Today, we launched our weekly radio show "Delta Flows" a project by The Voice of Stockton - KXVS Radio and Restore the Delta. It will be a live show on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m., with replays during the week. Bookmark this link and save this station (KXVS will soon be on FM 92.1) to listen live. Delta Flows will be everything Delta: water, farming, food, law, art, fisheries, history, recreation, environment, culture. Let's celebrate our natural and diverse Delta heritage together. Let's discover what makes our home our home. Listen to the first 30 minute show here: Host Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla of Restore the Delta talks with Kathy Grant of Sandhill Crane Festival, Ken Nieland, a crane expert of [...]
UPDATE: The Delta Stewardship Council is now taking written public comments. See below! Friends of the Bay-Delta, Remember the Delta Stewardship Council's pro-Tunnels Delta Plan amendments? For years, Restore the Delta, environmental groups, and Delta residents have requested the Delta Stewardship Council to follow Delta Reform Act mandates to reduce reliance on the Delta, invest in existing levees, protect fish, and stop the damage from operation of the state and federal water pumps near Tracy. Instead, the DSC chose to promote ”dual conveyance” systems in order to aid the Brown Administration and special interest water districts attempting to fast-track the Delta Tunnels (also known as “California WaterFix”) proposal. It is critical that we participate in all public processes on [...]
One Tunnel Option Presents a Host of New Challenges; Official Discussion Starts Today in Kern County
As reported in recent news articles, the Brown Administration intends to resurrect CA WaterFix as a single tunnel as part of the State Water Project, with discussions beginning at Kern County Water Agency today. (We confirmed an agenda will be posted at Kern County sometime before the meeting at 1 pm today.) Metropolitan Water District's General Manager Jeff Kightlinger stated at the 9/26/17 Metropolitan Board Workshop on the tunnels that a single tunnel that could extract 6,000 cfs of Sacramento River flow could work and would cost $10-11 billion. Environmental and water rights attorney with LAND (Local Agencies of the North Delta), Osha Meserve, finds that a single tunnel project while only minimally reducing the construction footprint could [...]
BREAKING— This morning, Ellen Knickmeyer of the Associated Press reported that the Trump administration does not support Governor Brown’s Delta Tunnels (CA WaterFix) project. Knickmeyer reported that the spokesman for the U.S. Interior Department, Russell Newell wrote in an email, “The Trump administration did not fund the project and chose to not move forward with it.” When asked if this meant that the Trump Administration opposed the CA WaterFix project, Newell said yes. Executive Director of Restore the Delta, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla said: “The Trump administration’s opposition to CA WaterFix is another nail in the coffin for the project. Water exporters have only pulled together about $6 billion in funding, and even a single 6,000 cfs tunnel would [...]
Six House Democrats today asked the Government Accounting Office (GAO), the federal watchdog agency that conducts investigations and audits on behalf of Congress, to issue a legal opinion about the Bureau of Reclamation’s funding scheme of the Delta Tunnels project. The penalty for this type of misuse of public money can include removal from office, according to the Representatives.