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Restore the Delta Responds To Brown and Trump Administrations’ Secret Negotiations on California Water

For Immediate Release: 12/15/18 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053 Tim Stroshane, 510-847-7556 Restore the Delta Responds To Brown and Trump Administrations’ Secret Negotiations on California Water On his way out of office, Governor Brown… SACRAMENTO – This morning, The Sacramento Bee broke the news: California cedes water to feds in Delta deal with Trump Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow write: “Southern Californians could lose billions of gallons of water a year to Central Valley farmers under a deal Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has struck with water officials working for President Donald Trump. Click here for the full article.“There’s no guarantee the agreement with Trump will accomplish what Brown’s team is seeking: a lasting compromise on environmental regulations that could stave off significant water [...]

State Water Board Sets 40% Flows Standard for San Joaquin River

Contact:  Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, 209-479-2053 Tim Stroshane, 510-847-7556 STATE WATER BOARD SETS 40% FLOWS STANDARD FOR SAN JOAQUIN RIVER Last-minute attempt to delay fails, but voluntary settlements may become part of the solution later on SACRAMENTO – After an all-day hearing today capping a nearly decade-long process, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWB) voted this evening to set a 40% flow standard for rivers that feed the lower San Joaquin River to help protect the San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem from collapse due to decades of over-pumping and restricted flows.  “We are very happy that the State Water Resources Control Board approved Phase I of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Plan update,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, [...]

DELTA TUNNELS: Where are we now?

The last week of events in fight against the Delta Tunnels has been exciting and complicated. And it may all come to a head this Wednesday, December 12. To understand all the elements currently at play in the fight for the Delta, think of the child’s game, JENGA. As the blocks stack higher, and foundations are removed, the entire project is at risk of toppling over. This is where we are now on Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels. Block One – The Delta Stewardship Council Last Friday, the Department of Water Resources sent a letter to the Delta Stewardship Council, formally withdrawing the Department’s certification of consistency for the California Water Fix was consistent with the Delta Plan, a standard the [...]

Brave Delta Souls, Good News, But Crucial Work To Finish

We recognize that we are guilty of over communication with you all presently. But these next two weeks are crucial for running down the clock on the Brown Administration and for stopping a bad water bargain via Senator Feinstein’s WIIN Act. We have to ensure that plans are not put in place that are immediately detrimental to the Delta in exchange for even worse plans — the Delta tunnels. But we have made significant progress with the California Department of Water Resources withdrawing its consistency determination from the Delta Stewardship Council to rework outstanding concerns around California WaterFix. This is an important victory for our coalition, including the City of Stockton, San Joaquin County, Central Delta Water Agency, Local Agencies [...]

Major Setback for Gov. Brown’s Delta Tunnels

SACRAMENTO – As reported this afternoon by Maven’s Notebook The Department of Water Resources has sent a letter to the Delta Stewardship Council, formally withdrawing the Department’s certification of consistency for the California Water Fix (Delta Tunnels.) “DWR is hereby withdrawing the Certification of Consistency for California Water Fix that was filed on July 27, 2018.” DWR to DSC Water Fix Consistency Certification 12.7.18 Statement by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director, Restore the Delta: “This is a great day for the Delta Protection Act. We are thrilled about DWR’s withdrawal from the consistency determination process. But the Delta is still in danger. There is this WIIN Act deal between Governor Brown, Senator Feinstein, the GOP Congress, and the Trump Administration. While Feinstein’s staff [...]

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