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Halfway Home: Delta Communities Stronger Together is May 29.

Join us on Wednesday May 29that Wine & Roses in Lodi, Ca.We will be honoring the Delta Working Teamfor their hard work and dedication to the Delta.Tickets are $80 for individuals and $150 for couples.Sponsorships available. Purchase tickets now!

Fourth Annual H2O Hackathon Challenges Students to Use Technology to Protect Californians from Floods

March 15, 2019 019-037: UPDATED H2O Hackathon Advance Contacts: Zack Johnson, (209) 468-4937; Stephen Callahan, (209) 468-9247; Bret States, (209) 468-4961 More students than ever will compete for prize-money totaling $11,000 to develop apps promoting dam safety. San Joaquin County students are back to focus their computer-coding and problem-solving skills on California water issues at the Fourth Annual H2O Hackathon at the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) on Saturday, March 16. This year’s challenge, “What’s the Dam Problem,” focuses on the system of dams providing California with both water storage and protection from flooding by holding back millions of acre-feet of water. Strong, well- maintained dams keep downstream communities safe; technology can make them even safer. Students will [...]

California Groups Issue Bernhardt Warning: Former Lobbyist is Acting on Behalf of Former Clients at Interior

For Immediate Release: 3/11/2018 Contact:Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053Kathryn Phillips, Sierra Club California, 916-557-1100 x 1020Noah Oppenheim, Executive Director, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, 415-561-5080  Sacramento – In a letter sent to Senators Warren, Blumenthal, and Harris today, California water, fishing, environmental organizations and tribal leaders are raising serious ethical questions about acting interior secretary David Bernhardt. A brutal confirmation fight is expected soon in the Senate as President Trump has now nominated Bernhardt to permanently lead the Department of the Interior. Bernhardt has served as deputy secretary since early in the Trump administration, and became acting secretary after Ryan Zinke resigned in December 2018 under an ethical cloud. Bernhardt brings multiple conflicts of interest to this position. [...]

Fishing and river groups weigh in on the Voluntary Agreements

March 7, 2019 Maven Their analysis concludes that the voluntary agreements as proposed could worsen conditions in the Delta Last week, the Department of Water Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife submitted a proposal to the State Water Board as an alternative to the update of the Bay Delta Plan.  The submittal for the agreement was signed by 44 individuals, representing mainly water agencies and irrigation districts, but also included American Rivers, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, and other conservation groups. This morning, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, the Golden Gate Salmon Association, Restore the Delta, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and other fishing and river groups have released an analysis that is critical of those Voluntary [...]

ACTION ALERT: Tell Sacramento You Support Oversight Of Delta Tunnel Spending!

We need supporters of transparency for California WaterFix (SB204) to attend the hearing of the Senate and Natural Resources and Water Committee on March 12th at 9:30 AM at the Capitol in room 112.  Arrive early to fill out a blue speakers card.  Keep your comments focused on the need for contractual and financial oversight of WaterFix. (This is not a hearing about whether we oppose or support tunnels; it is about the need for oversight.) And be prepared to have comment time reduced to one minute.  Nevertheless, it is very important to have a physical presence at the hearing.   MWD will have all the usual suspects from water districts with their lobbyists present to fight the bill. WHO: Restore the Delta, Concerned Bay/Delta ResidentsWHAT: Senate Natural Resources [...]

Delta Flows: Delta Residents and the Single Tunnel Plan

In a recent column for CALmatters, Ellen Hanak and Jeffrey Mount of the Public Policy Institute of California offer a bit of advice to us Delta residents.“By proposing to build one tunnel instead of two, Gov. Newsom has opened the door for a grand compromise. The Delta’s many interests should seize this opportunity.” Thanks for the tip, PPIC. Residents of the San Francisco Bay-Delta (there are more than 4 million of us) agree to evaluate proposals by the Newsom administration with clear eyes and in a spirit of collaboration. Here are some questions Delta people plan to ask as we engage with this new process. Does the plan reduce water exports? The primary purpose of a single Delta tunnel is no [...]

Delta Flows:  Delta Residents and the Single Tunnel Plan

In a recent column for CALmatters, Ellen Hanak and Jeffrey Mount of the Public Policy Institute of California offer a bit of advice to us Delta residents.“By proposing to build one tunnel instead of two, Gov. Newsom has opened the door for a grand compromise. The Delta’s many interests should seize this opportunity.” Thanks for the tip, PPIC. Residents of the San Francisco Bay-Delta (there are more than 4 million of us) agree to evaluate proposals by the Newsom administration with clear eyes and in a spirit of collaboration. Here are some questions Delta people plan to ask as we engage with this new process. Does the plan reduce water exports? The primary purpose of a single Delta tunnel is no [...]

California Water News Roundup 2/15/19

Well that was quite a week in California water news, we had a little bit of everything. Enjoy. Rivers of RainAtmospheric river possible next week for California, raising flood concerns – Mercury NewsDam releases to increase as storm moves into NorCal – KCRABay Area’s biggest storm of 2019 douses, disrupts, damages region – SF Chronicle Bad Drinking WaterEditorial: California’s contaminated drinking water is a disgrace – MercuryNewsom signs bill to provide $131.3 million in emergency relief, including safe water – Fresno BeeTRUE: ‘More than a million Californians’ don’t have clean drinking water … It could be higher – PolitifactNutria Invaders in the Delta and Weasels in DCThey’re big, furry and could destroy the Delta. California has a $2 million plan to kill them – SacBeeTop leader at [...]

The Twin Tunnels Are Dead; Being A Force For Good

By Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla      As most of you know from our recent press release, or from the MSM, Governor Newsom announced yesterday that he does not support California WaterFix, the twin tunnels in their current configuration.  He also said that he believes that new conveyance is needed, a single tunnel. So, before we delve into what that means for the Delta, our work partners, Delta residents, fisheries, and the Restore the Delta campaign, let’s breathe and be grateful! After more than 12 years of daily combat with two prior governors, Governor Newsom heard us.  That is huge.  The voices of Delta people, local government agencies, Delta water districts, Delta legislators and lawyers, environmental groups and their lawyers, the environmental justice community [...]

Governor Newsom Ends Twin Tunnels Restore the Delta Responds

For Immediate Release: 2/12/19 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, [email protected]   Governor Newsom Ends Twin TunnelsRestore the Delta Responds Stockton, CA – At the State Capitol in Sacramento, Governor Gavin Newsom gave his first State of the State Address today. In a highly-anticipated decision, Governor Newsom pulled the plug on the decade-long proposal known as the California Water Fix (Twin Tunnels.) On water issues, Governor Newsom said: “There are no easy answers. But let me be as clear as I can be. I do not support, the WaterFix as currently configured, meaning I don’t support the Twin Tunnels.” Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta responds: “We are grateful to Governor Newsom for listening to the people of the [...]