Several Los Angeles area water users came out today to join us at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Bay-Delta Committee meeting. Check out their highlights from their great public comments: MWD 7-25-17 Meeting Southern California water agencies will soon be voting on the Delta Tunnels in September. We need to work together to stop the tunnels!
NOTE: If you know of any more candidate positions, let us know so we can add/update. Gavin Newsom – Anti-tunnels Story from LA Times (2/15/15) “The delta twin tunnels, as presently envisioned, also likely would be buried. Those are Gov. Jerry Brown's two big legacy-builders. But Brown will be termed out after 2018, and Lt. Gov. Newsom's goal is to succeed him. The two Democrats see eye-to-eye on many things, but not on the train or the tunnels.” Delaine Eastin – Anti-tunnels From an interview with LA Times (7/20/17) “While I disagree with the twin tunnels, most of his environmental decisions have been pretty good. I wish, though, that he had banned fracking. On the issue [...]
Today, we attended and spoke at an important public meeting at the Central Basin Municipal Water District in Los Angeles County, a member agency of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (who will vote on the Delta Tunnels project in September). Southern California ratepayers were there to back us up! Photo: Southern California area ratepayers and advocates at Central Basin Water District. Students from East Los Angeles College, residents from Huntington Park and Whittier, and advocates at ACE and Sierra Club Los Angeles all told Central Basin's Board of Directors that they do not want the Delta Tunnels. They expressed concerns over paying the bill while getting no new water and of harming the Delta people and ecosystem. Ratepayers asked for [...]
For Immediate Release July 21, 2017 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] Restore the Delta Prepares for Litigation after DWR’s Filing of WaterFix NOD Stockton, CA – As anticipated, the California Department of Water Resources issued the Notice of Determination (NOD) for CA WaterFix today. Executive Director for Restore the Delta Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla issued the following statement: "We are not surprised that the Notice of Determination has been issued. The Brown Administration will celebrate this document as a type of victory regarding the advancement of CA WaterFix. But it's not. The EIR and the plan for the tunnels are deeply flawed as the project will not create water supply reliability [...]
In Case You Missed It July 19, 2017 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] NRDC’s Doug Obegi Breaks Down Shortcomings of Delta Tunnels Financing Options NRDC Senior Attorney Doug Obegi hits the nail on the head in his latest blog post, “Goldman Sachs Underestimates WaterFix Costs for Westlands.” After Goldman Sachs delivered their Delta Tunnels financing presentation to the Board of Directors for Westlands Water District on Monday, Obegi crunched the numbers and found that Central Valley farmers would likely pay more than Goldman Sachs’s cost estimates. Obegi explains: “First, they include an analysis based on the incremental water supply gained from Waterfix, but that cost analysis assumes that the [...]