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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 [...]

Restore the Delta Applauds Bills to Create a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area

For Immediate Release: February 5, 2019 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   Restore the Delta Applauds Bills to Create a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Stockton, CA – Restore the Delta today applauds the introduction of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Act in the U.S. Senate today. Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.) recently introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. The bill would establish California’s first National Heritage Area, a designation that already exists in many states. The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area provides a great model. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as a National Heritage Area would be managed by the Delta Protection Commission. The bill authorizes $10 million to local governments and nonprofit organizations to develop a [...]

Sen. Dodd Introduces Delta Tunnels Oversight Bill

For Immediate Releease: February 1, 2019 Contact: Paul Payne (707) 576-2093 Sen. Dodd Introduces Delta Tunnels Oversight Bill SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation today that will help protect California’s precious water supply and ensure the vitality of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by requiring more legislative oversight and public scrutiny of the state’s twin-tunnels project known as WaterFix. “In years past, there has been too little opportunity for impacted communities to influence this flawed project, which will have a massive impact on the Delta’s environment, the local economy and drinking water quality,” said Sen. Dodd, co-chair of the Legislative Delta Caucus. “This bill will gives the Legislature and Delta residents a place at the table to learn about what’s going on, express concerns and offer solutions that will serve [...]

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