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UPDATED ACTION ALERT – Santa Clara Valley Water District

Dear Friends,Tuesday, Valley Water indicated that their funding measure (discussed in yesterday’s alert) for the November ballot will not include funding for Delta tunnels planning.  That is good news.We think, however, that you may want to share two observations with Valley Water’s Board of Directors.Tell them that the language for the bond measure cannot be squishy so the funds can  be moved around at a later date for tunnel planning.  Make sure the tunnel is not included in this funding explicitly.Also, ask the Board to explain how the funding measure then allows for money to be freed up through the general fund for tunnel expenditures.  Is this what Valley Water ratepayers want? Will Valley Water ratepayers support an expenditure if a [...]

ACTION ALERT – Santa Clara Valley Water District

On June 23, 2020, the Santa Clara Valley Water District will be discussing the possibility of putting a funding measure on the November ballot. We believe the ballot in part is to raise funding for the Delta tunnel project. Valley Water describes their first priority as:  Priority A: Ensure a Safe, Reliable Water Supply   This is exact language used by the Department of Water Resources to describe the Delta tunnel project.  With all the funding challenges for Valley Water associated with dam repairs and flood control, a bond measure that could finance a risky Delta tunnel project that still requires permitting, CEQA review, and a 23-year construction period — all for a diminishing water supply due to climate change — is problematic for [...]

In Case You Missed It: Delta Tunnels Twitter Highlights from Santa Clara Valley Water District Votes & Assembly Oversight Hearing

Tweets from Santa Clara Valley Water District Special Meeting on CA WaterFix 5/2/18 can be viewed here. Tweets from Santa Clara Valley Water District Special Meeting on CA WaterFix (Vote) 5/8/18 can be viewed here. Tweets from the Assembly Committees on Accountability & Administrative Review and Water, Parks, and Wildlife joint hearing on CA WaterFix 5/9/18 can be viewed here.  ###      

BREAKING: Santa Clara Valley Water District Pivots from October Declaration to Support Twin Tunnels

For immediate release: 5/8/18 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] BREAKING: Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Split-Vote to Support Twin Tunnels Pivots from October Declaration SAN JOSE –  This afternoon, the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) board of directors voted to support the Twin Tunnels megaproject. The board did not commit to a specific cost share today, but plans to revisit the proposed $650 million financial commitment at a later date. The Board voted 4-3 in support of the tunnels, with board directors Keegan, Kremen, Estremera, and Hsueh in support, while Director Varela, Vice Chair LeZotte, and Chair Santos opposed the project. This afternoon’s decision goes against the board’s October resolution to only [...]

BREAKING: Santa Clara Valley Water Districts Postpones Vote on Delta Tunnels

For immediate release: 5/2/17 Contact: Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470, [email protected] Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] BREAKING: Santa Clara Valley Water Districts Postpones Vote on Delta Tunnels SAN JOSE – Tonight, the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) delayed their board action on the controversial CA WaterFix project to accommodate board directors requests for more time to review the large volume of Delta Tunnels meeting materials presented by SCVWD staff this week. Board directors who requested more time included Chair Santos, Director LeZotte, Director Hsueh, and Director Varela.The board is scheduled to resume their discussion on May 8, despite Chair Santos’s request to delay the vote to July when SCVWD would receive confirmation of funding for Pacheco Dam. The board requested that staff add a water affordability analysis [...]

BAY AREA: Stand Up Against the Tunnels at Santa Clara Valley Water District May 2nd

BAY AREA ACTION ALERT: Stand Up Against the Tunnels at Santa Clara Valley Water District May 2nd WHO: Delta advocates, representatives from environmental and public interest groups including Restore the Delta, and Santa Clara Valley Water District board of directors WHAT: Special Board Meeting on California WaterFix WHERE: Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118 WHEN: Wednesday, May 2nd at 5PM With Metropolitan Water District’s big vote to cut a “blank check” for the twin tunnels behind us, the attention now shifts to Santa Clara Valley Water District who have remained tight-lipped about the tunnels project in the months following their October vote to reject the twin tunnels. On Friday, April 27 the Mercury News reported [...]

Santa Clara Valley Water District rejects Jerry Brown’s twin Delta tunnels plan

Santa Clara Valley Water District rejects Jerry Brown’s twin Delta tunnels plan – San Jose Mercury News In a landmark move closely watched across California, Silicon Valley’s largest water agency on Tuesday voted not to participate in Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two giant tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. By a vote of 7-0, the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s board of directors chose instead to adopt a set of principles that endorses a significantly smaller project, with one tunnel that would have less capacity and a lower cost. “What magnitude of a project makes sense? From our perspective that looks to be something less than originally was envisioned,” said board member Barbara Keegan. Santa [...]

JOIN US: WaterFix/Tunnels Vote at Santa Clara Valley Water District

Will Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) vote with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) to approve AND fund the Delta Tunnels project, or stand with the rest of the Bay Area and the Delta?   Will they decide to invest the hard earned money of their ratepayers in a project that may never be built, instead of investing more dollars in local water efficiency and sustainability projects?   SCVWD needs to hear from both their ratepayers and their Delta and Bay Area neighbors!   Please join us on October 17th for the big vote on the California ‘WaterFix’ Delta Tunnels at the Santa Clara Valley Water District in San Jose.   Ratepayers, remind your water district that you [...]

On Alternatives to the Delta Tunnels: Santa Clara Valley Water District Special Meeting

SCVWD + Delta Counties – Curated tweets by RestoretheDelta

Santa Clara Valley Water District Continues Funding Delta Tunnel Planning Despite Promise to Ratepayers

For Immediate Release: 4/5/17 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053, [email protected]   Santa Clara Valley Water District Continues Funding Delta Tunnel Planning Despite Promise to Ratepayers   San Jose, CA – In 2016, the Board of the Santa Clara Valley Water District heard complaints by ratepayers who raised concerns about the environmental impacts of the Tunnels on the San Francisco-Bay Delta estuary.   In response, the SCVWD Board promised they would no longer continue to fund Delta Tunnels planning until there is proper public vetting and the project had a complete finance plan that shared costs with all the potential water districts, especially the rural districts that serve agricultural interests in the San Joaquin Valley.   But according to the latest meeting [...]