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MWD Orange County Staff Recommends Board to Support Calvert’s Litigation Ban Rider to Secure the Delta Tunnels

Despite Senator Dianne Feinstein’s well-documented opposition to Congressman Ken Calvert’s (R-Corona) rider that would exempt the Delta tunnels (CA WaterFix) project from further judicial review, Metropolitan Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) staff has recommended that its board of directors support the controversial rider with a resolution vote at Monday’s, June 18, 2018 MWDOC board meeting. MWDOC’s staff position on the rider is not shared by either of California’s senators. Separately, Senators Feinstein and Harris have voiced their opposition to the rider, indicating that they will fight the litigation ban when the appropriations bill enters the Senate. In a letter dated May 21, Senator Feinstein wrote to the Chairmen of the Appropriations Committee to voice her strong opposition to the [...]

In Case You Missed It: Senator Harris Publicly Opposes Calvert’s Tunnels Litigation Ban Rider; SB 863’s Bad Governance; California’s “Third World Drinking Water Problem”

Today, Brentwood Press reporter Tony Kukulich broke news that Senator Harris has taken a public position against Congressman Calvert’s rider that seeks to exempt CA WaterFix from further judicial review. Kukulich reports, “In an email to The Press on Tuesday, June 12, Tyrone Gayle, press secretary for Harris said, ‘Senator Harris is opposed to any efforts to subvert California’s rights and waive federal environmental laws through the elimination of judicial review. If this legislation advanced to the Senate, Senator Harris would want that provision stripped before its consideration.’” Executive Director of Restore the Delta, Barbara Barrigan-Parilla responded, “Senator Harris and Senator Feinstein’s opposition to the Calvert rider, which would eliminate judicial review of California WaterFix, exemplifies their commitment to protecting [...]

Design Changes in Delta Tunnels Draft Supplemental EIR Will Not Save the Delta Ecosystem

Yesterday, the Delta Tunnels Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) was released online. The document details the environmental impact of proposed design changes that claim to minimize impacts felt by Delta communities and the environment. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will review the draft in the comings months and determine if the document meets the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). After the EIR/EIS gains approval from both state and federal agencies, a public draft will be available for public comment. Executive Director of Restore the Delta, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla said, “Many of these design changes may appear great on paper, but in [...]

FEDERAL ACTION ALERT: Ask Senator Harris + AG Becerra for Their Position on Delta Tunnels Litigation Ban Rider!

ACTION ALERT: Ask Senator Harris for Her Position on Calvert’s Tunnels Litigation Ban Rider; Tweet Attorney General Becerra On Wednesday, the draft Interior, Environment, and Appropriations spending budget for Fiscal Year 2019 was approved by the full Interior committee and will head to the House floor in the coming days. Yet, the bill will enter the House with a significant change—Representative David Valadao (R-Hanford) added a second rider to the spending bill that would exempt the Central Valley Project and State Water Project from judicial review as well. So how can you help? To start, take the next five minutes to Call Senator Kamala Harris’s D.C. Office and ask for her position on Congressman Calvert’s rider that would ban litigation [...]

In Case You Missed It:  In Response to Brown Act Violations, MWD Scheduled to Revote on Delta Tunnels in July

ICYMI: June 8, 2018 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   Yesterday, Voice of San Diego reporter Ry Rivard broke news that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) will revote on the Delta tunnels proposal this July in response to allegations made by Food and Water Watch California and the First Amendment Coalition that Metropolitan violated the Brown Act with multiple closed-door communications between MWD board directors, Governor Brown, and Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director Karla Nemeth before the official April 10 vote on CA WaterFix.   Rivard’s recent story on the revote includes some interesting details about jockeying efforts executed by MWD board director Brett Barbre of Orange County. After MWD disclosed to the [...]

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