardt,” said John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association. “Heck of a way to end eight years as governor.” Governor Brown [...]