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Restore the Delta Points to Misapplication of “Best Available Science” in Recent Letter to Delta Stewardship Council

Yesterday, Restore the Delta submitted a comment letter to the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) criticizing three synthesis papers seeking to support eventual amendments to a Delta Plan chapter addressing ecosystem restoration. Specifically, the letter identifies gaps in the DSC’s attempt to apply “best available science” to ecological stressors in the Delta, climate change affecting the Delta, and ecosystem and habitat restoration efforts in the Delta. The DSC has indicated that this amendment process will conclude sometime in 2019. Author of the letter and Restore the Delta’s policy analyst, Tim Stroshane writes, “We find the synthesis papers less than synthetic. We identified gaps in their papers concerning interactions between contaminants like selenium and mercury and invasive and other species, the growing [...]

Join us for the Delta Smelt Strong Fundraiser!

Join us for a festive evening of local wine, an appetizer buffet, and Delta Smelt swag as we recognize 2017 Delta Advocate Award Honoree, Tim Stroshane. $60 per person | $110 per couple Individual tickets: https://www.paypal.me/restorethedelta/60 Couple tickets: https://www.paypal.me/restorethedelta/110 Sponsorship Opportunities Available Casual Dress Requested The Point Waterfront Restaurant 120 Marina Drive, Rio Vista, CA 94571 May 30, 2018 | 5:30 to 7:30 pm

ACTION ALERT: Help Assemblymember Jim Frazier Abolish the Delta Stewardship Council TOMORROW

ACTION ALERT: Help Assemblymember Jim Frazier Abolish the Delta Stewardship Council TOMORROW WHO: Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, Delta advocates WHAT: A hearing to abolish the Delta Stewardship Council and reassign responsibilities to the Delta Protection Commission. WHEN: Tuesday, April 24 at 9AM WHERE:  The State Capitol, 1315 10th St B-27, Sacramento, CA 95814, Room 444 Assemblymember Jim Frazier recently penned an op-ed published by the Sacramento Bee calling for the abolishment of the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC). Assemblymember Frazier writes, “In 2009, the Delta Stewardship Council was created to achieve the co-equal goals of providing a more reliable water supply and restoring the Delta’s ecosystem to protect its unique cultural, recreational, natural resource and agricultural [...]

USGS Hayward Earthquake Scenario is Not a Justification for CA WaterFix

The U.S. Geological Survey recently released a Hayward Earthquake Scenario that reminds Bay Area residents and businesses to prepare for “the big one” and stresses the need for improving local infrastructure to protect San Francisco Bay Area water supplies in the event of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on the Hayward Fault. CA WaterFix proponents are touting the report as a justification for building the tunnels as an upgrade to the current infrastructure system, but this exaggerates the report’s findings, which only mentions Delta levees being “affected” by aftershocks in the Survey’s modeled scenarios of the large earthquake. Other research by seismologists and geologists indicate that quakes originating on Bay Area earthquake faults, such as the August 2014 Napa quake, had little [...]

California’s Real “Fix” for Affordable Water

By: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Mr. Gary Brown, Director for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), address government water leaders from an assortment of California’s state and local water agencies about how Detroit reworked policies to address water affordability issues—a strategy that has led to 95% of Detroit’s water customers now paying their monthly water bills on time. While there are numerous differences between how a water-rich area like Detroit and an arid region like Los Angeles County can manage water availability, distribution, and rates, Mr. Brown described an ethos that is sorely lacking in water management throughout California. Mr. Brown said, and I am paraphrasing here, that while the Detroit Water and Sewerage [...]

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