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Media Roundup: Newspapers Take On Proposition 3 + City of San Francisco  Teams Up with Trump Administration on the Tuolumne River

Media Roundup: Newspapers Take On Proposition 3 + City of San Francisco  Teams Up with Trump Administration on the Tuolumne River Sacramento Bee: Prop. 3 promises more California water projects. Too bad so many are the wrong projects – The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board “We must do more to protect the future of California’s water, but that doesn’t mean just pumping in more money without making sure the investments will have widespread benefits for the public. “Proposition 3 – the $8.9 billion bond on the Nov. 6 ballot – fails that test.” Proposition 3 mostly benefits billionaire investors – Eric Parfrey, special to the Sacramento Bee “When Californians consider Proposition 3, a $8.9 billion water bond on the November ballot, [...]

Congressional Efforts To Thwart Bay-Delta Water Quality Plan As Disingenuous As Proclaiming Tunnels Will Save The Delta

For immediate release: October 15, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-475-9550, [email protected] Tim Stroshane, Restore the Delta, 510-847-7556, [email protected] STOCKTON, CA – Last week, Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-10) hosted a visit by Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler to discuss using the Clean Water Act as a tool to thwart the Bay-Delta Water Quality Plan, which calls for increased flows to move down the San Joaquin River and its tributaries into the San Francisco Bay-Delta. According to a report in the Manteca Bulletin, Congressman Denham noted in a press release that the “EPA has the authority under the Clean Water Act to stop the plan because it ‘fails to meet the Clean Water Act’s ‘sound, rigorous’ [...]

To Recuse Or Not To Recuse, That is the Question: Delta Stewardship Councilmember Flip-Flops on Recusal from Upcoming Vote

For immediate release: 10/15/18 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-475-9550, [email protected] Tim Stroshane, Restore the Delta, 510-847-7556, [email protected] STOCKTON, CA – Last month, Bethany Pane, Chief Counsel for the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) sent an email to DSC subscribers that three council members recused themselves from the Delta tunnels appeals proceeding, a process related to a vote on the consistency determination, due to potential conflicts of interest. Ms. Pane noted that Council Member Maria Mehranian has worked “for a firm that has submitted a bid to work on a portion of the CA WaterFix project.” On Friday, October 12, 2018, Ms. Pane notified DSC subscribers that Ms. Mehranian was now participating as a voting member in the WaterFix appeal [...]

Delta Flows — WaterFix Alphabet Soup Edition: JLBC; CBA; DCFA; WIFIA; Series AZ Revenue Bonds

By: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla   JLBC Hearing Recap After the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) Hearing last month for the State Water Contract Extensions Amendments, Restore the Delta joined in working with coalition partners on an analysis, and legislative follow up on outcomes from the hearing. While the “holding” of the hearing itself does indeed advance the WaterFix process, we were pleased with legislators, under the leadership of the Committee Chair, Senator Holly Mitchell, for asking tough questions and asserting their authority for further oversight of State Water Project Contract Extensions, specifically in relation to the Delta tunnels. In effect, it was the best possible outcome from a bad process. This does not mean we were pleased, however, with the Department [...]

ACTION ALERT: Time to Oppose the Delta Tunnels at the Delta Stewardship Council!

ACTION ALERT: Time to Oppose the Delta Tunnels at the Delta Stewardship Council!   What:  Public Hearing Regarding Appeals of the Consistency Certification for CA WaterFix: public comment period When: Oct. 26th starting at 9 am Where: Ramada Inn, West Sacramento, Conference Center Pack a lunch; pack a book and some knitting; charge up your cell phone.  And be ready to stand up for the Delta! But first you have to do some prep work! The California Department of Water Resources has filed with the Delta Stewardship Council a “consistency determination” for California Water Fix.  This filing is how DWR will get approval from the Delta Stewardship Council that the Delta tunnels project is consistent with the Council’s Delta Plan. [...]

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